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:


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 – 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!

I Won!!

This post is being written far too late!  My time away has taken longer than I had anticipated, and I have missed being here and talking to everyone more than I can ever say.  I am still not back full time, but I will be posting and visiting all of your wonderful blogs as much as I can.

Meanwhile, I won a wonderful handmade gift of three knit dish cloths from Meg Crane, owner of Three Silver Cranes Etsy shop!

Meg had a giveaway on her Facebook page, and I was the lucky winner!  These cloths are soooooo soft!

Here is a close-up of the stitching.  I absolutely love her cloths!

Meg has several dish cloths in her Etsy shop, and also makes hemp jewelry, wool caps, hanging dish cloths, cloths from organic yarn, and many, many other cute items!


Cloth of Organic Fair Trade Cotton


Organic Cotton Hat
Hemp Bracelet

Just a few of Meg’s goodies!

Please stop by and say hi, and visit her Facebook page and become a fan!

Sorry this took me so long Meg, I absolutely love the cloths!

Etsy Featured Shop – Lil’ Bit Sassy

This week I would like to introduce you to Rhonda’s Etsy Shop – Lil’ Bit Sassy.  Actually Rhonda has two Etsy shops.  She also owns and operates LotsOPatterns!

Clarabelle Cow

Rhonda resides in Meadville, PA and loves to do cross stitch, scrapbooking, working with plastic canvas and lots of other crafts!  As you can see, sewing is also one of her many talents!

Boo Boo/Owie Bag

Rhonda’s shop – Lil’ Bit Sassy has handmade baby toys, eye pillows and lots of other gift ideas!  She also makes purses, something that she has enjoyed making for a long time. I love the Boo Boo/Owie Bag!  It can be cooled in the freezer or warmed in the microwave.  It is filled with ground rice, and has velcro closures that you can see to hold it in place.

Banana Purse

Such cute fabric!

Ice Cream Cone Wallhanging
She has wall decor, blankets, art aprons and the list goes on! And she takes custom and special orders!

Rhonda’s other shop – LotsOPatterns has all kinds of patterns, books and supplies in new or like new condition.  She will let you know if it is not new.

Crochet Books
Patchwork Book

Rhonda also has a blog!  Stop by to visit her at http://www.lilbitsassy.blogspot.com

Find her at the following links:




Please stop by and say hi!  Thanks for stopping by!




Featured Etsy Shop – Rich Mix Fashion

This is an Etsy shop that has found a niche!  Rose Glen, owner and operator of Rich Mix Fashion has clothing for plus sizes.  Her clothing is so wonderful, and not typically what you would expect to find.

Pleated Skirt

Located in Great Britain, Rose has always sewn her own clothing.  She found that there was a void in the selection of fashion for the plus size, curvy woman, and has made a wonderful contribution in closing that void.

She has come up with some designs, yes these are her designs, that are unique.  Who wants to look just like the person next to them? :) She specializes in sizes 14 to 26.

Stop by and follow her blog:  Rich Mix Fashion Plus Size Clothing.

blog:  http://richmixfashion.blogspot.com

Etsy shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/roseglen


Thanks for stopping by! Take care,



Featured Etsy Shop – JKA Designs, Inc.

Janice Alexander is the owner and creative energy behind JKA Designs, Inc. She makes original kiln-formed art glass and hand-forged silver jewelry.  Her pieces show such wonderful individuality and are absolutely beautiful!


DB blue 2010 web

Working from her home studio in Virginia, Janice started with beading, then moved on to metalsmithing, and then fused glass.

Janice has shops on both Etsy and Artfire.  If you visit her Artfire shop she has some great pictures of her studio and explains the process that she uses to make her jewelry. The Tree of Life necklace is one of my favorites!


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Janice also has a wonderful blog that you can visit to see what wonderful piece she is working on at the moment, her travels and other things going on in her life.  Also stop on over to see her photos on flickr!


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A lot of eye candy for sure!  I can’t stop looking!

Please take the time to visit Janice over at her blog, her flickr, and her Etsy and Artfire shops – JKADesigns, Inc.


Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,


Featured Etsy Shop – Patchwork Trails

At least once a week I will be featuring an Etsy shop here on my blog.  Being an Etsy seller myself, I know how hard it is to get traffic to stop by and see your shop.  I feel that we should all support each other, we are all in this together!  There are so many wonderful handmade items and shops out there, I am sure that you will find some wonderful new products for yourself or for gifts. All that you have to do to be featured here is become a fan on my The Stitchin’ Chicken Etsy shop on Facebook!

The first shop that I am featuring this week is Terri Wilhelm’s Etsy shop – Patchwork Trails.  Terri opened her shop in July 2009.

Her  shop specializes in quilted gear that she makes to use for a day on the trail!  But her special items are not just for the trail. They are for shopping, a picnic, or just relaxing in the yard!  Terri uses  the outdoors for her inspiration.  The things that she makes are bright, fun, and cheerful quilted items.

She has recently added several new items that will make you think that spring is already here (especially if you are back in the snow!!  brrrrr!)

She has pillows (this is so adorable!):

String Pillow

new makeup bags (such a wonderful variety of colors!):

Makeup Bags

shopping totes (get ready for those farmers markets!):

Shopping Totes

a techie bag/zipper bag:

She has many more items, you just have to see for yourself!  You can see from these pictures of her goodies, that she loves to use color!  Terri will also do custom orders.  So if you see something that you like, but would like a different color, just contact her through her Etsy shop, Patchwork Trails.

Terri also has a wonderful blog, Terri’s Notebook, where she shares some tutorials, recipes for some yummy food, and a lot of the projects that she is working on.

She’s such an inspiration, whether she is sewing something for an online swap, or showing you some new goodies that she is adding to her shop. I hope you stop by and visit Patchwork Trails soon!

Again, you can find Terri at these links:

Etsy Shop:  Patchwork Trails

Blog:  Terri’s Notebook

Flickr: Terri’s Flickr

Thanks for stopping by!