Friday, June 18, 2010

Member Interview

Who are you?

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!!


  1. Great interview! So nice to read more about you Lisa! I love your jewelry.
    No one on the internet will know that you'll be an 'old' lady unless you tell them. :)

  2. I do so enjoy learning more about my teamates!
    Nice to meet you, Lisa, and thanx for the introduction, Mollie.
    PS: 60 is NOT old!!!!! :)

  3. I know its not just sounds old!!!

  4. So nice to meet you, Lisa!! And to learn a little about you and your shop! Adorable puppy by the way! And even 61 isn't old! :D xo Cait

  5. 60 is the new 40....... :) Thanks for the wonderful interview. Love that dog too.

  6. I love your creations...and I love quilts...what a perfect mix!

  7. Very nice to meet you Lisa! I do love your jewellery, and the puppy!

    Thanks for bringing us another great interview Mollie!

  8. So good to get to "know" one more team member! Love your creations, Lisa... love the vintage feel! Thanks for sharing.

  9. COOL! Nice to meet you Lisa :D

  10. Fun pieces, pleased you experiment! Nice outcome!MJ

  11. wonderful interview, Lisa and Mollie: thanks for letting us in on your life; like your work and your sweet dog!

  12. Penny is our newest addition to our family. A golden retriever....she joins our other dog, plus 4 cats. The cats are all strays we adopted!

  13. hey lisa~ lovely to meet you! your little lace hearts are adorable!
    (waves a mollie!)

  14. Fabulous interview and it's so wondrous to get to know more about you Lisa!! I LOVE your jewelry, the mix of olde and new, I am such a quilt lover and I think it's genius what you do with them!
    Mollie, thank you again and I am looking forward to next weeks!!