Tell us a little about you and your creations.
I’m a work-at-home mom of three with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Oklahoma. I write YA fiction and have a couple of short stories published with more stories in progress. My mind is constantly churning creativity, some ideas work and some don’t, but I learned I have to stay busy and feed that drive to create. The items I make from T-shirt yarn include crocheted oval shaped rugs and chunky mini-blankets to use as newborn photography props.
Where did your business name come from?
My husband grew up on his grandfather’s farm at the top of the real Short Mountain in Paris, Arkansas. It’s a magical place with a name reminiscent of The Little Engine That Could. My business is small and I’m old-fashioned. Selling my variety of handmade items, (my sundries,) to customers, whether face to face or in conversations on Etsy, is very personal and nostalgic of the way business was done back in the day.
What do YOU love about your products?
I’ve always found ways to repurpose items, and T-shirts are one of those things that are made in abundance and thrown out. Some are kept for sentimental reasons but they lose their value once they clog our closets and drawers. This is a way to hang on to old T’s and have a lasting item that still brings comfort. I also love the way these rugs feel underfoot and the way they are easily cleaned.
What sets your creations apart from others?
My items are 100% upcycled whereas some rug makers use brand new jersey material. I feel like gently used jersey material is readily available, it just takes a little more effort to get the colors and lengths of yarn. I also do not use any patterns and create each item with my own artistic license.
Where do you find inspiration?
My initial inspiration came from our beloved Pinterest. I was pregnant with our third child and unable to concentrate on writing, but I needed to keep busy creatively. I made some rugs as gifts and enjoyed the responses I received. Now I find inspiration in the colors of T-shirts I see every day and the people who wear them. Everyone has a collection of old T-shirts, I wonder what their T-shirt rugs might look like. Putting new colors together and seeing a rug develop right in my lap is always the fun part.
What craft would you like to learn more about?
All of them! But I’m particularly drawn to decoupage and making anything with photographs.
The Alliday Show believes that every day is special and should be treated as a holiday! That being said, which holiday do you wish were every day and why?
Veteran’s Day. We need to celebrate people and be thankful for them.
If you could create your own holiday, what would it be and why?
Something similar to the Holi Day Festival in India, a festival of color and love.
How would you describe your work in three words?
Repurposed. Tactile. Sentimental.