Every month we will be introducing you to one of our Marketplace Members. This month we would like to introduce you to Sandi with Shweet Potato Dolls N Patterns.
Shweet Potato Dolls NPatterns’s face can be seen all over Lemon Poppy Seeds Marketplace. She sells her extreme primitives in her Poppy Shoppe and not to Prims in her CountryFried Primitive shoppe. Halloween and Christmas are two holidays she loves so she creates and adds items to them all year long. Do you like to create your own? Visit her Poppy Pattern Shoppe for ePatterns and mailed patterns.
How did you come about your business name?
When I started online my business name was Always Crafty 2. My daughters came up with this name because I was always creating things and my two girls helped me. Later after I taught myself to sew I asked permission of Carm with Shweet Potato Designs if I could use her graphics as inspiration for my dolls and ornaments. She allowed me to also use Shweet Potato as part of my name.
How long have you been in business?
I have been in business since late 2002. I started with hand painted wares and moved into hand made dolls.
What inspires you to make your unique creations?
Many of my dolls and ornaments are inspired by graphics from Shweet Potato Designs (her new name is Shweetie Pies). Having a 3 year old granddaughter gives me a lot of inspiration for whimsy dolls, and different folks will mention something or I will read a book and it inspires me to create something new. I love to work in all styles from extreme primitives to whimsy and cute. I sew but I also paint.
How often do you update your Lemon Poppy Seeds shoppe(s)?
My main shoppe is updated on the First of every month and I try to also update on the 15th. My other shoppes are updated as I create something new for it.
Little more from Sandi….
I found my love of art early in life. My mother and grandmother where always sewing by hand or machine. I did not learn to sew on a machine until 2003 when I picked up my daughter’s sewing machine and just played with it. I am dyslexic so most sewing patterns make no sense to me. When I discovered prims I also found a large group of women who love to share and lend a hand in any way they can. Many gals helped me via communities on line to figure out sewing. In 2011 I had 3 strokes that took away a great deal of my memories so I had to learn to sew and do other things again. I started back painting with Peg Dolls and Clothes Pins as a way to work on my motor skills and it worked. Right now my sewing machine is not working (note never let my husband clean my sewing machine again) so I decided to focus more on my hand painting. Perfect timing too, with a new granddaughter on the way in January 2015. It is never too early to start doll collections for Darla Rae and of course keep adding to Zoe Bug’s.
You will also find me the online ezine Rusty Tin Roof along with a lot of other great artist, graphic designers and host.
Hope you will visit my shoppes. I will be adding Christmas and Halloween hand painted collections any day now.