Interview with Chelsea owner of loveandasandwich.etsy.com
Tell us how you start your day.
- I usually wake up around noon-1 (ahh the perks of working from home), take my 2 pups out, make bacon & eggs, check my emails & messages, and then get to sewin!
Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I lived in Newtown, CT for 17 years of my life, a town about a half hour from the NY border. I just moved from my mountainous home in NH to an ugly city in MA, but only for the summer. After this summer is over I'm off to Seattle!
What makes where you live special?
I'll pretend I don't live in this town in MA since it's only for the summer & talk about where I lived in NH. What makes the white mountain region of NH special is just that, the white mountains! Wherever you look there's a beautiful backdrop, rivers running on the sides of the roads, everything is beautiful. I could drive 2 minutes down the road and be at a trail to go hike up a mountain, it was wonderful.
Tell us about how you got started creating plush.
I was looking at Brandi Milne's work one day, and she had made some little stuffed monsters for fun & I wanted to try it! I was working at a craft store at the time so I had access to all the supplies cheap, so I made a couple things for friends and I had more fun doing it than drawing so I made the switch over and basically haven't stopped since then. I think that was about 3-4 years ago.
What inspires you?
Cartoons & animated movies mostly. Monster-themed artwork. Sometimes just the color scheme of things I really like & want to imitate it in something. The materials I use are the most inspiring. I see a fur or a fabric I really like and try to think of what would look cool made with it.
What would your perfect day be like?
- A day full of delicious food made from scratch, taking my pups to the beach, and then working in a room alongside other artists, sharing ideas and enjoying being creative together!
If you had to choose another medium, what would it be?
Hmmm maybe clay! If I could have my own kiln. I loved taking pottery classes in high school & college. I just like 3D mediums. I do like pen & marker but I just don't feel as consistently inspired with 2D.
What's the one thing you can't live without?
My puppy Khan. I haven't been away from her for one day since we've had her! She's a horrible terror who pees on my bed sometimes but she's the most affectionate and amazing dog. She brings so much happiness into my life!
Extra: Tell us a random fact about yourself!
I have sort of a feet phobia hahaha. I freak out when people touch my feet or people put their bare feet near my face. I just find feet really gross and want them nowhere near me! haha
Random Silly Question:
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
So people can make cool stuff like this!
Chelsea is also a member of the Etsy Plush Team