Tell us where the name Oaktree Mama came from?
Oaktreemama is a simple combination of where I live (Oaktree) and what I do (Mum of two) ~ but I like the reference to nature because it makes sense for my love of upcycling.
How did you get into crafting?
I have always made things - sewing and knitting, but when my youngest started school mid 2012 I was able to indulge more seriously. My inspiration is almost always something my children or I need and I'd much rather recycle, hand-make and/or tailor-make. I also love Op-shopping and looking for treasure that other people have discarded. Re-use and recycling are so important for our environment and I love getting back to the skills and attitude for thrift that my grandmothers and greatmothers had.
What do you make?
I make a wide variety of treasures by recycling vintage fabrics, fabric samples and fabrics from stashes long forgotten about. At the moment I am making mens ties into fabulous bead necklaces, turning fabric samples into Newsboy style hats and upcycling vintage fabrics into purses, wallets, jewellery and coffee cosies. I also make Beach Treasure Bags (fabulous for shell collectors big and small) and little bags containing the games we enjoyed as children - knucklebones, marbles and elastic skipping.
Who or what has been the most influential in your craft?