Those of you who know me or have encountered The Green Poodle before know that this is not my first web site. A few years ago, I started with GreenPoodleCreations.com and Green Poodle Creations is the name of my business. Things began OK and I had a lot of fun working on it at night when I couldn't sleep. But soon it devolved into something other than what I intended.
I created another web site, GreenPoodleBoutique.com for selling my art. I did a wipe and restart on the GreenPoodleCreations.com site to focus on creativity -- a subject I studied in graduate school. And there was NoTrashJustTreasure.com which the family used to promote their yard sales. Note: we don't do yard sales anymore -- too much work! Being bipolar, I decided to put all the other manic and depressive "stuff" in another bucket called BiPolarBroodings.com.
All this compartmentalizing seemed like a good idea at the time but... Then, back in the Fall of 2017, I decided to do another reboot. The existing web sites were fun and I enjoyed working with them but they weren't quite right.
A therapist I met when I was first diagnosed as bipolar said that she could always spot correspondence from bipolars because every inch of the paper was covered in ink. My web sites weren't quite that bad, but they were on the path. So, in late December 2017, I decided to try again. One umbrella site with lots of pages. Less manic with quick access to my business interests. Plenty of room for my other interests.
TheGreenPoodle.com was born.
About The Green Poodle...
In July of 2000, I was searching for a small dog, preferably a toy poodle, to share my apartment with me. The ad in the local newspaper read "green and white tiny toy poodle" and I went to see this 8 week old puppy. Green was a misunderstanding of cream and I brought the little guy home with me, naming him Curly. We shared our lives for 16 years. I will always miss him.
During our last few years together, I started a small home based hand-craft business called Green Poodle Creations. Ever since childhood, I've loved making things. When I was growing up, the primary outlet for this was becoming an artist. However, I was informed by my teachers that I had no artistic abilities. For a long time, I channeled my creative urges into my profession -- software developer.
At some point, I resurrected the sewing skills my paternal grandmother taught me and began making cloth dolls. These are still my preferred sewing projects.
I love upcycling. Finding an abandoned object and re-imagining it, giving it a new look or purpose, is a great experience. Upcycling is one of my favorite forms of creativity. My favorite materials are buttons, old jewelry (especially large button style earrings), fun fabrics (which I use in decoupage), and lace + fringe + ric rac + ribbon + pom pom edging.
My products are decidedly whimsical, colorful, feminine, playful, and a bit over the top. Sometimes it's just hard to know when to stop embellishing.