Lisa of That Old Blue House.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in Green Valley, IL. A small town of 700ish, a short distance from Peoria. I think I have the best of both worlds, small town life but only a 2.5-3 hour drive to the big cities.. St. Louis or Chicago.
Over twenty years ago I took a stained glass class while I was dating my future husband. I fell in love with glass ... and him too! After our first child was born, I wanted to be a stay at home mom so I sold my suncatchers at craft shows, shops, etc.... to bring some money in. Through the years it has evolved to what it is today ... jewelry made with vintage quilts, lace, paper and found objects.
My business name That Old Blue House came from the old family tenant farmhouse we live in that has blue siding! I have just recently opened a second shop on Etsy InaMaeVintage, named after my Grandmother.
How did you learn about Etsy Project Embrace?
I learned of Etsy Project Embrace from all the gorgeous Treasuries made by members, and friendships with a couple members. I decided to join this wonderful team after my good friend had a recurrence of her cancer, and have seen lots of other friends and acquaintances diagnosed with cancer lately.
What is your favorite item in your shop?
My favorite item in my shop is probably my heart lace pendant. I love hearts, even though these are my least favorite items to make!
What is your favorite possession?
My favorite possession is a ring of my Grandmother's that my mother gave me when I graduated from college. She had passed away when I was much younger, and it really is special to me.
I gave my daughter a ring from her grandmother when she graduated college last year ... Maybe this will be a start of a fun tradition.
What do you collect?
Old postcards and paper. I am starting to delve into collecting old photos and snapshots.
Where would you like to be and what do you hope to be doing ten years from now?
I would like to still be creating and selling ... It scares me to think who will buy from a 60 year OLD lady. Oh, well time will tell!!