My name is Clare. I was given the nickname Planet over 30 years ago . . . it seems to have stuck. I live in Central California. I am an administrative assistant at an elementary school by day . . . and a maker of things by night and whenever else time allows. I grew up in a family of incredibly talented people. I never remember a time when my grandmother's hands were not busy quilting, knitting, or crocheting. The same with my mother, father, aunts, and uncles . . . creating handmade items was just a part of who they were. I am grateful that this was part of my childhood. Making things has always been very important part of whom I am and is also somewhat of a therapy for me.I am a collector and gatherer of many things and I love the idea of re-using items when I create. Much of my inspiration comes from the items I collect . . . scraps of fabric, old lace and ribbon, beads, charms, keys, or old garments . . . There is something special to me in re-using items that in the past may have been personal and treasured by someone else . . . I like to think it makes my dolls – maybe a bit enchanted.
I decided to start making and selling my Shabby Charlotte dolls after my granddaughter Charlotte was born. I had made a few similar dolls before for gifts and wanted to make her a special doll for her first Halloween. My family and friends encouraged me to make some more and try selling them. One of the reasons I first started blogging was to nurture the creativity in me that sometimes gets put aside because life gets so busy. I have so many ideas for dolls and other items . . . but, I tend to have more ideas than I have time – which is sometimes a frustration for me. I am learning to let things go and make time for creating on a regular basis.