{Meet a Member} Lolailo

My name is Gloria, and I am the person behind Lolailo.  When I am not unemployed, I am a winemaker.  I grew up in Spain.  I live near the Napa Valley, I am married to a winemaker, and I must say we drink quite well at our house. In my newly found spare time I have reconnected with my crafts, which is something that had been falling by the wayside little by little. I also take classes at the community college by my house and practice kickboxing.

How did you get started in your chosen craft and what do you enjoy most about it?

Although I have been crafting forever, my love for corks came through my job. I was fascinated by the typography and design that each producer used. I was dismayed that these very interesting and diverse corks ended up in the garbage after a tasting, so I started gathering them. I investigated what to do with them, and of all the many crafts you can use corks for, the bulletin board was my favorite. I am a pragmatic person, so I like things that have a function.

How do you make your craft or Etsy store eco-friendly?

My mom instilled in me the importance of being kind to our environment. She was recycling before it became fashionable. My sister and I would do our homework rough drafts or calculations on the back of whatever junk mail had arrived that day. My mom would wash and save aluminum foil from the supermarket (which used to drive me crazy!!). Her example, plus her want not, waste not attitude gave us a sense of responsibility towards our planet.  I source my frames from second-hand stores and garage sales.  It would be easy to go online and purchase brand new frames, all with the same dimensions, but that’s not responsible (and certainly not as fun!)

Where does the magic happen?

I do a lot in my kitchen, and jump from the table to the butcher’s block.

What inspires you?

You know how sometimes you wake up, then fall asleep again, and your dreams become very vivid?  Recently this is what has happened to me.  The last good ideas I’ve had arrived via an early morning dream.  I need more sleep, then!

How has crafting impacted your life?

When I was working a regular job, the time I could devote to crafting was minimal.  I kept buying craft books,  hoping that one day I could actually use them.  Then I became unemployed, and although that part was not fun, it gave me the chance of start a crafting business.  We all need to have a creative outlet, somehow, somewhere.  I relax when I have the possibility of expressing myself.

What are you currently working on?

On my way to class a big pile of scrap wood appeared one day, all of a sudden.  I rummaged around, because I have a project in mind where I am going to need flat, thin pieces of wood.  I didn’t find any in that pile, but something else came to mind.  This is what I have done so far.  Stay tuned for the final product!

What is the most eco-friendly purchase you have made?

Many years ago I had a chance to visit the Portland Saturday Market, and I bought this wind chime made from old silverware.  Although it is not as shiny as it once was, it still cracks me up every time I see it.

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  1. Gloria is such an interesting person. Thanks for the great interview, I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to find out what you’ve been working on!

  2. This is so wonderful! I was checking out my Facebook page and oh, that cork board looks familiar! What is this?? AAHHHH!!! Thank you so much for the feature, and Happy Mothers Day to all of you!

  3. Yay, Gloria! Love your work!

  4. Elizabeth jacob says:

    I enjoyed reading this! Thanks for sharing! Since my husband is in the restaurant industry we drink a lot of wine too :)