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Featured Seller: Rebyc

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Stephany Childers and I am the creator of rebyc handbags. I was born and raised in Oregon by a fantastic family, and I am currently the cool age of 35 and single. It’s kind of funny because I spent so much time trying to escape this slow-paced granola mentality, but years later I am back here again. Oh, I went to college and got myself an education and then I traveled the world and dabbled in NYC fashion but nothing beats the West Coast. We love to recycle here and that is what my business is all about. I design leather handbags in an environmentally friendly way using vintage fabrics, recycled notions, and scrap leather to create one-of-a-kind bags for ladies all over the globe. I love the connections that this company has brought me. Recently I received the coolest email from a customer in London who was at a wedding in Austin, Texas and she ran into a girlfriend from Seattle and they both had one of my bags. How rad is that?

Apart from creating, what do you do?
I’m a homebody and I love to cook (specifically waffles), go on bike rides, watch movies, read books, and in the summer it’s all about camping.

What would be the title of your memoir? 
Coming Full Circle would be the name of my memoir. Or maybe Thinking You Know It All but You Don’t. That would be a more realistic title.

Where does your inspiration come from?
It’s all about vintage! Being raised in a small town and having an overdeveloped imagination works wonders at the Salvation Army store. This is where my best friend Cindi and I would go shopping, and we became masters of the hunt. Of course we couldn’t do it without first slipping in our mixtape composed of songs by The Cure, Depeche Mode and The Smiths. We called it thrifting, but my dad would say “you girls hunting for nasty wear today.” To this day I believe that going to estate sales and rifling through vintage fabrics and old tapestries is very thrilling. Somebody had a plan for each piece of fabric that has been tossed aside but for some reason it never happened and now I can give it some sort of new life.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is a way creative people can express themselves to others and to the world. It’s not just something tangible but it’s a combination of ideas, experiences and fantasies that starts in the brain and gets worked out through your hands.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My family for sure. We are a family of five — I have a brother and sister and I’m the middle child. We lived a simple life. My mom was part of a food co-op, we were home schooled in our younger years, and we didn’t own a TV until junior high. Instead we would read books as a family; sometimes the story would be so sad that we would have to pass the book around until the next person could stop crying. That kind of living fostered a real sense of self-worth, imagination, and adventure.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
Well I started going to a real school in the 8th grade and I remember taking home economics with Mrs. D, the worst teacher ever, and realized halfway through our sewing project that I knew more about sewing then she did. That and my art teacher came to school with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich stuck to his leg! I knew then I could become an artist on my own, and realized that creating and making had very little to do with my education. I mean no disrespect to teachers, though — I’ve had many who inspired and fostered my creativity.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I kind of got to do that a couple years ago in Paris. I was waitressing on a Friday night, totally in the weeds, and this couple whom I adore were talking about going to Paris on a tour for artists and I was like, “How amazing would that be?” To make a long story short, they offered to sponsor me and I accepted with admirable resistance at first, of course. The best part of the trip was visiting a silk flower making studio where each piece was made by hand the old fashioned way. I told myself then and there that when I got back to the states I would remember that the process is the most important part. It blew my mind that becoming technologically advanced wasn’t even an issue in this Paris studio — instead honing your skill and becoming a master of your craft was the key.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I have many handmade pieces that I love but the one I will mention is my handbag brand made by my dad. He gave me the nickname “Reby” and growing up I added a “c” for Childers and there you have it. The brand works in the same way that cowboys brand cattle — you get the metal searing hot and press it against the buttery soft leather and voila, it’s hand stamped. It’s brilliant!

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
If you know how to get past the mundane monotony of life then you know how to get out of any creative ruts when they come. The same rules apply — you can change scenery, look up, and be grateful. I like to drive out to my parents’ property, look up at the stars, and sing “How Great Thou Art.” Works every time!

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Wherever I am, I want to be content being there.

Featured Seller Archive

 

  • peshka

    peshka says:

    Love your work!!!!

    3 years ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign says:

    Beautiful!!!!

    3 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    Fun & inspiring story. I love the variety of your bags and the pizzazz dangle you add to them....... so cool. I totally agree that nothing beats the West Coast. Beautiful place here in Oregon. Thank you for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • peshka

    peshka says:

    Love your work !!!

    3 years ago

  • Stormscapestudio

    Stormscapestudio says:

    Wonderful story and mighty fine bags. Love the letter you got from your customer!

    3 years ago

  • groovyholly

    groovyholly says:

    this article totally made my morning and reaffirms my desire to make more things by hand using recycled materials. I loved hearing about you and your friend going thrifting, my Mum would often come with me if a friend didn't, we had such fun and my Dad always asked what kind of "ugly shoes" I'd be coming home with.

    3 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    Your story is inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow says:

    Great interview! Love the idea that your beautiful handbags are made from gorgeous upcycled fabrics! Congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom says:

    Loved the interview. I'm not sure if I'll ever go into a thrift store without hearing your Dads quote in my head: “you girls hunting for nasty wear today.” ~ omg, that seriously had me laughing! An inspiring interview{one of my favorites}and amazing work :)

    3 years ago

  • MistyAurora

    MistyAurora says:

    Fantastic work! Congrats on the feature :)

    3 years ago

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux says:

    very cool!

    3 years ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary says:

    The story about how you became an artist made me laugh! Those teachers inspired you, but probably not the way they intended too!

    3 years ago

  • rickrackshack

    rickrackshack says:

    You are adorable. Cheers for 35 and recycling! Cheers for creativity! Cheers for shopping The Salvation Army!

    3 years ago

  • miznovember

    miznovember says:

    Congrats on the feature. You totally deserve it. I found your shop about a month ago and was blown away. Your bags are beautiful.

    3 years ago

  • sparklinglotusdesign

    sparklinglotusdesign says:

    Congrats! Love, love your bags! I am a total fan of feathers so I love the Native American vibe of the prints and feather additions! Wishing you the best! Your bags are gorgeous!

    3 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage says:

    Fabulous bags. Love the part about Paris.

    3 years ago

  • homedecorlab

    homedecorlab says:

    Wonderful story! Congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear says:

    Congrats on being featured artist. LOVE LOVE your bags :-)

    3 years ago

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    OliveSpoonStudio says:

    What a great interview! My two year old daughter has your hair - LOVE it!! Best of luck to you and your beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • melaniefavreau

    melaniefavreau says:

    Beautiful bags! Congratulations! :)

    3 years ago

  • ArigigiArt

    ArigigiArt says:

    love your bags! congrats for featuring!

