a chat with ZOE from TOP FLOOR TREASURES
8 words that most describe you?
Fussy, Perfectionist, Bossy, Helper, Funny, Hopeful, Dreamer, Obsessive
What do you make?
I have the ability to make all sorts of things! I started my business (Top Floor Treasures) on Folksy in 2009 selling handmade fabric goods such as tote bags, zippy cases, cushions, and the like. In 2010 I began zendoodling and incorporated that into my business. Then in early 2011 I had a bit of a breakdown and when I was feeling better I decided I needed to take TFT in a completely different direction. I'm still on Folksy but I now also have my own website selling decorative art tiles, paintings, zendoodles and customised Moleskine notebooks. My sales have taken a massive dive but I feel happier in myself doing what I do now.
What new craft would you like to try?
Although I have dabbled in lino-printing in a very small way, I would love to go on a proper course to learn that properly and learn all sorts of other printing techniques.
If you were a Mr Men / Little Miss character who would you be?
Little Miss Short-Attention-Span
What is the best present someone has ever given you?
My wedding ring from Mr F (aww!)
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist. And at the grand old age of 34, I'm doing it.
Do you collect anything?
Stephen King books. I've been collecting them since I first read 'Carrie' when I was 12 and I think I've got them all now. I also collect pretty heart-shaped things.
Do you have any scars? How did you get it/them?
A small one on the middle finger of left-hand - gained when I accidentally whacked my hand on the door-catch leaving the pub the very first time I had a bit too much to drink! One on my knee from when I jumped off my swing-set when I was little and landed on my knees onto a twig... I have been knocked down by a car many years ago and yet have no scars at all from that.
What do you want more than anything right now?
To live somewhere peaceful in West Cornwall, somewhere that has a big window looking out to the sea, where I can sit and paint.
Do you wish on stars?
It has been known, yes. Well, it can't hurt to try can it?
Whats your favourite ice-cream flavour?
Maple & Pecan - ooooh scrumptious!