I love having an Etsy shop.
Making money from it is great.
Making friends from it is even better.
Of course, since my nickname is
"Friendship Ambassador to the World"
what else would you expect?
No really, someone called me that once....
Anyway, I digress.
Upon opening my own shop I joined a "team" on Etsy
called The Christian Artist Street Team.
Seemed like a good idea to meet some people and learn from
them how things worked around the site.
Sheila and I figured out that we were in the same general
part of the world. She is about an hour and half from me.
We first met in person at another Etsy friend's home where
I was participating in an Open house.
|Sheila(left) and Angel on a trip we took to Lititz. So much Fun!!|
Sheila walked in and it took me a couple of
minutes to realize who she was.
Then there were hugs and laughter.
In my defense, Angel had done such a great job
as a hostess that people had been coming in
one right after another and I was a bit overwhelmed
with meeting all of those new people.
Overwhelmed but happy.
Anyway....I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the beautiful items Sheila makes and
hearing a bit from her. She is a very warm and kind person. I think it shows.....
When did you begin sewing?
I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl-maybe 8 or 9 years old. My grandmother was always sewing, and I have fond memories of time with her in her upstairs bedroom sewing room. One thing I remember vividly is her saying “time to get the ripper” . Part of learning to sew is knowing you WILL have to use a seam ripper to take out your mistakes.
Your favorite thing to make?
It depends. I go through cycles. Right now it’s felt dolls.
|Sarah...a Wee Wonderful Doll|
|Little Red Riding Hood|
But a few years ago it was heirloom sewing. I made several very intricate Christening gowns with lots of lace and special techniques that I studied how to do for several years.
Did you make your girls clothes when they were younger?
How did you happen to begin making dolls?
I love the egg bowl fillers. How do you get them so even? Mine would turn out bumpy, I’m sure.
Most people who make things that are stuffed with wool or polyfil, don’t put in enough stuffing. You have to stuff them till you think you can’t fit anymore, and then add more stuffing! Also, very short machine stitches keep the seams smooth, as well as careful trimming of the seams.
Tell us about your family?
Is this shop more business or hobby for you?
Your favorite color? Does this influence the things you make?
I think you'll agree that Sheila really pays attention to detail and is delightfully
accomplished as a seamstress.
I hope you'll take time and drop by her Etsy Shop.
All who have made it this far in the post and who leave a comment will be entered in
a drawing to win one of Sheila's Key Fobs.
For a second entry,
Just pop over to her shop and then come back to tell us
which one appeals the most to you.
We would be so delighted if you "Pinned, Tweeted, Blogged" or in some other
way passed on the word but we aren't going to make you jump through hoops.
We'll just say thank you in advance for those who do any of these things.