Monday, June 2, 2008

Featured Artist: C & S Embroidery and Gifts

Unique Gifts For Unique People

1. Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is Colleen Mills. I live in south central Kansas and have lived at the same address for about 28 years. I am married to the same man for 30 years this Christmas, and the mother of a 24 year old career woman. She was was married in June 2007.

I love working from home, and some days don't even get dressed, my PJ's are my daily work attire. Well, unless I am seeing clients.

2. What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

My first idea for my clocks was military themed since I was a military brat until I was 13 when my dad retired after 26 years of service. It was also a tribute to the men and women of our current military and a wish to support them. My ideas come from a lot of places. I spend hours brainstorming ideas for what to do next.

3. What is your favourite thing in your shop and why?

I guess my favorite thing in my store right now would be the Air Force clock. Since I am close to the local AF base, McConnell, I just have a strong attachment to the Air Force.

My daughter's father-in-law is a computer specialist and a master Sargent. He got a clock for Christmas last year. It sits on a special shelf in his office right now.

4. What is the best thing about your products?

I think the best thing about my clocks is that they are practical art. It actually has a use other than to look good.

5. What is the best homemade item you have ever bought?

My favorite handcrafted item is a stoneware goddess that I got several years ago at a craft show. She just spoke to me. I also have several more of that artist's works.

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