Hi everyone!  My name is Marianne, and I’m the face behind Homemade by Giggles.  Some of my friends affectionately call me “Giggles” so that’s where the name comes from.  Thanks for checking out my stuff!  I’m mostly self-taught at knitting and crocheting, with the help of my Mum when I was young and the Internet and books along the way.  If you’re here, you want to know more about me, so I’ve added a little Q&A below.  Do you have a question for me?  Send me an email or hit me up on social media and ask!

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Do you have kids?

Yes!  I have 3 kids and a very supportive husband.  We both work full time so this site is just a hobby that I love to share with others.

How long have you been crafting?

I started learning how to crochet when I was a young girl, probably sometime around 1990.  My Dad worked at a yarn manufacturing company back then and brought home a lot of products for us to use.  I picked it back up as a hobby in my mid-twenties once I was out of school and working full time.  I started sewing around 2010 and knitting around 2012 and now I craft whenever I can!

Where do you live?

I live in Canada.  Brrrr!  Just kidding, I love the weather here… the change in seasons is amazing.  I’m in Southern Ontario (near Toronto) so it’s not TOO cold in the winter compared to Northern Canada!

Why do they call you Giggles?

Well… it doesn’t really make sense.  My friends called me Gilligan for a while because of Gilligan’s Island (since my name is Marianne) and somehow it mutated into Giggles.  Most people assume that I have a very distinctive giggle-type laugh but that’s not the case… it’s just a random name.  I’ve got more of a chortle than a giggle!

What other hobbies do you have?

I lovingly call my hobbies “old lady hobbies”, although it seems these hobbies are being embraced by my generation a ton these days!  I like to bake, garden, read and craft.  Obviously I love technology too – I work in the high tech industry – but I enjoy doing non-tech stuff in my downtime.  Oh, and I love watching TV and movies because it goes hand-in-hand with knitting and crocheting!  Netflix is ah-mazing.  I’m very excited for self-driving cars because it means my hands would be free for crafting!

Is your whole family “crafty”?

I’ve had several people ask me this.  I have 4 sisters and we’re all very close in age.  I’d say half of us are creative artistic types – one sister studied fashion design and does makeup artistry, and another is a professional musician.  None of them really embraced the crocheting like I did though!