Lori of Blossom, aka Blossom Sundries, is the featured artist this week.Is there a story behind your shop name?
Blossom Sundries is the name of the herbal soap business I started ten years ago but as time went on I began to develop a new passion for mixed media art and I kept the name because the name took on it's true meaning to me - I was growing and blooming in all areas of my creative life.
What made you decide to open your own shop?
The only time I am truly happy working is when it's for myself, working with my hands and creating new things.
What is your favorite material to use? Found objects and vintage materials.
Talk briefly about your favorite item:
Not sure that I have just one. But I would probably say I treasure my old photos the most.
What are your creative inspirations?
My creative inspirations come from just about everywhere, but most of it would probably come from my creative family.
Are you a crafter full time or part time? Full time.
If full time, how did you make the leap?
My husband is a full time artist who designs and builds his own line of furniture, so he has always encouraged me to be a full time artist, so I had the support and that's huge. It wasn't that big of a leap for me because I had been a stay at home mom for so long and we had learned early on how to live frugally and pinch pennies where ever possible. I have tried to go back to school for web design but I was miserable.
Who encourages you to create? My husband, mother, mother in law, my boys.
Do you have a blog or website? I have a blog.
Tell me any other interesting things about yourself you'd like for me to include in your article:
We live on a small farm in Western North Carolina and I continue to make my herbal soap,
which can also be found in my shop along with my art.