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Featured Seller: Rebyc

Nov 25, 2011

by arebycdesign

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

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

 

NEW///Oxford Sling in Sage Green Leather with Horween Leather Handles and Clip On Messenger
NEW///Oxford Sling in Sage Green Leather with Horween Leather Handles and Clip On Messenger
arebycdesign
$158.00 USD
Oregon Wool and Vintage Military Canvas Pouch with Clip on Wrist Strap//Reversible
Oregon Wool and Vintage Military Canvas Pouch with Clip on Wrist Strap//Reversible
arebycdesign
$48.00 USD
For Rawna//NEW//JOSEPHINE Shopper In Hunter Green Leather with Brown Horween Leather Accents and Clip on Adjustable Strap
For Rawna//NEW//JOSEPHINE Shopper In Hunter Green Leather with Brown Horween Leather Accents and Clip on Adjustable Strap
arebycdesign
$354.00 USD
NEW//Agatha in Oregon Wool and Teal Leather with Adjustable Messenger Strap
NEW//Agatha in Oregon Wool and Teal Leather with Adjustable Messenger Strap
arebycdesign
$224.00 USD
NEW// XL Oxford Single///Military Canvas, Hand Woven Peruvian Textile, and Brown Leather with Clip on Wrist Strap ///Fold Over Clutch
NEW// XL Oxford Single///Military Canvas, Hand Woven Peruvian Textile, and Brown Leather with Clip on Wrist Strap ///Fold Over Clutch
arebycdesign
$74.00 USD
NEW///Oxford Sling in Vintage Military Canvas with Primitive Wool Textile and Horween Leather Tote Straps
NEW///Oxford Sling in Vintage Military Canvas with Primitive Wool Textile and Horween Leather Tote Straps
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$224.00 USD
SAMPLE//Blue Lambskin Cross Body with Shearing and Pettite Black Leather Messenger Strap
SAMPLE//Blue Lambskin Cross Body with Shearing and Pettite Black Leather Messenger Strap
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$84.00 USD
For Jenny//Muriel/// Vintage Brown Leather Jacket with Clip On Purse Strap
For Jenny//Muriel/// Vintage Brown Leather Jacket with Clip On Purse Strap
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$244.00 USD
NEW//JOSEPHINE Shopper In Camel Brown, and Magenta Leather with Brown Horween Leather Accents
NEW//JOSEPHINE Shopper In Camel Brown, and Magenta Leather with Brown Horween Leather Accents
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$324.00 USD
NEW//Agatha in Oregon Wool and Mixed Brown Leather with Adjustable Messenger Strap
NEW//Agatha in Oregon Wool and Mixed Brown Leather with Adjustable Messenger Strap
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$218.00 USD
NEW///JOSEPHINE Traveler In Vintage Military Canvas, 1970's Wool Blazer, and Brown Leather
NEW///JOSEPHINE Traveler In Vintage Military Canvas, 1970's Wool Blazer, and Brown Leather
arebycdesign
$244.00 USD
SAMPLE ///XL Oxford Sling in Vintage Needle Work, Retro Denim, and Military CanvasBrown with Horween Leather Tote Straps
SAMPLE ///XL Oxford Sling in Vintage Needle Work, Retro Denim, and Military CanvasBrown with Horween Leather Tote Straps
arebycdesign
$156.00 USD
NEW///Oxford Duffle in Magenta Leather Horween Leather Tote Straps
NEW///Oxford Duffle in Magenta Leather Horween Leather Tote Straps
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$152.00 USD
SAMPLE///Vintage Military Canvas and Primitive Textile Pillow
SAMPLE///Vintage Military Canvas and Primitive Textile Pillow
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$54.00 USD
SAMPLE///Vintage Military Canvas and Oregon Wool Pillow
SAMPLE///Vintage Military Canvas and Oregon Wool Pillow
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$74.00 USD
Perforated Suede and Neon Blue Leather Pouch//Reversible
Perforated Suede and Neon Blue Leather Pouch//Reversible
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$34.00 USD
SUMMER///Oxford in Vintage Studded Denim, and Blue Leather with Clip On Double Adjustable Messenger Strap
SUMMER///Oxford in Vintage Studded Denim, and Blue Leather with Clip On Double Adjustable Messenger Strap
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$98.00 USD

323 comments

  • peshka

    peshka said 4 years ago

    Love your work!!!!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 4 years ago

    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!

