Friday, October 30, 2009

Favourite Etsy Shop Friday

Favourite Etsy Shop Feature


1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Rebecca, I’m the designer, seamstress, photographer, artist, model, admin, etc. behind retrofied. Currently I live and work on Saint Simons Island off the coast of Georgia. I graduated with a BA in Art and a BA in Psychology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. Starting retrofied was definitely bag therapy! Fall is my favorite time of year in Georgia and this is my first one after 5 years spent in the Midwest.

2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?

In 2007, while visiting my Mother, I asked if she would teach me how to read a real live sewing pattern. She used to sew the most beautiful dresses for my sister and I to wear to Church when we were children.

Hooked on patterns I started buying vintage fabrics. On free weekends I would make a variety of bags using a couple different pre made bag patterns. After a bag or two I started changing the patterns up a bit.

My sister Anna found Etsy and told me the bags would be perfect for it. She took my original photos and even made my shop banner. I listed only a few bags the first 6 or 7 months and never even logged in to look at the shop. Had my first sale some time a few months later and have no idea how the customer even found the shop. Mostly I was making the bags because I was obsessed with the fabrics and almost did not want them to sell so I could keep them all.

The bag that made it all happen is the Large Reversible Hobo in Optic Linen/ Mustard Martini. I bought a half yard of the two fabrics and knew only two things - I wanted a large bag and I was stuck because I could not decide on which fabric should be the outside. So, a large reversible hobo was born and my first original bag pattern.

Every time I wore the bag people stopped me and asked where I got it from. Then a friend asked if I could make it with pockets to use as a diaper bag. The diaper bag pattern came about and the shop pretty much took off from there.

I think the first hobo was listed sometime in March or April 2008. My sales were doubling every month and I was in shock. By June 2008 I went full time with retrofied. Every day I wake up I can not believe how lucky I am.

3. Where else do you sell your bags?

Retrofied bags have been in about 10 different shops throughout the US and a couple in Canada, but the majority of my sales come directly from Etsy. Some of the retail shops are listed in the profile section at retrofied on Etsy. I am most proud of the bags at Light Years in North Carolina. They are a small chain of 3 stores and each store carries the bags. There is something fun about knowing you have bags in a chain of stores.

4. How did you choose your shop name?

Originally the shop was going to be called RetroGirl, but fortunately that was taken. My sister came up with retrofied after we tried to brain storm ideas with the word retro in them. It started with wanting the word retro because the shop with vinatge fabrics from the 1930's, 40's, and 50's.

5. What are you favourite things to do?

I like to ride my bike around on foggy days and wait to hear the Great Horned Owls hooting. It is a beautifully spooky noise that stops everyone in their tracks. Running, hitting flea markets with tons of good, cooking (and eating) and throwing pottery are a few more. Other than that I am a big nerd who loves to sit on the beach on a breezy day, drink coffee and read stacks of good books - usually biographies because people are fascinating.

6. What inspires you?

Just about everything inspires me, but most of all fabric themselves are inspirational. Some fabrics just know which bag they should be created into. I usually see a fabric and have a melting feeling - like ooh, that fabric must be this bag or else! Or else what I have no idea.

Every single piece of fabric looks like a bag to me. Even vintage clothes look ready to be deconstructed into a new bag. No fabric is safe.

7. Of all the different types of bags you make, which is your favourite one?

Currently that is the new reversible knitting bag. I just added this bag design. It is an alteration of the reversible diaper bag with slimmer pockets perfect for knitting needles, scissors, and notepads. It is perfect to carry art supplies like linoleum cutting tools and pads of paper to the beach so I can work outside.

8. Which is the most popular bag you sell?

The most popular bags are the Large reversible hobos and the Large reversible diaper bags. It is a tie between the two. In both bag styles the fabric combinations of Optic Linen and Mustard martini is the most popular hands down. People love that fabric combo. It is very vintage yet modern all at once.

9. What handmade possession do you cherish?

It is a large stoneware bowl my class made as a group at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. Everyone contributed to it. Someone threw it, another trimmed it and so forth until completed. We were supposed to draw for it, but they all decided to give it to me while I was gone. It means a lot to me.

10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.

Ok, this one is tough. I will admit to being an Etsy shop stalker! Hearting shops and items relentlessly is a passion. These are my favourite fabric shops:

For Japanese fabrics I love digging through
ThisandThatFromJapan. The Japanese fabrics are so fun and happy and of course well made.

