AND THE WINNER IS:
Geneva Designs is an amazing sewing shop on Etsy. I remember my mom and grandma hanging clothes outside to dry in the summer, and they each had aprons with pockets full of clothes pins, but nothing nearly as colorful and wonderful as you will find in this shop. Please read the feature and enter the give away below :)
Oh - This is my favorite from her shop. As soon as I saw the butterfly I was hooked! Now all I have to do is get hubby to put up a wash line for me :)
Where are you from/tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in North Dakota and now my husband and I live in Nampa, Idaho, just outside Boise. It’s wonderful living here, the people are friendly, the coffee shops are fun, and we can see the foothills from our yard. We enjoy 4 seasons and the weather is so nice I can leave my windows open at least ½ the year. I was able to stay at home to raise my children, and while my youngest daughter was in high school she carried her books in a couple tote bags I had made for her. There was great interest in them from students and teachers, so she and I began sewing them together and selling them at her school. Geneva Designs was born.
How did you decide on your shop name?
I realize now that my mom, Geneva is a very creative woman. While growing up I watched and helped as she was always making table centerpieces, signs, baking and sewing things for the organizations she was involved in. When I expressed interest, she taught me and allowed me to experiment with sewing. By the time I was 12 she had purchased an old Singer 301 for me so she could have her own sewing machine back. As I look back, I realize how much I learned from her and that she encouraged me in some pretty ‘creative’ outfits. (I’m still looking to find the pattern from my favorite princess seam, puff sleeve dress with an attached choker I made in 8th grade.) Without Mom’s time and encouragement I would not be the seamstress I am, so my shop name honors her.
What or who inspires you?
I love things that are just a little different than what you’ll find in a department store. The tagline I’ve chosen for my business is: “Where practical meets personality” I’d say that I’m inspired by things we need to use in everyday life, practical things. I like to make those things more fun to use and fitting to people’s personalities. When I’m cleaning or baking 8 dozen cookies for a family reunion or teen church event shouldn’t I at least have a cute apron on? If I choose to save energy by hanging clothes outside, I think I deserve to have a cute and fun bag to store my clothespins. Teaching children to enjoy domestic skills is a strong belief of mine too, so of course, they need fun aprons, too, right?
I’ve also realized that often as I attend craft fairs I look at the finished fabric goods and think to myself, “I could easily make that. Oh, I want to go home and sew!” With this in mind I’ve created a DIY Apron Kit that comes with preshrunk and precut apron pieces, thread, custom bias tape and photo enhanced instructions for a beginner or experienced sewer. My price is very competitive to purchasing fabric, pattern, thread and bias tape, and I’ve done all the hard work for you!
What’s your supply addiction, is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
Fabric. Fabric. Fabric. It’s bad. When we go on vacation I need to visit a fabric store to bring something home for myself. Wouldn’t 3 yards of Alexander Henry fabric from Crafty Planet be what everyone would bring home as a souvenir from Minneapolis??? Thrift stores feed another addiction. I can’t pass up vintage linens. Just think of the possibilities hidden in that cute 60’s pillowcase or vintage western shirt! I guess that’s still fabric, isn’t it?
Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
Wow, that’s a tough question. I think I really enjoy working on my clothespin bags and also my pocket aprons because they are my own design and pattern. The vintage style aprons are a close second, though. I traced that pattern off an antique store apron, so it’s not being made by anyone else, either. It’s also very fun turning an old shirt into an apron. It’s very rewarding to make yards of bias tape out of cute prints, knowing that can’t be purchased in a store. And I love putting together colors and prints others may not realize work together. So, as you see, I enjoy them all!
What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
I guess I would like people to notice
(1.)good color choices and fabric pairings. I want to always produce work seen as
(2.)high quality and
(3.)unique. It’s important to me that people see my pieces as
(4.)practical and also
(5.)fun to have or give.
What do you do when you’re not being an artist?
It seems to me that when someone is an artist, art is woven into everything they do. I love being a wife, mom and grandma and creating things for my family. I bake when I need to reduce stress, and diet later, haha. We’re empty nesters now, so that’s fun. We’re riding bike quite a bit and my husband is teaching me to kayak. I’m trying to figure out a way to read and sew at the same time, though, since reading is something I don’t do as much as I’d like to now that I’m sewing full time.
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NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!
The winner can choose between a Pocket Apron or Clothespin Bag! You pick the item and the color from those listed in the shop.
Here are the Rules to enter the Give Away.
* For the first entry - Go to: Geneva Designs
Pick the pocket apron or clothes pin bag that you would like if you win and come back here with the name and/or link.
THIS GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED!!
The draw will take place on: September 3 @ 10PM Central
This is open to US Only!
Good Luck Everyone!!
Audrey's Country Crafts is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. After the name is drawn I will contact that person. They have 2 days to respond before another name will be picked! The name and address will be forwarded. Thank-you for entering!!