  • peshka

    peshka said 4 years ago

    Love your work !!!

  • Stormscapestudio

    Stormscapestudio said 4 years ago

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

  • groovyholly

    groovyholly said 4 years ago

    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.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 4 years ago

    Your story is inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 4 years ago

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

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom said 4 years ago

    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 :)

  • MistyAurora

    MistyAurora said 4 years ago

    Fantastic work! Congrats on the feature :)

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 4 years ago

    very cool!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 4 years ago

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

  • rickrackshack

    rickrackshack said 4 years ago

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

  • miznovember

    miznovember said 4 years ago

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

  • sparklinglotusdesign

    sparklinglotusdesign said 4 years ago

    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!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Fabulous bags. Love the part about Paris.

  • homedecorlab

    homedecorlab said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congrats on the feature!

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 4 years ago

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

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    OliveSpoonStudio said 4 years ago

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

  • melaniefavreau

    melaniefavreau said 4 years ago

    Beautiful bags! Congratulations! :)

  • ArigigiArt

    ArigigiArt said 4 years ago

    love your bags! congrats for featuring!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 4 years ago

    Great one! Congrats on the feature!!!

  • BJCLoveOfArt

    BJCLoveOfArt said 4 years ago

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

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 4 years ago

    Beautiful bags! Congratulations! :)

  • KONTAKT

    KONTAKT said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Loving the bags!

  • ParkBoulevard

    ParkBoulevard said 4 years ago

    Beautiful

  • cindymars7

    cindymars7 said 4 years ago

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

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 4 years ago

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

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Uterlly gorgeous!!!!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 4 years ago

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

  • stitchintimepatterns

    stitchintimepatterns said 4 years ago

    Great work!!! Loved the interview.

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 4 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! Your bags are fantabulous.

  • MeliImages

    MeliImages said 4 years ago

    Beautiful handbags!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

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

  • evita17

    evita17 said 4 years ago

    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.

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 4 years ago

    your bags are totally awesome :)

  • MissTessaMelissa

    MissTessaMelissa said 4 years ago

    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. :)

  • aiek

    aiek said 4 years ago

    Superfab! Awesome work and congrats on your feature.

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 4 years ago

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

  • houseofchilders

    houseofchilders said 4 years ago

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

  • dobleele

    dobleele said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! :) Congrats!!!

  • artpapers

    artpapers said 4 years ago

    "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!

  • JewelryBySS

    JewelryBySS said 4 years ago

    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

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 4 years ago

    Beautiful bags! I love your work. :)

  • structuredchaos

    structuredchaos said 4 years ago

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

  • WalkersStics

    WalkersStics said 4 years ago

    Your Awesome!

  • carrierossman

    carrierossman said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous bags! Great story!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 4 years ago

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

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 4 years ago

    sweet bags! congrats!

  • blackelm

    blackelm said 4 years ago

    amazing interview! in love with your handbags!

  • FoundOnThePrairie

    FoundOnThePrairie said 4 years ago

    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!

  • NorthWoodworks

    NorthWoodworks said 4 years ago

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

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 4 years ago

    Nice work! Congratulations!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

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

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 4 years ago

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

  • FiberNFringeScarves

    FiberNFringeScarves said 4 years ago

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

  • webgyrl

    webgyrl said 4 years ago

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

  • AnnealedHeart

    AnnealedHeart said 4 years ago

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

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 4 years ago

    gorgeous and endearing.

  • HarmonyGardenDesigns

    HarmonyGardenDesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • AdaRosman

    AdaRosman said 4 years ago

    Congrats! Your bags are absolutely lovely!!!!

  • 3greenstrings

    3greenstrings said 4 years ago

    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

  • mineingcitygals

    mineingcitygals said 4 years ago

    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 = - )

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 4 years ago

    Neat work! Congrats on your feature!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 4 years ago

    Great bags! Congratulations...

  • HarmonyGardenDesigns

    HarmonyGardenDesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • carriecrafts

    carriecrafts said 4 years ago

    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~

  • Susanstahl941

    Susanstahl941 said 4 years ago

    Beautiful bags! Inspiring!