    3 years ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts says:

    Great one! Congrats on the feature!!!

    3 years ago

  • BJCLoveOfArt

    BJCLoveOfArt says:

    Impressive talent, as well as attitude! You are an inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Beautiful bags! Congratulations! :)

    3 years ago

  • KONTAKT

    KONTAKT says:

    Congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • Maulani

    Maulani says:

    Beautiful! Loving the bags!

    3 years ago

  • ParkBoulevard

    ParkBoulevard says:

    Beautiful

    3 years ago

  • cindymars7

    cindymars7 says:

    Gorgeous, GORGEOUS, work.. Congratulations on being the featured seller!

    3 years ago

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage says:

    What a awesome and inspiring interview! Love your bags!!

    3 years ago

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe says:

    Congratulations!!! Uterlly gorgeous!!!!

    3 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    Love your work and the interview, very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • stitchintimepatterns

    stitchintimepatterns says:

    Great work!!! Loved the interview.

    3 years ago

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry says:

    Such an inspiring interview! Love your work. Congrats on the feature :-)

    3 years ago

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal says:

    Congrats on being featured! Your bags are fantabulous.

    3 years ago

  • MeliImages

    MeliImages says:

    Beautiful handbags!

    3 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Congrats on the feature and I love your work!! Wishing you much success!

    3 years ago

  • evita17

    evita17 says:

    Congratulations for the featuring, and for the wonderful interview! I enjoyed a lot reading it. I'm a repeated customer so, there is no need to say that I love your work.

    3 years ago

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers says:

    your bags are totally awesome :)

    3 years ago

  • MissTessaMelissa

    MissTessaMelissa says:

    Great bags! I also relate growing up in a small town as a big reason I love thrifting so much. When I was younger,I lived a block away from a thrift store, and it was just within the radius my mom would let me walk around on my own. No one at school ever understood my obsession, except my best friend, of course. I love hearing these stories. :)

    3 years ago

  • aiek

    aiek says:

    Superfab! Awesome work and congrats on your feature.

    3 years ago

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage says:

    Really enjoyed reading your story, and your work is Gorgeous! Congratulations on being featured! ;-)

    3 years ago

  • houseofchilders

    houseofchilders says:

    (As usual) you are seriously inspiring! Amazing article - very well written and we wanted to keep reading!

    3 years ago

  • dobleele

    dobleele says:

    Beautiful work! :) Congrats!!!

    3 years ago

  • artpapers

    artpapers says:

    "honing your skill and becoming a master of your craft was the key" I just learned something today! what a wonderful interview and a wonderful artist. Great bags!

    3 years ago

  • JewelryBySS

    JewelryBySS says:

    Your bags are very lovely!! I especially enjoyed your story. It's full of illustration, it's interesting and your spunk shines through without it being all about you :D

    3 years ago

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns says:

    Beautiful bags! I love your work. :)

    3 years ago

  • structuredchaos

    structuredchaos says:

    Your bags are gorgeous and I adore your hair :D Congratulations on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • WalkersStics

    WalkersStics says:

    Your Awesome!

    3 years ago

  • carrierossman

    carrierossman says:

    Gorgeous bags! Great story!

    3 years ago

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl says:

    Your handbags are fantastic! Each one has it's own unique character- I love that!

    3 years ago

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd says:

    sweet bags! congrats!

    3 years ago

  • blackelm

    blackelm says:

    amazing interview! in love with your handbags!

    3 years ago

  • FoundOnThePrairie

    FoundOnThePrairie says:

    I love your hair, your bags, and your interview, thanks for sharing!! As a homeschooling mom and a self taught artsy pants I was very encouraged in reading your thoughts. Thanks again! Off to go read some stories to my kids!

    3 years ago

  • NorthWoodworks

    NorthWoodworks says:

    Wonderful story. Amazing handbags. It would be really hard to pick a favorite.

    3 years ago

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez says:

    Nice work! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Your work is beautiful! Congrats on the FS!!! =)

    3 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed your interview. best of luck to you.

    3 years ago

  • FiberNFringeScarves

    FiberNFringeScarves says:

    What an inspiring story!! You are extremely talented, with a personality to die for!! I wish you continued success in life!!

    3 years ago

  • webgyrl

    webgyrl says:

    Yay for being the featured seller! Now everyone else can see just how awesome your bags are. :)

    3 years ago

  • AnnealedHeart

    AnnealedHeart says:

    Love your shop and your story- congrats on the feature and best of luck!

    3 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    gorgeous and endearing.

    3 years ago

  • HarmonyGardenDesigns

    HarmonyGardenDesigns says:

    seriously stunning work! a wonderful philosophy on recycling & also your hair is rad!!

    3 years ago

  • AdaRosman

    AdaRosman says:

    Congrats! Your bags are absolutely lovely!!!!

    3 years ago

  • 3greenstrings

    3greenstrings says:

    I'm so happy to see this.. I own and love many of your bags. They are the best. Thanks so much for being such a good role model seller. Jenn

    3 years ago

  • mineingcitygals

    mineingcitygals says:

    Your work is beautiful. I enjoyed reading your "Featured Seller" article. You have a lot of good thoughts that can be used by all artists. Good luck and be happy always = - )

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Neat work! Congrats on your feature!

    3 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle says:

    Great bags! Congratulations...

    3 years ago

  • HarmonyGardenDesigns

    HarmonyGardenDesigns says:

    seriously stunning pieces! wonderful philosophy on recycling & also your hair is rad!

    3 years ago

  • carriecrafts

    carriecrafts says:

    You are very inspirational! The bags are everything a nag should be and the story about your art teacher and the PB&J made me laugh out loud, were those the BEST teachers or what! And your philosophy is enlightening: "Wherever I am, I want to be content being there." I'm going to print that out and put it in my work area. Thank you!! c~

    3 years ago

  • Susanstahl941

    Susanstahl941 says:

    Beautiful bags! Inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy says:

    beautiful

    3 years ago

  • ecochic

    ecochic says:

    love your bags. loved your story too. best wishes to you on continued success!

