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Featured Seller: Not The Kitchen Sink

Oct 3, 2011

by NotTheKitchenSink

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Sara Carter. I’m a Midwestern girl, but right now I make my home in Texas with my husband, Kenny, and our baby girl, Mimi. Most of the year you’ll find vintage fabrics and supplies in my shop, but every August, Not The Kitchen Sink is transformed into a costume shop. The three months leading up to Halloween become madness at my house. I feel like Pig-Pen from Peanuts, with little bits of felt continuously swirling around me. My life kind of stops: my family eats a lot more frozen food, phone calls go unanswered, cobwebs begin to form all around us. But, at the end of it all, I get the satisfaction of knowing that a few hundred smiling kids (and kids at heart!) will be trotting around their neighborhoods wearing one of my creations. It’s a great feeling, even if i have to spend the first week of November recovering in bed.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I read to my baby. All day. Before bed. And then again before breakfast. I have at least one hundred children’s books memorized word-for-word. My kid has been obsessed with books since she was five months old.

When I’m not reading, I love watching social documentaries and PBS. I also love to travel. Before I travel to a new city, I always Google secondhand stores in the area and drag my family all over town looking for them. Thrift stores are like museums to me — museums where you don’t have to stand behind the ropes. You can touch anything you want and can even take it home with you. I love that.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
Me and My Ergonomic Seam Ripper: An Old Fashioned Love Story. She completes me.

Where does your inspiration come from?
In college, I was chosen by one of my professors to be interviewed for the school paper about my art.  The interviewer asked me this question and, unprepared for it, I said, “Oh, art is everywhere!” I cringed as I heard the words coming out of my mouth.

When I got my hands on that edition of the paper, there was a large picture of me with the quote, “Art is Everywhere for Student Artist” in bold print above my head. I wanted to die. I knew my family and friends were going to have a lot of fun with that for a long time.

But, the truth is, art is everywhere, and I’m old enough now to embrace the cheesiness of that statement. My inspiration comes from common things like a good meal, a conversation with a friend, my baby’s books and thrift stores. Many of my costumes inspire companion costumes, which can be really fun to work on.

My customers are great for inspiration, too. It’s shocking how much creative freedom I’m given. They will tell me, “Oh, just do whatever you think is best. I trust you.” Those words always strike an exhilarating fear within me. Some people skydive for a rush, but I create little works of wearable art for blind and trusting souls and send them out into the universe via an unpredictable lifeline called the United States Postal Service.

What does handmade mean to you?
The value of handmade items is measured in the energy, creativity and, most of all, the time it takes to make them. Time is our most precious and non-renewable resource. Taking the time to create something by hand is the highest honor you can give any one thing.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
I spent a lot of summers with my Grandma S. when I was a child. I would watch in amazement as she cut and hand-sewed pants and shirts for my dolls and stuffed animals without using a patern. Just knowing that could be done had a huge impact on me. To this day, I rarely use patterns — I have developed my own pattern for the base of my costumes, but the components are all hand-cut, making no two costumes exactly the same.

My mom is also very crafty, and she supported my creativity a lot as a child. She has always been open to guiding me with a new technique or helping me find the supplies I needed. I can tell she’s proud of my skills as a seamstress because she often pretends she doesn’t know about sewing tools and techniques to let me “teach” her something new. It’s very sweet. (She doesn’t know that I’m on to her.)

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I was about 7 or 8 years old. I strung beads on elastic and sold them at a garage sale. Shortly after that I would steal fabric from my mom’s stash and use it to decoupage boxes. Still, it wasn’t until high school that I realized I was an artist. My high school art teacher was the first to discover my eye for color. In college my drawing and painting professors were also quite impressed with my knowledge of color theory and quite unimpressed by my complete lack of talent for drawing and painting.

