If you have a love of both vintage plates and sarcastic sayings, get ready to fill your china cabinet with these hilarious dishes from The Rebel Crafter. Heidi Roberts, the maker behind The Rebel Crafter has a love of pop culture (yes, there are Schitt’s Creek plates!), true crime and sarcasm. We spoke with Heidi about what inspired her to make her decorative plates, and how her love of true crime began.
MMN: What inspired you to start your Etsy shop?
Heidi: I’ve been a serial maker for years. I’m always working on something: crochet, cross stitch, sewing.
I started going to markets in my area selling a mix of whatever I was into at the time as a fun way to cover the costs of my craft addiction. When I came up with the idea of adding snarky sayings to match the beauty of vintage china, I began adding them to my collection and people loved them! Slowly I phased out selling cross stitch and crochet at markets (I still love making them as a hobby) I faced my fear and opened my Etsy Shop in 2018 and as they say “the rest is history.”
MMN: What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you?
Heidi: Growing up, my mom was always reading true crime books. As a kid, I remember opening them up to the middle where they would show grainy black and white crime scene photos. As I got older (but probably not old enough) I started reading the books when my mom was done so we could discuss all the terrible details and compare theories.
When I was 13, my beloved Aunt was murdered by her boyfriend. It rocked my entire world, and changed my life in many ways. But it also opened my eyes to the other side of true crime; The victims, their families and the life long repercussions that a tragedy like this brings to so many people.
MMN: What true crime podcasts are you listening to right now? If podcasts aren’t your thing, we would also love to hear about a spooky book you’re reading or your favorite murder-related tv show!
Heidi: I love listening to podcasts while I work. CBC has some great true crime podcasts that take an in depth look into some fascinating stories. I loved the heartbreaking story of – Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo. Uncover and Somebody Knows Something are also great investigative podcasts that have several seasons. Crime Beat is a great biweekly podcast that covers high profile Canadian cases.
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