    3 years ago

  • minouette

    minouette says:

    you make lovely things

    3 years ago

  • babiesandbabes

    babiesandbabes says:

    Beautiful! well done!

    3 years ago

  • homespunspecialties

    homespunspecialties says:

    Great story, and your bags are beautiful! I love that you use vintage and recycled fabrics, I love the thought of re-using something that might have otherwise been thrown away!

    3 years ago

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry says:

    I JUST LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

    3 years ago

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry says:

    I JUST LOVE WHAT YOU DO! I THINK MOST OF US HAVE A THING FOR BAGS!

    3 years ago

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz says:

    I really love your work space

    3 years ago

  • aamtao

    aamtao says:

    Fantastic! So wonderful to get to know one of my favorite etsy sellers! Proud owner of your bags! Keep up the good work! Your bags are beautiful and one of a kind! ps, love your hair! :)

    3 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    I LOVE your hair! Congrats on the article and timing. Wishing you a very prosperous holiday season & beyond. xoxo

    3 years ago

  • DaniCalve

    DaniCalve says:

    Beautiful inside and out.

    3 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on your feature!

    3 years ago

  • freesoul

    freesoul says:

    Mad skillz, gorgeous bags ! Bravo on the feature : )

    3 years ago

  • MemoriesOfTheSea

    MemoriesOfTheSea says:

    Love reading these interviews and yours was great! Love seeing people do what they love! Love, love love....

    3 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    Beutiful bags. I'm a 'money wadded in the front pocket' kinda girl but these are very my type! I can almost smell them!

    3 years ago

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry says:

    wow! love your style, love your bags.

    3 years ago

  • silentmoments

    silentmoments says:

    Hands down my favorite featured seller yet! Your stories are delightful! I love the story about the 2 friends meeting up and both having your bags - just awesome! And the no tv/read books together as a family is simply beautiful. Can you imagine how close families would be if we all got rid of our tv and just read together? *sigh* A lovely thought. I may try this out with my own family. I love singing "How Great Thou Art", too. :) I like also that there are 2 ways of looking at it: "How great God is" and "How great His art is". Congrats on the feature. May your bags continue to reach friends all over the world and your song to the One who freely gives us everything for our enjoyment. Blessings to you!

    3 years ago

  • modernrubbishsf

    modernrubbishsf says:

    Your bags are amazing! The best part of the featured seller articles is finding great new stores like you! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson says:

    I had such fun reading your interview, and now I'm off to ogle at your inventory yet again! Congratulations on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • SparkleLynn

    SparkleLynn says:

    Love the bags!! Thank you for sharing your stories, I enjoyed them :)

    3 years ago

  • chiquiita

    chiquiita says:

    Congratulations....you made such beautiful and unique bags.

    3 years ago

  • kmcandlesandbody

    kmcandlesandbody says:

    Steph, I'm SO HAPPY for you! You make the perfect featured seller!!! Congrats to you!! It's cool to put a face with the great bags! Hugs!

    3 years ago

  • GoodAndOld

    GoodAndOld says:

    Love your shop, your philosophy and your attitude. Keep it up and congrats!

    3 years ago

  • SASessories

    SASessories says:

    cute girl w/ such cute bags!!!

    3 years ago

  • mlissrunyon

    mlissrunyon says:

    I live down the street from you in small Corvallis and it lovely to see your beautiful bags, and I love that you love Oregon. Cheers to your life in green NW

    3 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    cute shop!

    3 years ago

  • PomLove

    PomLove says:

    yay for you, stephanie! that's awesome!!!

    3 years ago

  • terrymillsphoto

    terrymillsphoto says:

    We live in Lake Oswego Oregon and we love it too. Thank you for sharing your story!!! You bags are not only beautiful but just what a lot of people are looking for. Just great!!! We love the Navaho one!!

    3 years ago

  • SDesignpersonalcare

    SDesignpersonalcare says:

    I love that you studio doesn't look pristine. You've got pictures, and fabric, and stuff surrounding you. It looks like it would be a great place to visit. The photo gives a warm and comfy vibe. Very nice interview, thanks for letting all of us take a peek.

    3 years ago

  • dollmeat

    dollmeat says:

    Wow! Great bags and really inspiring interview.Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    BIG Congratulations for being featured seller... your bags are stunning and i love your attitude !! Great interveiw ..here's to many more years of success!!

    3 years ago

  • LilacBlueCreations

    LilacBlueCreations says:

    I love hunting for vintage fabrics too, Great intervew, well done!! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • Ms2SweetVintage

    Ms2SweetVintage says:

    Congrats on the feature, nice bags !

    3 years ago

  • morechenillechateau

    morechenillechateau says:

    Inspired by your story, your shop, your attitude, your love of repurposing fabrics, and most of all, your choice of music! Have a wonderful Christmas!

    3 years ago

  • QuimsyCo

    QuimsyCo says:

    Loved the interview, very inspiring! Your bags are beautiful, truly a work of art.

    3 years ago

  • PiacereMioPaperie

    PiacereMioPaperie says:

    Your designs are inspiring! Wonderful work! Congratulations

    3 years ago

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands says:

    Like her purses. REally like her attitude.

    3 years ago

  • GingerLilyVintage

    GingerLilyVintage says:

    Thank your Dad for providing my laugh-of-the-day. My hubby was incredibly resistant to my thrill shopping until he got his first taste of a cashmere sweater in mint condition. Love your bags. Hopefully I can make the $$ on my vintage items and be back to buy a bag !

    3 years ago

  • CocoBijou

    CocoBijou says:

    YAY!!! You are so darling and upbeat - I LOVE your outlook. Thanks for sharing and congrats!!

    3 years ago

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis says:

    Inspiring + delightful interview! Love your story + your beautiful bags ~ Congrats on being FS :)

    3 years ago

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim says:

    I love your line of bags! You are a very creative person. Just like you, I am one that loves making things from others throw aways. Our maker does that as well. He takes folks that the common man would just toss aside and he turns us into his own.

    3 years ago

  • irishbabies

    irishbabies says:

    Congrats I love your store

    3 years ago

  • lisagagnon

    lisagagnon says:

    Huge Fan! I am in LOVE with my bag that I have had for a while and I just bought a pal a fabulous birthday gift! awesome seller and person.