Scarlet Fig is one of my favourite hand made fabric shops. Just bought a piece of yellow fabric with amazing blue couches on it and it was worth every penny. I want to make about a million things with it.

Finally, for screen printed fabrics getting inspiration from FreshFabricAustralia is the best. I just finished the art work for retrofieds first fabric. I love love love the look of screened fabrics, so seeing work from others who love it as much and are so talented is very inspirational.

Thank you so much to retrofied for being my featured Etsy shop this week. This is a shop that I just discovered this week. I saw one of her bags on the front page of Etsy and had to investigate. I found myself drooling over every bag and knew that this had to be my favourite shop for this weeks interview. Every fabric, every design is just eye popping and drool worthy. I wouldnt know which to pick for my favourite one. I can imagine if you own one of these bags you would get stopped all the time and asked where it came from. I challenge you to take a look in this Etsy shop and pick just one favourite. I bet you can't do it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lily Has Arrived!

I am an Aunt again. We are so excited that Lily May arrived today at 7.23am being 7lbs 10oz and 19 inches long. Its so weird to think of my brother in law as a Dad hehe.

We are off to meet the newest member of the family tomorrow afternoon. I was asked a few months ago if I would be the babysitter when the baby's Mum goes back to work and happily agreed. I just found out yesterday that it wont be in January but most likely the end of November. It looks like things are going to get a little more interesting around here very soon.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Last week Megan had her first Homecoming dance. She was very excited about this dance. How do I know she was excited about this dance? Because she has been talking about it for a year hehe. Its not to often we see Megan in a dress so I definitely had to get photos. She picked her favourite colour at the moment, purple. I think she did a good job picking. She went with her friends dress shopping so I had no idea what she would come home with.

Then came the shoe shopping because sneakers and clogs just werent going to cut it hehe. I was a bit nervous about Megan wearing high heels. She has trouble not tripping with no shoes on let alone with high heels on. So off we went shopping for shoes. She got these silver heels that werent too high with a type of figure 8 that has sparklies on them. We figured silver was better than black. She got ready at her friend Brittany's house but I made sure she stopped home for some photos first before going off and dancing the night away. Apparently lots of fun was had and they are probably counting down the days until the next dance in January. Here's where having girls is going to get expensive.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Lots Of Finished Projects Last Week

I was on a mission to get things finished last week. Hopefully I can keep that momentum up this week. I finished this yellow baby blanket a couple of months ago but it had been waiting to be blocked since then. I finally got to it and blocked it last week. I dont know why but before every blocking I think its not going to do much and its a waste of time. Every time the blocking is done I think Im so glad I blocked it because it looks so much better. Perhaps its because blocking can be a long pinning process but its totally worth it in the end. I should of taken a before blocking picture. This blanket looked ok before blocking but it was kind of all squished up and you couldnt see the cables as well. Now its a nice big rectangle with the cables looking really pretty and for some reason it feels softer.

This blanket was knit with an italian yarn that is 52% Merino and 48% Acrylic so it has the softness of merino wool but it can be put in the wash. Great stuff and now very hard to find. I ended up with one ball of yellow left over from this project and made myself a pair of ankle socks. I have been living in them ever since.

Here is Victoria modeling the snowman hat that I made for the craft show in December. It is knit with yarn that I unravelled from a soft cotton Gap jumper. Joe helped me out with the snowman face as I was having trouble getting the right size for his carrot nose. Three noses later and here he is.

With more of the cotton yarn I made two panda hats. One hat was for the craft show and the other hat is for Megan. We had seen panda hats online last winter and I promised I would make her one. These panda hats are my own version. I found a free online program that turns any picture into a knitting design. I found a real panda photo uploaded it to this program and then printed out a sheet of knitting grid paper. I then tried out many different panda faces on the grid paper. It changed even while I was stitching it on until I finally got something I liked. He needed ears so I had to figure out how to make good panda ears. I knitted them in the round so I didnt have to seam them together. Its funny because as I was finishing up these panda hats Megan didnt know one was for her and she was begging to have one. Now of course Victoria has seen them and wants one too. I guess I am making another panda hat.

