Sunday, August 23, 2009

Interview With JeniLuScraps

Meet Georgi (aka Lu) of JeniLuScraps.

Who are you?
I'm a retired legal secretary who moved here with my wonderful DH a couple of years ago from Michigan. I'm actually one-half of JeniLuScraps ~ my daughter Jen (still in Michigan) is the other half.
What do you create?
love creating useful things out of fabric ~ wallets, pouches, key fobs, and a bag here and there. I have a couple of friends that belong to motorcycle clubs, and I created a little pouch for them that hooks onto their belt loops to keep things safe and handy for them when they're riding. The ones I've made were all special orders so I haven't listed any of those yet ~ soon, I hope!
How did you get started?
When I was working full-time, my dream was to stay home and sew. I had sewn a bit when my daughters were small ~ but, once I started working, my sewing/crafting went to the back burner.
What is unique about your products?
I love to scour the thrift stores for interesting patterned fabrics that I don't see every day at the fabric stores. Besides making things out of fabrics that are unique, I like to think that I'm being "green" by recycling clothes.
What has been your biggest challenge in developing your business?
I've always been on the shy side, so just putting myself out there has been a challenge for me. I'd love to say "THANKS!" to all of you who have made this journey so worthwhile ~ it's been a blast "meeting" so many wonderful people in the Etsy community.
What is your favorite feature on Etsy?
I love browsing the Treasuries and drooling over all that's out there ~ and I always love to read the Featured Seller interviews to see how other people got started and how their creative process works.
What other interests do you have?
I love to read (just a kid at heart, really ~ loved the Twilight and Harry Potter series!). And I'll have to admit that I love playing video poker ~ Vegas is my favorite destination now that I live here.
Where in Florida do you live?
My DH and I retired in August 2007 and moved to Bonita Springs soon after that to be close to both our moms who live here full-time. Coming from Michigan where it seems to be gray skies 6-9 months out of the year, I love the sunshine down here where I get some much-needed Vitamin D every day. Aside from that, just the beauty of the birds, trees and flowers ~ do you ever get tired of that?
What are some other sites to find out more about you ?
I try to keep my fabric stash up to date on Flickr, along with a few pics of other things (like my biker bags):
I'm also on Twitter:

What was you worst crafting disaster?
I don't know if you could call it a "crafting" disaster, but the first craft show we did was a total bust ~ we didn't sell one thing! Talk about discouraging.
What animal would you like to be for one day and why?
I'd love to be a giraffe for a day ~ they're so graceful and they have gorgeous eyelashes.
What makes you laugh?
My husband and my kids have all been blessed with a great sense of humor ~ they always make me laugh! Our favorite thing to do is to play games when we all get together ~ can't tell you how many times I've almost peed my pants! (Can I say that here?)
Choose a movie title to sum up your life’s story.
"Enchanted" ~ I met my husband a little later in life and he changed it completely ~ for the better of course!

I really enjoyed choosing pics for this interview! The fabrics in her shop are really unique,....go and check them out!


  1. Great interview Lu! I love your unique fabrics! Keep up the great crafting:o)

  2. How fun it is to get to know our team mates better, I really enjoy reading these interiews - Your story is great Lu! ...and yes you can say you peed your pants, happens to me too whenever the family get's together for play time X]

  3. Great Interview!! I love your small wallets!! Must be the thing with our kids huh? My kids make me laugh till I cry or pee LOL