Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Interview 13: Gen from The World Famous

GREAT BIG GINORMOUS UPDATE: Gen is going to give away one of her fabulous slouchy hats in a giveaway right here on The Curious Crow.  

In order to win the hat, you have to: 

1. Like The Curious Crow on FB or follow The Curious Crow Blog (let me know which you did in the comments.  If you already do both of the above, you're awesome and get a free pass on this step)
2. Go look around The World Famous then come back here and mention something about one of Gen's awesome items in the comments. 

You can leave this info in the comments on any of this week's posts.  You can even enter it on every day, but you'll still only be entered once into the giveaway.  

And, here's the hat. Keep it for yourself or stash it away for a Christmas gift.  (I'd totally keep it for myself)

We now resume our regularly scheduled post.  

It's interview time again.  Today's interview is with Gen from The World Famous.  Gen crochets coffee sleeves and hats and hair pins, and she makes all sorts of cute jewelry.  I'll shut up now and let Gen tell you more about herself.  

Orange Slice Coffee Sleeve
Who are you and what do you do? 

My name is Gen Taylor. Unfortunately, no one I know believes in the idea that my first and last name are two different names; they just blend together to form my true identity. I knit, crochet, sew, make jewelry, and a boat-load of other crafts. I also work customer service for a furniture company.

Why do you do what you do?

 Why I work customer service? Because I'm broke, have college loans to pay off, and they were hiring. Why I craft? That's a different story. (ha ha). I was always a really imaginative kid, always thinking of making stuff out of what I had and coming up with creative solutions to problems. My crafting kinda stemmed out of there.

How long have you been doing it? (Your craft/trade, not doing IT) 
Giraffe Earrings

 How long I've been doing IT? I'm a lady; I'll never tell ;). Oh, duh, you meant CRAFTING! Maybe I should read the whole question next time. lol. I starting crocheting when I was 12, however, the more I kept doing it (not IT, crocheting) the more I realized I was crocheting wrong. I was taught how to knit somewhere between the ages of 14 and 16. I was taught both crafts by my younger cousin/ pseudo-sister. She was taught by her oldest brother, who was taught by his (Polish?) grandmother. She crochets and knits like Europeans do, so watching everyone around me here in America knit throws me off. I knit backwards. Once I really started realizing that I knit backwards, it was almost impossible to teach anyone the skills I knew, or teach people at all. When I first learned to knit, I taught myself every other stitch under the sun. I'm rather proficient. When I was about 20 or 21, I decided I was going to give crocheting a shot again. I taught myself how to properly do it, and I now I can do it super fast. Go me!

Brown Cotton Slouch Hat
If you could travel to any other country, all expenses paid, where would you go? 

 To be honest, I don't know where I'd want to go except Hawaii. I know it's not another country. I believe in the idea that you shouldn't go to other countries unless you speak their language, and I don't speak more than English. I have a hard time with that one as it is. Ha ha. I would like to see London sometimes, as well as Australia, but that's about it. I'd rather Hawaii. I've been to every state in the US except Louisiana and Hawaii. I just want to go!

Do you have any pets?

My house is a zoo. I have tons of pets. I know that's not a good idea, especially for having a craft shop. I do, however, keep all of my products away from my animals and hanging off the walls on my bedroom. I have 3 dogs (2 black labs and some kind of shaggy thing) and 5 cats. The two newest ones were my graduation present from my parents. They're my babies and I love them dearly.

Butterfly Bobby Pins
If you got 3 extra hours in one day, what time would they be between and how would you fill them?

 If I got three extra hours a day, it would depend on the day as to how I'd use them. If it's a weekday and there's nothing better to do, I'd work them to get some overtime so I can pay off my college loans faster. If it's a weekday and I'm spending time with my boyfriend, I would add 3 extra hours to sleeping so he can get some sleep and be able to go to work in the morning (he lives a half hour from me, then another half hour to work, in Jersey traffic. It‘s not pretty.). If it was a weekend, I'd use the hours for knitting. I'm currently working on a present for a wedding in December, and it never seems to finish.

Shoes, socks or bare feet?
Pink Crochet Hair Pins

 Shoes if I'm in the house (especially in my room, since I always seem to have straight pins in my carpet up there), sock if I'm wearing shoes, and barefoot in public places, especially sidewalks and carpeted offices.


Thank you, Gen, for such a fabulous interview! Now all of you should skedaddle over to The World Famous and buy, buy, buy.  

Just so you know, I don't ever really use the word "skedaddle", but now that I've sat here and said it out loud a few times I might start.  It's kind of fun to say.  

Be Happy,

1 comment:

  1. I'm digging that blue and yellow felt necklace! Love the interview too.