If you were to ask Edie, "Edie, what is your favourite toy in all the world?" she probably wouldn't say anything because she doesn't talk to anyone outside of her immediate family. But if I was to ask her the same question she would say "Lumpkin of course!" or "Bing, silly mama!". Lumpkin's a stuffed mouse and Bing and her friends are fridge doll magnets that have fairy get-ups straight from the forest. Both of these treasures Edie has played hours with and were brought to the planet courtesy of the super talented Sarah of Lumpkin fame. Love her!
Who are you, what is your stripper nameand what do you sell on etsy?
name is Sarah Ulrich. I make and sell clothing, toys and knitwear for kiddos
under the name Lumpkin on etsy. What's my stripper name you ask? That
would be Stink Morris… at your service.
Stink; how fetching! How did you come to find your crafty
I started making babies almost 10 years ago- AHH! that
sounds weird. While I was pregnant with my first babe I discovered that if I
kept my hands moving at all times I could successfully distract my mind from
worrying too much over my ever looming parenthood. Fortunately for me pregnancy
hormones took matters into their own hands and my hands were compelled to
make a huge stockpile of baby stuff. During that time I taught myself to knit
and got reacquainted with my sewing machine. It's taken me a decade but I'm
finally starting to feel like I know what I'm doing now (as a crafter that is-
never as a parent).
3. Walk me, Stink, through your typical creative day.
Summer our little Lumpkin family made a big move to an old house in a new city.
So a big part of my day is spent trying to keep children out of boxes and quell
messes from the construction zone that our upper floors have become.
the chaos these days we are settling into a nice little routine. Most mornings
it's just me and the littlest lumpkin at home while the other two are off at
school. I always expect to start or complete a knitting project in the
morning hours. In reality the baby divides her time between grabbing my needles
and whimpering to be hooked up to the milk tap. Luckily the two other lumpkins
are wonderful big sisters and often when they are there the baby will be
distracted enough to allow me a little time for handwork. But the real creating
happens when my children fall asleep at night and quite often when I fall
asleep at night. Lots of my best creative plans come to me in my sleep and it's
a good thing because some days I have almost no time for creating at all.
4. What kind of milk tap do you hook up to to feed your soul?
Most of the time I get a lot of satisfaction
from making dinner for my family (the rest of the time ordering pizza satisfies
me just fine). I especially like the challenge of making meals when my
cupboards are almost bare and I'm forced to use up all the last dregs. It's
sort of like playing Tetris. You have to make some random pieces fit together
into a meal by a dinner time with out any gaping holes. It's fun. I also like
dark chocolate and long baths in a roomy tub- but who doesn't?
My hole's just gaping now thinking of a roomy bathtub and dark chocolate at the same time. Our tub stinks (no offence). It's like splashing around in a little puddle of your own filth. Anyhow, moving on: four words to describe your work.
young, natural, bright and
6. Anything new coming up in your shop for Edie or Kale to look forward to in the next little while?
Lately I've been
focusing on making more unisex clothing for boys who don't speak pink (our
native tongue in this house). I've also been trying to incorporate more vegan
items into my shop. While I eat vegan I also do have a longstanding love
affair with wool. However I have great respect those who have eliminated all
animal products from their lives so look out for more vegan equivalents for all
of my knits in the shop soon. Also, If anyone is in the Washington DC area you
can come and see what new things I'm working on in person at the Crafty Bastards
show this year on October 3rd. plug plug plug:)
Everyone reading knows I love plugging Crafty Bastards! Thank you so much, Sarah, for the interview, all the joy Lumpkin's brought to Edie, and the generous giveaway to a commenter! Yes, your eyes did not deceive you! I'll be drawing on Wednesday morning for a winner of a child-sized seamonster collar. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check out lumpkin.etsy.com to see what all the cute's about!