    3 years ago

  • OneInAMillinery

    OneInAMillinery says:

    You do beautiful work and I was so moved by your saying,"Somebody had a plan for each piece of fabric that has been tossed aside but for some reason it never happened and now I can give it some sort of new life."

    3 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    very nice.. congrats

    3 years ago

  • melissasnead4

    melissasnead4 says:

    HOLY AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • MadisonStreetBeauty
  • ThreadWest

    ThreadWest says:

    Fascinating interview, and beautiful bags! I simply love your approach to life--so inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • kararane

    kararane says:

    hi Stephany~ gorgeous work and beautiful philosophy on Life.. your style rocks*! & def. remember the good (gold) old days of thrifting to the Cure,,xo

    3 years ago

  • QPeeLove

    QPeeLove says:

    Beautiful Bags!! Sounds like my thrifting day at salvo stores, driving around with The Cure, The smiths etc.. thanks to the ipod! Dressing like your poor so the old ladies feel sorry for you and give you bargains!! Very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet says:

    Beautiful work.. Congrats !!!!

    3 years ago

  • deepfried

    deepfried says:

    Love it. Just moved TO this slow paced granola world and am in love with Oregon! Of course going from San Francisco to Oregon isn't THAT much of a jump.. lol Fun interview responses!

    3 years ago

  • anticovalore

    anticovalore says:

    wonderful interview and works!

    3 years ago

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    EggMoneyQuilts says:

    Congrats on the feature-fun article. And love the bags!

    3 years ago

  • ScissorwizardDesigns

    ScissorwizardDesigns says:

    Beautiful bags. What an inspiration you are! Congrats on being the FS.

    3 years ago

  • patricepastel

    patricepastel says:

    I so enjoyed your comments! Love your talent! Nothing like the thrill of discovery at the Sal Army/estate sales! Cast-offs become OOAK fine works of art~I share your spirit~ Best to you!

    3 years ago

  • hydratethecat

    hydratethecat says:

    Fantastic! Absolute love.

    3 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    Stephany, what great bags you make!!!! Your sentence "Somebody had a plan for each piece of fabric that has been tossed aside but for some reason it never happened and now I can give it some sort of new life" resonates with me. I'm on the other side of the world giving new life to discarded fabric. Thank you for sharing your story and all the best.

    3 years ago

  • texturemix

    texturemix says:

    Love your shop and I love my bag! :)

    3 years ago

  • evaandmaries

    evaandmaries says:

    Great works of art! love the story and Stephany you have a great talent and you are inspiring

    3 years ago

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig says:

    Gorgeous bags!

    3 years ago

  • Pinkmind

    Pinkmind says:

    Amazing shop!I love your work!Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl says:

    I loved your interview - so open and honest. I would also enjoy 'thrifting' so many great things in those stores! congratulations.

    3 years ago

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin says:

    Congrats on being featured. Great interview and merchandise.

    3 years ago

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz says:

    So cool!! Great practical item to upcycle. Congrats on your article!

    3 years ago

  • u108119

    u108119 says:

    You story makes me work even harder in becoming better in what I do. Thank You

    3 years ago

  • TforEdgar

    TforEdgar says:

    Wow! Always have loved your purses and so glad to see you on the front page! Congratulations! :)

    3 years ago

  • SassySisterVintage

    SassySisterVintage says:

    What a cool interview and you're a cool girl! Great bags of course ;-))

    3 years ago

  • katyhale

    katyhale says:

    Stephanie made a custom Luella bag for me from a repurposed tartan skirt, and it's gorgeous. Great to see you featured here Stephanie! Katy

    3 years ago

  • Skyporcelainantiques

    Skyporcelainantiques says:

    Very happy for you! We (wife and I) liked reading your story, especially the part about not having a TV until Junior High. We believe that prompted you to be more creative. Your work is lovely and good luck with everything. Ed & Maureen Sky

    3 years ago

  • NewVintageHomewares

    NewVintageHomewares says:

    lovely, I esp like the bit about family book reading and the crying !! and the two women at the wedding with your bags.....

    3 years ago

  • jacknjilldesigns

    jacknjilldesigns says:

    Fun and inspiring story. Love your work and the whole idea behind it! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly says:

    One of my favorite interviews!! I laughed about your art teacher and the pb&j sandwich!! Wonderful story, great family life, you are loaded with talent!! Wishing you much continued success!

    3 years ago

  • Doraeandme

    Doraeandme says:

    Wonderful! Love this!

    3 years ago

  • KPlager

    KPlager says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • MaydasGifts

    MaydasGifts says:

    You are AWESOME!!

    3 years ago

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign says:

    Love your stuff... wow!

    3 years ago

  • mcouchouron

    mcouchouron says:

    Great story, nice spirit and pretty products!! I loved the part about reading books in your family, pretty!

    3 years ago

  • birchbaykay

    birchbaykay says:

    It really struck a chord when you said you knew that yardage found in a thrift shoppe was going to be made into something by its original owner, and that you were giving it another chance to become something, something beautiful and functional, as it turns out. Love your bags! Contgrats on the interview; broad perspective. K

    3 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Great and very inspiring interview. Your bags are really beautiful.

    3 years ago

  • Bmbyx

    Bmbyx says:

    How AWESOME!!! :o)

    3 years ago

  • mark13148

    mark13148 says:

    Love the bags!

    3 years ago

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera says:

    Lovely hand bags. A+++ for using recycled materials. There are so many wonderful vintage items out there just waiting to be given a new life for another generation. That's why I use recycled materials, too. Great stories, I enjoyed the article. Congratulations on pursuing your passion.

    3 years ago

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals says:

    Beautiful work and great story!!

    3 years ago

  • wildfireatheart

    wildfireatheart says:

    love your bags... and love you hair... mine is just as curly... I just cant get it too look that fabulous though... :)

    3 years ago

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest says:

    What a great featured artist! Thanks for sharing such beautiful work! Keep it up! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."--Rumi

    3 years ago

  • Castyourbread

    Castyourbread says:

    That's me too! I thought I'd teach myself. What fun! And what a peaceful attitude she has!

    3 years ago

  • PeeledBananasToGo

    PeeledBananasToGo says:

    What a nice interview! Very enjoyable to read. I agree with you that there is SOMETHING for every piece of fabric -if you have lost a vision for it -pass it on! God bless you!

