Beautiful Blue Table Runners!!

 

Blue is such a wonderfully relaxing and comforting color!  No matter where you live, it can remind you of the sky, the water, a relaxing day at a spa. Blue will work in any environment.

These pretty blue table runners are made from a wonderful soft and nubby 100% cotton fabric that is reminescent of old fashioned grainsacks. Just added to the shop, these wonderful runners are a great way to add color and warmth to your home for the spring and summer months.

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, stop by Vintage and Vino in Queencreek May 18 & 19 and see them in person.  I’ll have some available for you there!

 

 

 

Vintage and Vino Event – Queencreek, AZ

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I am so excited to be participating in this event next month!  There will be vintage, antique good, handmade, lots of wine, mimosas, good food and live music!

Stay tuned for some pictures of new table runners, pillows, towels and other goodies that I will be getting ready to take to the show, and posting available in the shop!

Cheryl

 

 

Handmade Shop Introduction – Junie’s Trinkets by Junie Duncan

I would like you to meet Junie Duncan.  She is the owner and designer of  Junie’s Trinkets.  Today Junie is going to tell us a little about her shop, what inspires her to create, and some about her creative process.


Hi Junie, can you please tell us what you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?

I am a widowed mother of 2 boys- also disabled. In March, I decided to make jewelry to pass the time, possibly as gifts for family & friends. I shared a couple photos, & had a friend order from me! After talking to some other long time friends & shop owners I decided to try it out. Now, I do this full time. My page has grown to over 1150 fans in less than 4 months… I think of that as a sign I am doing what I SHOULD be. I keep my prices low, I know what it is like to see something I want, but it be out of my reach financially. I firmly believe EVERYONE has the right to have something special made, just for them. If I can do that for them, that makes me happy.

I am very pleased to say my work is now in 4 countries, & I also won a wire wrapping contest recently @ http://www.facebook.com/SuperiorAgates   It was my 4th wire wrapped cabochon, so I was extremely surprised & thrilled to win! :)

Tell us a little more about you.  What other interests do you have?

I love FB, lol I spend most of my time there. I also enjoy reading, movies, spending time with my kids. I also teach Sunday school.

And here is where you can find Junie:

http://juniestrinkets.weebly.com/

Please stop by and check out Junie’s shop on facebook and give her a ‘like’! Make sure that you also check out her new website!

And just a reminder:

I have added a new page called ‘Handmade Shops’ where you will be able to access this information easily. Please visit these people and their shops and show them your support for handmade!  Thank you!

Handmade Shop Introduction – Kypress Designs by Amber Hirschfelt

I would like you to meet Amber Hirschfelt.  She is the owner/designer of the handmade shop – Kypress Designs.   Today Amber will tell us a little about her shop, what inspires her to create, and give us some  insight to her creative process.


Hi Amber, can you please tell us what you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?

I make jewelry and crochet baby items, hats, scarves, blankets, and occasionally purses.  I have been crocheting for 15 years. When I would take items with me to school, people asking me to make some for them made me decide to start selling.  I took a jewelry class in high school and have been in love with the craft ever since.  Again, people would see me making things for me or as gifts and place orders.  At the moment, business isn’t enough for me to not work, but I would like to one day be able to stay home with my daughter again and work from home full time.

Tell us a little more about you.  What other interests do you have?

I am 23, mom to a very beautiful three year old who likes to be my model, and wife to a wonderful gamer who has a book addiction as big as mine.  I also like to write fantasy novels and poetry–and I’ve been published! (However, the book was the wrong manuscript, so I wouldn’t buy that one… So many problems and a frustrating story that I’m not going to bog you down with.)  “Kypress” was a character that I rp’ed back in school; my friends and I would work out worlds and background stories.  Then to keep ourselves occupied, we’d rp them until we got bored and made a new world.  I’m actually working on writing a book about Kypress’ world right now.

