Virginia Rothenflue

Virginia Rothenflue

Domestic Dynamo

Meet Virginia

Wife/Mom/community counselor/consummate over-scheduler. Creative + Adult ADD + Empath

Knotty Neighbor was born out of a desire and need for a creative outlet. I’ve called Austin, Texas home for almost 25 years and have done all kinds of work, from non-profit administration to web/graphic design and event planning. Because my work involves spending much of my day at a computer, I longed for a way to work with my hands and decided that my love for fixing, rehabbing and creating could become more than just a hobby.

At the age of 40, I joined a makerspace and discovered a love for laser cutting. My process involves creating designs in InDesign, cutting/etching pieces on my Glowforge laser and then assembling jewelry, accessories and décor. My favorite materials are leather, wood and acrylic.

Much of my work focuses on refurbishing and reimagining pieces or creating something new from scraps. I have been known to cut up a leather jacket or salvage fabric from a pillow my puppy destroyed. I thrive on the challenge of doing things on a budget. Garage sales and coffee bring me joy and fuel my creativity.