How did you start in the Handmade community?
I have been making things my entire life. I have always been drawn towards anything I could try and put together myself. With Crassholes I am at the point now where I don't have to make every single thing myself, which frees up a lot of time to explore making new things. Handmade is so special to me because it is just all people like me trying their hardest and believing in what they do. How could you NOT love that? The community is supportive and kind to each other, and I have met great people and had awesome experiences thus far.
What or who inspires you?
I get a lot of inspiration from my boyfriend. He is extremely creative in ways totally different from me, and its fun to be creative together. Whenever I doubt myself, he is there to provide the push I need. I also get a lot of inspiration from social media platforms. Taking what I see people talk about and turning them into products that are fun is what I like to do. My family, especially my cousins and their kids are freaking hilarious, and listening to them talk provides a lot of material.
What makes your work unique and truly your own?
When I started Crassholes I started with just the balloons. I had never seen one person do that before. There were the traditional happy birthday balloons, sure, but there was nothing to help anyone with a sense of humor decorate for their parties. Now we have 50 styles of balloons, cards, journals, water bottles, and so much more to come. Everything I think of I search around and make sure I haven't seen something like it before. Companies now have started to try and copy the balloon idea, which while frustrating, also shows me that it was a niche in the market that people didn't even know they wanted filled until it existed.
What can we expect to see from you at Jackalope?
I can't wait for Jackalope! I will have all sorts of products there this year- the full line of balloons, all sorts of cards and stationery, accessories, journals, plus of course my awesome dog Tank. (see adorable pic attached)