Sara- Did you enjoy art as a child?
Katrina- I really didn't have a big interest in art as a child. It wasn't until I got a job at a florist when I was 16 that think my "artsy journey" began. I was trained to make bows and to make floral arrangements. It may seem simple, but bow making is really an art. I feel like that's what makes my wall lettering stand out sometimes. Many paint much better than me, but I think my bows and ribbons (for hanging the lettering) are unique.
My first decoupage projects started after I married. My husband's mom was a master decoupeur in the South African Guild of Decoupeurs and she taught me how to decoupage using the most amazing papers and cutouts. I spent a couple years doing so much decoupaging and block mounting (boxes.)
S- What is your favorite medium to work with (paint, mod podge, etc)?K- I think I love painting the best. Though, sometimes, making thing out of scrapbooking materials is really fun too (bookmarks for example.)
S- What is your favorite color combo?
K- I really love pink and brown--but that may be because I need a little girlishness in the midst of a house full of boys.
Another combo I love is a light teal with white.
S- Where do you get most of your arts/craft supplies?
K- Walmart and Michael's.
K- My dining room I guess. I just recently painted my farmer's table with black craft paint! I sealed it with varnish and I think it cost about $8 for the supplies.
S- Anything else to share about your creative process or about your business?
K- My newest item that I am loving creating are cake toppers for both wedding cakes and birthday cakes. The birthday cake toppers is something I came up with, with my woodworker and I just love them. I haven't seen them around anywhere, so they are somewhat unique. They're a wonderful gift for people...you can use them year after year, so really it's a cost-effective item. They are about 6 inches tall and I custom decorate them.
My family comes before my business. It was a decision I made a long time ago. As a Christian homeschooling family, we decided to set that priority a long time ago (after becoming really overwhelmed and having partially decorated lettering all over the house.) I do business by referral only. Sponsoring you, Sara, is a treat and if it brings a little attention to my at-home business, it's an extra blessing!
(she is going to kill me for using this picture, but I thought it was so cute of her and her husband trying to get some photos in the hotel mirror :)K- Also, I was once asked to sell through a company which I agreed to only to change my mind. I realized I couldn't parent effectively nor be a supportive wife and do that much business at the same time. Some can, I am simply not capable. It was really really difficult. My husband suggested raising my prices and only doing work based on referral. God has always honored that commitment to my family. I am able to do just enough work to feel that artistic side of me feel productive.
I feel honored to think how many babies and children have my artwork hanging in their rooms. What a privilege to help parents decorate a room for those they love dearest.
Thanks for sharing with us, Katrina! I love your whole philosophy and dedication to your family! I could totally echo what you are saying about doing just enough art to feel the artistic side and feel productive- our families need to come first! Thank you for your inspiration- the fact that you can bless others and help with decorating their homes- but not over committing yourself! We will have plenty of time for that when our kids get older. Keep up the good work!