While She Naps is a blog about sewing stuffed animals and running a creative business. I design sewing patterns for stuffed animals. Making softies is incredibly creative and so much fun. I hope you love it as much as I do!
I believe it's possible to have a profitable business on your own terms. I'm an entreprenuer. I'm focused on how to run a successful, thriving creative business.
Most of all, I believe that it's important to live a creative life.
In 2005 I started While She Naps to record my work in the studio making toys. As my toy-making became more professional and grew in popularity, I turned my passion for designing and sewing stuffed animals into a thriving business. I write craft books, license my designs to national companies, sell my sewing patterns, and teach sewing and business practices.
I grew up in Potomac, Maryland and went to Johns Hopkins University undergrad where I got a degree in History. Then I joined Teach For America and taught middle school in the Mississippi Delta for two years.
I have a master’s degree in education from Harvard and taught middle school social studies in Newton, Massachusetts before becoming a textile artist and the mother of three girls.
My first book, The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends To Make and Sew was an ALA Booklist top ten craft book of 2011. My new book, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, is about soft toy design. It was published by Lark Crafts in May of 2013 and named a Best Book of 2013 by Amazon. I regularly contribute projects to craft magazines and books and I have licensed toy designs to Simplicity.
Read Some of My Most Popular Posts
Effective Blogging Video Chat In this video I chat with several other craft bloggers about what it takes to run a successful craft blog.
Craftsanity Podcast episode #100 Hear my whole creative journey. This interview took place just before The Artful Bird was released.
Craftsanity Podcast episode #123 I come back to the same podcast for a shorter update, and speak more about writing craft books.
Art Esprit Podcast Hear about my soft sculpture birds as I talk with a gallery owner just before my show opens.
Interview with Wellesley Weston Magazine Read this interview from a local magazine about my path as a soft sculpture artist and toy designer.Interview with the Wellesley Townsman, Wellesley, MA