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Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

Roxycraft was born out of a desire to make my unborn child a fun mobile for his crib made out of adorable little yarn animals. Well, the mobile never got made but Roxycraft Amigurumi Patterns were born. That was in 2005 and I’ve been designing cute little animals and creatures ever since. Selling almost 100% e-patterns has been good for me, less waste and no post office and great for my customers because they have almost instant gratification and get their pattern in hours instead of days.

I love doing shows like San Francisco Bazaar because I can sell the dolls I make and pattern kits that I normally don’t sell online.

How did you first get involved with crafting?

I’ve been crafting since childhood. I even had a small business in junior high school selling those notorious “friendship bracelets”. As an adult, my husband encouraged me to start again. I picked it up as an economical way to make things I could afford to buy, and soon taught myself to knit and crochet. I’ve been “hooked” ever since.

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

Obviously…I love yarn. What kind of yarn I like could probably be best defined by what I don’t like to work with, because I generally love all kinds of yarn.

Color-wise, I am very attracted to bright, vivid colors…the more intense the better!

What are your inspirations in your art and in life?

Being the mother of a three year old definitely influences me a lot. The cartoons that are on the tv, the books we read, the toys he plays with. It’s hard to get away from.

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

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Adele. But Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow and the Carpenters are all in regular rotation as well as Otis, Aretha and Marvin Gaye. I sing while I work, so I like songs that are fun to sing along to.

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

I’m a lucky girl because most of my favorites are also my pals in real life. Lauren Brandy of Goody-Goody because her taste is amazing and Missy Balance because her ideas blow me away .

Those who I don’t know in real life…Jenny Harada, who has an imagination that I completely envy. Beth Doherty because she was probably the person I saw online doing Amigurumi and she made me want to try.

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

Working on a new book that I hope gets off the ground! Doing projects for magazines and just finished one for a future book.

Also doing more shows and teaching Amigurumi classes in yarn stores in the Sacramento area.

You can check out Roxycraft at http://roxycraft.com

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