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Fancy Schmancy is Kristen Rask

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

I own a small store in Seattle, Washington called Schmancy. I focus on vinyl toys, plush toys and art. I curate an annual show titled ‘Plush You’ which there is a book for titled Plush You: Loveable Misfits to Sew and Stuff. This August my book/kit, Creature Crochet comes out with Barnes & Noble and then my book, Button and Stitch, comes out this fall/winter.

How did you first get involved with crafting?

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have been participating in craft shows for 16 years now which is really crazy. I still love doing craft shows as it’s a great way to meet people, fellow crafters and test your product.

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

color palette?

I love to play with color and try to do so as much as possible. I like to do a lot of different crafty projects but I am trying to stick mainly with sewing at this point. It would be nice to master at least one skill.

What are your inspirations in your art and in life?

Everything. I love reading blogs, going grocery shopping,books, all my talented friends, shopping (window shopping that is), etc.

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

hmmm that is a hard question. I like so many bands and it really varies on my mood.

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

Moxie- she’s hilarious and has a great style

Coco Howard- her work is beautiful

Heidi Kenney- her work is adorable and she is a total work horse

Ryan Berkeley-that man is talented!

Snaggs-always amazing.

The list goes on and on. It’s hard to pick favorites in my line of work. I see tons of great stuff!

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

I am really excited to be part of this year’s San Francisco Bazaar! After that I will be gearing up for Urban Craft Uprising here in Seattle.


1932 2nd Ave

Seattle, WA 98101

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