Handmade Featured Crafter | Christine from RookieRags

Please welcome this week's featured Handmade Crafter, Christine, from RookieRags.
My interest in handiwork began as a child, encouraged by a father who could do and make anything (it was he, not my mother, who taught me how to use a sewing machine). After raising children and trying to survive the tornado that is corporate America, I found myself faced with breast cancer in 2004. Hungry for reinvention, I dove into what I was previously only able to pursue part time. My current venture, RookieRags, has evolved along with senior me, breast cancer survivor and truly my creative father’s daughter.

Source: etsy.com via Michelle on Pinterest
I wish I had time to blog. I barely have time to keep my etsy shop and FB page current.
I started sewing when I was about 11, picked up knitting and crocheting shortly after that, tried my hand at batik, and have been refinishing furniture my entire adult life.
Source: etsy.com via Michelle on Pinterest

My favorite type of craft (I prefer to use the word “handiwork”) is working with repurposed fabric and other goods, specifically leather and hardware. My biggest challenge, and therefore greatest joy, comes from designing and crafting my upcycled leather handbags, because I never know what each one will look like until it’s finished.
But that’s true of everything I make. Each item is an act of resurrection. I don’t use patterns for my handbags. I don’t have a specific method for the design on each pair of crib shoes. When I start a particular item, it’s a blank canvas. I look around my workroom, choose a fabric, and go from there. Some days are meant for making bibs. Others are devoted to key wristlets. And when I get an idea for a handbag design, I sometimes spend several weeks on that one item, exploring the design possibilities of what can become of what I have. I rip apart clothing and accessories, and save everything that’s worth saving: buttons, zippers, belt buckles and other hardware. Some of my merchandise incorporates pieces from several different repurposed items.
Source: etsy.com via Michelle on Pinterest
I opened my etsy shop in 2008 and have been selling online and in two boutiques in metro Atlanta since then.
Source: etsy.com via Michelle on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Michelle on Pinterest
I started using Pinterest and found that it’s so time consuming I’d never get any real work done. I hope to encompass it in my weekly activities after the holidays.
Same with Twitter (but I refuse to use this social media because it’s too Ashton Kutcher for me).
Source: etsy.com via Michelle on Pinterest
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