Tuesday, April 13, 2010
HampshireRose and Memories
Meet Sharon with HampshireroseMemories. Sharon has been scrapbooking for over 20 years. When you take a look at the pictures that are posted you can tell that she enjoys creating albums for family, friends, and now YOU. Sit back and get to know Sharon. You might find a little mini album that is just what you need.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a fulltime caregiver to my mother who has Alzheimers, I have been doing this for the last five years. We live in Lake Forest, California. I am divorced, and have a 26 year old son, yikes I'm getting old! LOL I have been scrapbooking for over 25 years.
I opened my shop in July of 2008. I have always enjoyed creating albums for family and friends, and my sister suggested I give Etsy a try. I had never thought of selling my creations before. Etsy has been a great experience for me, not only am I able to make a little money, but creating my albums helps me to relax, de-stress and realize that I'm not just mom's caregiver, but my own person as well. I have met the nicest people on Etsy, and have to say it's really been a lifesaver for me.
Tell us about your shop.
My Shop HampshireroseMemories http://hampshirerose.etsy.com specializes in all different kinds of mini albums. Mini albums are so popular right now, there are so many uses for them, carry them in your purse, display on your desk at work, or at home. And, of course, they make great gifts for family and friends. Mini albums are quick and easy to make, which is great for me because I never know how long my free time will last. LOL
Do you have a special space for your crafting, or does the kitchen table do double duty?
I am lucky to have a separate area for my scrapbooking. I have taken over the living room. This arrangement works very well for me, except that's it's the first room you see when you come in, so I have to keep it clean. I can’t just shut the door!
How much time do you spend daily/weekly working on your craft?
I usually try to get in a couple hours everyday creating my albums. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. My sister comes over and spends the day with mom, so I get the most uninterrupted time on those days.
How did your shop get its name?
My shop HampshireroseMemories is named for my mother she was born in Hampshire England and Rose is her middle name. Memories…that’s what my shop is all about…preserving your memories.
What's your emergency craft kit consist of?
Chocolate and Diet Coke!
What have you learned the most about life from your craft?
It's all about your memories. Life IS about the memories you make and the ones you share with your family and special friends. The other day my sister and I found a couple boxes of 35mm slides that had been hidden away. We had the best time looking at those old slides crying, laughing, remembering our childhood. It's an afternoon I will always treasure.
Thanks for stopping by. Please comment and let Sharon know some of your special memories. And she just might have the album for those precious memories.