Retro Handmade is a group of Etsy sellers who specialize in handmade vintage-inspired items that resemble things from the past or create things that have retro vibe. Please view our team profile for more information about us.
My crafts really took shape when I bought a large stack of 1940's Family Circle magazines at a yard sale a few years ago. Those old ads just screamed "make me into something fun". Decoupage glue + old light switch plate + vintage magazine pic= great response. The ideas snowballed from there.
3. What inspires you?
I am consistently inspired by unabashed laughter and joy, old couples in love, wide and boundless landscapes, others' words that bring order to my thoughts, honesty, truth, being genuinely understood, friendly strangers, unconditional love, unexpected surprises, courageous hearts, whimsy and play, spontaneous fun and positive minds. Every day, though, brings new inspirational surprises.
4. What are your favorite color combinations?
My color combo of choice is most definitely real-deal red with anything. Red and turquoise, awesome. Red and chocolate brown, beautiful. Red and yellow, exciting. Red is just so feisty and energetic and stimulating.
5. What is your favorite item from your shop?
I love my 1970 yearbook light switch plates. Their kitschy oddball nature captures my humor and style perfectly.
6. If you had to use three words to describe yourself, what would it be?
Contemplative, playful, hopeful.
7. What superpower would you most like to have?
I have always dreamed of having a magic wand that could turn negative into positive, hate into love.
8. What is the first thing you remember creating?
My second grade teacher was all about creative writing. My first memorable story was unencumbered fantasy made from unicorns, princesses and mermaids.
9. If you could choose any era/decade to live in, when would that be? Why?
The present is where I'd like to be. Right now is beautiful and refreshing.