How would you describe your creative process?
When I get a new costume idea, I usually get a vision pretty quickly of how it will look as a finished piece. But, before I start to work, I study up to make sure that vision is going to be the best interpretation of an exaggerated reality. Then I just get to work. I’m a perfectionist, so it’s easy for me to get lost in the details. I’m in the process of training myself to work around that natural tendency and it’s helping me get more work done.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Well, Frida Kahlo, of course. When I think of her struggles as an artist (and simply as a person), it makes me feel silly for letting anything get in the way of my craft. It’s amazing what she did while lying flat on her back. But what I most admire about Frida is the courage she showed through self-portraits. As a 30-something woman in 2011, with the media shoving an impossibly idealized woman down my throat at every turn, I’m sometimes afraid of my own shadow. Frida’s self-portraits remind me that there is beauty in the ugly truth.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I think I was about 10 when my Grandma O. gave me a wooden easel made by my grandpa. It was nice to have something which his hands had so thoughtfully created, since I never had the chance to meet him. It made me proud that my grandma saw the artist in me before I did. It was a small but important gesture towards nurturing my creativity.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I lived in Austin, TX for six years before we moved to Houston for my husband’s job, and I would really love to move back to Austin. I’m  dreaming of a (little bit) less humid climate, spring-fed pools, more progressive schools for my daughter, amazing local restaurants, multiple independent record shops and the friendly faces of a “small” town.

Creatively, I’m working on developing patterns so that more people can enjoy my designs. And at some point, I would love to be published.

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204 comments

  • SaharsCloset

    SaharsCloset said 6 years ago

    Beautiful interview and I love your costumes. Congratulations on being a featured seller.

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 6 years ago

    Your shop is fantastic! I love your creative designs! Congrats on being a featured seller!

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 6 years ago

    awesome stuff! congrats!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 6 years ago

    Oh, fun, fun, fun! I adore your shop.

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

    So adorable! I loved your cute creations. Congratulations to you on the feature and good luck with everything!

  • SaharsCloset

    SaharsCloset said 6 years ago

    Beautiful costumes and great interview. Congratulations on being a featured seller. I adore your Drink me costume, so creative.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 6 years ago

    Creative costumes. Love them. Congrats on the feature!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

    Those are so cute. Mine are all grown up! Wish they were small again. Congrats on the feature!

  • toriska

    toriska said 6 years ago

    Super cute shop!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Super sweet story! Your costumes are so fun. Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on your success.

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake said 6 years ago

    Cute stuff!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Very creative and cute! Great story! Congrats!

  • handmadebyfaith

    handmadebyfaith said 6 years ago

    I love your work & creativity! Your sushi baby costumes are to die for!! Wish I had a lil one just to put them in it :-) Congrats on being featured, thats really great.

  • artbyheather

    artbyheather said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness...soooo adorable! Congrats on the feature!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Great interview...love your comparison of thrift stores to museums...so true! Congrats on the feature!

  • Maiang14

    Maiang14 said 6 years ago

    your creations are adorable! I love them. Congrats on being featured and more power to you.

  • happybdaytome

    happybdaytome said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop I just love your work :)

  • clairepayne

    clairepayne said 6 years ago

    What a lovely story, and such adorable costumes! Would love your patterns to be available for my little ones! :)

  • wightsails

    wightsails said 6 years ago

    ' .... Taking the time to create something by hand is the highest honor you can give any one thing...' What a wonderful quote!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    love the feature. love your costumes. love your story. my grandpa was an artist and died when i was 5 months old...my grandma also saw the artist in me...and gifted my his pastel set when i was not even 5. i still have that set. thanks for sharing...and congratulations!

  • scipida

    scipida said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Cute and fun shop!

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 6 years ago

    Sooooooooo cute!!

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 6 years ago

    Soooooooooo cute!! :)

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 6 years ago

    These are really adorable costume designs for toddlers. My sister is going to love these.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    Too cute and just in time for Halloween.

