we have the chance now to know something more about Carolyn this week, because she sent a lovely email to Claudia, saying thanks for this blog and telling about her wonderful work of handpainter and... stitcher!!!
Claudia: "Thanks Carolyn for your kind message! I hope you like the blog created for you..."
Carolyn: "I saw your web site about the Liberty Hill Fan Blog and I must say that I am not only astounded but truly honored that you would have this blog for my items. Thank you for your support. It's wonderful to hear how much people like my work and that they can use my items when they stitch.It's fun for me to sit and try to design new things.When I put something new up for sale, I'm never certain if it will be a hit or not until I see how many orders I get."
Claudia: "Your works are always so lovely for us stitchers... can you tell us more about your style and creativity?"
Carolyn : "My first love is stitching and it's fun to design things that a stitcher might use while keeping everything more on the primitive line . I love the primitive look and my home reflects that look. I have many samplers hanging in my home which I have stitched. I also love to paint and have also carried this look throughout our home."
Claudia: ""Liberty Hill: why this name?"
Carolyn: "My little business is called Liberty Hill because that is the name of our home.We live in the country on 14 acres in ski country of western New York state."
Claudia: "Your handpainted jewels have been often tied to stunning cross stitch designs..."
Carolyn: " As you know , I began working with Lesley Rudnicki from Hillside Sampling. We lived in the same town and she wanted me to paint extra items for her booth at Nashville. We then decided to do limited editions for stitchers and we did that for about 6 or 7 years. I also worked , as you know for Susan Biggers of Historic Stitches. We also created limited editions such as the Tombstone Angel Workbox and other things. Susan also is a dear friend . When she decided to cut back , I thought I would try to just go it alone and put out some stitching accessories for shops. It has been received very well."
Claudia: "Could you tell us more about your work? We love details... :D"
Carolyn: " I paint everyday as there are many orders to fill and I do all the painting by myself. My husband makes all the wood items. We are a great team but because everything is handcrafted and handpainted, it takes quite a while to fill all the orders.I have painted over 200 of the All Hallow's Eve Box....I always want to make certain that whatever we do is of good quality and when I paint each item , I try to paint as if I were going to buy the piece myself.. I want each individual item to be as perfect as can be. That can be hard to do when one is painting 200 items. I try to look over each item after it is finished. There have been times when I left the feet off the sheep or forgot the stars or left off the smoke from the chimney so we try to check everything.I do love to paint , however . I get excited when that new piece comes out the way I had thought it would"
Claudia: "There will be soon a new lovely creation, right?"
Carolyn: "Soon I must start on the new Christmas Memories Box which we are offering for this coming holiday season. This is a wooden box with a Christmas scene handpainted on the underside of the lid. It will come with Christmas goodies such as a little mercury ornament, snowflakes, and candy canes ( not real) on one side of the box and sewing smalls on the other side of the box. I want it to look like maybe a child received this for Chrismas as a gift in the 1850's. I can send you a photo of it when we have our sample put together. It will be ready for shipping in the middle of Nov. 08 so that people will have it for the holiday season."
Claudia: "Ohhhhh that's sound as a must have!!!! How many treats every year for us!!!
Carolyn: "I will keep on painting , trying to maybe put at least 4 new items out per year and getting very little personal stitching time for myself...."
Claudia: "Thanks Carolyn: your fans will appreciate this little interview for sure! Thanks so much for everything you create and for the passion you share with every stitcher!
Carolyn: "All my best to you, Carolyn at Liberty Hill"
Well... now we are all sooooooo excited to know about Carolyn's Christmas new item!!!!! :D:D:D