    3 years ago

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling says:

    Very cool designs

    3 years ago

  • LauraBoyea

    LauraBoyea says:

    Beautiful creations! Loved the whole article. The way you described — you can change scenery, look up, and be grateful-- is so simple and perfect.

    3 years ago

  • BiomedDesign

    BiomedDesign says:

    good taste and style.

    3 years ago

  • SunshinExpressions

    SunshinExpressions says:

    So so pretty! And your interview is so inspiring! Thanks for a great boost to today!

    3 years ago

  • PoshBinky

    PoshBinky says:

    Fun and unique designs!! Love your stuff! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • LoveFromCapeCod

    LoveFromCapeCod says:

    Stephany~ Oh... how I loved your featured interview! It truly mademe smile throughout the entire time reading it. (I read it aloud to my precious 85 year old mother and she loved it too! :) Keep shing your light brightly sweet girl!! With love and appreciation for all that you are.... Sandi LoveFromCapeCod.etsy.com

    3 years ago

  • DejaReViewGreenArts

    DejaReViewGreenArts says:

    Such an inspiration! Thank you for being who you are :) Congratulations! Lorraine - Shop Owner

    3 years ago

  • SageHandCrafts

    SageHandCrafts says:

    BEAUTIFUL work!!

    3 years ago

  • skinbyalicia

    skinbyalicia says:

    I love your work!!!

    3 years ago

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl says:

    GREAT post. now i know what i want for Christmas! congrats on the feature! best wishes to you!!

    3 years ago

  • HandmadebyKZfeltZ

    HandmadebyKZfeltZ says:

    Love your work and your outlook on life :-)

    3 years ago

  • naturalwooddesign

    naturalwooddesign says:

    Great interview!! Beautiful work!! Congratulations! :)

    3 years ago

  • AddieLou

    AddieLou says:

    Love! Such an inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • sweetrhubarb

    sweetrhubarb says:

    Love that you are loved! Congrats stephy!!

    3 years ago

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard says:

    Congratulation, love the mix of fabric, leather, blankets in the bags...great work.

    3 years ago

  • aeliosdesign

    aeliosdesign says:

    Great interview! I think if families spent more quality time together the world would be a better place.

    3 years ago

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques says:

    Congrats on the feature. I love your bags and your story.

    3 years ago

  • zizolabel

    zizolabel says:

    inspiring story, to be true to yourself and your ideas, thanx!

    3 years ago

  • thebestart1122

    thebestart1122 says:

    My wife love your bags. Good luck!!

    3 years ago

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc says:

    There can be found some very nice and unique bags on Etsy. If I were to buy a bag on Etsy, I would probably go with something more one-of-a-kind and eccentric, but this have a very nice, elegant look to the them.

    3 years ago

  • riverpinesart

    riverpinesart says:

    Great story, best of luck to you!

    3 years ago

  • Donauluft

    Donauluft says:

    Great interview! beautiful bags! and I have to say, your hair looks gorgeous!! Congrats !!

    3 years ago

  • sballgurl072005

    sballgurl072005 says:

    Great job being a featurred artist! Congrats :)

    3 years ago

  • PetersBride

    PetersBride says:

    Lovely work! Wishing you continued success!

    3 years ago

  • TheMacsX

    TheMacsX says:

    I love everything about your story and hope you stay where you want to be. Your bags are gorgeous.

    3 years ago

  • belokrinitski

    belokrinitski says:

    the bags are so cute! good luck!

    3 years ago

  • thejewelryboxx

    thejewelryboxx says:

    Wow! I have never left a comment to one of the featured artists interviews, but I find myself UNABLE to "NOT" type a few words tell you that so much of your story reminds me of what "MY" daughter may say one day, or maybe she's saying it now (smile) My hubby and I live on a mountaintop in beautiful So. California looking over the gorgeous surrounding cities, but we have a little piece of Heaven where the Stars Shine Bright over the Bunnies playing in the yard and other creatures hiding in the bushes nearby..... my daughter was homeschooled until 7th grade and I LOVED the way you said "When I Started Going to REAL SCHOOL" .... that was an LOL moment for me, as YOUR mother might say it a different way! (smile) ... but she is a musician, started out by banging on a piano and "I" made everyone sit on the couch and applaud while she bowed and said...."I did it PERFECT!" .... now 25 and married to her high school PRINCE is pursuing her Music career as well as finishing her education to become a Dietician......anyways, long story to say, your story made me "think" it made me "laugh" and it made me "cry" .... YOUR PARENTS raised an amazing woman! ... AND your dad who nicknamed you "Reby" .... was that for a little rebel?? well I love how you took HIS Special name for you to brand your gorgeous name!.... My hubby always called our daughter SQUIRT.....And I always called her SIS.....hmmmmm I wonder if one day something will be birthed thru her work and talent that will remind her of the Words she always heard from us with the STAMP of LOVE behind it!.....Like Reby was Stamped in your heart, now BRANDED on your items, YOUR STORY has been Stamped in the hearts of many readers and I, for one, wish you EVERY BLESSING THE LORD HAS SET ASIDE JUST FOR YOU!!!..... For YOU said it BEST...."How Great Thou Art" Love, cindy www.FEATHERSnPEARLS.etsy.com

    3 years ago

  • quiltitems4u

    quiltitems4u says:

    Fabulous Interview... Thks for taking the time to share your story.

    3 years ago

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled says:

    Loved your story. Your story drew me in completely. Maybe you should pen a book next :))

    3 years ago

  • TheCreativeBeast

    TheCreativeBeast says:

    I love the interview! It has all my favorite elements: thrift shopping stories, creativity from an early age, recycling, vintage goods and a fabulously happy and successful single gal - this is my kind of "fairy tale" come true! I'm off to search your shop now =-)

    3 years ago

  • jdizaclothingco

    jdizaclothingco says:

    I like the way it's designed

    3 years ago

  • traceydumont

    traceydumont says:

    Loving your work..beautiful! :)

    3 years ago

  • shantyirish

    shantyirish says:

    LOVE this article! you seem so genuine. your story is very inspiring. i can't wait to go check out your bags ... going there now :) http://www.etsy.com/shop/shantyirish

    3 years ago

  • LGAjewelry

    LGAjewelry says:

    Loved your story! Whishing you great success!