This week I am making a fluffy black cat for a custom order I received last week. He will be a modified version of the fuzzy bunny in my Etsy shop. This is going to be one fancy kitty with a rhinestone collar. I will have to post pictures when she is done.
I am also working on some knitted toys for another Etsy shop that approached me about selling wholesale. So I finished a baby monkey yesterday and Im now working on another Marcel Mouse with a fuzzy bunny and a lamb to follow. All this while trying to get more stuff made for the craft sale and to add to Knitted For Ewe. Things are looking very knitty busy around here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Slouch Hat Is Listed

I have been wanting and waiting to list this hat for about a month now. The hardest part was getting Megan at home when it was still daylight to take the pictures. Oh yeah and me putting off blocking it for so long hehe. Blocking it was definitely worth it though because it made it more slouchy and sit the way that I wanted it to.

Megan has no problem being my model. I think she feels a little bit famous when I put her in my shop.

This hat was made out of the hand spun hand dyed yarn that I got in a trade with the Etsy shop Lamb's Ears. I still have a little bit left and Im trying to think of what else to do with it because I dont want any of it wasted. This yarn is so soft and warm. It is made from 40% wool, 40% Mohair and 20% Angora. It is spun with black lambs fleece and dyed Violet, Purple, and Silver Mohair and Angora. I think its cool that they used black fleece instead of the usual white. I wish I got to use handspun yarn more often. What a luxury.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Favourite Etsy Shop Friday

Favourite Etsy Shop Feature


1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hare And Drum is a mother-daughter duo: Agnieszka who thinks up the designs as well as creates items in wood, paint, and decoupage, and her mom Maria who does the beautiful hand embroidery.

2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?

I started Hare and Drum in March 2008 as a decoupage shop, creating and selling items inspired by historical design. I opened the shop following a year as a stay at home mom during which I crafted for friends and family. My direct motivation to get started on Etsy was Rob White’s interview with Martha Stewart on her show.

3. Do you sell your items anywhere else?
Etsy is currently my only active venue.

4. How did you choose your shop name?
History inspired the shop’s name: my Hare and Drum logo comes from a 1210 manuscript and carries symbolism of dexterity and rejuvenation. I really needed to feel rejuvenated after leaving the academic world and becoming a stay at home mom, a fantastic new job, but admittedly a bit repetitive.

5. What are your favourite things to do?
Unlike many crafters, I love taking photos of my items for sale. That stems from my interest in photography in general, although I do not have fancy equipment. I’m a photographer of choice for family and friends’ casual events. My other fave is being in nature, especially in the forest. My parents’ house stands among pine trees on the edge of the forest and I’ve always been enamored with warm quiet beauty of the woods.

6. What inspires you?

Historical design was my original inspiration and still remains a favorite: many of my embroidery designs are based on or inspired by Art Nouveau museum finds. I decided, however, that my shop needed a clearer focus and now most of our creations are nature inspired. Color plays a big role in my design process: I usually start with a base or background color and match it with one or two more, not always in a predictable manner: purple and red or blue and green go really well together, in my opinion.

7. Of all the items you make for you shop, which do you enjoy making the most?
I have the most fun designing digital collages of vintage images. I find the images, clean them up digitally to give them new life, and then invent a story or a humorous concept when putting them together with other images. I later print them on greeting cards or use them in decoupage. My friends love those!

8. Which is the most popular item you sell?

My bestseller is definitely the business card case that doubles as card display. I am the only one on Etsy who carries this style. The item is versatile and available for personalization; it is also a potential “man” gift of the useful kind, and those are hard to come by on Etsy.

9. What handmade possession do you cherish?
I have a cable turtleneck sweater, knit by my Grandma some 15 years ago. She is now in the final stages of Alzheimer’s and no longer knits, recognizes family, or even talks cohesively. Every time I look at the sweater I remember how wonderful she used to be. I cherish her work so much I’m afraid to wear it!

10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.

- Elisa, the creator behind the shop, is my Internet buddy. Her shop reflects her personality very well: warm, calm, steady. Her purses are such high quality!

I love looking at art by RestlessThings. The designs are so simple in the color schemes, so delicate. I really like her choice of backgrounds she works on: brown paper bags, book pages. It adds a whimsical aura to her work.

Finally, I keep returning to PudledukSoapCo for more and more yummy smelling, quality soap.

