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How did you first get involved with crafting?

I first began crafting as a hobby with my friends. It has always been so much fun to hand make just about anything from aprons to bags. For the holidays, I decided to create some plush dolls for my nieces and cousins. I made them little ninja dolls and little Sumo Wrestlers. A few of my co-workers saw the dolls and asked if they could order some from me and the business just grew from there. It really just happened naturally and with the help of Etsy, blogging and craft fairs I was able to spread the word about my handmade crafts.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?

I absolutely love working with wool felt-it is the best thing ever. I also like working with fleece because it makes you want to hug everything! I don’t really have a favorite color palette. I like working with vibrant colors like orange, yellow and green. I try to stay away from using too many pastels.

What are your inspirations in your art and in life?

My great grandmother was a huge inspiration on my art and in my life. At the age of 10 she taught me how to sew and make patterns. I made my own clothes, costumes and gifts for family and friends. I have a beautiful black and white photo of her in my workroom which I took when I was in high school. When I have long nights of working and trying to meet deadlines I look at it to get a burst of energy. She reminds me to always go for what I want and to never stop learning.

What is your favorite song or album to listen to while working?

When I’m working I like to listen to mostly Motown like James Brown, Otis Redding or Sam Cooke. Also, anything from the Temptations just gets you going. I’ll also listen to some other bands like The Decemberists, Rilo Kiley, Abba, or Oingo Boingo….it’s definitely an eclectic mix of songs. It would depend on my mood for the day.

Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

There are so many it would be difficult to narrow it down. I saw the work of Heidi Kenney at my first Felt Club and I just love everything she creates. She is simply amazing. I also love the work of Emily Martin of The Black Apple. Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object is perfection! I also like the artwork of Ashley G and Drew-if I could buy every print I would! See, I told you there were alot….

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business?

Well, I’m currently working with the wonderful people at Aeolida on the launch of my new site in May. I also will take part in Plush You 2009 in Seattle.

And I’m working on other products that promote the Sweet and Sour Goodies Brand. I’ve been working on some greeting cards and stationary sets that will feature the plush characters on them. It will be an exciting year and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Sweet and Sour!!

You can find Kristine Domingo’s Sweet and Sour Goodies on

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