Sunday, June 29, 2008
Featured Artist: Doll Closet
Quality Handmade Doll Clothing For 18 Inch Dolls
1. Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
I'm Christine. :) I live in Michigan. I've been sewing for as long as I can remember - my mom taught me to hand-sew at the age of five, and then by machine a few years later. I enjoy many hobbies, such as quilting, cross stitching, knitting, and last but NOT least, horseback riding. Lately though, just about everything has been taking a back seat to sewing. :) I am really addicted to Etsy, I love it here! I joined shortly after my friend Ashley (http://dcstuff.etsy.com) first told me about it way back in February.
2. What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
Wow, that's a hard one. I'm pretty sure this wasn't the first, but I remember making a little Christmas Tree ornament out of fabric for my dad as a gift one year. It was just a rectangle of white cotton with a gold cross stitched on & a loop of gold cord at the top to hang it with. He still has it!
3. What is the best thing you have ever created? What is the best thing about your products?
Well, it's a matter of opinion if this is the best thing I've ever created, but it's definitely one of the most time-consuming and detailed! It's also one of my most-viewed items. I want to try making it in different fabrics, and then perhaps it will appeal to someone enough to buy it. :) Old-Fashioned Dress, Apron and Bonnet - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10455551
The best thing about my products? I'd have to say the quality. I think the time I put into everything shows in the final product. I am a perfectionist when it comes to sewing, and if I make a mistake, I rip it out and re-do it. If I can't fix a mistake, I won't sell the item.
4. Why should people buy handmade?
Well, in my case, the reason I buy handmade is it's just nice knowing that (usually) the things you buy are one-of-a-kind! And lovingly handmade instead of mass-produced by a factory.
5. What is the best homemade item you have ever bought?
So far I haven't purchased many handmade items, but among the ones I have bought, I'd have to say this is my favorite!
Blue Topaz Post Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver - http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=8440811
I wear them all the time. :)
Etsy Shop: http://dollcloset.etsy.com
Etsy Teams: Doll Couture, Christian Artisans Street Team (CAST)