Thank you to Hare and Drum for being the Favourite Etsy Shop Feature this week. I am alway amazed at the embroidery work that is done in this shop. You have to see them all. I love how the fabric is a bold colour and all the stitch work is usually done in one colour. I think that affect is beautiful. I can see why the business card holders are such a hit. I think I need one for myself. But which one to choose? It would be a hard decision. Check out this wonderful Etsy shop and you will see why so many Etsy Treasuries feature their products.

Friday, October 16, 2009

No Feature Today But Admiration

I had a feature all lined up for today but things happen and sometimes you have to adjust so the feature that would have been this week will be featured on another Friday.

I dont want to leave you with nothing to read so I thought that I would give you some a list of knitting shops that I admire.

1. Little Cotton Rabbits
Blog Little Cotton Rabbits
You need to take a look at these knitted toys. They are simply amazing. When you see them you will understand why when she sells them they are all gone in minutes. I drool every time I see them.

2. Lilibeth's Garden
Blog Lilibeth's Garden

These felted bags are what inspired me to start trying to make them myself. If you look in the sold section of her shop you will see amazing and beautiful bags. I love the colours, the embroidery and the style of her bags. She even helped me out when I first got started giving me all sorts of advice. I am very grateful.

3. Down In The Meadow
Little Meadow Babies
Blog Down In The Meadow

I love how natural all the knitted toys are in this shop even down to the stuffing. Victoria and I have spent some time gushing over all the little animals and which ones we would like to own. We especially love the gnomes. I am loving the new Little Meadow Babies shop. I have fallen in love with the drawstring bag. Can grown ups use that too?

4. Knitting Dream

I just discovered this shop about a week ago and Im still in awe at these felted bags. You just have to see how amazing they are. You can buy the patterns or you can buy some of the bags. I would love to be able to make one but I dont know if Im feeling brave enough. Perhaps I would just have to buy a bag and admire it.

5. Fuzzy Mitten
Blog Fuzzy Thoughts

I have two pattern from Fuzzy Mitten. They are easy to do and fun to make. I love the fact that you can make all these knitted clothes to go with them. Every time I look at her shop I want to buy more and more of her patterns. They are some of the cutest knitted toy patterns you can find out there.

6. Debi Birkin Designs
Her patterns can be found right now at

I dont own any of these knitted toy patterns but I wish I did. I just drool every time I see them. I just want to get my hands on some of these patterns and start making some super cute stuff although I think once I started I wouldnt be able to stop hehe.

Well there wasnt a Favourite Etsy Shop Feature but I had fun showing you other knitters that I look up to. I hope you have maybe found some new knitters that you like as well.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Glorious Autumn Colours

Victoria and I went on our annual walk around the neighbourhood taking pictures oi the wonderful colours of Autumn. When I told my Mum that Autumn has arrived she kind of groaned and said oh but that means that winter is coming. I said you cant think of it that way because Autumn is so short that you have to just stop and enjoy it. You cant think about all the annoyances that the snow can bring because all of a sudden Autumn will be over and you will have spent the whole time griping. It is definitely a season that I cherish and it teaches me every year to just stop and take a minute to appreciate the beauty that is around us. The smells, the colours, the cozy feeling of just wearing a jacket and being just warm enough. Aaaaah the Autumn.

This picture above was taken around the corner and down the street across from Victoria's school. There are definitely benefits to living in the country.

I was showing Megan the pictures that we took the other day and she was laughing at me saying that look just like the ones I took last year. I guess I didnt think of it that way. I was just taking pictures of the pretty stuff. I bet if I did look back at the pictures I took on our walk last year that alot of them would be similar. Here is the girl who just started taking photography at school and would be the one to point that out hehe.

I have no idea what this plant is but its growing in the ditch in front of our house. I seem to remember that the spikey things on top were filled with little purple flowers. I bet my mum would know what it is. I just think it looks cool and it feels funky to touch it.

I had to include these vibrant yellow maple leaves. This tree is at the top of our street. It gives the best pile of crunchy leaves to stomp through. Although we cant forget the cardinal rule. Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.

There are alot of these bushes around. I never notice them until they turn red. Isnt that funny? I love the colour and how the leaves all hang down in perfect lines.

