Today I have chosen to introduce you to someone who lives her life with the purpose of thoughtfulness for others. She is Handmade!
Lovers Lane: Molly Ennis
Meet my lovely friend Molly. Molly is the friend, sister, and daughter we all want to call our own. She is the type of girl that will make you homemade chicken noodle soup when you aren't feeling well, and a homemade lavender candle when you are feeling stressed out. She Loves creating video and picture montages as gifts for family and friends in celebration of their lives. A day does not go by where Molly is not thinking about how to show others how much she cares for them; and she does this so creatively and effectively through her handmade crafts.
Molly used vintage cocoa tins and tea cups to make these candles as gifts for the holidays.
She used muffin tins to create these organic lavender soaps, also as gifts for the holidays.
Here is Molly painting the rocking horse she gifted her niece Matilda with for her birthday.
Molly is currently in the process of creating a line of handmade bird baths using all founded and recycled materials. The birdbath collection is called LOVE; and is in honor of Molly's favorite park, LOVE Park, in her hometown of Philadelphia.
I am sure you have seen the famous LOVE sign somewhere, and most visibly on the USPS postage stamp collection. But here is a little history: The LOVE sculpture was created by artist Robert Indiana in 1960. The sculpture "holds a special place in the heart of Philadelphians and has been the backdrop of many a marriage proposal, as well as the inspiration to the thousands of skateboarders who use to make the pilgrimage to LOVE before it was controversially deemed off limits to skaters in 2005." (quote)
Molly's LOVE birdbaths are filled with a story, personal history, and a whole lot of Love!
If you are interested in a LOVE birdbath for you, or for a gift, you can contact Molly here.
Molly exemplifies the meaning of handmade. Her crafts are filled with care, thought, creativity, uniqueness, and Love. She is a perfect example of how giving a gift you made to someone you care about is the greatest and most valuable gift of all!
Lovers Lane Questionnaire
1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? My daily inspirations are rooted in nature and the environment...whether it be a park I like to frequent or a city I find a connection with. Sometimes the thing I create is not solely reflecting where I currently reside. Sometimes a memory or a culmination of places and the experiences I had there show their influence in whatever I'm working on.
2. What is your most treasured item in your home? Most treasured item(s) in my home are all the journals, letters and photos I've compiled over the years...my analog mountain of memories. Oh yes! And my grandmother's violin, passed down to her from her orchestra conductor then passed to me. Luckily I was the only violin player in the family :)
3. What is your favorite comfort food? This one's a tie...lobster mac and cheese or green curry with coconut rice.
4. When did you realize that you were an artist? I suppose I realized I was an artist when people started commenting on gifts that I created. At a very young age, I felt solace in putting my hands to work. My Renaissance Grandfather had a workshop where he got into nearly everything from painting, drawing, woodworking, instrument repair, print pressing, leather tooling and furniture making. It is in the giving of what I create that I enjoy. It also gives me a deadline. My mother always encouraged my homemade gifts as a child and so began my tradition of making all (well... most) of my christmas gifts.
5. Best advice you ever received? My imperfections and failures are just as much a blessing as my successes and my talents.
6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? Even if what you set upon to create is not panning out to be/look as you had imagined it would....finish it anyway. You may surprise yourself with something beautiful...and surprising ourselves is a rare and wonderful feeling.
7. What is one thing people would not know about you? I'm a little more old-fashioned than I may come across.
8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? I love vintage! I love the stories...told or imagined, behind something preowned. My teenage self could often be found spending an entire saturday perusing the aisles of philly's best thrifts. From the musky smell of a leather jacket circa 1964 to the wear and tear of a used guitar. It is all wonderful.
9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily) You can find me on etsy coming shortly as I will be posting a Spring collection of my philly LOVE park bird-baths, with all found objects.
10. What is your favorite thing to wear? My favorite thing to wear would have to be a men's sized hoodie. Comfort comes easy when you get all wrapped up in it.