    3 years ago

  • solcreator

    solcreator says:

    Very Nice Bags- luv to recreate vintage as well! Luv your story!

    3 years ago

  • marieowltoinette

    marieowltoinette says:

    I love your bags! and your hair!! :)

    3 years ago

  • eizhowa

    eizhowa says:

    You made me fall in love with my red curls again. Your hair looks lovely!

    3 years ago

  • danielsfamilypottery

    danielsfamilypottery says:

    LOVE from eugene

    3 years ago

  • CypressHouse

    CypressHouse says:

    Thanks for sharing some of the story of your journey, love it!

    3 years ago

  • margaretandellen

    margaretandellen says:

    Love this interview. I see so much of myself in it, I did tear up a little :) Congrats on such a beautiful life. I, too, was home schooled. I think we are a unique bunch of people!

    3 years ago

  • thelillytree

    thelillytree says:

    Lovely! Everything about you is lovely from the inside out! I loved what you said and so agree with you... "Handmade is a way creative people can express themselves to others and to the world." Your handcrafted purses are stunning and perfect! So glad I took time to read your feature! And congratulations! Lilly

    3 years ago

  • PouchStyle

    PouchStyle says:

    What a lovely article.. congrats! Your bags are awesome :-)

    3 years ago

  • MichRen247

    MichRen247 says:

    Love! I relate on so many levels to your story! I was raised in a similar household and it is nice to see you appreciating that and being so successful, grateful, and humble! Thanks for the inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • SimplyClassicGifts

    SimplyClassicGifts says:

    Great feature....Congratulations....Your interview is inspiring. Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • manakahandmade

    manakahandmade says:

    Love this interview (^_^) great inspiration x

    3 years ago

  • georgeworks

    georgeworks says:

    Nice stuff. Been making bags for 35 years and the old bags are a blast to reshape and applique onto. Try a wood burning tool sometime.

    3 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    Your personality shines with an old soul that makes the vintage bags interesting ~*~

    3 years ago

  • socksbykathy

    socksbykathy says:

    Congratulations for being a featured seller !!!! Love your bags

    3 years ago

  • MrsSamad

    MrsSamad says:

    Congratulations!!! I proudly own one of your creations, and I must say what a beautiful gift you have! Many blessing! Keep up the Awesome work! I love your hair!!! ;)

    3 years ago

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle says:

    I love your shop :)

    3 years ago

  • KuduCards

    KuduCards says:

    Love the bags! Nice interview! Good luck!

    3 years ago

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol says:

    I have a bag of material that i've dug into for 16yrs! my daughters have used it too!

    3 years ago

  • GlitterOrnaments

    GlitterOrnaments says:

    Great story! Your passion for what you do is evident. Congrats on the feature! ~Andrea

    3 years ago

  • TreasuryShop

    TreasuryShop says:

    Great Article. Nice hand bags, I leather feathers.

    3 years ago

  • YouniquesRings

    YouniquesRings says:

    That is what I'm talking about... there is a use for every single pc of fabric (leather, fur, felt... etc) Recycle and bring it back to life!! =)

    3 years ago

  • brtilley

    brtilley says:

    Wow, Stephany! I really feel like I got to know you in reading your interview. You really put it all out there, in a most positive way. Loved reading about you and seeing your wares. Thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • VelvetTeacup

    VelvetTeacup says:

    Love your story and that you got to go to Paris to experience the silk flower making. Flowers are my very favourite thing and I envy you so much! Your bags are beautiful and how cool that you are from a small town. Great that you are keeping the dream alive.

    3 years ago

  • houndsome

    houndsome says:

    Love your rad bags and rad hair!

    3 years ago

  • CynsibleCreations

    CynsibleCreations says:

    That is a feel good story. Congrats.

    3 years ago

  • madefromtheocean

    madefromtheocean says:

    I'm in Oregon too; very cool. I love what said "where do you think you will be in ten years. Great answer. I go to the Oregon coast get all my materials so we have some things in common. Great bio michelle

    3 years ago

  • avelune

    avelune says:

    Oregon and it's natural beauty...how nature is a part of your skin and where the social comfort of a thrift store is completely acceptable as a rite of passage. It is all reflected in the remarkable loveliness of your product and spirit.

    3 years ago

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets says:

    Everything ...you, your bags ...your fam. ...rad! congratulations on this feature and continued success!

    3 years ago

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents says:

    Congrats

    3 years ago

  • TailedBluePhotos

    TailedBluePhotos says:

    Love the bags! fun read :)

    3 years ago

  • MoreThanStitches

    MoreThanStitches says:

    Wonderful article from a fellow upcycler! Congrats on the feature Reby!:)

    3 years ago

  • emwi

    emwi says:

    Love these! Almost everything I make is from recycled material, but I've never tried anything in leather. I'm so jealous of your life, growing up in Oregon and traveling the world. I want to end up in Oregon myself. It's beautiful! Love your bags and great interview.

    3 years ago

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative says:

    Awesome pieces!!! I love your beautiful hair.

    3 years ago

  • perebags

    perebags says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! I loved reading it! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • CozyTouches

    CozyTouches says:

    No TV is such a great thing. Since we got rid of cable I found I have more money and more time to spend on my art. From start to finish, your interview inspired me. You have countless, beautiful thoughts. Congratulations

    3 years ago

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce says:

    Loving your bags! Congrats!!

    3 years ago

  • SierrasSunshine

    SierrasSunshine says:

    Congrats on your feature! I can relate on so many different levels with your interview. Thanks for the inspiration, love your goods!

    3 years ago

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta says:

    awesome!

    3 years ago

  • elleandcompany

    elleandcompany says:

    awesome!! Love it all so much

    3 years ago

  • aCalliopeWoman

    aCalliopeWoman says:

    Too cute and lovely! Hoping to see more future generations of such love and creativity come forth! And Etsy is such a great nest to watch these birds take flight!

    3 years ago

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland says:

    "Of course we couldn’t do it without first slipping in our mixtape composed of songs by The Cure, Depeche Mode and The Smiths. " Love it! What a totally fun, refreshing interview... Much success to you, you have a great outlook on things!

    3 years ago

  • Shab2Chic

    Shab2Chic says:

    Love your creations.....Beautiful....Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • kiranofindaly

    kiranofindaly says:

    Jolly good bags!