Victoria had fun on our walk and she was happy just to be outside. She is my nature girl. All this Autumny weather makes me want to make a pie for some reason hehe. Perhaps I will have to attempt one this weekend.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Robbie The Robot

I have been working on this custom order for a few weeks now. He is Robbie the Robot. His pattern was designed by the wonderfully talented Danger Crafts who also designed Maddox the Monster.

This was a pretty easy pattern and the instructions were wonderful and explained everything clearly. It felt like he took alot longer to make than I thought he would but maybe that was because I wanted him to be perfect. In fact I started knitting him on size 9 needles and got the head and body all made up. I did an approximate measurement of what he would be in the end and didnt like it. I wanted him to be 18 inches and this was only going to be 16 inches. So I started him again from scratch. The other robot will have to be finished and given to someone else. I am so glad I restarted because now he is exactly 18 inches and just how I wanted him. The customer chose the orange and blue colour and I think its a wonderful choice.

Megan says that he is the fattest robot she's ever seen but I think she kinda likes that because she gave him a hug test and it made her smile. Hopefully he has the same effect on his recipient hehe. The only things I did differently from the pattern is I stuffed the arms and legs and I did the seams using a crochet seaming technique. I'm glad I did the crochet seaming as it help keep the box shape. The arms and legs look good being stuffed but the other way would have worked as well.

Robbie is off in the mail tomorrow as today is a public holiday. He sure looks excited to be going to his forever home soon.

Now Im going back to getting things made for the December craft sale and adding things to my shop.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Favourite Etsy Shop Friday

Favourite Etsy Shop Friday

Straws by Carli

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm an artist in the Pacific Northwest. I have tried on many different hats in my life, assistant naturalist, coffee slinger, web designer, tour manager and artist liason, bellydancer, and now, glass artist, and it is a hat that seems squarely stuck on my head!

2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?

I have another shop on etsy where I sell art glass beads and jewelry, and it seemed like a good fit to put my glass drinking straws on here, too. I love browsing etsy for all the unknown treasures I find, and liked the idea of providing something functional as well as something fun.

3. Where else do you sell your straws?
I do a few wholesale sales to stores, and usually have them on display when I do local artisan shows in the Portland, Oregon area. I just started selling them on, which is a place that sells Earth-friendly items. I also have a shop on Artfire, JUICEGLASS

4. What are your favourite things to do?
Play with glass! I am just starting to learn to knit, which is a challenge. I really enjoy reading books, camping, and being a mother to my son, Derek. I didn't know how amazingly fun it would be. But I also enjoy getting a break from the Mom role to just be myself and spend time alone walking, cooking, or just sitting in a chair outside and being.

5. What handmade possession do you cherish?
Of my own, I made my first glass paperweight a few years ago and it is beautiful to me. I really, really love handmade ceramic mugs, and have a favorite made by Jason Russell, that fits my hands perfectly

6. What inspires you?

I am inspired by other artists, colors, and glass itself. The very way it behaves leads me to new ideas. I am not allowed to look at art glass after 10 pm or I will be up all night with my brain racing. It's worse than caffeine. I am also inspired by the planet. The reason I make glass straws is to help in my own small way to slow our gobbling up of resources and not paying attention to what we leave behind. With my straws, the Earth is my muse.

7. Other than straws, what else do you make out of glass?
Beads! Lots and lots of beads! And jewelry created with my own glass art. I use only local glass in my beads, created less than 15 miles from home. I am so fortunate to live where so much art glass is created, as a raw material. All my beads are washed and cleaned in rainwater from my rainbarrels, so for me, the Pacific Northwest has a lot of rain and a lot of glass available for use!

8. Glass straws are so unique, what have been people's reaction to them?

The response has been wonderful. At first glance, it sounds pretty wrong. GLASS straws? Fragile, breakable, easy-to-cut-your-lip glass as a straw!? The glass I use is borosilicate, which is basically what Pyrex is, so it is very sturdy. I drop straws in the studio all the time and more often than not, they do not break. Once people understand that, they really light up to the idea. Drinking out of one feels fantastic, the weight and the sparkle add elegance to a drink, and since the straw isn't plastic, it doesn't compress, meaning you don't "work" as hard to get your beverage. It's fabulous.

9. Which of your straws have been the most popular?
The bent straws are selling very well. I love doing ones in colors, and hope to make packaged sets of more than one color soon. I just added pink straws, but overall the tea green ones are the best selling color. I also have carrying cases for toting your straight straw around with you, made with leftover fabric by a friend who makes baby clothes! They sell so fast they often are not available until more are made!

