Maker of the Week - Casey Maura: Casey's Creative Musings
The lovely Casey is our next Maker of the Week. Casey was one of the first bloggers I discovered way back when I was just beginning to be interested in sewing. She inspired me to keep trying even though I had so many flops and failures there at the start. I loved reading back through all of her old blog posts and imagining being able to sew that well some day. Suffice it to say, I am fangirling a little over here! Keep reading to learn a bit more about Casey!
Hello! My name is Casey—I go by Casey Maura (my first and middle names) online! I’m 32 years old, and currently living in southwestern Germany with my husband (whose career brought us here for a few years) and two kiddos. I’ve been interested in crafting—specifically sewing—for almost as long as I can remember! One of the most vivid memories of my childhood is weekly visits to our massive public library, where I’d always visit the crafting sections (both in the juvenile and adult sections). I checked out pretty much every book on handcrafts I could get my hands on: from tatting to basket weaving (and yes, I’ve done both…)! The library had some amazing 1970s-era titles still in circulation (this was the early 1990s), and the DIY movement of that decade really inspired me, as well as the reusing/recycle attitude and enthusiasm for the joy of crafting.
Do you have a favorite hobby? If so, what is your favorite thing about that hobby?
I would have to say though knitting seems to have preoccupied me in the four years since I had my daughter, sewing is still my favorite and the one that has been a life-long pursuit. I adore vintage styles (particularly of the 1940s), and recreating them has been my main passion when it comes to sewing. I think my favorite aspect of sewing has to be the fun of wearing truly original, one-of-a-kind clothes! I also really enjoy the offshoot—collecting vintage patterns!
Do you have a “shameful” crafting secret?
The size of my yarn stash… It’s crazy and definitely eclipses my fabric stash at this point! Oops! So many pretty yarns, so little time!
Is your crafting space organize or a creative jumble?
I go between both extremes, I think! The trouble is we move every 3 or so years, and I feel like it takes me a bit (like 18 months) to get everything just as I want it and makes sense to my workflow and the space (usually the corner of a bedroom)—and by the time I do, we’re getting ready to move again! But lately I’ve been attempting to organize things so it’s easier to pack them up and set things up in a new spot more seamlessly. And so I can also find odds and ends! The best thing I ever did was buy a large, plastic toolbox (from Lowe’s) and put all of my smaller tools and notions in there—now I can find those tiny little bits and pieces I always seemed to misplace...
Where can we find you online?
Ravelry & Facebook: caseymaura
I also blog (very irregularly!) at: caseymaura.blogspot.com
What is your favorite color(s)?
Tough choice! Depends on the day, but either bright red or pretty much any variation of blue.
Do you have a furry companion?
Living with us we have our Black Lab/mutt (we’re not sure what exactly he is!) dog, Maverick. I also have a pet rabbit—Freckles—but he’s living in the “bunny retirement home”; also known as my parent’s house (didn’t want to risk taking him to Germany with us since he’s older!).
What is your favorite book(s)?
Non-fiction: We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman
Fiction: Just finished Good Evening Mrs. Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes and loved it!
Sewing-related: Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Schaeffer
Knitting-related: Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Both of my knitting and sewing choices are perennial favorites; I refer to them often for inspiration and guidance!
If you owned a unicorn, what would you name it?
Wooster. Because I think a unicorn named after Bertie Wooster would be hilarious. (I have an odd sense of humor though…)
Thank you for telling us some fun facts about yourself, Casey, it's been brilliant having you!
I hope you all enjoyed learning about another amazing crafter. If you have any recommendations on other creative people that you would like to see featured here on the blog, let me know!!