It was back in 2009 that I discovered the talented Amanda McGee. Her designs were so fun and full of life that it was hard not to enjoy them right off the bat! I had the good fortune of joining her in designing in 2012 and it was easy to see how her wonderful inviting personality carried right over into her visual creations.
So without further ado, meet Amanda McGee!
1) Please tell us a little about yourself and your creative business.
I’m a designer, artist, illustrator, crafter, and basically “a creative artsy gal.” I live in Ohio with my husband Dave and our two kids, Maddy & Max.
I love to be creative. I design surface patterns, digital scrapbooking supplies, digital die cuts, craft templates, and sewing patterns. I create happy art, whimsical prints, doodle and draw, develop creative projects and simply enjoy “making stuff!” That’s why my friends call me “McCrafty!”
I love my family, sunny days and crisp air, gerber daisies, vintage enamel flower pins, the scent of vanilla, and I make an awesome carrot cake.
2) How did you happen to start your own business? Was there a particular motivation?
After working in computer aided design for textiles in the corporate world for a few years, I started my own business in 1996. I continued to freelance in textile design for various companies, mainly retail and home goods textile design. As my husband Dave and I started our family, my freelance work slowed down, changed and evolved over the years into other areas of interest including graphics and illustration. In 2006 I started designing digital scrapooking supplies which was a great fit for being a work-at-home mom. I can design creative products and use them to tell our stories. Most recently, I am a contributing artist at Silhouette America where I sell my digital die cutting files. I continue to design and create, illustrate and design.
3) Where do you find the creative inspiration for the new products you bring to life?
My digital products are inspired by my family, the activities and things we are doing and the current season because I tend to use what I make. I’m always inspired by vintage textiles, packaging and illustration. Often times I am inspired by things that are trending on Pinterest or whatever happens to be my current obsession at the moment. Right now, that would be Downton Abbey!
4) What would you like people to know about your wonderful products and services?
I really love being creative and to make things, I hope that my designs inspire others to be creative as well.
5) When you are not busy working, what do you like to do to recharge?
When I’m not busy creating, I enjoy relaxing with my family. I love being outside on mildly warm sunny days. I enjoy playing games with my family, walking and going to lunch with friends. I enjoy movies, especially comedies and spy thrillers. I like to read and research things online. I tend to do so obsessively. I will read and read until I finish a book and then not pick up another until some time has passed. I love to travel but don’t as often as I wish I could! I like to venture into antique stores, it’s like my own little treasure hunt. I love to find vintage enamel flower pins to add to my collection. I’m also on the lookout for feed sack fabric and aprons and vintage children’s books but I mostly let them stay in their shop.
6) Where can we find you on the internet?
I’m also on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaMcGeeDesigns
I’m on a bit of a hiatus from Spoonflower http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/amandamcgee but I will be updating my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/AmandaMcGeeDesigns in the near future (right now it sits empty because I’m so busy with other things!)
Be sure to click on the links above to see all of her wonderful creations! I am sure you will find something you love!
Thanks for hanging out on the blog today Amanda and thanks for reading!