    3 years ago

  • celineandkate

    celineandkate says:

    awesome bags! congrats!

    3 years ago

  • ironweeds

    ironweeds says:

    nothing like a good leather crafter, wonderful designs <3

    3 years ago

  • CashmereRose

    CashmereRose says:

    Very cool bags, love that they are made from recycled materials. Great designs!!! Eugene rocks!!!

    3 years ago

  • RetroFlirt

    RetroFlirt says:

    Great OOAK bags and hair!

    3 years ago

  • KnellyBean

    KnellyBean says:

    gorgeous items!

    3 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Enjoyed this interview. Nice feather detail on the bags.

    3 years ago

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie says:

    Congrats on being featured--really enjoyed reading. Your handbags are lovely, very creative and unique--wish you the best.

    3 years ago

  • BeadoRama123

    BeadoRama123 says:

    Amazing concept and great bags!

    3 years ago

  • GypsyDreamz

    GypsyDreamz says:

    Love your bags! Great interview!

    3 years ago

  • beatroad

    beatroad says:

    Great interview, and LOVE the bags. I'll be saving up for one! ;)

    3 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    Rebyc, your bags are gorgeous, isn't it amazing what is available to be upcycled, recreated? Keep on keeping on! Aloha, Connie

    3 years ago

  • PanKiMade

    PanKiMade says:

    Lovely bags, and great interview too!

    3 years ago

  • PacoandLupe

    PacoandLupe says:

    I love your attitude. Your work is so great. Thanks for being so inspiring! -celia-

    3 years ago

  • Zalavintage

    Zalavintage says:

    Your simply glam pieces reflect the you we met in the interview perfectly! Good luck with your shop..and happy hunting.

    3 years ago

  • Tigerseyecrafts

    Tigerseyecrafts says:

    You certainly have learned your craft, such beautiful work. I think that helps me stay my path, I have so many interests I try to do it all.

    3 years ago

  • DukeCreekStudios

    DukeCreekStudios says:

    Great interview...love your work...love your hair!!

    3 years ago

  • sublimeexpressions

    sublimeexpressions says:

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading about some of your adventures. I also love the hunt of a thrift store and a flea market. Never been to the West Coast, but would love to someday.

    3 years ago

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:

    Great bags! Congrats on the interview and feature.

    3 years ago

  • sweetsere

    sweetsere says:

    Congrats! A Eugene Oregon Etsy Team Member! http://www.etsy.com/teams/5458/eugene-oregon-etsy-team

    3 years ago

  • sweetsere

    sweetsere says:

    Congrats! A Eugene Oregon Etsy Team Member! http://www.etsy.com/teams/5458/eugene-oregon-etsy-team

    3 years ago

  • sweetsere

    sweetsere says:

    Congrats! A Eugene Oregon Etsy Team Member! teams/ Eugene Oregon Etsy Team

    3 years ago

  • sweetsere

    sweetsere says:

    Congrats! A Eugene Oregon Etsy Team member!

    3 years ago

  • ModernOrganicDesign

    ModernOrganicDesign says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. You Inspire me.

    3 years ago

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ says:

    I love your bags! They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!! :D

    3 years ago

  • JasonSuede

    JasonSuede says:

    Really beautiful work, I agree with the inspiration others have posted, I'll be in the workshop!

    3 years ago

  • ccdoodle

    ccdoodle says:

    Your work is very beautiful! I could relate with the thrill of the hunt for cool vintage fabrics:) congrats!!!!

    3 years ago

  • nicrohr

    nicrohr says:

    Great bags-- and AWESOME curls!! :)

    3 years ago

  • auntyanndesigns

    auntyanndesigns says:

    Great Bags! Congratulations! Love the story .. happy to see you featured! So nice to have a local artist be honored this way.

    3 years ago

  • missgray71

    missgray71 says:

    I own one of her amazing bags. They are really well made and soooo gorgeous! Everywhere I go, someone asks me about it.

    3 years ago

  • HISHandMaidenUSA

    HISHandMaidenUSA says:

    I loved your interview! I have to ask..."Natural or permed?" Whichever, it's beautiful! :0)

    3 years ago

  • BookendsandBows

    BookendsandBows says:

    Loved your interview! You have such a colorful personality...your spirit was reflected in your interview. Your bags are beautiful!!!

    3 years ago

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures says:

    Beautiful bags, congrats on the feature! Nicely done.

    3 years ago

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts says:

    These are gorgeous well constructed bags congrats and an inspiration to all bag Makers!

    3 years ago

  • nicoahsmeem

    nicoahsmeem says:

    I love love love these bags. What great styles. Awesome

    3 years ago

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 says:

    Congratulations. What a wonderful interview! Way to go Northwest Girl:)

    3 years ago

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving says:

    What a great story! You are an inspiration. I love your bags.

    3 years ago

  • bluewhisperangels

    bluewhisperangels says:

    Beautiful! I am new to Etsy and loved reading your interview - so refreshing and real! Your bags are beautiful! Will purchase one as a Christmas gift for someone very dear to me!

    3 years ago

  • gkdecorate

    gkdecorate says:

    I love how Stephany was inspired to make such beautiful bags and now she's an inspiration to so many people here!

    3 years ago

  • kelseylynndesigns

    kelseylynndesigns says:

    Awesome bags!! I love the little leather feather danglies! Cheers to creating fashion in the Northwest! :)

    3 years ago

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower says:

    Lovely! :)

    3 years ago

  • squareonesculptures

    squareonesculptures says:

    Love it, Love the story!

    3 years ago

  • carolbroadleypottery

    carolbroadleypottery says:

    Loved reading your interview~~ We share something in common in that my Dad also made my mark that I use on my pottery. I love knowing that each piece has a little something from him~~ Your bags and concept of reusing to create is wonderful!

    3 years ago

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio says:

    Awesome bags !

    3 years ago

  • YaYJewelry

    YaYJewelry says:

    Love your bags, how fun are those!!!!!!! Wonderful work the best in success to you!

    3 years ago

  • rpreserved

    rpreserved says:

    You have a great direction and outlook on life in general. i love it all...

    3 years ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie says:

    Fantastic article! Gorgeous, gorgeous bags!! Congrats on the feature! Here's to continued success your way!

