Diary of a #Momprenuer, Day 41 - With Guest Tiff of Staying Inside The Grey

Date: September 10, 2018

YTD 2018 Product Sold: $1,356

Finished Inventory Currently on Hand: $13,109

Money raised for Domestic Violence Intervention Program of Iowa City: $136

In today’s Maker Mom interview, I talk with Tiffany (Tiff) from Staying inside the Grey.  Now Tiffany does not sell what she makes, nor is she currently planning on turning her making into a business, but there is still a great purpose for her making.

1.      Please introduce your self

I’m Tiffany, just turned 40 this year, I’m a Mom. I’ve been in law enforcement for 12 years as a sworn police officer and a little bit longer as a civilian. I basically just use making to balance the chaos of life, I find it extremely therapeutic. Being a Mom and a wife and historically working full-time, that’s sort of my way of coping and releasing and just balancing out that scale.

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2.      How Long have you been a maker and how did you get started?

I’ve always been a creative type.  You know as a kid I was always making something or using my Mom’s old eye shadow as paint or something crazy. Making masks out of paper mache because we had flour and water I could get into. I’ve always been in someway creating something.  I think I lean on that creativity in the tough times of my life. Even though I’ve always been a maker, a creative person, whether its sewing or stained glass, woodworking has only come about since 2016 for me, so just a couple of years.  After I experienced some trauma in my life and I discovered that woodworking is the best medicine for me.  That’s sort of when I picked up woodworking as a serious hobby and I’ve kind of been addicted to it ever since.

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3.      So, I know you don’t sell your things or have a blog, but you send your stuff out to help others, can you talk a little more about that?

I make stuff, it’s therapy for me.  Its building my skillset because I’m so new. It allows me to try new things and not be afraid to go outside of my comfort zone when the intention is to gift it to somebody.  It sounds kind of backwards, but if I’m making something for you, specifically for you, and I screw it up a little bit or I learn a process the hard way, you’re still going to be so appreciative and grateful for the intention behind it that you’re going to look past all those imperfections, most likely, and still see the meaning behind it and not so much the perfection. The perfect skill or the perfect joint.  Its been my way of being comfortable with going outside of my comfort zone and still sort of spreading that kindness, compassion, empathy, whatever you want to call it.  It allows me to learn without the pressure of having to get it perfect because this person is paying for it.  I know it’s probably not sustainable, but that’s where I am right now and that’s what’s working for me.

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