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Missy Covington
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Creative Director/Writer in Event Production

What are your hobbies?

I love to read whenever I can and I travel a lot for work. Exploring different places is amazing. I also run as a hobby and I really enjoy doing anything out in the garden--planting, growing, picking, etc.

What are your favorite crafts and what's your craft space like?

I love making a wide variety of craft things. Right now I'm making snarky magnet buttons out of vintage magazines.

Working with felt is what I do primarily, though, because it's fun and versatile, and I love seeing what I can create.

There's a smattering of painting in there too, and I like making objects for my daughter to use or play with. I'm very much a dabbler.

My craft space is a mess! My crafting space itself is the back corner of the (finished) basement. I mostly work on a spare couch and I’ll often watch various programs while finishing things up late at night—nothing that takes too much visual attention or requires focus to follow, though. I have a to-go box ready to go for when friends have crafting nights; I can easily bring projects with me and get a bit of work done while socializing as well.

What do you craft along to?

I watch a lot of comfort TV while I'm crafting. I like Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, episodes of Star Trek, etc.

I also listen to a podcast called "The Greatest Generation" which is, um, about Star Trek the Next Generation and not WWII heroes. It's very geeky.

What was the first project you ever made?

My earliest craft memories start at about age 4 or 5, sitting in on my grandmother’s “Stitch-and-Chatter” club with “the ladies” from the neighborhood. I was given watered-down coffee and a flour-sack towel of my very own to embroider (I think it was a mouse-and-strawberries pattern).

What are your favorite items to make?

I love making person-based ornaments/activity book pictures out of felt. It's very satisfying to figure out how to highlight detail/facial features and characteristics to make someone recognizable in just felt and embroidery floss.

Which other craft blogs do you love to read?

Though not really blogs, I follow some artists on instagram. Two of my favorites are Knitteapolis and Emerald and Fig.

I'm also a member of the American Craft Council--which basically just means that I get a great magazine every few months with lots of crafty inspiration.

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