Monday, March 23, 2009

The Possibilities

Today begins my hopefully weekly series on artists and crafters whose work I admire. I hope to highlight these amazing people and their great work. We will start with one of my all time favorite people, Amy Poss of The Possibilities (get it?).

Amy remembers selling her work door to door as a child, always cherishing her inner "crazy desire to create." She started her professional life as an elementary teacher before she became a full time mom. Creativity and projects are part of her daily life. She says her husband, upon arriving home from a business trip, will stop at the door to sniff for paint smells. He figures she's been up to something crafty while he's been away.

"I love working with wire and beads," says Amy because the "simplicity of materials is appealing yet I can create some intricate pieces." She will sometimes also decoupage an item before embellishing with wire and beads.

Her inspiration comes from color schemes,magazines, specific room decor, and fabrics, but she says "original ideas I believe come from God. I have often seen His hand in the development in my business." In fact, I met Amy at a women's Bible Study, where she was in the group I was "facilitating." She gave me a beautiful wire wrapped cross at Christmas that hangs prominently in our home.

And to show how far a little love goes, Amy says she started her etsy business after
much encouragement from two creative pals: Jen and Brenda. I love both of them dearly and feel they are also a gift from God. I love all of their creations but my faves are coffee corsets from Jen and Brenda's key fobs.

Amy, like most moms, struggles with the balance part of work and family. She started the business because she wanted to be home, but "needed to pay some bills." And like most moms will leave the creative stuff to do when all the house stuff is done, which can mean late nights and "flying by the seat of your pants." People who work at being creative often have a hard time with the business part of it, especially if motherly duties demand attention. For that reason, Amy says she is working on writing down "specific and measurable attainable supercalifragilisticespealadocious goals." You know those creative types, abhorring goals, and schedules and lists that don't include a heavy portion of time spent doodling in our studios.

Amy's entire family, two sons and a daughter, is involved with her business. But she says Annie, her daughter is most deeply involved, as she is a creative genius in her own right. The two often compete to see who's design sells first at a show. Of course the boys want their mom do well and be happy but they don' have the same giddiness over new beads that she and Annie have. She also credits her husband with a new idea now available at her store: tooth fairy pails, which are super cute and come with a poem about this tooth fairy lady. (Personally, the tooth fairy hasn't been to my house in a while; she always seems to be on vacation.) Amy pays each of her kids for their help in her business because she feels it gives them an important role in her success and also "gives us that special connection as well as ownership of this endeavor."

Amy's work is available at her etsy shop, as well as The Spotted Umbrella in Jenks and The Gift Garden in Broken Arrow.

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