Meet Ina—known as Skyturtle?auto=format—who sews, cooks, designs and writes in Barcelona, Spain. For her restless productivity, super cute designs and awesomely generous nature, we are introducing her to you
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My real name is Ina, I love sewing and popcorn :)
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I’m from Bucharest, Romania and I live in Barcelona, Spain.
What is the most awesome thing in or about your neighborhood?
The view, the gardens, the sun. I live in the northern part of Barcelona, closer to the mountains than the sea and the views are fantastic. When I get out of the house I see the sea and Sagrada Familia at my feet. It’s nice :)
List the top 5 places you go locally to discover hidden treasures.
It depends what treasures are for you. In my case it’s fabric and sewing. I like to go to the flea market in Encants for zippers and buttons, then there’s a very nice fabric shop close to Arc de Triomf called Hiper Retail. I also like Ribes & Casals, they have all kinds of fabric, it’s airy and easy to search for what you need.
What blogs or websites do you visit regularly?
My reader is pretty stuffy. :) But I like Craftster.org, the people there are fantastic! I am a big fan of Verypurpleperson.com – the way she looks at sewing and the kind of details she is talking about are really interesting. I go on Burdastyle.com to see the new projects and I love Craft Magazine.
Editors note: Verypurpleperson was the winner of the Krrb Corner Contest in partnership with BurdaStyle. We love her too!
As a kid, were any of your toys and clothes hand-me-downs? Stories please!
Mm… not really, I was the big kid :), but I did like to invent, recycle and create (or as my mother used to put it “destroy everything beautiful” :)
I did receive a bunch of Barbies from my aunt once (my cousin wouldn’t play with them anymore) and I remember my sister and I were thrilled, we played with them for years. Then, when we were older we put everything Barbie related in a gigantic bag and gave them to a neighbour who had two little daughters. The daughters had the same oh-my-God oh-my-God face we had when we first got them.
Today, how often do you go to garage sales, flea markets, etc.? What is your modus operandi? Any personal tips you’d like to share?
There aren’t many garage sales where I live. Sometimes on Sundays people organise similar things, but I always find out to late or can’t go. I go to Encants maybe once a month, to look around for fantastic fabric finds and say hi to some of the sellers I know.
Have you ever taken home an object you found in the street or dumpster? If so, what was it? And where is it now?
I did. A piece of white-painted plywood that I now use as a mini ironing board for my small projects like pouches and wallets.
Are you a hoarder or a minimalist?
I am a hard-working wannabe minimalist in a body of a hoarder.
What is your most cherished handmade object you possess? What’s the story behind it?
I love all the handmade things I possess – that’s the power of handmade, I guess. Things have a meaning because real people made them for fun and for you.
Do you create/make things? What are you working on these days?
I do. I sew bags, pouches and wallets. Fabric scarves, skirts and dresses and tops. These days I’m in a stash-busting mode and trying to find new ways to use scrap fabric (other than the classical patchwork).
By the way, what’s your day job?
I’m a copywriter.
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