My name is Gosia. Creativity is my passion. Handmade toys and crafts are my true love.
I would never say that I am super talented but I always enjoyed ‘arts and crafts’ type of activities. As a child I would spend long hours on making figurines from chestnuts, sewing dolls, creating clothes for my toys or painting animals on the walls (yes! Mum wasn’t happy). Just a normal stuff an introvert child would do.
When I grew up, I gave up on the artistic side of me. Partially because stuff like crocheting wasn’t something a ‘cool kid on the block’ would do. Partially because as a teenager I had other, more social priorities.
I rediscovered the arts and crafts world and the beauty of creating homemade toys when I was in my early thirties. Buried under overwhelming stress and living in a very fast paced corporate environment, I really needed to have something that would take my mind off my problems.
Plus, that was the time my two lovely nieces were born. I used to babysit them quite often and I had to figure out how to keep them interested and entertained.
One day I saw an interesting ad on TV. Hachette just released ‘Crocheting is easy’ series of magazines. They would explain basic techniques, provide easy crochet patterns and some sample yarn to try out. I decided to give it a go and loved it right from the start! As I got better and better I started looking at other areas where I could creatively have fun – drawing, painting, knitting, sewing, making cartoons and so on.
My craft work is my asylum. And the art of creation is so much fun!
Paradox is that during recent months I had more time to commit to my passion than over the past few years altogether. Working from home and necessity to spend weekends and holidays in the back yard – all contributed to creativity boost.
As the COVID lockdown continued I had more and more friends and neighbors asking me about ideas for spending time (especially with their families!) and after a while I thought I might try to share my experiences and stories with a wider audience. This is how CottonNutty was born.
I get inspired by various movies or cartoons. Equally, good few of my projects were requested by my nieces or their friends. I love the feeling of joy and fulfillment when you look at a happy child (little one or a grown up!) once they get a homemade soft toy.
I want to share my passion with everyone and encourage you to release your artistic genie – we all have one! Furthermore, I’d like to show you that staying at home with a piece of yarn and a needle can be as much entertaining as anything else, plus you get that amazing feeling of pride when you see that you created something out of bare nothing!
If you are interested in ideas for handcrafted toys or looking for inspiration – you are at the right spot! You’ve never done it before and you’d like to try but need a hand? No need to worry, I am here to support and guide you. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you out.
You can contact me any time via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you have any specific question or suggestion around any of my blog posts then feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below each post.
All the best. Gosia