She also has other wonderful items to get their young minds working, while having fun!
Read below to hear in Lia's own words how she became motivated to create her items for children.
What led you to start creating your art or craft?
Etsy! From the moment my eyes set sight on the front page I was hooked. In the last year I have learned to sew, crochet, embroider and lately make crayons. I have always been a creative person but now I have a reason to create.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
I fell into crayons by accident. It started as project I was doing with my 3 year old. We had so much fun. I thought they turned out so cute I wanted to share them with others. My embroidery and sewing were influenced by books, blogs and other Etsians.
What aspect of creating your art or craft do you find the most enjoyable?
What I enjoy most is embroidery. Sitting down with beautiful raw materials like wool and transforming them into little gifts for others. I find it very relaxing. What excites me is creating custom orders. It is so much fun to add those little details that make my packages a gift to the buyer.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art or craft?
I created and named My Kangaroo after my oldest daughter who was born premature. She was born 3 months early and weighed less than 2 pounds. We bonded in the hospital using Kangaroo Care, holding babies skin-to-skin. I would like to start a program for donating handmade toys in the NICU for siblings of premature babies (please contact me if you are interested). Today she is six and just like me, very crafty.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Be flexible. My Kangaroo is my second shop. I started last year with a shop to sell my embroidery, but it didn’t really go anywhere. It took some time and hard work, but My Kangaroo really fits me better. Be open to new ideas and don’t limit yourself.
Thanks, Lia, for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas with us. Be sure to visit MY KANGAROO! I'm sure your little ones would be thrilled to have their own special crayons with their names. Just click on any of the photos below, to get directly to that item in Lia's shop, or click on the MY KANGAGROO link below to get to her Etsy shop.