First up in our week of interviews is Rubyellen Bratcher, the creative mind behind Cakies. Welcome, Rubyellen!
Describe what you do as an artist.
There are lots of things I like to make and lots of things I wish I had time to make. Though with the time I do have, I make wool felt crowns for children and felt hair accessories for girls and mamas. On occasion, I will offer what I like to call “once-in-awhiles ” in my shop, which may consist of bags or dolls. This allows me the opportunity to break from the norm and make other fun things and offer it to everyone!
Motherhood is a full-time job and then some. What keeps you inspired and motivated to create?
This will probably sound like a cliche, but my girls are my biggest inspiration to keep creating. Since, I am a SAHM (or I guess you can say a WAHM), I am constantly trying to come up with new ideas to make for and with them. I love engaging them creatively and they are just as excited about making something as I am. Another thing is that I have a big shopping bug, but not the budget to fund it, thus I love sewing and making “new” things for my girls that way. I also find inspiration from lots of other super duper lovely blogs, it helps keep me dreaming up ideas.
I’ve learned that being a stay-at-home mom and business owner/artist does not have to be mutually exclusive. How do you maintain a balance between the two?
Balance is getting harder for me these days. Nap times were my times to work, but with True’s naps down to one a day, getting work in has been much harder. Thankfully, my husband and I have been figuring out ways to give me work days, where he will watch the girls for a day and leave me with some uninterrupted work time. I think the key is to enjoy what you are doing and thankfully I do. It is also important for me to make “other” things that I don’t sell. This really keeps things fresh for me and allows me to the drive to keep the business owner/artist part of me going, but my number priority will always be mom.
As an artist, what do you hope to pass on to your children?
The ability to dream. I think the biggest part of being an artist, which I think odd to think of myself in that way, is the ability to dream. I get such satisfaction from thinking up an idea, following through with it and seeing a final product. It feels good to see something that was in your head become real.
I want my kids to dream, make their ideas real, but most importantly having fun with the process. To me, this is what learning and creating is about.
Do your children have any special talents you’d like to share with us?
True draws very well, at least I think so, but I don’t have many kids to compare her to, so I don’t know what normal is. She sees things in shapes and when we are out and about she will point out all the shapes. Then, later in her sketchbook, she will put together those shapes to make a picture. Her drawings seem to be good for a three year old. And my Brave, well, she can eat…a lot. She then manages to make the most amazing abstract paintings of her food on her bib. I am sure she will continue to perfect this art as she grows.
And lastly, what do you wish for this mother’s day?
I would really like some Bewitched magic, so that my house would be clean in a twitch of my nose or I guess a painting done by Ben and my girls (I think handmade gifts are the best) or a vintage locket will do (and a trip to the flea market). Am I allowed to have more than one wish? (Of course!!)
Thank you Rubyellen!
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