TotusMel Tats offers original and unique needle tatted jewelry and accessories, including some really gorgeous masks created by artist Pamela Quevedo.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was bored or perhaps burnt out from knitting and crochet and thought I needed something truly different to try out. I discovered tatting and while I couldn't quite grasp working with a shuttle, I was at one with the needle. After a bookmark I was making was mistaken for a bracelet, I began creating jewelry on purpose.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love to have my hands busy, so tatting is what I am always doing, but I am happiest spending time with my family.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
The biggest challenge for me now is finding balance between working on new pieces, remaking sold ones and spending time with my young kids. As I've been lucky enough to have a fairly steady stream of sales, the tightrope walk is getting more difficult. There are just not enough hours in the day.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
What's funny is I rarely if ever wear my own work. My life is just too mundane right now. So as a gift I would like to receive one of my masks and a damn good reason to wear it.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Well first I was going to be a Prima Ballerina, then a singer, then an actor, but as it turns out living in California's central valley is not conducive to a successful career in the arts.
What other shops out there do you love?
I've acquired quite a few favorites over the years, but here's a few:
and a bunch of my teammates from Etsy SteamTeam
What does your future hold?
In the absence of a reliable crystal ball, I'd have to say I have no idea. I hope to still be tatting and it's one of my dreams to one day see someone on the street or t.v. or elsewhere wearing one of my creations.
Visit TotusMel Tats on etsy or stop by Pamela's blog totusmel.blogspot.com