Meet the Maker behind Ottergirl’s Treasures, Lisa Rodriguez
Who are you? (We really wanna know)
I’m a wife, mom, teacher, writer, poet, musician, Narnian, and mermaid. I’ve been married for 23 years to a man I’m still crazy in love with, and we have two wonderful sons who are my heart. I love the ocean and rain, camping, and road trips.
What do you do?
I’m an elementary school teacher and university professor who loves creating things…poetry, music, beaded jewelry, and hair adornments (wreaths and barrettes)
How do you do what you do when you do what you do?
I weave together ribbons and beads Twilight tinsel and colorful flowers Inspiration whispers, “Create”, And I listen for hours and hours.
What is your inspiration? (Why do you create?)
My brain is usually running in high gear. When I work on my head wreaths, jewelry, and other creations.or when I play my guitar or banjo, it calms me.
Your magic moment?
Superbowl Sunday, 1985, approximately 10 pm.
Walk us through your day of awesomeness
Sep. thru June: drive drive drive teach play laugh teach drive drive drive relax snuggle sleep Summer – sleep coffee walk play read create walk relax snuggle sleep
In five years, where would you like to be?
Traveling the world with my husband and teaching classes online, listening to his music, playing with grandchildren, living in a small house by the beach.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Take walks. Read — especially Dean Koontz & Stephen King Play Bejeweled Go on adventures and take photos to document them.
What advice would you give to those of the like-mind?
Stop worrying so much about what other people think. Be yourself. Treat others well. Be happy. Have fun. Make the world a better place.
Your Top 5 Haunts in Portland
McMenamins … any of the ones in old buildings. Powell’s Books Hawthorne Blvd. Springwater Trail Oregon Zoo
Your Top 5 Songs to get you through a life?
Luba Flower – Bruce Rodriguez Caribbean Blue – Enya Stir It Up – Bob Marley Breathe – Anna Nalick A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harem
Your Top 5 Movies
The World According to Garp An American Werewolf in London All the Harry Potters A Christmas Carol – the 1951 version Nightmare Before Christmas
check out Lisa’s work at www.etsy.com/shop/ottergirlstreasures