FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
What, you mean like, “Can I have juice, QUEASE, ma?!” Or, “Can we go on a dridge, QUEASE???!!!”
Lol, “QUEASE!“, I already hear that enough… My children are crazy…
WHY THE NICKNAME, CHICKPEA?
The nickname came from my mid-twenties obsession to lose weight (I lost 80lbs!), eat better (I became almost solely vegetarian.), and become fit. Often, due to my workouts, I was always hungry, and thereby always looking for healthy alternatives to my old lifestyle of pizza and burgers. I learned I loved beans in everyway, especially chickpeas, and often asked friends to go for hummus. An art friend of mine once joked I would turn into a chickpea, and it stuck!
HOW DID MISS CHICKPEA START?
I made soft sculpture animals in my early 20’s for extra money to re-make my fixer-upper starter home. (“Softies,” AKA, my unique line of stuffed animals!) I bought a sewing machine, designed my own patterns, and researched fabrics. I settled on polymer clay features, I would designed and make as buttons, to embellish them. I would do art shows in NE Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania, selling my creatures, which ranged in size from about twelve inches tall, to about four foot! I gave them all a clay “necklace,” and “personalized” them at the shows. People loved them, especially to decorate nurseries. Imagine a four foot giraffe sitting in the corner, bigger than a five-year-old, complete with long neck and yarn hair! They were very sweet. But, I grew bored. In my search to make my body healthier and more “natural,” my love of textiles went the same way. I decided I wanted natural fibers to work with, and a new direction to take, but most chain fabric stores barely sell anything outside of cheap, synthetic fabrics. So, I thought, “What are my options? Could I MAKE my own “fabric?!””
I fell in love, in my first yarn store trip with my aunt. I KNEW I needed this in my life. So, I set about learning my own way of somewhat non-traditional knitting, and it started with my first skein. I developed my own line of original, funky felted bags, with complex and unusual textures and fibers. How perfect you may think, for a CHICKPEA, to love all kinds of FIBER…Thus, Miss Chickpea, Funky Fiber Accessories, was born!
MISS CHICKPEA GREW INTO A STOREFRONT. WHAT HAPPENED TO IT?
Miss Chickpea accessories did turn into an award-winning fiber shop, full of wonderful yarns, felts, patterns, teachers, smiles, and fun. Miss Chickpea’s Funky Fibers, centered in Hudson, Ohio, was the love of my late 20’s, and my dream. However, life had different plans for me, and just three short years later, it was closed. The recession of 2008, didn’t help small businesses like a knit shop, either. I packed up, moved to the Southwest, and here I’ve had two, beautifully nutty, bamBEANos, my little peas, Max and Mya.
WHERE DID MAMA CHICKPEA COME FROM?
Now that my nutsos have started school a couple hours each weekday morning, I have found I need to find my hobbies again. I NEED TO DO MY ART! A couple slow starts on a sleep-deprived, new mom brain, that was pregnant back-to-back, and now in my mid 30’s, I have decided to go back to my roots: BEING A CHICKPEA. But, I had to answer the question, “Miss Chickpea is a great persona for fun, funky accessories for any age woman, but how does that fit into motherhood on a daily basis?” Thus, my CRAFTY SUPERMOM blog began. It needed a quirky name to fit it, and being a chickpea, and “growing up” from my past, Mama Chickpea, seemed like a perfect fit!
WHERE WILL THIS BLOSSOM FROM HERE?
Soon to come, I will be posting my crafty endeavors on a regular basis, providing patterns and how-to’s, and opening my Etsy shop, MamaChickpea. Only time will tell how my mental vision transforms into a virtual and three dimensional reality! Please add you email to my Newsletter Sign-Up, and check back often!! Follow my facebook pages and my other social media. I will also be pinning my projects onto my MamaChickpea Pinterest profile, so please, PIN away!!
Mama Pea 🙂