You’ve seen Kamila of Puddlestomper in the Gallery, now get to know her on a more personal level.
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I make needle felt mobiles, dolls, pirates and anything that can be needle felted. I can needle felt you for that matter;)
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
Growing up in the former Czechoslovakia behind the iron curtain where art was discouraged was probably the best place to grow up for an artist. The repression brings out a huge amount of creativity and my drive to do anything.
It’s taken me a long time to discover my self as an artist but art was always my thing. I was always a doodler, all my school notebooks always had doodles, sketches and drawings. I have tried it all, photography, oil, acrylic, filmmaking, knitting, crocheting, sewing and finally felting.
Felting makes sense to me, it brings all those skills together and the possibilities are endless.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
I own a really good pair of rain boots because I am a puddle stomper. My girls are puddle stompers.
Puddles equal rain. All major things in my life happened while it was raining. Meeting my husband, getting married and going into labor with both my girls. My younger daughter’s middle name is “RAIN”.
I love to come out with my daughters after the rain has stopped smell the air and watch them jump in the puddles. Puddles make them happy and happiness is all that matters.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
After my girls go to bed that is my time. Crafting makes me happy. It’s a job I can do and still be with my girls and watch them grow. I choose my own hours and I choose what I want to make.
My older daughter loves to felt, I am happy I finally found a safe felting needle she can use. Arts and crafts have taken over our house. Please buy my stuff so I can get a studio :)
My husband is a computer geek and he promotes the hell out of me. He is a Puddlestomper promoting genius.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I did my first craft fair at PS 29 school in Brooklyn. It was a great fun and now I am addicted. I would love to do more craft fairs. I love talking to people, meeting new artists and personally handing my stuff over.
Right now I sell exclusively on etsy. www.puddlestomper.etsy.com
Do you have a favorite handmade shop or seller?
There are so many people that make beautiful things out there. I am always marking favorites on etsy. I do have to give a shout out to two very talented women.
Madeley makes awesome retro stationary for all:
My friend Karen makes hats and prints at:
What inspires and motivates you?
Art, nature, my family, my friends and my neighborhood inspires me.
Traveling to different parts of this world and watching people live inspires me.
Eating great local, clean food inspires me.
What do you wish I had asked you?
“Where will I be 10 years from now?”
Happy being my own boss doing what I love to do. My girls growing up happy, healthy and strong.
What a great dream — thanks Kamila! If you would like to be interviewed next, just cruise over to DIY Interview.
My best friend from high school got engaged this week and I couldn’t be more happy for her and her new fiance. She’ll be the first in my group of friends to tie the knot, making her wedding a momentous occasion for all of us. Despite the busyness and excitement around the engagement, I got a chance to speak with her over the weekend about the proposal, her engagement ring, and, of course, her ideas for the wedding.
My friend has loved the color baby blue ever since I’ve known her (we met in the 1st grade); therefore, it didn’t surprise me that she wanted to have it as one of her wedding colors. When I came across this beautiful baby blue dress by Ananya, I couldn’t help but think of my friend’s wedding. Besides being the perfect shade of blue, I love the elegant simplicity of this dress. The architectural collar adds just the right amount of elegance to this otherwise simple, but timeless piece. And just in case my friend changes her mind, there are plenty of other fabric colors to choose, everything from hot pink to black.
My friend wants to make sure that every girl in the bridal party feels completely comfortable in her dress, no matter what their body type. The Coda wrap dress by nataJane is the perfect solution. It can be worn a dozen different ways, from strapless to sleeveless to kimono style, and will look great on everyone in the bridal party. Oh, and it comes in baby blue as well as 44 other amazing colors.
My friend loves strapless dresses, and I think she would just adore the sweet ruffles and the architectural look of the Kia dress by Nostalgia. Accenting the smallest part of your waist and falling around the knee, this dress is universally flattering and timeless. With a price tag of only $89, it’s affordable as well!
I can’t wait to pass along the links to each of these dresses to my friend. With so many great choices, I have no doubt that her bridal party will look absolutely amazing for her big day!
**The photo featured at the top of this post was taken by CAPow Art & Design.
Please say a huge hello to our latest guest blogger, Diana Prichard! She’s passionate about food and the people who create it, and this post is a great testament to her love.
Every year over the Fourth of July holiday we pack our camper to the brim, load up the dogs, the horses, the children and every yard game known to man and venture just forty-five miles south to the private lake and cabin that has been in my family for years. There we converge on an almost week long family reunion. The small, rustic, three-room cabin built by my grandfather shortly after World War II acts as a community center as each family pulls in and sets up camp on the surrounding lawn.
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Welcoming Spring Crochet Hat
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Swarovski pearl and crystal spray Bridal Hair Pins
Three beautiful bronze, french hair pins with a spray of mauve, cultured, pearls and Swarovski crystals and pearls in lite gold. All perfectly hand wired with silver plated, artistic wire.These pins are a great accessory for a french pleat or up do, adding that extra something for a… details »