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy said 4 years ago

    beautiful

  • ecochic

    ecochic said 4 years ago

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

  • minouette

    minouette said 4 years ago

    you make lovely things

  • babiesandbabes

    babiesandbabes said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! well done!

  • homespunspecialties

    homespunspecialties said 4 years ago

    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!

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry said 4 years ago

    I JUST LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 4 years ago

    I really love your work space

  • aamtao

    aamtao said 4 years ago

    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! :)

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 4 years ago

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

  • DaniCalve

    DaniCalve said 4 years ago

    Beautiful inside and out.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on your feature!

  • freesoul

    freesoul said 4 years ago

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

  • MemoriesOfTheSea

    MemoriesOfTheSea said 4 years ago

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

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

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

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry said 4 years ago

    wow! love your style, love your bags.

  • silentmoments

    silentmoments said 4 years ago

    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!

  • modernrubbishsf

    modernrubbishsf said 4 years ago

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

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 4 years ago

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

  • SparkleLynn

    SparkleLynn said 4 years ago

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

  • chiquiita

    chiquiita said 4 years ago

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

  • kmcandlesandbody

    kmcandlesandbody said 4 years ago

    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!

  • GoodAndOld

    GoodAndOld said 4 years ago

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

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 4 years ago

    cute girl w/ such cute bags!!!

  • mlissrunyon

    mlissrunyon said 4 years ago

    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

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 4 years ago

    cute shop!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 4 years ago

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

  • terrymillsphoto

    terrymillsphoto said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • SDesignpersonalcare

    SDesignpersonalcare said 4 years ago

    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.

  • dollmeat

    dollmeat said 4 years ago

    Wow! Great bags and really inspiring interview.Congrats!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • LilacBlueCreations

    LilacBlueCreations said 4 years ago

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

  • Ms2SweetVintage

    Ms2SweetVintage said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, nice bags !

  • morechenillechateau

    morechenillechateau said 4 years ago

    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!

  • QuimsyCo

    QuimsyCo said 4 years ago

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

  • PiacereMioPaperie

    PiacereMioPaperie said 4 years ago

    Your designs are inspiring! Wonderful work! Congratulations

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 4 years ago

    Like her purses. REally like her attitude.

  • GingerLilyVintage

    GingerLilyVintage said 4 years ago

    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 !

  • CocoBijou

    CocoBijou said 4 years ago

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

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 4 years ago

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

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim said 4 years ago

    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.

  • irishbabies

    irishbabies said 4 years ago

    Congrats I love your store

  • lisagagnon

    lisagagnon said 4 years ago

    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.

  • OneInAMillinery

    OneInAMillinery said 4 years ago

    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."

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 4 years ago

    very nice.. congrats

  • melissasnead4

    melissasnead4 said 4 years ago

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

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty said 4 years ago

    Congrats!

  • ThreadWest

    ThreadWest said 4 years ago

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

  • kararane

    kararane said 4 years ago

    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

  • QPeeLove

    QPeeLove said 4 years ago

    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!

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work.. Congrats !!!!

  • deepfried

    deepfried said 4 years ago

    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!

  • anticovalore

    anticovalore said 4 years ago

    wonderful interview and works!

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    EggMoneyQuilts said 4 years ago

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

  • ScissorwizardDesigns

    ScissorwizardDesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • patricepastel

    patricepastel said 4 years ago

    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!

  • hydratethecat

    hydratethecat said 4 years ago

    Fantastic! Absolute love.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 4 years ago

    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.

  • texturemix

    texturemix said 4 years ago

    Love your shop and I love my bag! :)

  • evaandmaries

    evaandmaries said 4 years ago

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

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous bags!

  • Pinkmind

    Pinkmind said 4 years ago

    Amazing shop!I love your work!Congrats!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 4 years ago

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

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin said 4 years ago

    Congrats on being featured. Great interview and merchandise.

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 4 years ago

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

  • u108119

    u108119 said 4 years ago

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

  • TforEdgar

    TforEdgar said 4 years ago

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

  • SassySisterVintage

    SassySisterVintage said 4 years ago

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

  • katyhale

    katyhale said 4 years ago

    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

  • Skyporcelainantiques

    Skyporcelainantiques said 4 years ago

    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

  • NewVintageHomewares

    NewVintageHomewares said 4 years ago

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

  • jacknjilldesigns

    jacknjilldesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 4 years ago

    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!