  • scrollwork

    scrollwork said 6 years ago

    I love your sense of humor. I envy the fact you had people who nurtured the artist in you. "Frida’s self-portraits remind me that there is beauty in the ugly truth." Right on!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    congratulations on the interview, "art is everywhere" lol. thanks for sharing your story and making me laugh a few times. best of luck to you in the future.

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 6 years ago

    Very fun!! Love you work! ~KK~

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Awesome shop! Congrats!!!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 6 years ago

    What a lucky baby to have so many books at such a tender age!! It's been over 20 years, but I fondly remember the days of reading the same story over and over again-- pretty soon baby will have all of them memorized too!

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!!!!

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek said 6 years ago

    Great costumes! And your story isn't bad too :)

  • Morado

    Morado said 6 years ago

    the customes are so cute! congratulations on the feature!

  • CrankyDogStudio

    CrankyDogStudio said 6 years ago

    Fantastic costumes! Very creative - well done. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 6 years ago

    I love your costumes. It's brings back great memories of me and my neighbor making our kid's costumes every year and making all the other Mom's jealous. Terrific interview - your energy and love for your art really comes through.

  • CozyTouches

    CozyTouches said 6 years ago

    You turned your inspirations into magic. What a fabulous shop! Like you, my most cherished, handmade possessions come from my parents and grandparents, too. They surround me and inspire me. Continue your beautiful work.

  • lauraslastditch

    lauraslastditch said 6 years ago

    I, too, seek out thrift stores when I'm out of town, much to the chagrin of my poor husband!

  • WereRabbit2006

    WereRabbit2006 said 6 years ago

    Super cute costumes :) Congratulation on the featured !

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 6 years ago

    Hee, art IS everywhere. You're so awesome.

  • SisterCreationsVT

    SisterCreationsVT said 6 years ago

    Wonderful costumes! You are a very talented lady! :)

  • LPANTIQUE

    LPANTIQUE said 6 years ago

    great shop

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 6 years ago

    Unusual and fun costumes, congratulations on being featured. Your designs will make wonderful Halloween memories for many families this year.

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse said 6 years ago

    Very cool! Great feature.

  • ADKaromatherapy

    ADKaromatherapy said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed this article so much. Best of luck with your busy season & don't forget to breathe!

  • sugarnums

    sugarnums said 6 years ago

    I loved and related with so much you had to say. You really remind us to not let our own selves hold us back; not to be afraid of what we can accomplish. I too have come to appreciate all things handmade; an appreciation that took time...about 30 years. Congratulations on being a Featured Seller, and best of success to you and your lovely family. Beautiful baby! Love your costumes!!

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 6 years ago

    I loved reading this--you have a wonderful way with expressing yourself--of turning a phrase, and I enjoy the down-to-earthness of your creative self...if I had a kid I'd definitely get it one of your costumes...the Yummy Pie Baby Costume!

  • jackalopetradingco

    jackalopetradingco said 6 years ago

    Super cute, Super Fun - congratulations on the Feature!

  • knittedbybarbara

    knittedbybarbara said 6 years ago

    I loved your article and totally agree! Love your costumes too!!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    So, so cute! Great work! Loved reading your article! Thank you for sharing this with us! Wishing you all the best as you continue to create!

  • BabyOasis

    BabyOasis said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being the featured artist :)

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 6 years ago

    I love your description of thrift stores - I totally agree! Your costumes are adorabl e and I really enjoyed your interview!

  • LaughRabbitJr

    LaughRabbitJr said 6 years ago

    SUCH FUN! Congratulations on the feature and good luck this next month! This year the after Halloween rest you get in November might have to last until January!

  • awoolgatherer

    awoolgatherer said 6 years ago

    A very inspiring interview! As sugarnums above me just wrote, I love and relate with so much you said. Lovely costumes, lovely shop, best wishes for your continuing success! ♥

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt said 6 years ago

    Your shop is super cute! I love the interview - and great sense of humor. Congrats on the feature!