    3 years ago

  • sweetallison

    sweetallison says:

    gorgeous, and YAY FOR CURLY HAIR!

    3 years ago

  • deneicer

    deneicer says:

    I love your creative Lion's Mane of Hair! I like to find pieces at the thrift store and create something new, too! :) Love that you recycle and make new life out of the old one....kinda Savior-ish ya'know?!?

    3 years ago

  • divelegant

    divelegant says:

    congrats!

    3 years ago

  • SheCountsCrows

    SheCountsCrows says:

    You know, I think this is one of my favourite featured artist interviews. Really wonderful, this! <3

    3 years ago

  • tsheva

    tsheva says:

    Congrats! You make such beautiful bags :)

    3 years ago

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway says:

    Wonderful story! Congratulations on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • Rockmanhalv

    Rockmanhalv says:

    Great story, I wish you all the happiness in the world. I also love to come across treasures where no one thinks of looking, or they might, be standing right in front of us.

    3 years ago

  • theartlyons

    theartlyons says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. The part that got to me the most was listening to The Smiths! Of course, I also love your bags!!

    3 years ago

  • Cabruca

    Cabruca says:

    I have an awesome friend who is your friend and has an awesome bag (actually 2) that you created and I absolutely LOVE! Then, it turns out you and my husband, Tristian, were friends in high school! (yep, I live in that small town of yours and I almost think I know you. LOL) I am so excited for your success! Beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • saltairstudio

    saltairstudio says:

    Thank you, your interview was refreshingly inspirational!

    3 years ago

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek says:

    congrats!

    3 years ago

  • kroniclejewelry

    kroniclejewelry says:

    great story, and lovely bags! thanks for this interview etsy... <3

    3 years ago

  • bourbonslushie

    bourbonslushie says:

    Thanks for sharing your story...very inspiring. All the best to you!

    3 years ago

  • KarolinFelix

    KarolinFelix says:

    Your work is great! Love that part about the cure & vintage hunting! Love both!

    3 years ago

  • EnglishShop

    EnglishShop says:

    Wow I got the chills !!! What a lovely human being - She's Got It !!!!

    3 years ago

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo says:

    Such a fabulous interview! LOVE this: "honing your skill and becoming a master of your craft was the key". So, so good. Your bags are gorgeous~ Congrats!!!!

    3 years ago

  • leatherExpressions

    leatherExpressions says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story! Great bags too!

    3 years ago

  • TheMechanicalKoi

    TheMechanicalKoi says:

    i love your hair!!!

    3 years ago

  • oldwellhouse

    oldwellhouse says:

    If I didn't know better I would bet you were one of my Children. When i was raising my family our favorite pastime was going to junk stores and flea markets. Your imagination is your best part of life. I am 80 years old and still go crazy when I am out junking. I have done most every craft you can imagine,from stained glass to my current passion, Petrified potato and cultured carrot jewelry. I think your bags are beautiful. Always do what you enjoy. To this day my children,grandchildren and great grand children are all great junk hunters.

    3 years ago

  • iris756

    iris756 says:

    I love it!

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    I need one!! Now! ..beautiful constuction!

    3 years ago

  • ohzie

    ohzie says:

    beautiful :O) congrats on being feature seller!!

    3 years ago

  • craftylittlecritters

    craftylittlecritters says:

    LOVE the bags! I also LOVE your work space it looks like mine!

    3 years ago

  • AKingsThings

    AKingsThings says:

    What away to go... Fab

    3 years ago

  • TrashyButClassy

    TrashyButClassy says:

    Congratulations~ great interview!

    3 years ago

  • ConstantGalore

    ConstantGalore says:

    Ooooh, what a fun shop... off to look!

    3 years ago

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs says:

    If not stated, your bags look as new as bags designed and made of new materials! Great!

    3 years ago

  • LiberalSmarts

    LiberalSmarts says:

    Love the recycle concept. Great pieces! Congrats on your feature.

    3 years ago

  • ButterworthandBee

    ButterworthandBee says:

    Really nice work!

    3 years ago

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage says:

    What great bags! Love your hair too!

    3 years ago

  • OceanSpiritJewelry

    OceanSpiritJewelry says:

    Reuse+Recycle=Reduce our impact on our beautiful planet. Very inspiring. I love your work!!!

    3 years ago

  • skullyglam

    skullyglam says:

    Super great stuff! I have to go buy something. skullyglam.etsy.com

    3 years ago

  • Azmera

    Azmera says:

    very very inspiring~

    3 years ago

  • delightfuldownsizing

    delightfuldownsizing says:

    Your interview was inspirational! LOVE your hair!

    3 years ago

  • sduran101

    sduran101 says:

    This is beautiful!!! Any chance you will be in the East Coast soon? Somewhere in the tri-state area? Would love to talk shop with you. Everything I make is by hand and it comes out so much nicer than a machine. THere is also the added benefit of mingling with other people.

    3 years ago

  • beeluckylady

    beeluckylady says:

    Love your bags!!

    3 years ago

  • JennyLouDarling

    JennyLouDarling says:

    I enjoyed this story! Great answers. Very inspiring. And I dig the bags!

    3 years ago

  • fairyspells2010

    fairyspells2010 says:

    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, I WAS ONCE UPON A TIME A LITTLE LADY OF 15 STROLLING THE STREETS OF PARIS, LIKE YOU, I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SOME 31 YEARS LATER; I LEFT MY SOUL IN PARIS WHILE MY HEART RESTS IN THE USA....MORE BLESSINGS TO COME, FOR YOU, I AM SURE..MYRACLE

    3 years ago

  • anointedliving

    anointedliving says:

    Wow...what an inspirational interview. GOD BLESS YOU!

    3 years ago

  • signsofmylife
  • bubblecakes

    Jessica Misak from bubblecakes says:

    I Love your bags! I am in Dallas and I have been watching your store for just the perfect bag for me! I love your uniqueness. I am swimming in a huge pool of Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags down here! I will be your next customer!

    3 years ago

  • summerfang

    Zhou Fang says:

    Hi Stephany, this is Summer from C3Events and I love your idea of making leather handbags with recycled materials ! Our Artist Vending is now open, please contact karin@c3events.com for more information ! Or simply jump to our website ! Thank you :D

    2 years ago