Thursday, October 29, 2009

In the Craftlight: RedPlanet

Happy Friday! I hope it's happy for you. Today I have an especially special guest, my BFF Mandi of Red Planet! I know you will enjoy her kookiness as much as I do! :)

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have so many things to say at once I never know what to say!

I am Mandi and I should disclose the fact that I am a stereotypical redhead. I love bad jokes and corny punch lines. I listen to a lot of Tom Petty and Paul Simon. I love creating. I love, love, love sewing (when the Singer cooperates). Beautiful fabric turns me on and I own more buttons than you could imagine. I HATE using patterns but will do so if requested, although I am guaranteed to NOT read the directions. At the same time I am a perfectionist and have spent several hours of my life obsessing over a single stitch or

the color of my thread. My husband thinks I am crazy.

I sew fun little bags and clutches for my Etsy shop, Red Planet, annnnd I am working on a new project that I hope to have up and running by the beginning of next year! It involves dresses by me!

I have vowed to have a COMPLETELY handmade Christmas this year...I challenge all of you to do the same!

What is your craft?

My craft is sewing and love with a little bit of water color and bad joke tellin’

How and when did you get involved in this?

Oh geez, when I was a zygote? Crafting and sewing goes back several generations.

My mom used to macramé plant hangers and sew those terrible bunnies everyone had in their houses in the early 90s. She would sew the bunnies then make these huge elaborate dresses of lace and ruffles for them, while I painted macaroni noodles and glued them to old Wyler’s bullion jars. Then she taught me to make friendship bracelets that I would try to sell to the neighbors along with my handmade paper airplanes and colored color book pages (I was the original Etsy lol). Eventually, once I hit Jr. High someone trusted me with a sewing machine. And for my 16th birthday I got my own Singer. Ten years later here I am.

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic, a bit eccentric, colorful and random.

Who inspires you?

My BFF (Ms. Leanne of Folk!), My mom, my siblings and their crazy ideas, and my husband who doesn’t complain when we spend our Saturdays together at Joann Fabrics and random thrift stores.

What inspires you?

Oh geez everything around me. My life is full of so many lovely things that inspire me daily, I couldn’t possibly list them!

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Fabric. I also have an odd love of interfacing. Oh! And buttons!

Do you have any particular favorite pieces that you've created?

Right now there is a purse I made for my sister-in-law for Christmas that I am in LOVE with. Of course I didn’t use a pattern or write anything down so I am not sure If I can recreate it, but I WILL try. As far as in my shop, I love all of them, especially the clutches. They look so pretty stacked on top of each other right now; they are so crisp and colorful. Sigh.

Where can we find you online?

Lil' Biscuit is Going to Town - Clutch, $28


  1. Yay, I looooove Mandi! And, awwww...a redplanet zygote- how cute. :)

  2. I love the idea of a completely handmade Christmas. The only ones getting a few store bought things from me this year will be my children...though if they come from Santa, it totally doesn't go against me, right!?

    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

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