This weeks Must Have Monday features one of my absolute most favorite Etsy shops- Sunshine Walks!
Ran by Lisa, who is one of the warmest and kind etsy sellers you will find, Sunshine Walks offers a wide array of sewn project and notions bags featuring fun, whimsical fabrics. Having purchased 2 of her notions bags (one small and one medium) over the past year, I can attest not only to her amazing Customer Service, but to the wonderful quality of her bags. The fabrics she chooses are strong, quality fabrics that hold up extremely well- even surviving the deep, dark depths of my large knitting tote, where stray needles have been known to roam. Some of her latest offerings include my personal favorite:
(My wedding anniversary is next Wednesday- hint, hint Mr. Missbecca!)
Can you see how amazing this bag is? Fully lined, and beautiful!
And some of her zippered pouch offerings:
Another amazing interior shot:
Can you see why I am in LOVE with this store?! Her bags are amazing! I was lucky to have the chance to chat up Lisa about her store this weekend, and Im happy to share the interview with you here today! Read on for a SPECIAL OFFER from Lisa!!!
When did you get started making project bags?
About three years ago I tried my hand at making my first zipper pouch. I’d been sewing a long time, even working as a stitcher for a local recycled sail tote maker, but I was afraid of zippers. I finally decided just to go for it, and LOVED the end result. I was so stoked to put my knitting projects in something nicer than a ziploc bag! I LOVE playing with color and my bags and pouches gave me the chance to try so many gorgeous fabrics. I ended up making lots of pouches for swaps on Ravelry and I was encouraged by some good friends to open an Etsy shop and managed to work up a few different bag patterns for myself. I also make tote bags and needle rolls when I have enough of the other project bags ready to sell.
How old were you when you learned to sew?
My mom taught me to sew when I was really young, probably 7 or 8. I started diving into her bag of scraps and making lots of…slightly more complicated scraps. In middle school she helped me make a couple dresses and I started quilting when I was in college. I definitely consider myself a knitter first but there is something delightful about the speed with which I can complete a sewing project, and fabric is just as addictive as yarn. Eek!
Is Etsy the only place that you sell or do you sell locally as well?
I’ve sold some pieces to a couple local shops but it’s so important to me to keep a hearty inventory in my shop that I really need to focus my energy on Etsy most of the time.
Is this your only job or do you work outside of the home?
When I first opened my shop I was working three part-time jobs PLUS Etsy. That’s how I roll. 🙂 In March I had a baby girl and now I’m a full-time mama and hope to be able to supplement our family income a little bit with Etsy.
If this is your only job, do you find that it is easy or difficult to juggle home life and working from home?
Right now it’s really difficult. I’m absolutely a perfectionist and I want my home to be tidy, my baby to be happy and thriving, my husband to have an engaged partner, and my business to succeed. But for the past 8 months of being a mama I consider it a winner day just if I’ve managed to make dinner. I’m trying to work out the kinks in the system so I get at least a couple hours of sewing in every day but right now it’s really hard to get everything on the to do list done.
*~*And now for an amazing Special Offer from Sunshine Walks! Lisa is offering my readers 10% off of your order from her shop through the month of November 2011! The special offer is also good for custom orders placed with a deposit!*~*
Use code LEFTCOAST10 during checkout