About me

I’ve always felt the need to create.

When I was 7 years old, I designed outfits for my paper dolls, complete with the little tabs that folded over their shoulders, barely holding the dresses onto the dolls.

At 9 years old, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I had a Trapper Keeper folder crammed full of fabric designs and outfits I drew with crayons. I loved when ladies’ shoes matched their handbags, and I drew pictures of women with sunhats and giant shoulder pads (weren’t the 80s great?). I still can’t believe I threw away that folder.

When I was 11, my best friend and I designed and built an entire office — including small kitchen appliances — out of paper, cardboard, tape and markers, and then played office for hours. I think that’s where my coffee addiction began.

In college, I asked my mom to show me how to sew a pillow, and a whole new world of crafts opened up to me. I fell in love with every part of the sewing process — coming up with a project idea. Picking out the fabric (ohhh, my favorite part). Watching my idea become a reality as small, seemingly-random pieces come together to create something beautiful. And, finally, someone actually being able to use what I make.

My early sewing days went hand-in-hand with my hippie phase and my dirt-poor-college-kid phase, so I learned to appreciate thrift-store finds, old linens and donated clothes. I paid for my Phish concert tickets by selling patchy purses and altered clothing in the parking lot. I spent hours and hours working at my sewing machine, and I loved every second of it.

Over the years, my thrift-store, vintage, someone-else’s-trash-is-my-treasure mentality has expanded to include furniture and other household items. For me, it’s more meaningful than simply having something that nobody else has; my love of vintage and homemade things stems from knowing there is a history, a soul, a story, a mystery to the piece that I now own.

In a world where we can get anything we want brand new in the blink of an eye (or the click of a mouse), it’s nice to occasionally take a moment to create something yourself or appreciate a piece that was built before you were born. I created this blog so that I, too, can share my creations and finds with you.

Enjoy!
Karyn

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. George  |  July 2, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Very cool Karyn! I had looked at this quickly in the past…I did not realize they were your post…Now I have a new form of entertainment! 🙂 Have a good week and a happy 4th!

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  • 2. AUNT CHRIS  |  August 5, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Your blog of your early days sounds like mine!!!! I so enjoyed reading about you!!! And i soooo enjoyed your visit yesterday!
    I’ll keep checking your crafts and will try to find the instructs for my beACH BAG!
    LOVE YOU!!!

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  • 3. Ellen  |  August 14, 2007 at 6:44 am

    You are truly amazing — so deep, so sweet, a true Koukla.
    I love you very very much!
    xo

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  • 4. Jox  |  August 20, 2007 at 7:20 am

    After reading your ‘about me’ I remembered all those paper dolls I had and all the outfits I made for them. I was alway making something as a kid; if I wanted a Stable for my Barbie’s horse, I’d make one.
    I was lost for about 10 years in the non-crafting wilderness but I have found my way back onto the craft path.
    I’ll be checking in for craft inspiration

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  • 5. Alex  |  August 28, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Sweet new Header! I like it when you update it every so often while retaining that ‘Signature Fat Orange Cat Look’ we’ve all come to know and love. Keep up the great work!

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  • 6. Cindy  |  August 30, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Karyn,

    I am very impressed with your crafts. Your sewing skills are out of this world. You did a great job with the website too. As Dale Carnegie said once “The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”
    Keep making art,
    Cindy

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  • 7. Annie  |  March 21, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    I stumbled upon your site this afternoon and think that it is really great. I added you to my links on my own blog- I hope that’s okay with you!

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  • 8. Allison Fouse  |  April 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Karyn! I couldn’t find your e-mail so I’m dropping my reply in here. The paper cutter has a bar that you have to press down on while you make the cut, so naturally it holds everything in place for you. I just folded the fabric nicely and neatly into quarters and cut it to 16×16. I have read that 16×16 and 18×18 are standard sizes for napkins.

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