We head to Glasgow, Scotland to meet Super Madcow who loves sewing and making cakes!
Featured Member Interview
How did you find CO+K and why did you join?
I first stumbled across Cut Out + Keep by accident. I have always been keen on crafting and making things. I was searching the internet for ideas on Hama Beads and I found your site. I really liked what I saw and I decided to join. I love the ideas and features on your site and have enjoyed making items and sharing them with others. I get a real buzz when someone comments, likes or favorites the items I have shared.
What projects are you currently working on?
With Christmas only day's away I'm not working on any new projects right now, but after the festive season is past I have my sights set on making a new hat for my son. He loves the show Breaking Bad and I have an idea for a knitted hat, quite like the Minecraft Creeper hat I made for my daughter. I hope it comes out okay and I can share it with the Cut Out + Keep website.
- December 13, 2012
- Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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What does your craft space look like?
You have asked about my craft space, I don't have a designated craft space. I use my kitchen and my kitchen table for doing all my crafting. It has seen many craft items created on it. I have bags of fabric and boxes of everything used for making things stuffed into the back of a cupboard. Nothing as elaborate or organized as a 'designated craft area' (I wish). I'm sure there are many people just like me who use their kitchen or dinning room table to create master pieces.
Which tool or craft supply do you use the most?
The tools I use most, obviously are depending on the project I am doing at that particular time. My sewing machine is an essential tool that I would not go without. It has seen me through many different projects from the smallest doll's clothes to the largest bedding/curtain projects. I keep it to hand so that I can start a project at the drop of a hat.
If its cake/deserts that I'm tackling, then I would have to say my cutters are an essential part of the cake decorating and cookie making projects. They are essential for making decorations for cakes or for cutting out biscuits or cookies that have to be baked and decorated. You can't have enough cutters. They are very versatile also, you can use them upside down, cutting parts off or adding parts on to make different versions of cookies/decorations with just one cutter.
What do you craft along to?
Whilst I craft an item I always have the radio on. I listen to my local radio station. They keep me going through long project work. I'm not really a t.v, podcast person so I would have to say the radio is the best entertainment when crafting.
Annemarie's Most Popular Projects
I really enjoy all crafting projects but my favourite things to make are fabric sewing projects and cakes. Lately I have been making a lot of doll's clothes for my daughter's new doll's. I feel that the doll's clothing that I have bought in the past has not been the best of quality. After my daughter has used them and changed her doll a few times the items would rip or fray. Looking at the items I knew I could produce better quality items and that they would be long lasting, no matter how many times the doll has worn them. I could also produce these items at a fraction of the cost of buying the less superior items.
Regarding the cake and cooking items I make, I have always loved making cakes. Since my son was one year old, I have made his birthday cake for him, I got lots of good, encouraging comments from friends and family who eat it. I have tried to improve and try out new techniques and recipes with any cake that I have made since then. My family have a real sweet tooth and this encourages me to try making new things, not just cakes. All kind's of cakes, deserts, sweets, pies, etc. They all go down a treat with my family.
Annemarie's Top Crafts
If you could learn one new craft or make anything, what would it be?
If I could learn a new craft it would be how to make sugar craft flowers. My flowers are never as pretty or delicate as the ones in sugar craft books. I have been tempted to join a class/group to learn how to make the perfect, beautiful flowers I see in pictures, but I never seem to find the time to do it. Maybe I should make this my new years resolution for 2014 to learn how to make sugar craft flowers properly. If I did learn to do this I would make a beautiful flower filled cake and show it off on the Cut Out + Keep site for all to see.
Who are your crafting heroes?
My crafting hero is probably Kirstie Allsopp. When I watch her I can see myself. She will try anything and does her best to be the best at it. She may have never tried a project before but you know she will give it 100% and most of the time her project is top quality. When I watch her show's I try to get ideas on items that I might like to make.