1. Tell us about yourself?
My name is Theresa, I was born in Germany in 1981 and moved to Australia 3 years ago. I met my husband online, came over for an extended holiday and never left :)
I have a 7 year old daughter and 4 step sons between the age of 12 and 21.
2. How did you get started?
I learned sewing at school but never really did anything with it until I came to Australia. I saw a quilt in a shop and really loved it, a few days later I went shopping in a different shop and saw a fat quarter bundle with the most beautiful fabrics. I simply had to buy it, even though I did not know what to do with it. I did not have a sewing machine at that time.
I begged my husband to get me a sewing machine and he had an old one in the back of some cupbord somewhere that needed a good service before I could get started. I bought a lot of quilting magazines and watched tutorials online and one day my first quilt was finished. I was so happy. The quilt is still my favorite and lives in our house :)
3. What has been your favorite item to make?
I really like making quilts, but also the stuffies. It is like giving birth to a little creature. I also have a very soft spot for handbags. I enjoy sewing clothes as well.... Hmmm... I really am so excited about creating all these things that I only used to buy in shops before, myself now.
4. What are you currently making?
I have all these fabrics cut ready to be made into dolphins, turtles, deerlings (fawns) and horses. Looking forward to some time to make them all happen. I also really want to make myself a new handbag and a wallet. Wallet production for my shop and markets is planned as well as some sewing patterns.
5. Who or What inspires you?
Fabrics, Colors, Textures, Pictures, my daughter of course. My husband also gives me some great tips sometimes. I also have some incredibly wonderful and inspiring customers and friends who ask me if I could make a particular product or object and sometimes they end up being bestsellers on my website or on market days.
6. What are you doing at this very moment?
I am sitting at my desk answering your lovely questions :) Just before I cut out some new iron on transfers/ patches for my online shop and some custom order iron ons. They are really a bestseller in my online shop, but are a bit challenging to present well in my market stall.
7. What are your favorite things?
Handbags, wallets, stuffies, pillows, quilts, beautiful furniture, sewing ribbons, fabric (!!!)... everything colorful, really.
8. What do you find beautiful?
Smiling and happy people, spending time with wonderful friends and family, nature I find really beautiful. The beach, the ocean, the waves, trees, flowers, the sound of the birds, my husband works in the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane (www.brisbanebicyclehire.com) and he has the most wonderful office. The lilies in the pond, the palm trees, the ancient fig trees. I love it.
9. What are your best items for Spring?
A beautiful long, flowing and colorful dress and hopefully the tunics and skirts I have planned to make for myself as well as some new accessories that I will present on my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/SamiraminaMulticolor) soon.
10. What are your favorite blogs or websites?
and many more... always browsing, always discovering new ones...
Thank you for asking these lovely questions. Was a pleasure finding the answers.