  • Ciaffi

    Ciaffi said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Sara!! Wonderful work!!! :-) :-)

  • ahmusing

    ahmusing said 6 years ago

    Very cute oufits! Congratulations!

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 6 years ago

    I adore your shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    great shop!

  • diasyflores

    diasyflores said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!!!! :-) :-)

  • estheraguirre

    estheraguirre said 6 years ago

    Lots of fun!! Awesome interview Become a follower and get 15% off coupon code + promotions 4 times a year or more!!! www.xocolatlbyesther.blogspot.com

  • cocowagner

    cocowagner said 6 years ago

    Sooo Cute!!!!!!:)

  • chinamommy

    chinamommy said 6 years ago

    Oh my... your work is amazing!! I love your creative, whimsical style!! Congratulations on being featured!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 6 years ago

    Adorable costumes, and what a refreshingly transparent and witty read! Congrats to you and your family : )

  • SimpleSmiles

    SimpleSmiles said 6 years ago

    These are the CUTEST costumes I have ever seen!!! Great job!!

  • violintide

    violintide said 6 years ago

    Great work! Congrats on the feature!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

    Congrats !!! Great interview and the cutest costumes !!!

  • TheCreativeTree

    TheCreativeTree said 6 years ago

    These.. are the most... adorable costumes... I have EVER seen...congrats on the feature, you SO deserve it! :D

  • HopesThree

    HopesThree said 6 years ago

    Your costumes are simply adorable! Congrats on being featured, you have a lovely shop!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 6 years ago

    Oh my! What a great featured seller! Those costumes are fantastic! I love this line from the interview: "Time is our most precious and non-renewable resource." Those words are awesome and I like how they were tied in with your view on what handmade is! Great interview!

  • Lizst

    Lizst said 6 years ago

    Great interview so inspiring! Your costumes are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 6 years ago

    The cutest little peapod ever!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    I love, love ,love your shop!!!! I especially love the companion costumes! So Cute!!!!! Congrats to you and continued success!!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    Such a fun shop!!! Congrats!

  • mandaleighf

    mandaleighf said 6 years ago

    I'm glad you finally saw the truth in the cheesiness! Congrats to you, and here's to your continued success! (Enjoy November, too)

  • Dovetails321

    Dovetails321 said 6 years ago

    I remember my mother making Halloween costumes for my siblings and me when we were very young, before we could complain that our costumes weren't store bought. We didn't understand or appreciate the uniqueness of a home made costume. The 1960's were a much simpler time and my mom had a talent for making simple things fun. Thanks for continuing the tradition and letting me wax nostalgic.

  • blissthings

    blissthings said 6 years ago

    I live in Houston too! So great to read about a wonderful Etsy artist very close by to me. And I went to school in Austin so can understand why you want to be there. Your work is lovely but I am most impressed with your memorizing so many children's books!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 6 years ago

    Your interview is such an entertaining and insightful read; great items as well! Congratulations on the feature!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    so happy to read your interveiw ...i can tell you are a very talented artist ~~ congrats to you !

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 6 years ago

    Very cute!

  • thehoarderscloset

    thehoarderscloset said 6 years ago

    Sara I really loved your interview and the work(art) you make is wonderful and charming. The poison bottle is so fun, the spider and web is great too. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You are beautiful! Art is truly everywhere. Blessings all over you and yours.

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 6 years ago

    ♥ sweet ♥ xoxo

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 6 years ago

    Very cute! :) Congrats on your feature!

  • GwendolynForever

    GwendolynForever said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring interview! Congratulations!♥

  • shellypsoulcircles

    shellypsoulcircles said 6 years ago

    Such a happy smile your creations must put on the faces of so many, including mine! Congratulations!

  • RiverBendFarm

    RiverBendFarm said 6 years ago

    Your interview is very heartfelt. You have certainly been blessed with a talent! Congrats on your feature. You deserve to be in the spotlight.

