I "met" Sheryl recently, in a common Facebook group, and discovered her crafty talents! Sher's Creative Space is full of patterns and tutorials for sewing, quilting and applique (my favorite is the little camping set). She's a busy lady!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you’re from: I live in the Michigan City, Indiana area. I don’t live in the city limits, more out in the country. Our area is known for the beautiful Lake Front, and most recently our Uptown Arts District. They took our old and rundown downtown area and turned it into an artist’s dream, which includes an entire building and turned it into a whole lot of artist studios where they can work and live. We are also a very short drive from the Indiana Dunes State Park.
What would people be surprised to learn about you? I quit my full time job at an animal clinic (where we also rehab wildlife) three years ago. It was such an awesome and rewarding job that I couldn’t leave it completely so when they asked if I could stay on as a “fill-in” for vacations and other time off, I couldn’t resist! So if I’m not in my sewing studio working, I might just be checking in surgeries for spays and neuters, or playing with puppies, kittens, bunnies, or big playful dogs.
What is one of your proudest achievements? Definitely raising two smart, thoughtful, independent, and caring individuals. My children make me proud every single day. They are now 28 and 30.
When you’re not crafting or working on your shop, what do you like to do? I love to spend time with my family, especially my granddaughter who is almost three. She loves to spend the night at Nana’s house and we love to have her. She is the light of my life! I also have a pretty amazing husband. We’ve been together for eight years and we love to travel. We often take long weekends away. We also enjoy hiking and we are lucky to have so many places to do that so close to home.
What is your favorite piece of work that you created? This is a tough one since I’ve been sewing for so many years. I’m extremely addicted to little zipper bags, wristlets, and purses, and I can’t stop making them. Not only do I design them, but I also make them for myself and family from other designers patterns because I just can’t stop making them. I keep my favorites in a big basket in my sewing studio.
When did you start your business, and what was your motivation? I actually started designing patterns in 1993 when my kids were small. The Internet wasn’t available so I had my designs published in numerous magazines and books. Back then I created all my manuscripts on a typewriter. Can you imagine that? It was horrible! After I was finished with them, I would drive over to the library and make several copies. I would then stuff them inside a 9 x 12 envelope along with photos and a cover letter, then send them to the publishing company’s editing department. I would then wait up to six weeks for a contract, or sometimes a rejection letter. Wow, how times have changed! I did take a break from designing when life took a bit of a turn and I needed to support myself. That was close to impossible to do with pattern design before PDF patterns became such a big hit on the Internet. I worked for my family’s printing business and that is where I learned page layout, which is very important to know when putting together a pattern. In 2012 I decided to get back to it, and I’m so glad I did.
Describe your workspace: I love my workspace so much, I could live in here and never leave it. My husband turned one of our larger bedrooms (with a huge walk in closet) into my studio. He added built in shelving along two walls. Everything is neatly organized, because I have to have it that way. I also have a nice window next to my desk and sewing area where I can look out into our beautiful yard, and if I’m lucky I’ll see deer.
What are the craft tools/supplies you can’t live without? This is a real good question because I do have several items I couldn’t live without! Mat and rotary cutter, clips that replace pins, tube turning tubes, sewing tweezers, seam ripper (of course), my basting spray (cuts my basting time into nothing), and various sewing machine feet such as open toe, narrow zipper foot, ¼ inch foot, and walking foot.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Always find time for yourself, and do something you enjoy. Life is so short so try to fill every minute of it with something purposeful. Also, follow your dreams. They will never come true if you don’t chase them and grab a hold of them.
Where else can we find you?
Are you a morning person or a night person? Definitely a night person.
Favorite and least favorite food(s): Favorite – chocolate, chicken (grilled), broccoli, Dairy Queen Waffle Cone Sundae Least favorite: anything fried, sprout things on my sandwiches, oatmeal and cottage cheese. Just typing the last two sets off my gag reflexes!
Do you have any pets? I have a 12 year old yorkie named Bubba, and a precious and sweet 16 year old black cat named Punkie.
5 things on your life’s to-do list: Take a three week road trip with the hubster. Write a book. Take my granddaughter to Disney World when she’s a little older. Zip line (possibly this October with my daughter). Get a tiny memorial tattoo (definitely doing this October when I visit my daughter, we’re getting matching ones)
Right-handed or left-handed? Right-handed
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A police woman. Didn’t happen!
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