Hello Team Members
and Visitors. I am proud to be a member of the Catholic Etsy Artist Guild and have already posted several blogs. The team leader has requested that we introduce ourselves, so...
I have 2 Etsy shops. The one which I list here at the Guild is Grace Hill Gifts (www.gracehill.etsy.com) and my other shop is Fiberfads! (www.fiberfads.etsy.com)
Tell us a little about yourself :
I have been blessed to be a cradle Catholic who, through the sacrament of marriage, the blessing of children, and the inspiration of many wonderful priests, has grown to love my Faith. After 6 years of working as a speech pathologist, I married and after a year, became a stay-at-home-mom and eventually a homeschooling teacher. 23 fabulous years have passed since then, and as the children have grown, I have filled nooks and crannies of time with knitting. That takes me to the next question...
What inspired you to start an Etsy Shop?:
I started my Fiberfads! shop, which sells hand knitted items, as a way to earn money for Mary's Shelter, a local shelter for women facing a crisis pregnancy (www.marysshelterva.org). About a year later, my father, whose address was Grace Hill Dr., died a peaceful and holy death after a short but intense fight with cancer. It wasn't until after his death that I realized the significance of the name of that road. The ultimate Grace Hill was Calvary on which our Lord was crucified for the salvation of all mankind. My father imitated Christ on his personal Grace Hill by offering to God all his sufferings for a suffering world...Grace upon Grace through redemptive suffering which God allows us to share with His Son. So, in memory of my father, I opened my second shop, Grace Hill Gifts which sells handmade Catholic goods.
Tell us about your art:
I love fiber of all kinds and in different forms. I use cotton and tapestry materials to make breviary covers, rosary cases, and baptismal candle keepers:
I also like to knit baptismal bonnets and quilt angel wall hangings:
Where do you create?
I create anywhere I can find a seat to knit or sew.
Do you sell your work anywhere else?:
I do sell my Fiberfads! work for Mary's Shelter at a local farmer's market, but I only sell Grace Hill Gifts on Etsy or to friends.
What is your favorite devotion?:
I have found a wonderful book on the Psalms so I have been praying a psalm a day and studying the parallel commentary.