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 6 years ago

    Congrats

  • noodlehug

    noodlehug said 6 years ago

    Drink Me bottle = Genius, congrats!

  • FlyFreeButterfly

    FlyFreeButterfly said 6 years ago

    Super cute shop! Congratulations on the feature. :)

  • jewelboxballerina

    jewelboxballerina said 6 years ago

    The drink me costume is just so cute and adorable!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your life and shop! I just love all the costumes and my favorite is the cute catsup bottle. So creative. I have visited your shop while doing Treasuries and I am so glad you are on the front page! Just great! I loved reading to my children too! So fun.

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured seller! LOVE the cute costumes.

  • HandmadeMonster

    HandmadeMonster said 6 years ago

    so excited you're featured! Love your costumes :]

  • MissTessaMelissa

    MissTessaMelissa said 6 years ago

    Great interview! I live in Austin, and I agree with everything you said about it. :) Your costumes are so adorable!

  • soap

    soap said 6 years ago

    Great interview - CUTEST store! :)

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    OliveSpoonStudio said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview, and I just love your work! Congrats!!

  • GaHaToe

    GaHaToe said 6 years ago

    congrats on the interview you halloween costumes are too adorable :-)

  • ToothNailTail

    ToothNailTail said 6 years ago

    Great interview and lovely costumes! And Austin is a wonderful place to live :)

  • TheVintageCocktail

    TheVintageCocktail said 6 years ago

    Loved your story about your grandmother. Thanks for sharing. Great insightful interview!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • terabliss

    terabliss said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Love the costumes! :-)

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 6 years ago

    Fantastically talented and a funny and heartwarming story to boot. i loved reading about you, thank you for sharing your lovely work and story with us!

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring interview! I feel the same way about thrift shops...that's why kids love them so much, they can use their tactiles! LOL! Best of luck to you! Aloha

  • suzyssentiments

    suzyssentiments said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your story! You have super cute costumes :) Congratulations on the feature and best wishes for continued success!

  • SarasBeadedBoutique

    SarasBeadedBoutique said 6 years ago

    Love the sushi costumes!! How original = )

  • stephcrane

    stephcrane said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being a featured seller!!! My twin girls will be wearing your French Fry and Ketchup costumes this Halloween!!! Keep up the great work!!

  • theowlshop

    theowlshop said 6 years ago

    Love your unique and creative costumes…I grew up wearing home made costumes that my mom made for me every halloween…soo special. So hard to choose a favorite from your collection! Congrats on the feature!

  • azlynmarie

    azlynmarie said 6 years ago

    Such a great interview! Charming.

  • Goatielocks

    Goatielocks said 6 years ago

    SOOOOO cute!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Super fun! Congrats. ;)

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Super fun. Congrats!

  • stringitalong

    stringitalong said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Fun & Fantastic!!!

  • oldsnapshot

    oldsnapshot said 6 years ago

    You go girl!

  • whack

    whack said 6 years ago

    I hate ketchup, but that little one I can live with ;-). Awesome shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • whack

    whack said 6 years ago

    I hate ketchup, but that one I can live with (-; congrats!

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 said 6 years ago

    congrats!

  • wonkyo

    wonkyo said 6 years ago

    congrats

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great interview, I think its true that the media really warps our perception of the self. Congratulations on being featured, your costumes are really cute!

  • SmallkineCreations

    SmallkineCreations said 6 years ago

    Great work! So cute. Aloha. =)

  • BettyOttesenSewing

    BettyOttesenSewing said 6 years ago

    I love your art- the art of costumes - the art of putting a smile on my face! Wish you the best in business and life! Thanks for sharing. Betty

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns said 6 years ago

    Just love it all!

  • aeliosdesign

    aeliosdesign said 6 years ago

    Great interview. I love your personality! Congrats on being featured!

