We continue our November spotlight with our craft questionnaire.
Name: Carlene Eshelman
How long have you been a crafter?
I've been crafting for 22 years.
How did you get started?
I got started when my son was 5. He usually invited to a class mate's birthday party at the last minutes. So I learned how to make quick cards so I could put money in the cards as a gift. That was the beginning of my long-term addiction.
What is your favorite type of project now?
Wow, narrowing my favorite craft down is very hard because I love mixed media, upcycling, and basically any paper craft. If I have to choose it would be 3D paper crafts.
Do you listen to music when your craft? If so, which genre?
I do listen to my radio or play music while I am crafting. My favorite artists are Mariah Carey, Pink, Leona Lewis, Shania Twain....mostly what I call girly music.
What part of paper crafting is most intimidating?
I don't have an intimidating part of crafting. The way I see it is that I can always find a happy opportunity to fix something. If I don't like something, I can always redo its...and really...it is just paper right?
Do you preplan your projects or get inspiration as you go?
When I start on a craft, I usually just have a general idea. When I sit down to do it is when I choose papers and supplies. I have been called a fast crafter but I think the reason is because when I start a projects, I do not stop until its done. If I put aside a project to a "later", that time never comes....lol
Do you clean your craft table after each project?
I sort of clean my table when I am done with a project. I will put away paper pads, embellishments, paints, etc., but my table is usually messy on a daily basis. Its an "organized" mess.
Have you ever sold any of your projects? If so, where can we find your work?
I have sold my projects at craft shows locally and online, however I do not currently have a store.
What do you do outside of crafting? Other hobbies/interests/accomplishments?
Outside of being a craftaholic, I am also a Mom, wife, and Grandma. I spend time with my 3 granddaughters every week. Being a Grandma is one of the best things ever. I have also been featured in a handful of Scrapbook magazines for my projects and have been on a few Design Teams as well.
If you were given the chance to pick 3 products in any craft store where money was no object, what 3 things would you choose?
If I could buy three products in a store where money was no object, I would buy a Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutter because I’ve always wanted one, a Crop In Style P3 Tote with Paper Shelves built in, and any other huge organizer for my craft room.
Favorite Topic: (Vacations, Children/Baby, Disney, etc)
Tombow Liquid Mono Adhesive
Favorite Craft Brand:
Many different ones but Kiwi Lane of course for cards/scrapbooking
Rhinestone bling or flat back pearls
Favorite way to shop: (Online, In-store, Bazaars, Expos, etc.)
I prefer to shop in stores but online when I need something specific and cannot find it locally
Favorite Craft Blogger:
I don't have a favorite craft blogger but I have friends on YouTube
THIS OR THAT: (And tell us why if you have an interesting angle)
Keep scraps or toss scraps?
I keep larger scraps of paper generally if they are larger than 2”. Sometimes I will punch out 1” circles with smaller scraps to have around when I make flowers or cards. I found that I rarely used smaller scraps less than 2” and boy they sure can accumulate very quickly.
Buttons: Thread or No thread?
I do both. Sometimes I put twine in buttons, sometimes not. It just depends on my mood and where I am using it. I’m in love with sequins so I will often adhere a sequin on top of a button.
Decorative scissors or edge punches?
I LOVE punches and use them often, but I still have decorative scissors as a backup. ;) I also let me granddaughters use the decorative scissors.
Remember to take part in the contest with Kiwi Lane.
The winner gets:
Winter Accessory 3 pc. set
Tiny Traditions 6 pc. set
Decorated notebook and 4 piece card set with envelopes!!!
*US Residents only*
Idaho Craft Association