2011 whipup calendar

Today I want to introduce you to Tania Ennor – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss November: www.myrtleandeunice.com

I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:

1. What were your early craft influences/experiences? 
The very first time I ever felt that overwhelming need to ‘make’, I was fourteen or so and I spent some hard earned pennies on fabric for a skirt. Without a notion and certainly without a pattern, I spread the fabric on the floor and did the next logical thing: I rolled. Lay on the floor, lined up waist with fabric edge and rolled. 360 degrees of precision skirt measuring – with a bit extra for the seam. I wore that skirt for years. I wish, I wish, I wish I still had it now. After that, I didn’t do anything even faintly crafty for twenty five years.

2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
Four years ago, I learnt to knit via Google and YouTube. It was an urge that came out of nowhere. My light bulb moment was when I realised that getting serious about making stuff took away the joy. The trick for me, the thing that gets the pulse racing, is the mischief, the silly, the unexpected, the whim, the Why Not? That’s the sort of thing that has me seriously obsessed. Plus I get a kick out of learning how to do stuff.

3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influenced your artistic direction or your craft practice?
1. My boss at Pentagram Design, London. I spent five years learning from one of the masters. John McConnell is responsible for my love of wit, cliché and an idea with legs.
2. Alan Fletcher, another Pentagram Design great. He taught me the art of looking sideways.
3. People who make stuff ‘just because’. People who make stuff and leave a small mark that might make somebody else smile. People who know that making isn’t always about a practical objective – that sometimes it’s about capturing imagination.

4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
Screenprinting is all about the love and hate for me. I don’t have enough time, nor enough space and it is endlessly frustrating to have a million ideas pop into my head, fly in the sky, only to be shot down by practicalities. But give me opportunity and I’m a pig in mud (covered in ink). Scalpel. Knitting sticks. Needle. Thread. Fabric stash. Crochet hook. Embroidery hoop. Internet connection. Yarn. Scissors. Wool stuffing. Sewing machine. Seam ripper…Three? Only three? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?

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Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office. Find out more info here.

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Calendar girls
January: www.lilfishstudios.com
February: www.lavenderlimes.blogspot.com
March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com
April: www.JammerSage.Etsy.com
May: www.filminthefridge.com
June: www.cozymemories.com
July: www.abitofpillipilli.blogspot.com
August: www.lauraleeburch.com
September: www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com
October: www.elsiemarley.com
November: www.myrtleandeunice.com
December & Cover: www.loulouandoscar.com

Whew! I think thats all the girls – I do hope you have enjoyed meeting all the wonderfully talented calendar girls – and to thank them for being involved in my little annual project.

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Today I want to introduce you to Lisa Aaron – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss December & Cover girl: www.loulouandoscar.com

I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:

1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I didn’t grow up in a crafty home and my earliest memories of making are flooded with frustration and disappointment. Ideas for projects filled my head but I lacked the ability to turn these ideas into 3d objects. I quickly learned to think of myself as ‘cack handed’, my creations were a mess! I couldn’t get my head around knitting or sewing, I gave up and settled into life as a book worm.

2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
I decided I wanted to open an Etsy shop before I had begun creating anything. Reading design/craft blogs and then falling in love with the world of plush/soft sculpture gave me the push I needed to overcome my seeming lack of aptitude and begin sewing. I suppose my ‘light bulb’ moment came when I put together the first plush animal for my son, I knew then that I wanted to get my creatures out into the world. The generous comments of the Flickr community and some queries from potential customers gave me the necessary courage to open Lou Lou & Oscar.

3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influences your artistic direction or your craft practice?
A hard question as there are so many artists/makers/designers I admire, I would love to name check them all. But sticking with influences they would be: Nicole Licht (Astulabee) as seminal influence & super smart all-round-good egg! Margie Oomen (Resurrection Fern) for enriching my life with her beautiful & intelligent art work, her generosity and enviable breakfasts! Margie inspired me to open up my senses to the natural world, to begin a little dialogue with the sea that has fed into my work and helped me find a stronger direction. Number three would have to be Jessica Marquez (Miniature Rhino), her beautifully stitched samplers sparked my need to learn how to embroider, I simply fell in love with her work & aspire to stitch that perfectly.

4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
I have an incurable fetish for fabric: cotton, linen, velvet, oh and wool felt. I couldn’t survive without a fabric marker, sharp scissors & my trusty, cheap sewing machine.

Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office. Find out more info here.

All three printable formats are included in the one low price of $5.00

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Calendar girls
January: www.lilfishstudios.com
February: www.lavenderlimes.blogspot.com
March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com
April: www.JammerSage.Etsy.com
May: www.filminthefridge.com
June: www.cozymemories.com
July: www.abitofpillipilli.blogspot.com
August: www.lauraleeburch.com
September: www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com
October: www.elsiemarley.com
November: www.myrtleandeunice.com
December & Cover: www.loulouandoscar.com

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Today I want to introduce you to Ashley Newcomb – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss May: www.filminthefridge.com

I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:

1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I grew up surrounded by crafts – my grandmother always did a lot of sewing and knitting and my parents were always building something out of wood – but I was definitely more into reading at that time. I didn’t actually get into sewing until a couple years ago (three, I think?) when I decided I wanted to sew my own market bag. I got a little refresher from my mom and soon thereafter found myself at a local sewing shop buying my own sewing machine. I think I can safely say that it was love at first stitch!

2. Which artist has been a strong influence on your work?
My passion lies in quilting, and much of that is due to the wonderful variety of modern fabrics which are now available. I really love modern quilts and was immediately inspired by Denyse Schmidt – I’ve pored over her book more times than I can count, and I’ve spent hours perusing Flickr for other quilts inspired by her work.

