Project Selvage Finalist Profile: Kelly Grooters
FOX_TAILS by Petunias, Kelly Grooters
Hi, I’m Kelly. I have my own little studio in our home in Hudsonville, Michigan. I have four kids: Simon (five) with a big heart, Sierra (four) a slightly dramatic princess, Alison (almost two) an accident waiting to happen and Alexander (five months) is always smiling. I also have a wonderful, handsome husband of six and a half years, James.
After my first son was born I became a stay at home mom. I was inspired to create unique handmade items for him. PETUNIAS grew from there. I now have a SLIGHT addiction to fabric. A year and a half ago, my sister introduced me to Photoshop and I immediately wanted to make my own fabrics to work with. I love being able to come up with a new fabric that will work just perfectly for the project I have in mind. Now I am continually trying to learn more about the Adobe Creative Suite to make my designs the best they can possibly be.
I love to follow along with the Spoonflower contests and see what everyone contributes. I was very excited when Project Selvage was announced and was encouraged by several people to enter. This was a perfect time for me to join in the fun.
I run an Etsy shop (www.petunias.etsy.com) when I’m not chasing after my kids, so I’m lucky enough to get to create new things every day. You can see all of my latest projects in my Etsy shop, but my favorite items to make right now are my custom fabric baby quilts. I get excited every time I pull a completed quilt out of the dryer. Each one quickly becomes my new favorite. We use several around my house and I imagine that each one I sell also goes off to a loving little girl or guy.
I’ve always admired Amy Butler. Each fabric she creates is amazingly beautiful.
These little foxes have been lurking about in my brain for a long time. I finally got them down a few weeks ago and they seemed a perfect fit for the Project Selvage Contest! I am hoping the baby boys out there find them delightfully entertaining. And the color palette is meant to please the modern mama. I would love to do my little boys’ room in the fabrics as soon as I can squeeze in the time. Right now I am having fun imagining duvet covers, pillow cases, quilts, curtains and artwork on the wall.
Thank you so much SPOONFLOWER for giving all of us the chance to be fabric designers, it is so much fun!