  • AtelierLeFlamboyant

    AtelierLeFlamboyant said 6 years ago

    love this feature; such a joy to read. Oh and by the way, I love the retro sewing machine!

  • twitchandwhiskers

    twitchandwhiskers said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed your interview. Your designs have the right mix of humor, creativity, and quality design that make them magic! Bravo!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    amazing costumes. fantastic!

  • psucaspurr

    psucaspurr said 6 years ago

    interesting shop

  • gildavelazquez

    gildavelazquez said 6 years ago

    Wow really nice. Fantastic

  • oneartstar

    oneartstar said 6 years ago

    I just LOVE your HUMOR and IDEAS! Re: your seam ripper remember this....As yee SEW, so shall yee RIP! Fondly, Linda Really enjoyed the article......

  • SlippinSouthern

    SlippinSouthern said 6 years ago

    Your costumes are the awesome, they just make you smile to look at them. Congratulation on your feature, enjoy it!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Just so darned cute & clever! Congratulations.

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 6 years ago

    OMG could they be any cuter? Love this

  • myreallycutestuff

    myreallycutestuff said 6 years ago

    Wonderful costumes - you are so clever and creative! Rock on Miss Sara!!!

  • glusk

    glusk said 6 years ago

    These costumes brightened up my evening!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Great interview, awesome shop! Your costumes are adorable ..a baby soy sauce, sushi pack and strawberry?? Love!

  • EminenceDesign

    EminenceDesign said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love your costumes!!! Keep up the great work!

  • impressionsbyjanelle

    impressionsbyjanelle said 6 years ago

    Seeing your costumes makes me wish my kids were little again!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 6 years ago

    I think your 3 months of crazy might've just turned into 6 months of crazy with this interview! Your work is adorable and very well done. Congrats!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    What a great interview! And your costumes are brilliant– they're like none I've ever seen!

  • devikasart

    devikasart said 6 years ago

    Awesome costumes! Congrats!

  • peshka

    peshka said 6 years ago

    This is so cute! Congrats

  • peshka

    peshka said 6 years ago

    This is so cute!

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 6 years ago

    Fabulous costumes - makes me wish my kids were young again! And I love your writing style - hope you are published someday soon!

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl said 6 years ago

    A great story and I especially enjoyed hearing about the wooden easel made by your grandpa and given to you by your grandma! So beautiful to see artists who remember and appreciate loved ones' heartfelt gestures. I'm sure you are making them very proud! Much continued success in your creative endeavors! :)

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 6 years ago

    Interesting personality! Thank you for sharing this story! I love these costumes ideas for kids...

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    So cute! Congrats on the feature!

  • DiReichertsArt

    DiReichertsArt said 6 years ago

    A very funny, yet honest article...congrats

  • ErinAntiques

    ErinAntiques said 6 years ago

    so cute!

  • adragonflyandabee

    adragonflyandabee said 6 years ago

    I love your costumes! So wonderful!

  • HelenesDreams

    HelenesDreams said 6 years ago

    WOW! I really love your shop. I also love sushi!!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 6 years ago

    Very original and cute work!!Congratulations on being featured!

  • ArtZakkaByMitchie

    ArtZakkaByMitchie said 6 years ago

    I LOVE your costumes! I didn't know Sushi and Soy Sause could be turned out this much cute stuff!

  • MermaidEssentials

    MermaidEssentials said 6 years ago

    Your shop is amazing and your interview is inspiring. I love the strong bonds you have with your family, great images are invoked in the lines you wrote about your grandmother sewing with you for your dolls and teddies. Frida Kahlo is a hero of mine too. You are a creative kindred spirit--best of luck in all aspects of your life. Thank you for sharing your talents and story!

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 6 years ago

    What is cuter, the costumes or the models? Great feature. Congrats!

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish said 6 years ago

    Love your shop!! Wish I had a baby to put in the sushi costume :)

  • seule771

    seule771 said 6 years ago

    I like what you said about: "Taking the time to create something by hand is the highest honor you can give any one thing."