  • Doraeandme

    Doraeandme said 4 years ago

    Wonderful! Love this!

  • KPlager

    KPlager said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • MaydasGifts

    MaydasGifts said 4 years ago

    You are AWESOME!!

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign said 4 years ago

    Love your stuff... wow!

  • mcouchouron

    mcouchouron said 4 years ago

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

  • birchbaykay

    birchbaykay said 4 years ago

    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

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • Bmbyx

    Bmbyx said 4 years ago

    How AWESOME!!! :o)

  • mark13148

    mark13148 said 4 years ago

    Love the bags!

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 4 years ago

    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.

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and great story!!

  • wildfireatheart

    wildfireatheart said 4 years ago

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

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 4 years ago

    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

  • Castyourbread

    Castyourbread said 4 years ago

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

  • PeeledBananasToGo

    PeeledBananasToGo said 4 years ago

    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!

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 4 years ago

    Very cool designs

  • LauraBoyea

    LauraBoyea said 4 years ago

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

  • BiomedDesign

    BiomedDesign said 4 years ago

    good taste and style.

  • SunshinExpressions

    SunshinExpressions said 4 years ago

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

  • PoshBinky

    PoshBinky said 4 years ago

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

  • LoveFromCapeCod

    LoveFromCapeCod said 4 years ago

    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

  • DejaReViewGreenArts

    DejaReViewGreenArts said 4 years ago

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

  • SageHandCrafts

    SageHandCrafts said 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work!!

  • skinbyalicia

    skinbyalicia said 4 years ago

    I love your work!!!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 4 years ago

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

  • HandmadebyKZfeltZ

    HandmadebyKZfeltZ said 4 years ago

    Love your work and your outlook on life :-)

  • naturalwooddesign

    naturalwooddesign said 4 years ago

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

  • AddieLou

    AddieLou said 4 years ago

    Love! Such an inspiration!

  • sweetrhubarb

    sweetrhubarb said 4 years ago

    Love that you are loved! Congrats stephy!!

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard said 4 years ago

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

  • aeliosdesign

    aeliosdesign said 4 years ago

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

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 4 years ago

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

  • zizolabel

    zizolabel said 4 years ago

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

  • thebestart1122

    thebestart1122 said 4 years ago

    My wife love your bags. Good luck!!

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 4 years ago

    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.

  • riverpinesart

    riverpinesart said 4 years ago

    Great story, best of luck to you!

  • Donauluft

    Donauluft said 4 years ago

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

  • sballgurl072005

    sballgurl072005 said 4 years ago

    Great job being a featurred artist! Congrats :)

  • PetersBride

    PetersBride said 4 years ago

    Lovely work! Wishing you continued success!

  • TheMacsX

    TheMacsX said 4 years ago

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

  • belokrinitski

    belokrinitski said 4 years ago

    the bags are so cute! good luck!

  • thejewelryboxx

    thejewelryboxx said 4 years ago

    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

  • quiltitems4u

    quiltitems4u said 4 years ago

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

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled said 4 years ago

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

  • TheCreativeBeast

    TheCreativeBeast said 4 years ago

    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 =-)

  • jdizaclothingco

    jdizaclothingco said 4 years ago

    I like the way it's designed

  • traceydumont

    traceydumont said 4 years ago

    Loving your work..beautiful! :)

  • shantyirish

    shantyirish said 4 years ago

    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

  • LGAjewelry

    LGAjewelry said 4 years ago

    Loved your story! Whishing you great success!

  • solcreator

    solcreator said 4 years ago

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

  • marieowltoinette

    marieowltoinette said 4 years ago

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

  • eizhowa

    eizhowa said 4 years ago

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

  • danielsfamilypottery

    danielsfamilypottery said 4 years ago

    LOVE from eugene

  • CypressHouse

    CypressHouse said 4 years ago

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

  • margaretandellen

    margaretandellen said 4 years ago

    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!

  • thelillytree

    thelillytree said 4 years ago

    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

  • PouchStyle

    PouchStyle said 4 years ago

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

  • MichRen247

    MichRen247 said 4 years ago

    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!