And here is where you can find Amber:

My Blog: http://www.kypressdesigns.blogspot.com

My Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kypressdesigns

My Shop:  http://www.freewebstore.org/kypressdesigns

My Twitter:  http://twitter.com/kypressdesigns

E-Mail:  kypressdesigns@gmail.com

Please stop by and check out Amber’s shop, ‘like’ her facebook page, follow her on twitter, and visit her blog! Also, contact her if you have any questions about her creations!

And just a reminder:

I have added a new page called ‘Handmade Shops’ where you will be able to access this information easily. Please visit these people and their shops and show them your support!  Thank you!

Handmade Shop Introduction – Patchwork Trails by Terri Wilhelm

Today I would like to introduce you to Terri Wilhelm and her Etsy shop Patchwork Trails.  I have known Terri for a few years through our blogs.  I have seen Terri grow, both in her sewing and now designing abilities.  I am so glad that she has agreed to let us know a little more about her upcoming plans and where she is taking her shop.

Hi Terri.  Please tell us a little about your shop.  What do you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?

Messenger Bag
I make what I call youthful and modern gear for every day in your life, whether you’re on a hiking trail or galavanting around the city. What that means is I make handbags, tote bags, purses, clutches, makeup bags, stuff sacks, laptop bags, and wallets. My newer products include small pouches to keep headphones so they don’t get tangled inside your larger bag, and sketchbook covers and zipper pouches to hold your drawing tools.
Sketchbook Set
I try to combine patchwork and quilting techniques into a variety of styles that are whimsical and artsy while being functional and versatile. My latest style is to make bags from suiting fabric on the outside for a professional, polished look with a bit of flair and dazzle embellishing the outside, along with a colorful or wild print for the inside.
Headphone Pouches
I opened my shop on Etsy in July 2009, and started selling handmade goods in September 2009. I love to sew and make things, and decided to share my perspective with others by opening this shop. I would really love to exhibit at a few craft fairs throughout the year and get a few of my products into a boutique too.
I know that you are doing some new things and will be putting some new items into your shop.  Do you want to tell us a little about that?
My new endeavor is to sell PDF-to-print patterns of my bags and gear. I have three written so far, so stay tuned for news on the release of Patchwork Trails patterns. (will be announced on my blog).
Navy Handbag
Tell me a little about your background.

I spent the past 18 years working as a paralegal in the insurance and financial services industries. I decided to make a career change last summer and now I’m a design and illustration student. It’s been a lot of fun learning how to draw and illustrate, and how to apply those techniques into designing new products for my shop. My dreams are to design my own fabrics (which I’m working on right now) and to offer some of my illustrations for sale.

What other interests do you have?

I love to spend time in my garden, hike bike and ski, listen to music, cook and bake, go to farmers markets, watch movies, get lost in a good book, and make art.
I love to spend Saturday nights making art cards, which are a fun way to illustrate what took place over the past week.
I’m also enjoying a summer of creative challenges to keep my skills fresh until design school starts again in fall.
If you would like to learn more about Terri and Patchwork Trails you can find her here as well:

Blog:  Terri’s Notebook at http://terrisnotebook.wordpress.com

Shop:  Patchwork Trails at http://www.etsy.com/shop/PatchworkTrails

Twitter:  Terriaw at http://twitter.com/#!/Terriaw

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005246351

Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/terriaw/sets

Thanks for sharing your shop and your future plans Terri.  I wish you all the best, and I can’t wait to see your new patterns!

Please remember you can also access Terri’s information and a link to this interview on my Handmade Shops page as well as other shops that have shared their information with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheryl

Handmade Shop Introduction – LiquidAssets by Claudia Coryell

I would like you to meet Claudia Coryell.  She has two handmade shops – LiquidAssets and Unique Gifts and Decor.  Today Claudia is going to tell us a little about her shops, what inspires her to create, and some about her creative process.

Hi Claudia, can you please tell us what you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?

I make sculptured wall décor of marine life, whales, fish, and stingrays to name a few. All the materials I use our earth friendly to help protect our environment. I have been doing sculptures since as long as I can remember but have just started taking it seriously since 2007. I started back in 2008 selling on E-bay but have dropped that for more serious venues since.

