We head to Long Island to meet Betty who loves to start projects and eventually finished most of them!
Featured Member Interview
How did you find CO+K and why did you join?
I found CO+K by chance back in 2007! I joined because the concept of a website that crowd-sourced project ideas and tutorials was new to me and incredibly useful.
What projects are you currently working on?
Right now I've got three costumes in progress (Cupid from Arrow, the Impala from Supernatural & Daria), all for my first Con (Atlantic City Boardwalk Con)! Once these are done I'm planning on a getting back to my easel with a painting & a drawing in mind.
- August 4, 2007
- New York, New York, United States
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What does your craft space look like?
I had to downsize to a studio apartment the last time I moved, so I've had to get a bit creative with where I keep things. My bedroom area has become mostly craft storage on shelves and under the bed. My easel gets a place of honor in the living room area and my "dining room table" typically ends up being used way more as crafting table or sewing table than a place to eat.
Which tool or craft supply do you use the most?
I probably use my quality lefty scissors the most. I've splurged on a two pairs, one for sewing and one for general crafting. As Grandma taught me, never use your sewing shears on paper; it dulls the blade.
What do you craft along to?
When I'm drawing or painting I tend to listen to an eclectic playlist, which is guaranteed to include a mix of Matchbox Twenty, Gaelic Storm, some country, some classic rock, some concert band tunes and a substantial amount of 90's rock. When I'm sewing, cooking or diving in to some other craft I have a tendency to marathon either Supernatural, Lois and Clark The New Adventures of Superman or Pride and Prejudice (the BBC Colin Firth version).
Betty's Most Popular Projects
It's a toss up when it comes to my favorites. I can narrow it down to a mix of drawing, painting, jewelry making and sewing. I typically go through phases working in one area or medium for a while and then switch it up.
Betty's Top Crafts
If you could learn one new craft or make anything, what would it be?
I'd love to get into woodworking and refinishing furniture. I have a bookcase that was custom built by a friend and an antique china cabinet that belonged to my Great-Grandmother. The craftsmanship that went into both pieces is inspiring. If I had the space and resources the first thing I'd make is a new dining room (craft) table!
Who are your crafting heroes?
Without a doubt my Grandma and Grandpa Smith are my crafting heroes. Pa tought me to paint, draw and cook. Grandma taught me to sew. They both got me into gardening as well. As a kid I'd get to their house with some project in mind and they'd always have the time and patience to help me.