She is the talented seamstress behind Sew Nifty Thrifty, whimsical pillows reflecting our great state of Michigan. Erin is a mom to three gorgeous girls and a wife to the best husband a girl could ask for. She loves using vintage fabrics and buttons when creating her adorable pillows. Her friends and family are her inspiration and motivation.
What are your goals for the future, both artistically and in life?
Artistically - to continue to grow in new directions that fuel my creativity. In life - to be the best mom I can be.
What are you currently working on?
I've been working with air plants and vintage bits. Creating something new but familiar in a way.
What is your favorite piece of work that you have created?
My book air plant displays
Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
I'm obsessed with henna. It was introduced to me at a market in Eastown Grand Rapids. I play with it whenever I have some downtime.
What is your strongest memory of childhood?
Playing outside until the streetlights came on. I often wonder when I ate..... I was never indoors
What jobs have you had other than being an artist?
Manager at Petco, retail at The Buckle, lots of babysitting and I even worked for a cleaning company.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I love murder and mysteries, real-life crime shows & podcasts.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
To keep your work authentic. Don't follow people who make items similar to your own.
Where do you gather most of your inspiration for your artwork?
Usually, I'll see something old/vintage and something fun will come to mind.
What is the best piece of advice you've been given?
Don't focus on the negative comments - focus on the good ones and really listen.
What's the one thing you can't live without?
Besides my family, my quilt that I sleep with.
What is your favorite...
Pet/Animal: Ruthie, our Golden Retriever
Season: Fall - when we get one
Movie: Fried Green Tomatoes
Board Game: Catan
Website: Amazon (lol)
Best cup of coffee: Never -- Pepsi or cherry Pepsi
Ice Cream: Superman
What superpower would you have: Teleportation!
You can find lots of Erin's whimsical mitten pillows at Yellow Door and online.