Meet the tattooed mommy behind the rockin’ accessories and bad-ass kid stuff at Poisoned Creations!
How did your interest in crafting begin? I started sewing things for my daughter and nephews, and it just grew from that. Reading different tutorials have also interested me into picking up different mediums and trying them out.
What motivated you to start selling your designs and what were your expectations when you started? After I got such a great response from the items I made my nephews and daughter I just kept at it. I didn’t really have any expectations. Of course you want to be a success, but I was scared at first not knowing what to expect, but I ran into some great people that have helped me along the way.
Do you have any formal training in fashion, art or design? Nope not at all. I picked up some beginner skills from home economics in high school but other then that from my mom, grandma and just testing things out.
Is Poisoned Creations your primary job? Unfortunately no not yet. I work doing accounting during the day and stitch at night.
How many people are behind the scenes at Poisoned Creations? It’s just me! Well my daughter occasionally likes to help so she may help every now and then. She also makes bubble magnets to sell at the shows I do. I also get a lot of help at shows from my brother, Ryan and his girlfriend, Sarah. They help me not go insane setting up in those hectic weather conditions, ha!
What are some of the best and worst aspects of being an independent designer? I get to do what I love to do. It’s fun and a great creative outlet. I have met a lot of awesome people from all around that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The bad side is sometimes sales are great, and other times you may have a dry spell. Orders come and go and you never can tell when it will hit.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
Sometimes things have hit me in my dreams. Funny, I know. My husband laughs at it, but it’s true. I get a lot of it from my love of culture, tattoos, car shows and friends.
How would you describe your designs? For the kids/women your mom warned you about
Any advice for aspiring designers? Just go with what you love. You can never go wrong with that. You can’t expect to be a success over night. It takes time, so always keep that in mind.
Do you have any interesting hobbies? When I’m not working or sewing my husband does photography for custom car magazines, so we travel a lot to car shows and photoshoots.
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