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Sarah Millsop

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    Sarah Millsop

    I wanted to be a pathologist for a long time, maybe much older than 10 though. Which is strange as I am rather squeamish now.

Tell us a little bit about you and your crafting background.

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I have always been ‘crafty’, I guess. My house is filled with upcycled items, attempted artwork (attempted is correct!), upholstered furniture and not to mention my wall of jewellery in the study! If I can personalise something, I will try. My crafting has definitely developed over the years and diversified a lot. I started with jewellery as a hobby, but over the last 7 or so years with Create & Craft I have been captured by many different crafts. Sewing is probably my favourite for personal relaxation, but I just must make more time for it.

Crafting Q&A:

  1. What made you want to start crafting?

    I was actually just out of college and had weekend work demonstrating in craft stores….it has just grown & grown since then!

  2. How did you learn?

    I started with very basic Jewellery making and scrapbooking. I was a Nanny at the time, so I loved creating scrapbooks and picture cards for the family as memory keepers.

    I still dabble in paper craft and sewing (occasionally), but Jewellery has remained my true field.

  3. What advice would you give to those starting out in craft?

    Not to over think or worry about it! Craft can be relaxing and therapeutic but you need to believe in your own abilities and skills. We all started out with room for improvement, but practice does make perfect. Just keep going and try to remember your own personal reasons for doing it and just ENJOY :o)

  4. What are the crafting essentials that you couldn’t bear to live without?

    The right tools for the job!! There are 3 things I use in every crafting project depending on the type. My Jewellery pliers and bead board are just never packed away, and they will always have an on going project sat on them in the house.

    My sewing machine and my die cutting machine come out when needed, but I wouldn’t be without them. Having the right tools, and good ones at that, make projects so much easier. We are just really lucky that with jewellery making, you certainly don’t need to spend a fortune on these tools and you are set up ready to go with some basics.

  5. How would you describe your crafting styles and tastes?

    It is a mixture of all my crafts and handmade items really. I have a wall of jewellery display frames I have made and that is probably my favourite, I can see all my jewellery and it does mean I wear them more as they aren’t hidden away. I also have French beaded flowers on display and I just love them. They make the room look pretty and colourful and of course they are flowers that last forever! No watering needed (which is good for me as I tend to kill all my plants).

  6. What does your craft room look like? (Any tips for tidy storage?)

    It is a mixture of all my crafts and handmade items really. I have a wall of jewellery display frames I have made and that is probably my favourite, I can see all my jewellery and it does mean I wear them more as they aren’t hidden away. I also have French beaded flowers on display and I just love them. They make the room look pretty and colourful and of course they are flowers that last forever! No watering needed (which is good for me as I tend to kill all my plants).

  7. Where do you find your crafting inspiration?

    Fashion is a definite for Jewellery, I am always looking at and snapping pictures of shapes I like, colours or themes. I have an album on my phone that I can keep them in and go to for quick reference. I never want to make an exact piece, but I can always see ways I can adapt a style for my taste or a technique I would like to try.

  8. If you could go to dinner with a crafter or artist, who would it be and why?

    Oh for me it would be Monica Vinader. She is a British Jewellery Designer and I would just love to hear her story and know where her inspiration comes from.

  9. What would you say your best craft skills are? What would you like to improve on?

    I think it would have to be Jewellery in general. I really don’t have a favourite technique as such. I would love to do more bead embroidery and then use the embellished pieces in sewing projects. Watch this space….I will make that my goal for this year.

  10. What do you consider your greatest craft-related achievement?

    I have upholstered a wing back chair for our living room, and although I didn’t ever finish the back of it (its ok you can’t see it lol) and I do have a sense of achievement when I look at it.

    I have made the bridesmaids hair accessories for my sisters wedding, which were bows make out of Swarovski crystals. Although it wasn’t a tricky technique so no ‘achievement’ as such, it has been the pieces with the most emotional connection and my hair clip sits on the shelf in my craft room, makes me smile thinking of the day.

Sarah Millsop

Getting to Know You:

  1. My favourite subject at school was: (subject and reason)

    Oh gosh, I can’t really remember…but I did enjoy English literature (that was my highest grade too!)

  2. When I was 10, I wanted to grow up to be a: (childhood dream career)

    Ah this one is a little strange……but I wanted to be a pathologist for a long time, maybe much older than 10 though. Which is strange as I am rather squeamish now.

  3. I am most proud of the moment that I:

    Hmmmmmm, that’s a tricky one! But I have been bridesmaid and maid of honour quite a few times. I think the amount of work involved and jobs on the day are really important and takes so much planning. But seeing the day the couples had and knowing some of my involvement in the planning and preparation to give them what they wanted has made me proud.

  4. The best advice I’ve ever received was:

    To just be myself & be happy with it. I haven’t ever been the most confidant person and actually a rather shy and anxious person. But as the years pass, I have become more and more comfortable and confidant with who I am and proud of it.

  5. I am at my happiest when:

    Walking through the woods with Jon and our dogs (we have a Belgian Malinois and a Cockerpoo) on a cold morning, all wrapped up, covered in mud and with a warm a coffee in hand. Definite happy place.

  6. If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d buy is:

    A house with a lovely big garden so I could have a crafting summer house and the bottom of it.

  7. If the Queen came for dinner, I would cook: (what meal?)

    Oh er…I am not wonderful in the kitchen to be honest. Maybe I would bake her a cake and make it all posh with Royal Icing :o) She would just have to make do with a cup of tea and a slice of cake I think. If she could food poisoning would I be liable for treason!?!?!

  8. If I was stuck in a lift, I’d like to be with: (any person, family, friend or celeb)

    James Corden….I think he is absolutely hilarious

  9. The one food I could not live without is:

    Cheese! I love cheese, but am I allowed to make it two? You have to have amazing crusty bread with it too of course.

  10. If I had a time machine, I’d visit: (era)

    1920’s for some Gatsby glamour

  11. The chore I always try to avoid is:

    Dusting! Lol can’t stand it…….so don’t ever look at shelves that are higher than eye level in my house :o)

  12. The last thing I do before bed is:

    Tell my partner I love him. I know….how cheesy! Even as a child it had to be the last thing I would say at night to my parents. It’s how I end each call too. Which is rather embarrassing when I am so used to saying it that by habit I finished a call to one of my old bosses like it too! Whoopsie!

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