Mom-Made Paintings & Collages: An Interview With Swallowfield

Jeanne Sager
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Meet Jennifer Judd-McGee of Swallowfield, a crafty mom from Portland, Maine who makes and sells original collages and paintings.

We've got a serious Etsy habit going on here at The Stir, but while we're drooling, moms like Jennifer are finding time to make some seriously cute crafts. We track down one mom every week to give you a look at what it means to buy Mom-Made.

Tell us the story behind Swallowfield:

I've been selling on Etsy for about three years. In that time I was able to quit my old job, make stuff I love, and have a more flexible schedule with my kids -- win, win, win! I make art -- mostly illustration and mixed media.

How many children do you have?

Ellie, 10 1/2, and Chase, 9

How much time do you spend crafting every week?

I work at it full time, but I often keep quirky hours to make our family schedule work.


Photo by Jennifer Judd McGee
How do you make the time to craft while being a parent?


I work as hard as I can during the hours they're in school. We also spend a lot of time drawing or making things together, listening to audiobooks or music while we work.

Do you have your own craft room or do you share space with your kids?

We share space by necessity. It gets a little tricky sometimes. I dream of my own studio space one of these days . . .

What are your favorite craft blogs and/or shops?

Wise craft, All Buttoned Up, House on Hill Road, Eyeblog, Stephanie Congdon Barnes, to name a few... but, I have a lot of favorites. I feel like I especially relate to other moms who are living their lives and parenting the way I try to while trying to balance doing something creative in their every day lives.

SHOWN ABOVE:

Carnival Archival Print ($18)

Hope of a Better Day Archival Print ($18)

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