This week, I'm happy to introduce a member of our second shift printing crew, Midwest native Lindy Diveley. Read on for more about Lindy in her own words below!
Until moving out to the Carolinas a couple of years ago, I've always lived close to the Mississippi River. I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, a city with fantastic architecture, friendly people, and awesome food. The Midwest in general has a special place in my heart because my childhood there was like a dream. I cherish my memories of Sunday BBQs, Country Hill swim parties, rustling leaves, fall festivals, handpicked raspberries, fireworks on the river, building snowmen, and Fort Spooky.
I have three amazing sisters and two wonderful parents that I try to see as often as I can. They all live out west now but we're still very close. Whenever we're together, we like planning meals and cooking them together. Other than deciding on what's for dinner, we put a lot of importance on music and playing games with each other, and it seemed only natural that we had a pinball machine and jukebox in our basement growing up.
My first job was as a waitress at Waffle House where I learned that any time was a good time to eat breakfast. Wafflehouse didn't have computers then, so I had to figure out customers' bills using a calculator. Through working there, I found out that Waffle House aprons make great painter smocks and hash browns really do taste good scattered, covered and smothered.
Back in Missouri, I received my BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration and have worked at many different companies designing magnets, flyers, business cards, logos, menus, signs, t-shirts and even operating large format and t-shirt printers. Now I'm a second shift printer at Spoonflower, and Spoonflower fits perfectly into my creative career path. I get to sleep in late every day and go to work in the afternoon. I really enjoy my schedule and love getting to see all the unique designs that come through the print room. I also still do graphic design projects in my spare time and freelance for individuals and companies on the side. (You can see some of my work on my blog here.)
When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend. We have different schedules so we rarely get to see each other during the week. On weekends, we're usually sharing lattes at a coffeehouse, getting lost at a used book store, discovering a hidden walking trail, or driving to the beach. Though sometimes we enjoy just hanging around the house watching movies, playing guitar, and discussing future art projects to tackle.
As an artist, I have fun exploring and using different media. In the last few years, I've really started experimenting with fabric and sewing. I learned how to make latch and hook rugs, and how to do needle felting and to sew things around my house like curtains. Now working at Spoonflower, I am surrounded by such inspiration from customers and co-workers. I love the whole craft world and learning about new projects, although I do keep finding pins all over my carpet (where do they come from anyway?) and I'm starting to think a seam ripper for every room in the house might be necessary. Every autumn, I like to make a Halloween costume for myself and last December I had fun making plushies for my two adorable nieces and nephew. For my birthday last month, I received a serger. Wish me luck, though. Today I broke a needle.