September 2, 2010

My Shop and a Giveaway!


I am very excited to announce that I have opened a shop on   I've been making things pretty much my whole life and have dabbled in selling them off and on. Finally I have reached a place in my creative process where the ideas are flowing and I am sewing as much as I can.

I know that we live in a world where there is so much stuff. So many things to buy that we don't need, that fill up our closets and collect dust in the corners of rooms. As someone who loves making things, I often think about whether or not I should add more to the ever growing piles of things that are made, manufactured and created. For me, creating is so important so I can't give that up. I also love sharing the creative process and encouraging others to make, rather than buy.  But, as someone who is trying out making and selling what I create, I also think its really important to spend and acquire mindfully.


Buying handmade is one way to choose carefully what you purchase, to know exactly where it came from and even who made it. When you choose quality handmade items you are investing in an artist or crafts person and, chances are, you will get something that you will want to use for years and years and it will last that long.

Of course this blog is not about selling things but my creative pursuits are important to me which is why I share them here.  I have added a link to my shop on the side bar in case you want to visit it.
In honor of buying and selling carefully made, handcrafted items which can contribute to a more sustainable world, I am doing a give away. One lucky reader will win a fabulously useful Portable Placemat, which, along with the bags above are some of the items in my shop.


I created these because I got sick of seeing people grabbing plastic utensils with their take out day after day. This portable placemat includes a cloth napkin and sustainable bamboo fork, knife, and spoon. The placemat rolls up so you can stash it all in your desk, lunchbox, bag or wherever you will find it handy. To participate in this giveaway, please help me spread the word about my work. Tell someone else about my blog or my etsy shop and tell me about it in the comments. I'll randomly choose a winner on Friday September 10 (make sure there is some way I can get in touch with you if you win).

September 10: Michelle and David are the lucky winners! Thanks to everyone who commented, read the blog post and checked out my shop!


  1. Your cousin (my SIL) Mary sent me the link to your site; great stuff! I like buying from Etsy because I feel a lot less guilty buying from an individual, opposed to a big faceless company. I don't have the sewing gene; another reason I buy such crafts. Looking forward to reading your blog. Love the portable placement... at work I'm pushing BYOP (bring your own place setting) at our events - this would be perfect!

  2. Hey Anna! I just forwarded your email to about 10 friends. I love your stuff and am so excited for you!

  3. SO glad to see you on etsy Anna! Your bags are beautiful! I love the bag I bought from you last xmas, and I get compliments all the time!

    Hope you are enjoying your new job and I can't wait to see what you create next!

  4. Anna, hooray. The bag you gave me last year earned me many compliments at Kripalu, where people take their cloth bags quite seriously. I notified our friend Kathy (from Spanish) and my blogger friend Hannah (from I Heart Kale), among others! Congratulations and love.

  5. Anna - yay for the etsy shop. that is so exciting. Everything looks wonderful, and I can't wait to see what you add over the months. I have to be honest and say that I haven't yet spread the word about your shop, so feel free to leave me out of the running. But, I'm trying to make some new acquaintances here and will hopefully be able to spread the word soon. much love, jess