Get to Know our Instructors: Nik Vandeventer of Wasting Thyme

April 21, 2016

Get to Know our Instructors: Nik Vandeventer of Wasting Thyme

Tell us about yourself!  I am a maker, day dreamer & potty mouth who loves cats, coffee and craft beer. I come from a long line of makers and have been creating ever since I can remember. My passion is helping others cultivate their creativity through art in many mediums. I live in Long Beach with my husband and my two awesome cats (that I can't shut up about).
 
What is your crafty weapon of choice? I'd say a needle + thread because your options are truly endless! From mending to embroidery & everything in between that's got ya covered. 
 
What do you teach at The Makery? I teach Watercolor Sketchbook Exploration & a variety of Embroidery classes. As well as being a teacher I'm also the workshop manager :) 
 
Tell us about your work space. I recently moved back to Long Beach, which actually gave me a fresh start and a completely new set up for my workspace, and I am loving it! Since I basically got to start from ground up I've tried to surround myself with what inspires me, bright colors, art work, fresh flowers, inspiring (and naughty) quotes & great music! 
 
What do you do when you are in a creative rut? Try something new! When I feel like I'm burnt out on what I'm currently working on I look for a new project/craft/activity. Allowing yourself time away from your current craft, even if it's your profession, is essential to coming back to it with fresh eyes. Whether it's looking around on Pinterest, watching a class on CreativeBug, a quick Youtube tutorial or taking one of the awesome classes offered at The Makery there are countless of ways to re-energize your creativity! 
 
Nik's Creative Chill Playlist
Anything else you'd like to tell us? You can take a peek at my Etsy shop here: www.justwastingthyme.etsy.com And if you are super into cat pictures follow me on IG @wastingthyme oh, and sometimes I post about other things too :) 
 


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