  • SimplyClassicGifts

    SimplyClassicGifts said 4 years ago

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

  • manakahandmade

    manakahandmade said 4 years ago

    Love this interview (^_^) great inspiration x

  • georgeworks

    georgeworks said 4 years ago

    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.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 4 years ago

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

  • socksbykathy

    socksbykathy said 4 years ago

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

  • MrsSamad

    MrsSamad said 4 years ago

    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!!! ;)

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 4 years ago

    I love your shop :)

  • KuduCards

    KuduCards said 4 years ago

    Love the bags! Nice interview! Good luck!

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 4 years ago

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

  • GlitterOrnaments

    GlitterOrnaments said 4 years ago

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

  • TreasuryShop

    TreasuryShop said 4 years ago

    Great Article. Nice hand bags, I leather feathers.

  • YouniquesRings

    YouniquesRings said 4 years ago

    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!! =)

  • brtilley

    brtilley said 4 years ago

    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!

  • VelvetTeacup

    VelvetTeacup said 4 years ago

    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.

  • houndsome

    houndsome said 4 years ago

    Love your rad bags and rad hair!

  • CynsibleCreations

    CynsibleCreations said 4 years ago

    That is a feel good story. Congrats.

  • madefromtheocean

    madefromtheocean said 4 years ago

    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

  • avelune

    avelune said 4 years ago

    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.

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 4 years ago

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

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 4 years ago

    Congrats

  • TailedBluePhotos

    TailedBluePhotos said 4 years ago

    Love the bags! fun read :)

  • MoreThanStitches

    MoreThanStitches said 4 years ago

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

  • emwi

    emwi said 4 years ago

    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.

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative said 4 years ago

    Awesome pieces!!! I love your beautiful hair.

  • perebags

    perebags said 4 years ago

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

  • CozyTouches

    CozyTouches said 4 years ago

    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

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce said 4 years ago

    Loving your bags! Congrats!!

  • SierrasSunshine

    SierrasSunshine said 4 years ago

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

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta said 4 years ago

    awesome!

  • elleandcompany

    elleandcompany said 4 years ago

    awesome!! Love it all so much

  • aCalliopeWoman

    aCalliopeWoman said 4 years ago

    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!

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland said 4 years ago

    "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!

  • Shab2Chic

    Shab2Chic said 4 years ago

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

  • kiranofindaly

    kiranofindaly said 4 years ago

    Jolly good bags!

  • celineandkate

    celineandkate said 4 years ago

    awesome bags! congrats!

  • ironweeds

    ironweeds said 4 years ago

    nothing like a good leather crafter, wonderful designs <3

  • CashmereRose

    CashmereRose said 4 years ago

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

  • RetroFlirt

    RetroFlirt said 4 years ago

    Great OOAK bags and hair!

  • KnellyBean

    KnellyBean said 4 years ago

    gorgeous items!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed this interview. Nice feather detail on the bags.

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie said 4 years ago

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

  • BeadoRama123

    BeadoRama123 said 4 years ago

    Amazing concept and great bags!

  • GypsyDreamz

    GypsyDreamz said 4 years ago

    Love your bags! Great interview!

  • beatroad

    beatroad said 4 years ago

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

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 4 years ago

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

  • PanKiMade

    PanKiMade said 4 years ago

    Lovely bags, and great interview too!

  • PacoandLupe

    PacoandLupe said 4 years ago

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

  • Zalavintage

    Zalavintage said 4 years ago

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

  • Tigerseyecrafts

    Tigerseyecrafts said 4 years ago

    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.

  • DukeCreekStudios

    DukeCreekStudios said 4 years ago

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

  • sublimeexpressions

    sublimeexpressions said 4 years ago

    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.

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 4 years ago

    Great bags! Congrats on the interview and feature.

  • sweetsere

    sweetsere said 4 years ago

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

  • sweetsere

    sweetsere said 4 years ago

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

  • sweetsere

    sweetsere said 4 years ago

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

  • sweetsere

    sweetsere said 4 years ago

    Congrats! A Eugene Oregon Etsy Team member!

  • ModernOrganicDesign

    ModernOrganicDesign said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. You Inspire me.

