Raquel and I first met on Handmade in Europe, our European guild, and she has more than one talent I wanted to show you ...
|Necklace with crochet and painted wood beads|
Tell us a little about who you are and where you come from.
Hello, I'm Raquel and I'm from Portugal. I live near the sea and I can't think of living in a place far from it. I love creating since I was born, I believe, and I get inspiration from anything I see or think of!
What's your craft/art and how did you get to do it in the first place?
I have several. I learned to knit with my mother, to sew with my grandmother, and to crochet with my great-grandmother. All these when I was around 6 years old. Later I also fell in love with jewelry which I learned by myself.
|Shooting Star hot water bootle knit cover|
I think this is one of the most asked questions - where does your inspiration come from?
Well, as I said before, my inspiration comes from anything I see or think of, sometimes it just pops in my head without having seen anything. I just need to be in the right "mood" to absorb the good vibrations of the world and extract the juice that it has to give!
Tell us a fun thing about yourself.
I think I'm a funny person, not the kind of telling jokes (actually when I hear a joke, I tend to forget and can't tell anyone the joke!), but the kind of a happy and optimistic person. So the only fun think I can think of at the moment is that as the dreamer I am, I am also a little bewildered, like when I park the car in a large parking lot, when I get back, I have to go looking for the car because I never know where I left it!
|Knitted children's bag with crochet and embroidery tree|
Do you do other crafts, if yes, what?
I also paint, but I don't have my paintings online because they can be a little big to ship! Who knows, maybe one day I will!
I love to explore and learn new things, new crafts. So, with time, I can show up with a new kind of creations in my shops.
Do you sell online, if yes, where can we find you?
Yes, I sell online. You can find NOTON by Raquel on DaWanda, on Etsy, and now also on Handmade Artists.
|Black and white beadwoven zebra cuff|
Is there anything you feel you need or want to tell the world outside now?
Yes, just remember that nothing is impossible, if you really want something, you won't give up!
Also you can find me on my blog and on Facebook.