"My room is 12x12. I have 2 sturdy tables for sewing, a large cutting table that folds down to about a foot.
If I am working on a project that needs more table space I use the 6ft table I have for craft shows. I'm really hoping to get a shelving unit to display all my fabric soon but for now I have it in 3 bins and 2 boxes in my closet."
Christa's "2 sturdy tables for sewing" are home to her sewing machine and serger.
I was pleased as punch to Flint Handmade and Flint City Derby Girls stickers on Christa's sewing machine!
Flint Handmade sponsored a Valentine's Day bout for the FCDG in 2010. We love supporting other local organizations.
Christa told me that her serger is her favorite craft tool:
"I love my serger. I bought it from Cindy of Attack of the Craft. She sold it to me for a steal. I only paid $100 and it's Janome. The reason I got such a good deal is because she won a Husqvarna from a What the Craft contest."
In addition to her regular sewing machine and serger, Christa has a vintage Viscount sewing machine.
Does this machine look familiar? It reminds me of our Amy's vintage Kenmore which was featured in our October 2010 Second Saturday Giveaway.
You may have noticed the mannequin head in the picture of Christa's serger. She actually has two.
This one is from when she attended cosmetology school. She uses it to display her hair flowers.
Christa keeps her "in-process" hair flowers in a priority mail box.
I asked her how she got into crafting:
"When I was in third grade, I would make friendship bracelets, necklaces, chokers, lanyards and do hair wraps. After high school, I started doing simple t-shit reconstructions.
When I was 24, I got my first sewing machine. I was 27 when got into selling I wanted some hair flowers and knew I could make them better and cooler then the ones I seen online."
Christa showed off some of her "better and cooler" hair flowers, bags, pouches and wrist warmers with her adorable dog, Pocky.
She has quite an impressive collection of scissors, pliers and other tools to create all of her rockin' accessories. I asked Christa how she came up with her company name:
"My name is Christa. I rock and make awesome accessories."
Love how she keeps it simple!
I snapped this pic of Christa with her company banner and dressform. I found out that she plans to put her dressform to work soon when I asked her what projects she would like to work on in the future:
"More clothing for myself. I've made myself a bunch of skirts and a few shirts. I need to work on pants and shorts."
Well, Christa has a thick bunch of colorful zippers (in a melted record bowl, natch) that she can use to make all kinds of clothes for herself!
Finally, I asked Christa a question that's new to Second Saturday Giveaway: What do you listen to/think about/watch while you craft?
"I love to watch reruns of Gilmore Girls or Scrubs. When I listen to music, my taste is all over. I will listen to just about anything. Death metal, rock, new wave, old school rap, country. I like just having something in the background."
Well, we at Flint Handmade just like having Christa as a member of the local craft scene and we are so excited to have some of Ms. Christa's Rockin' Accessories for our March Second Saturday Giveaway!
A) Follow Flint Handmade via the blog, Twitter, Google Reader or whatever newfangled "following application" tickles your fancy. Or, if you don't do the whole following thing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our email list.
B) Leave us a comment in response to this blog post by 5pm on Saturday, March 19, 2011 answering the following 2 questions:
1) How do you follow us?
2) What do you listen to/think about/watch while YOU craft?
Please be sure to answer BOTH questions to qualify for the drawing.
The winner will be selected at random and posted on the blog within one week after the deadline. The winner will have 30 days to claim the prize.
We hope to hear from YOU and we hope you enjoyed our February Second Saturday Giveaway!
P.S. Christa is giving our blog readers a very special discount to her Etsy shop. Enter coupon code "imbeautiful" to receive 25% off!