  • JulienDenoyer

    JulienDenoyer said 6 years ago

    Ohhh your shop is just the cutest...you can't go wrong working with children, they are the pride and joy of every parent!!! Congrats on the feature and the best of luck going forward!!!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    super cute. that elvis quilt is amazing.

  • post082010

    post082010 said 6 years ago

    wonderful

  • ThePinkDillo

    ThePinkDillo said 6 years ago

    oh my goodness - super cute costumes - I LOVE the sushi ones!! Congrats on the feature!!

  • EquusImprint

    EquusImprint said 6 years ago

    bravo! you seem very innovative and intelligent. I especially love and agree with how you describe "time" and the importance of handmade things & art

  • BittersweetDelight

    BittersweetDelight said 6 years ago

    Your stuff is adorable! And Austin would love to have you back! Austin thrives on creative people! It's the best city..probably in the world! ;)

  • JDanger

    JDanger said 6 years ago

    Such adorable things! Very creative and talented!

  • CrabappleVintage

    CrabappleVintage said 6 years ago

    Great interview and costumes! I like the part about thrift stores being like museums where you can touch everything and bring items home. Indeed!

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 6 years ago

    Adorably-unique costumes...love them! Congrats on being the Featured Seller. :)

  • Crafts2Cherish

    Crafts2Cherish said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful shop and great article!Congrats on the feature Sara!!!

  • rosebudoriginals

    rosebudoriginals said 6 years ago

    Absolutely LOVED this interview! Great insight into who the creator is behind all the talent & creativity. Wishing you much success in all your endeavors!

  • smileykylie97

    smileykylie97 said 6 years ago

    What whimsical, adorable creations! All the best! xoxo

  • tweal

    tweal said 6 years ago

    Very nice work - congrats on the feature!

  • eecampcrest9

    eecampcrest9 said 6 years ago

    I sooooooooooooooooooo enjoyed reading your article...I too, appreciate and admire Frida Kahlo....she sooooo touched my son...after he was in almost fatal accident...Recovering from it caused him to appreciate his creative ability that he is pursuing a major in art in college...Thanks for your wonderful words. I love your creative unique costumes...

  • CelebrateToday

    CelebrateToday said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Love your interview and it made me wish you lived next door so we could chat every day. :)

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled said 6 years ago

    Hello from a fellow midwest girl. Loved your story. And those costumes are absolutely adorable. You are very talented.

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    OMG, your costumes are too cute!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 6 years ago

    Your costumes are adorable! Many Halloweens ago my brother got to wear a fox costume that my Mother handmade for him - I couldn't wait until I was big enough to wear it myself.

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 6 years ago

    Your hard work definitely shows. Congratulations on your feature and all the best to you and your family!

  • TheBerryPress

    TheBerryPress said 6 years ago

    Great artical, love the kids costumes. We moved a few years ago for my husbands job and I miss where we came from, so I hope you too get to move back to the place you love.

  • trishas

    trishas said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop! I know exactly what you mean when you hear those words "just do whatever, I trust you!" extremely scary rush :-) keep it up!! you have a great talent!

  • jechorydesigns

    jechorydesigns said 6 years ago

    The costumes and children are adorable! Congrats!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Your costumes are so cute! I love the Kikkoman Bottle Kids Costume.

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative said 6 years ago

    Your creations are so adorable. Congrats!! I enjoyed your interview. You're blessed with a family that nurtured and supported your creativity.

  • happybirthdayshop

    happybirthdayshop said 6 years ago

    What a fun feature! Thank you for sharing, your shop is wonderful!

  • pineapplepetekids

    pineapplepetekids said 6 years ago

    Love, love, love your shop! Beautiful & fun little works of art.

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview. Thanks so much for sharing and you are right, art is everywhere.