3. What is your favorite material/product to work with? And what could you not do without in your craft room?
Two of my favorite things in my craft room are my design wall - and my new sewing table. (When I started sewing I sewed at the dining room table and my design wall was the floor, and it worked just fine, so I know these items aren’t necessities by any means, but they certainly make life easier!) I absolutely love having the space to keep my sewing machine set up and having the space to keep everything I need close at hand. It saves a lot of time and definitely makes it easier to sneak in at least a few minutes of sewing every day! And the design wall is really great for standing back and seeing how a potential quilt is looking. I often stick blocks up and leave them there for a few days just to see how I feel about them over time.

Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office. Find out more info here.

All three printable formats are included in the one low price of $5.00

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Calendar girls
January: www.lilfishstudios.com
February: www.lavenderlimes.blogspot.com
March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com
April: www.JammerSage.Etsy.com
May: www.filminthefridge.com
June: www.cozymemories.com
July: www.abitofpillipilli.blogspot.com
August: www.lauraleeburch.com
September: www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com
October: www.elsiemarley.com
November: www.myrtleandeunice.com
December & Cover: www.loulouandoscar.com

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Today I want to introduce you to Tif Fussel – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com

I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:

1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I was born into a crafty, artistic family, however the defining ‘crafty’ moment for me came at 17. I needed to go back to school to retake Maths as it was not my forte. To fill in the school week I took a few extra classes, one of which was hand embroidery. The very first day I walked into the classroom I knew I had found my thing. Even today, many moons on, I can remember how giddy I felt upon discovery of embroidery floss, fabrics and a wonderful teacher who wished to impart her knowledge of embroidery to me :)

2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
I have always dabbled in making things, or painting our nest, however the moment I got serious came around the same time my youngest child started full time school. Having been a stay at home mum for many years of four children, I knew it was time to think about what I wanted to do. Soon after picking up my knitting needles again, I discovered an ad in the back of CRAFT magazine for ETSY. Just one look at the page and I knew I wished to open an Etsy store and fill it with handcrafted goodness.

3. Name three of your favorite artist/maker/designers who have influenced your artistic direction or your craft practice?
There are three crafters/artists whom I admire greatly, each of them are amazing and inspirational in their own rights. Over the years I have built up a long distance friendship with each of them and it is that friendship and mutual admiration that has given me the confidence to continue down the crafting path I have taken. I know without the kindness of them and others, such as my dearest readers, I would not be doing what I am doing now.
Jane from ATLITW :: Ingrid from Wood & Wool Stool :: Stine from Lutterlagkage

4. What is your favorite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
My favorite material to work with is vintage linens and doilies, does not matter what they are, a piece of white work, retro and vintage flowers in slightly ugly colors or just good old vintage doilies, I love them all. The three things i would be lost without, in my craft room are:
1. Miss Ethel, my trusty sewing machine. she is a sturdy little workhorse with no bells or whistles but she does everything I ask of her and never complains. Although occasionally she does develop a cough so on those days, she rests.
2. Carlos, my trusty camera. Sometimes he is temperamental and does not wish to focus on the job in hand, but most days he tries his best and that is all one can ask of a little camera with a big heart.
3. Little olive and Used Dog, my dogs. They are my company during the day when my clan are out and about… I can tell them my troubles, my crafting epiphanies and unlike my clan, they never talk back. they are indeed perfectly perfect in everyway :)

Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office. Find out more info here.

All three printable formats are included in the one low price of $5.00

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Calendar girls
January: www.lilfishstudios.com
February: www.lavenderlimes.blogspot.com
March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com
April: www.JammerSage.Etsy.com
May: www.filminthefridge.com
June: www.cozymemories.com
July: www.abitofpillipilli.blogspot.com
August: www.lauraleeburch.com
September: www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com
October: www.elsiemarley.com
November: www.myrtleandeunice.com
December & Cover: www.loulouandoscar.com

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Today I want to introduce you to Meg Spaeth – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss October: www.elsiemarley.com

I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:

1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
There wasn’t a lot of craft making in my house growing up, but there was a lot of cake making. What doesn’t seem like much (flour, sugar, eggs, fabric, thread) can become something amazing with a little bit of time and effort. That idea is still with me: what do I have and what can I make out of it? Often it is cake.

2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what wasthe ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
Like so many others, I got more into making things when I had children. When you make a human being, suddenly making a quilt doesn’t look so hard.

3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influences your artistic direction or your craft practice?
shiso mama- she has a sense of humor and a spot on sense of style :: tamar mogendorf – she makes the most fantastic plush: fish skeletons, sprouting avocados, dying swans :: chez beeper bebe – she is always colorful and always full of amazing new ideas.

4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
Linen. I love it when it is crisp and hot off the iron and how it softens and drapes after it’s been handled. So my iron would be one thing I couldn’t live without–though you’d never know it seeing my rumpled mess of a self. And a good pair of scissors, actually many good pairs: a nice little pair of snips, a big cutting scissors, an all purpose pair and a very sharp little embroidery scissors (I’ve always wanted the pair that is shaped like a bird). And the third thing would be my sewing machine, I guess. It’s nothing fancy: not computerized, barely motorized and cost about 100 bucks, but it keeps making the things I tell it too.

Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office. Find out more info here.

All three printable formats are included in the one low price of $5.00

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Calendar girls
January: www.lilfishstudios.com
February: www.lavenderlimes.blogspot.com
March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com
April: www.JammerSage.Etsy.com
May: www.filminthefridge.com
June: www.cozymemories.com
July: www.abitofpillipilli.blogspot.com
August: www.lauraleeburch.com
September: www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com
October: www.elsiemarley.com
November: www.myrtleandeunice.com
December & Cover: www.loulouandoscar.com

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