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Today, I bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor Magpie Patterns. In their own words:
"Magpie Patterns is an online pattern boutique where the loveliest knitting, sewing, embroidery and crochet patterns have been collected. Talented and creative designers from all over the world contribute to the collection, so there is always something new and lovely in stock."
Follow along with Amy on the Magpie Patterns blog, Crafty Bird!
SouleMama: Tell us about your background. What path led you to where you are today?
Amy: I come from a long line of crafty women. My grandmother ran a yarn shop out of her house (and could knit while reading!) and my mom sold handmade bears when I was young. So naturally I fell for domestic crafts with a particular fondness for knitting and sewing. But that feeling of potential, when a project is just an idea, or I'm looking for the perfect pattern—that's my absolute favorite part. Even more than when the project is completed! So when I looked around one day and realized that I had far more patterns than one women could ever complete in a lifetime, I dreamed up the idea for the pattern boutique. So now I get to search out the perfect patterns and share them with lots of other talented crafters, which is way more fun than hoarding them in my craft room!
SouleMama: What inspires you?
Amy: Color! Yarn, and fabric of course (I can't count how many times I've bought something delicious without any idea what I'd do with it!). I love to look at other people's projects, and although I haven't ever copied anything outright, I've definitely paid homage with my own spin at times. Sometimes something random inspires me, like a pattern in a gate or an illustration in a children's book!
SouleMama: Is there a special place that inspires you?
Amy: Before starting our family, my husband and I lived on a nature preserve on the Oregon Coast, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I was lucky enough to be a director at an art and ecology center tucked into the coastal woods with a phenomenal view of the ocean. We had a small cluster of rustic buildings where students would come to learn art and craft and where artists and writers would come to work for a few months. It was a place where the immense natural beauty inspired us to be richly creative. I still think of it that way, and go there to recharge and reconnect whenever I have the chance.
For today's giveaway, Magpie Patterns is generously offering the following to TWO winners:
~ a $25 gift certificate to the shop!
In addition, Magpie Patterns is offering all Soule Mama readers a 15% discount on all patterns and books for one week. Use discount code Spring15 at checkout. Offer expires May 22nd.
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Thank you to Magpie Patterns!
To enter, please leave a comment in today's post (one entry per person, please). Comments will close on Monday by 8am EST. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced here in this post by Monday evening.
Comments closed! The winners are:
Love this wonderful pattern store! Fingers crossed!
Posted by: Carmutxa
delicious! thank you!
Posted by: Lucy