  • lynncorr

    lynncorr said 6 years ago

    Creating makes us more God-like. We get to be part of the big picture. A true artist finds joy in inspiring others. Thanks for the inspiration, I needed it! Lynn

  • ForeverLoveDesigns

    ForeverLoveDesigns said 6 years ago

    So cute!

  • NelliKivinen

    NelliKivinen said 6 years ago

    Gotta love the strawberry <3

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    go sara !.................. that's what it's all about............... making others smile ! big kids and little kids alike ! Childrens books are the best................... when your daughter is older, you MUST buy all the Roald Dahl books - fantastic ! All the best olive x

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 6 years ago

    Awesome thoughts and the cutest costumes-congrats!

  • LishaJune83

    LishaJune83 said 6 years ago

    "The value of handmade items is measured in the energy, creativity and, most of all, the time it takes to make them. Time is our most precious and non-renewable resource. Taking the time to create something by hand is the highest honor you can give any one thing." Very Well Said, absolutely beautiful. I was inspired Thank you!

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 6 years ago

    This makes me want to have a kid! Just for Halloween :) Can we make that happen? Great interview...she's very talented!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern said 6 years ago

    OOOOOHHH WOWWWWW!! YOU'RE SOOoOOo TALENTED. I LOVE YOUR CUTE COSTUMES!!!!!!

  • teepetals

    teepetals said 6 years ago

    Those costumes are adorable!!!!!!!

  • JanitaLeePhotography

    JanitaLeePhotography said 6 years ago

    Wow! Love all of your little costumes! I am making my son a costume this year, first time with a sewing machine, aahh! I couldn't imagine a house full of costumes! Great work I love seeing little ones with something other than spiderman or dora walking door to door!!!

  • minibytes

    minibytes said 6 years ago

    AAAAAAH Those sushi costumes are the cutest thing EVER. I would live in Austin in a second if I could! And I've been stuck saying "Art is everywhere" as well and then hung my head in shame. It does sound cheesy, but it is true! Thanks for sharing!

  • NannyMadeandfound

    NannyMadeandfound said 6 years ago

    Fabulous interview. I loved reading your story. You are truly an artist!

  • lisaspurse

    lisaspurse said 6 years ago

    I love the title of your memoir - Me and My Ergonomic Seam Ripper: An Old Fashioned Love Story. She completes me. I feel the same way bout my Ergonomic Seam Ripper. I feel like I should take her with me when I go places.... No not really but it she not where I need her when I need her I get frustrated!! Great article, wonderful creativity - keep up the outstanding inspiration!

  • lisaspurse

    lisaspurse said 6 years ago

    I can also identify with your comment "with the media shoving an impossibly idealized woman down my throat at every turn, I’m sometimes afraid of my own shadow." I'm sure alot of women do identify with it you are sooooo right!! It's crazy and it's way out of hand. Thank you for speaking the truth!!

  • mybabygirlsboutique

    mybabygirlsboutique said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed your blog. Your work is AWESOME!! I just opened my Etsy shop and havent had any responses yet but I have hope that someone will be interested in my creations because I really enjoy design and making crafts. Reading your blog inspired me to continue with my shop and to not loose hope. Your an amazing woman. I have two little ones I know that just with them your life is BUSY but reading that your a mom and have your own Etsy shop I can also do it. Please hope the best for my shop!

  • mybabygirlsboutique

    mybabygirlsboutique said 6 years ago

    You are so awesome so if you have any advice of what I can do to get responses and purchases on my shop I am completely open to any advice. Thank you!

  • catiques

    catiques said 6 years ago

    very talented lady. Congrats on the article. I really do like your shop items. Your daughter has many creative years ahead. :)

  • DaddleLei

    DaddleLei said 6 years ago

    Wow lovely story.

  • PowderButterfly

    PowderButterfly said 6 years ago

    Its between the apple candy head band and the baby sushi costume for me. Amazing work!!

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 6 years ago

    Unique costumes. Such talent.

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