Stephanie Baker is a full time crafter from New Jersey who lives with her husband and her four cats. I caught up with her to find out where her craftiness comes from.
Stephanie makes primitive folk art dolls, spun cotton ornaments, and vintage style chenille ornaments and sells them through her business, Old World Primitives.
She fell in love with old and primitive things at an early age, growing up in an 18th century farm house. With her mother as the art teacher at her grammar school and her grandmother a seamstress, it’s not surprising that Stephanie was also creative. Whilst she felt that sewing was uncool and uninteresting as a teen, she came back to it as she grew older.
Sometimes we are blessed with someone in our lives who offers us just what we need, long before we realize that we need it.
Stephanie feels that her grandmother may have had some insight into her future and gifted her with many sewing items and taught her quilling a long time before she found creating for herself. It was with the support of her friends, family, and especially her husband that Stephanie felt confident enough to leave the corporate world behind and follow her creative dreams.
When it comes to handmaking, it is the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that Stephanie loves most. It is about creating something new and sharing it with the world. It is also the feeling that she gets when people tell her how much they enjoy what she has made for them.
When it comes to our creativity there is often a need for us to share what we can do, no matter what that is, and hopefully make the world a better place for it.
Stephanie reminds me of that simple yet honest truth.
Is that something that you can relate to?