Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Meet the Maker - My Obsession Designs

Introducing Tracey from My Obsession Designs:

Tell us a little about yourself?

Hi, my name is Tracey and I am the person behind My Obsession Designs.

I am a SAHM mother to 3 beautiful children – 2 boys and 1 girl with another special bundle on the way.  Before becoming a mother 4½ years ago I was a Production Manager for an electronics company.

After nearly 4 years of being a SAHM, I felt as though I needed a bit more of a challenge – something to keep my brain active.  My Obsession Designs was born from a love of beautiful and colourful fabrics – I started making bright and colourful nappy bags, something a bit different from the run of the mill shop bought ones and this soon turned into nappy pouches – gift bags – tote bags – swimming back packs and the list continues to grow..

Other than sewing, what do you do?

For as long as I can remember I have been involved in craft. I pretty much grew up underneath my Mum’s sewing table – sewing buttons onto scraps of fabric and picking up the pins off the floor. Other than sewing I enjoy a bit of cross stitch, knitting and scrapbooking our families precious memories.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Initially the inspiration for My Obsession Designs was Unique, Colourful or Interesting bags that are Practical.

I have a nappy bag that was made for me when I had my first child and it is bright and colourful and I just love it!

One of my favourite products are my Green Gift Bags, which I love because of the environmental factor.  The idea that you can re-use your gift wrapping over and over again really motivates me to do more.  I am just one person doing something for my environment.

Since finding the lovely world of handmade on Facebook, many people I have met on-line inspire me everyday.  Nat from Patooties Boutique and Jane from Lil Pip were two of the first pages that I stumbled across on Facebook and I was (and still am) in absolute awe of what they create.

Being part of The Sewing Sisterhood has introduced me to many other talented ladies who also inspire me everyday.  I am truly honoured to be part of such a fabulous group of ladies who provide support for each other constantly.

What does sewing, crafting and handmade mean to you?

Sewing, Crafting and Handmade to me represents something made with love.  I truly treasure handmade goodness – each item is unique, even if they are made from the same fabrics.

Who is your favourite fabric or pattern designer?

I love shopping for gorgeous fabrics for my creations.  There are so many fabulous designers out there who create the most amazing fabrics.  A couple of designers who stand out amongst my favourites are Michael Miller and Riley Blake.  There is never a shortage of yummy fabrics to choose from!

Who has been your greatest influence?

Growing up under the sewing table – my Mum would have to be my greatest influence with my crafting.

Where would you like to be in five years?

In 5 years time, I will be just about ready to send my last child off to school…. By then I plan on being able to support my family from home.  My Obsession Designs will have a team of employees dedicated to bringing you quality handmade items.

What handmade possession do you love most?

My most precious handmade possession is actually not a “sewn” item.  Many years ago my Grandfather crafted me a Hope Chest made from timber.  He has now passed away and this item sits in my home and reminds me of all the good times we had together out in his shed making things with timber.

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