Saturday, November 19, 2011

Exploring Handmade ~ Holiday Shopping Event ~ Day 4



Hello and Welcome to Day 4 of the
Exploring Handmade Online Holiday Shopping Event!!

Today I'd like to introduce you to some talented seamstresses and quilters. These ladies make handbags and purses, aprons, table setting items, quilts, wall hangings, judaica, soft baby toys and Brittany even has the perfect, fun solution to give new life to that favorite t-shirt that's just too special to let go of.

First let's meet Aviva Sieber of Sieber Designs...
Aviva Sieber is known for the color they use in their quilts, purses, home d├ęcor and accessories. Everything she sells is one of a kind and made in her studio, start to the finishing touches. All of the quilted items are machine pieced and machine quilted. However, each and every binding has been hand stitched to the reverse of the quilt, including all placemats and coasters. “It’s just the added touch of handmade that Aviva feels is important.” Aviva welcomes custom orders for any type of item you will find in their shop, as well as bed size quilts up to queen.



Here are some of the places you can find Aviva and her work...
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SieberDesigns
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/sieberdesigns



Now let's meet Yasuko of Kae Artworks & Crafts...
I originally started this business to promote my mom's Japanese calligraphy artworks online (Don't worry...we'll meet her Mom later ;) .). While I was doing that for my mom, I started feeling motivated to create something myself too. Then, I noticed that I was always fascinated about beautiful textiles and was good at sewing. After considering what kind of sewing products I should make, I decided to do bags/purses because I know most women love bags. Although I have not sold any products yet, I think I can keep up doing this just for my hobby (of course if somebody buys them, that would be so great!) I handpick all the fabric I use, those Hawaiian fabrics were picked up by myself in Hawaii and the kimono fabrics are directly imported from Japan by myself.



Here are some of the places you can find Yasuko and her work...


We also have Brittany of Pintuck Provisions...
Pintuck Provisions: Gifts from the Heart, Handmade from the Start
Why do I craft?
The beautiful thing about memories is they allow you to relive a moment over and over again. The sights, people, surroundings, feeling…the lessons learned. Do memories shape your future? Absolutely. No matter the distance between people, the memories you share live on and are available to draw upon when in need of inspiration, answers or a lift.

When I was a little girl, my mom was involved in a weekly craft group dubbed the “Tuesday Tootsies”. As my mommy’s “mini me”, I frequently tagged along. While it is difficult for me to recall the actual conversations, I can remember the feel. A group of women from all stages of life joined together, created community and bonded over the simplicity of crafting. Okay, so some of the projects weren’t that simple - flower jewelry made from white bread and glue for example. It was in those early stages of life that I witnessed and began to develop an appreciation for creating. Mom toted me around to Olde Time Pottery, craft shows, Sunshine Drapery, the hardware store and Ben Franklin, all to get supplies for her next DIY project. She even let me help - with only a few regrets like when my intention to “wallpaper” her bay window bench left her with a technicolor-stained mess! I watched and observed. I learned and attempted. I loved and enjoyed every moment. Today I continue to love and enjoy the memories of those special mother-daughter times.

I am a 23-year old young woman, but I will always be mommy’s little girl. Today, I am more thankful, more dependent and more enthused by our friendship than ever before. She has shaped me into who I am (in more ways than creativity) and continues to serve as an inspiration for who I hope to become. It is my hope to preserve the timeless art of sewing and continue the tradition. Just as it was passed down to me, I look forward to passing the lessons and experience onto future generations. In a world that becomes overrun with technology, deadlines and chaos, I have the dream to recreate an appreciation for the simple things that make life so beautiful. A handmade gift from the heart is the perfect start.



Brittany is just starting out online and has a shop on Etsy where you can see and buy her work...


And last but not least, we have Judy of 
Stitches in Time by Judy...
Yesterday I introduced you to Tonya from BeDazzled Jewelry by Tonya. Well, Judy is Tonya's sister. She's just starting to show her aprons online. She doesn't have a website, a shop or even her own facebook page yet. Tonya is hosting a photo album of Judy's work on her jewelry page to start her off. So I thought we could give her some publicity and a show of support, too. She does beautiful work.



Here is the link to Judy's photo album on Tonya's page:


I hope you enjoyed Day 4. I'll see you tomorrow with some more fun stuff :)



Did you miss a day? It's easy to get caught up... we wouldn't want you to miss any goodies!!

10 comments:

Kimberly Nicole said...

LOVE textiles... and the handmade creations of these artists is awesome! LOVE the handbags and the aprons are so adorable!!! Best of luck ladies!

Jan Tanis Designs said...

Oh what pretty handmade items these Seamstresses have created! Thanks for featuring these new-to-me Artisans! Thanks for all the time and effort you're putting into this great Event, Debi!!! :)

Faye said...

Another wonderful array of great talented handmade creations. Love the handbags!!!

Debra Beach said...

LOVE today's feature! All of these wonderful and gifted Artisans are new to me, and I absolutely love everything! Gorgeous quilting, handbags, and aprons! Thanks so much Debi, another great day! All the best to everyone featured today!

Sieberdesigns said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful feature as well as for including my work with such fantastic other fiber artists. What a wonderful grouping!

fishprincessdesigns said...

The quilt work is beautiful, and the handbags-fabulous! All the featured artists have such wonderful creations. My Wish list keeps growing every day!

Laura said...

I am BLOWN AWAY by the talent in this post...The bags are AWESOME (LOVE the quilted one with the fabric end-strips!!) The purses are fantastic, the red-polka-dotted apron is astounding...all of these ladies do such credit to the handmade community! Off to repost links on my facebook fan page and profile!

KnittyVet said...

Wow - Brilliant finds! I wish everyone the best of luck with their holiday sales - you are all so talented!

Debi said...

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. Sounds like you're having a great time! Awesome! Thank you to all the artisans who are participating and supporting each other. It's great to see ♥

Aquarian Bath said...

Those aprons are adorable.