Hello. I am Kristen Valencia, also known as the Bobby Pin Bandit. I am currently living in Tucson, Arizona and am a grad student by day (in the last stage of earning my PhD - writing my dissertation), and seamstress/embroiderer/crafter by night. I learned to sew as a child when I would spend the afternoons with my Grandmother. She taught me how to make doll and Barbie clothes, which transferred into making my own clothes as I got older.
My grandmother introduced me to embroidery, but it wasn't until I took a trip through Mexico and encountered a myriad of beautiful hand embroidered blouses, that I decided to revisit textile embellishment. The was about 10 or so years ago. Nowadays, it's typical to catch me embroidering on anything and everything.
I earned the title, Bobby pin Bandit, from friends and family because I have long hair that I love to pin up, but I tend to "borrow" their hair-ties and pins for extended amounts of time. I have hair clips and bobby pins everywhere - in the car, throughout the house, on my desk, and the bottom of my purse - but even though I have hair clips everywhere, I still take some from others from time to time, especially if they belong to my sister. I don't mean any ill will by it, and it brings a giggle to those who spot me wearing their hair accessories. One day, I will return them all, but until then, they have a safe home with me.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I like to use this as a place to share the items I create, patterns I try out, and people who inspire me. Feel free to contact me: email@example.com