Meet Spoonflower: Introducing Kelly B., purse-maker and travel-lover
Over the past few weeks we've been posting profiles of various Spoonflower team members. Today we'd like to introduce you to Kelly Baugh, in her own words.
I first discovered Spoonflower on Emily Martin's blog, The Black Apple, but had no idea where it was located. When I moved back to North Carolina a little over a year ago, I was looking for craft shows to participate in (I make purses). I came across Maker Faire NC where Spoonflower was a sponsor and I found out that they were only 20 minutes away.
My first job ever was as a cashier at Harris Teeter. Since then I have had many, many jobs. I worked as an usher and in the box office at a performance theater, in way too many restaurants to count, as a receptionist and office assistant in an executive suite, as a museum educator and the interpretive coordinator of a house museum where I got to dress up in historic costume and give tours, as a kitchen designer and I now work in operations at Spoonflower -- best job ever!
Every day at Spoonflower is pretty rewarding. I've never worked somewhere where you can tell that everyone enjoys being there and seems to truly believe in what they are doing. The days that I find the most fun are the days when we're slow and we get to make things to help decorate the office. Those days are pretty few and far between now, but crafting on the job --- you can't beat that.
When I was a kid my mom worked for an airline and we got to fly for free. Some of the fondest memories I have of growing up are from our adventures. When we would learn about something in school, a lot of times my parents would take my sister and I to see it first hand. A lesson on Paul Revere spawned a trip to Boston; U.S history lead to many visits to Washington D.C; and my favorite was when I was studying architectural history in college and my Mom took me to Rome to see the Parthenon firsthand.
I think my parents instilled a traveling bug in me with all of our travels growing up. I now like to get out of town every few months or so, whether it's to visit an old friend or to go somewhere new. I moved around a lot after college and made friends that now live all over the country. It's nice to get out of town and visit them and get to see places that I've never seen. Australia, Berlin, and Astoria, Oregon (where The Goonies was filmed… I'm a nerd) are just a few places on my long list of places I'd like to see one day.
I began making purses about 10 years ago. I started using solid fabrics and would cut out geometric shapes and appliqué them onto the front of the bag. Over the years my bags evolved and my love of fabric has blossomed. I now use much bolder fabrics, and enjoy playing with new shapes and sizes. I kind of put my bags on the back burner, and now only do one or two craft shows a year. This gives me time to try new things. I have a thing for interior design and mid-century modern furniture. I'm having fun making window treatments, pillows, quilts and even re-upholstering furniture. My favorite Spoonflower designer is Holli Zollinger and I use her prints a lot in my house. In fact, it's starting to kind of look like a shrine!
If I had superpowers, I would choose to have an automatic Etsy listing superpower. I sell vintage fabric, patterns and notions on my Etsy site under the name Spool (www.spoolfabrics.com) . I love Etsy and I love searching for vintage goods to sell, but I'm not the biggest fan of actually listing it all. If I could just blink my eyes like Samantha in Bewitched and have an item automatically listed, I would be a happy gal!