10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.

Zen Blocks - I am looking forward to buying a set of these for my son soon.
Jessica Doyle - Her images just really resonate with me.
Wook Woodworking - I couldn't afford most of what they make but I love it. And they go from full on wooden clothing chests to wooden buttons for clothes!

Thank you to Straws by Carli for taking part in my blog feature this week. Dont you just love this idea of a glass straw. I bet my sister would love to try these out. I dont think I will be able to resist buying a set and seeing what they are like. I love the idea of the carrying case so that you can take them with you and use them where ever you go. How very environmentally friendly and fun at the same time. I think I will now have to check out Carli's glass beads as well.
I love doing these interviews because I get to find out more about my favourite shops and some of their favourite shops have become my favourite shops as well. I hope you are enjoying reading them as well.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Knitted For Ewe In An Etsy Treasury

I just got a message today that my custom made women's knitted socks are including in a treasury on Etsy. The treasury is titled Cold Weather Handknits.

Here is the link if you would like to check it out. There are other toasty warm knitted treats to admire as well.

It is my dream to one day be on the front page of Etsy. Hopefully one day it will happen.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Favourite Etsy Shop Friday!

Favourite Etsy Shop Feature


1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised near Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. I now live in Southwestern Ontario, at the Canada/U.S. border. I was a Kindergarten teacher for many years, and now I do some volunteer work with children, run my business from home, and enjoy other hobbies when I have time! My husband is an artist and photographer, and my 2 adult children live in Toronto.

2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?

I had always enjoyed sewing and quilting, and when I needed some storage for knitting needles and knitting projects I created some needle rolls and project bags. They were fun to make, and when I had created more than I could use myself, I decided to try selling them. I had seen Etsy features on blogs, and was impressed with the products available there. I hoped Etsy would be a good venue for my products, so I read all the help guides before taking the plunge and opening my shop in August 2007. When sales started taking off, I knew I needed to become a ‘real’ business. I was fortunate that it all worked out very well for me!

3. Other than Etsy, where else do you sell your items?

Recently I was a vendor at a show for knitters, and that was a lot of fun. I may do a couple of shows per year. Some contacts through Etsy have led to wholesale accounts in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K.

4. How did you choose your shop name?

I created a username that could reflect either sewing or knitting.

5. What are your favourite things to do?

My favourite things to do craft-wise are sewing, quilting, knitting, spinning, dyeing yarn and dyeing fabric. I also enjoy travel and spending time with family.

6. What inspires you?
The window of my sewing room looks out over our garden, and I am inspired by the colours of nature and the changing seasons. Inspiration also comes from the fabric. I am drawn to color, bold graphic design, and quality cotton fabric. I use many of the current popular designer fabrics, also cottons from Japan, and hand screen-printed fabric.

7. Of all the items you make for your shop, which do you enjoy making the most?

I enjoy making my Boxy Bags the most. Each fabric gives the bag a different look, so I always enjoy turning the finished bag right-side out to see the finished product.

8. Which is the most popular item you sell?

The Boxy Bag is the most popular. I have also made it in different sizes and proportions for custom orders.

9. What handmade possession do you cherish?

I love collecting work by local artists, such as pottery, but my most cherished possessions are paintings by my grandmother. She was a contemporary of the Canadian “Group of Seven”, and she died before I was born. We are lucky to have some of her work.

10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.

Three other Etsy shops I like to visit are AuntyCookie (screen-printed fabric), Kallistiquilts (fabric from Japan), and WoollyFabulous (amazing felted wool creations).
Most of my Etsy favourites are fabric, yarn, and fibre sellers.

Thank you to ZigZagStitches for being my Favourite Etsy Shop Feature this week. I have purchased one of her Boxy Bags and let me tell you they are fabulous. I use it when I am making my knitted toys because it keeps all the pieces together and I dont have to worry about losing them. Every time I use it I think, I need to get more of these in many different sizes because they are just so handy. Not only handy but well made and beautiful at the same time. I love the fabrics that she uses. The colours are combined to perfection and its hard to decide which one I like the best. Take a look at this wonderful Etsy shop and see which item you like the best. I bet it will be hard to choose just one.