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 4 years ago

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

  • JasonSuede

    JasonSuede said 4 years ago

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

  • ccdoodle

    ccdoodle said 4 years ago

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

  • nicrohr

    nicrohr said 4 years ago

    Great bags-- and AWESOME curls!! :)

  • auntyanndesigns

    auntyanndesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • missgray71

    missgray71 said 4 years ago

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

  • HISHandMaidenUSA

    HISHandMaidenUSA said 4 years ago

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

  • BookendsandBows

    BookendsandBows said 4 years ago

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

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 4 years ago

    Beautiful bags, congrats on the feature! Nicely done.

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts said 4 years ago

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

  • nicoahsmeem

    nicoahsmeem said 4 years ago

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

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 4 years ago

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

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving said 4 years ago

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

  • bluewhisperangels

    bluewhisperangels said 4 years ago

    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!

  • gkdecorate

    gkdecorate said 4 years ago

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

  • kelseylynndesigns

    kelseylynndesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 4 years ago

    Lovely! :)

  • squareonesculptures

    squareonesculptures said 4 years ago

    Love it, Love the story!

  • carolbroadleypottery

    carolbroadleypottery said 4 years ago

    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!

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio said 4 years ago

    Awesome bags !

  • YaYJewelry

    YaYJewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • rpreserved

    rpreserved said 4 years ago

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

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 4 years ago

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

  • sweetallison

    sweetallison said 4 years ago

    gorgeous, and YAY FOR CURLY HAIR!

  • deneicer

    deneicer said 4 years ago

    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?!?

  • divelegant

    divelegant said 4 years ago

    congrats!

  • SheCountsCrows

    SheCountsCrows said 4 years ago

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

  • tsheva

    tsheva said 4 years ago

    Congrats! You make such beautiful bags :)

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congratulations on the feature!

  • Rockmanhalv

    Rockmanhalv said 4 years ago

    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.

  • theartlyons

    theartlyons said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • Cabruca

    Cabruca said 4 years ago

    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!

  • saltairstudio

    saltairstudio said 4 years ago

    Thank you, your interview was refreshingly inspirational!

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 4 years ago

    congrats!

  • kroniclejewelry

    kroniclejewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • bourbonslushie

    bourbonslushie said 4 years ago

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

  • KarolinFelix

    KarolinFelix said 4 years ago

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

  • EnglishShop

    EnglishShop said 4 years ago

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

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 4 years ago

    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!!!!

  • leatherExpressions

    leatherExpressions said 4 years ago

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

  • TheMechanicalKoi

    TheMechanicalKoi said 4 years ago

    i love your hair!!!

  • oldwellhouse

    oldwellhouse said 4 years ago

    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.

  • iris756

    iris756 said 4 years ago

    I love it!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

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

  • ohzie

    ohzie said 4 years ago

    beautiful :O) congrats on being feature seller!!

  • craftylittlecritters

    craftylittlecritters said 4 years ago

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

  • AKingsThings

    AKingsThings said 4 years ago

    What away to go... Fab

  • TrashyButClassy

    TrashyButClassy said 4 years ago

    Congratulations~ great interview!

  • ConstantGalore

    ConstantGalore said 4 years ago

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

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs said 4 years ago

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

  • LiberalSmarts

    LiberalSmarts said 4 years ago

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

  • ButterworthandBee

    ButterworthandBee said 4 years ago

    Really nice work!

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage said 4 years ago

    What great bags! Love your hair too!

  • OceanSpiritJewelry

    OceanSpiritJewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • skullyglam

    skullyglam said 4 years ago

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

  • Azmera

    Azmera said 4 years ago

    very very inspiring~

  • delightfuldownsizing

    delightfuldownsizing said 4 years ago

    Your interview was inspirational! LOVE your hair!

  • sduran101

    sduran101 said 4 years ago

    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.

  • beeluckylady

    beeluckylady said 4 years ago

    Love your bags!!

  • JennyLouDarling

    JennyLouDarling said 4 years ago

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

  • fairyspells2010

    fairyspells2010 said 4 years ago

    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

  • anointedliving

    anointedliving said 4 years ago

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

  • signsofmylife

    signsofmylife said 4 years ago

  • bubblecakes

    Jessica Misak from bubblecakes said 4 years ago

    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!

  • summerfang

    Zhou Fang said 4 years ago

    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

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