I have been an artist for many years . I love sculpture and sea life has become one of my favorite subjects. I was an avid scuba diver for 14+ years and grew to love and respect our oceans and all the life it holds within. I am a Sea Shepherd supporter and my wish is that my art would bring awareness to the importance of clean water for all mankind and the creatures that reside beneath the waves. We as a people are comprised of nearly 90% water. All life forms require hydration; water is a life giving force. Our oceans and waterways are becoming increasingly more contaminated by trash and unscrupulous practices by the very people who depend on them for life. Think of the food sources that our oceans and lakes provide us. The old adage goes Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time. What if one day there were no more fish? What happens to that proverbial man? This is a question we can all ask ourselves. What if all our water sources one day became depleted due to simple negligence?  For example, dumping our trash, oil, and etcetera, down the storm drains as opposed to disposing of these products the correct way?

We all have seen so many of the oceans creatures with plastic bags around their necks and six-pack rings, not to mention fishing line tied and wrapped around their bodies. We pay money to go on boats to see whales and dolphins because of their beauty and grace. What if our children or our children or grandchildren no longer had that option? What if the only way you could experience what we all take for granted was by holding this sculpture in your hand?

I do not at this time support myself with my art but I am hoping one day to. However my main goal is to bring awareness to the plight of these animals. If I accomplish that, then that would be reward enough for me.

Tell us a little more about you.  What other interests do you have?

I am a self taught artist. I learned my technique with a lot of work, and trial and error!

If it has anything to do with water I am interested! Yoga is a good runner up! And then there’s the casino and riding motorcycles to! I guess I am interested in just about everything I can think of! I love life!

Thanks so much Claudia for taking the time to tell us about your shop and the person behind the creations!  I love your work, and I love the message you are sending!

And here is where you can find Claudia:

And just a reminder:

I have added a new page called ‘Handmade Shops’ where you will be able to access this information easily. Please visit these people and their shops and show them your support!  Thank you!

Handmade Shop Introduction – Unique Crafts by Patti

This is the first interview of a series I am doing to introduce you to some wonderful Handmade Shops. I have added a new page called ‘Handmade Shops’ where you will be able to access this information easily. Please visit these people and their shops and show them your support!  Thank you!

I would like you to meet Patti, shop owner/designer of Unique Crafts by Patti.

Hi Patti, please tell us what you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?

I make a little bit of everything! I make jewelry, cross stitch, bath salts, chainmaille. I’m teaching myself to crochet…and to learn the sewing machine again! When I feel comfy sewing again, Im wanting to make bags, pillows, curtains, etc!

Wow, I started selling my pieces in 06! (Been making my jewelry since then, and let me tell ya, its come A LOOOOOONG way, hehe) But Ive been crafty as far back as I can remember, Thanks to my Mom! Making my stuff will always be a joy to me, I love being creative, but this is my “JOB” and what I make goes to helping my hubs with bills or buying diapers…and maybe a chocolate bar or 2, *looks innocent*

Tell us a little about your background.  What other interests do you have?

I’m an Air Force brat born and raised! I traveled the world and lived in Italy for 2 years and Germany for 3 years. I of course did a lot of traveling around Europe. A couple of my favorite places were Austria, where the Sound of Music was filmed! We got to see the house and me and my sister danced around the gazebo singing “I am 16 going on 17…” :D It was gorgeous there! But my all time favorite place I visited was Paris! Im a history nut and there was SOOOOOO much History there! I got to see the Mona Lisa, The Notre Dame, and of course my Eiffel Tower! *sigh* I just loved that place!

Im a HUGE Basketball fan, GOOOO UTAH JAZZ!!! I used to play in high school, and thats where my nickname of Amazon came from, *giggles* Im 6’0 tall, and when I would go up for a lay-up shot my fingers touched the rim! And of course I did this with the football team sitting in the gym one time and they saw that…and thats when it started! :P

And here is where you can find Patti:


Please stop by and check out Patti’s shop on Artfire, follow her on Twitter, ‘like’ her on Facebook, and follow her blog!

And remember, you will also be able to locate her links on the new ‘Handmade Shops’ page!

Thanks for stopping by!