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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Let Me Introduce You To:

We have decided that because ECS has become so large, we don't have a chance to get to know all the members the way we would like, so we came up with an idea to pick a couple members each month to interview and feature on the blog. This is strickly random and not manditory. If you are picked at do not want to be interviewed that is fine too. All you would have to do is let us know and we will choose someone else. This is a great way to get to know each other and to promote yourself. With that being said, Let me introduce you to: Sandi Bodnarchuk.
Sandi is from Tyndall, Manitoba, Canada. Sandi sells on Etsy and Ebay, and would love to have her own website and hopefully that will come soon. She also sells to friendswho knows she always has something available if they are looking for a gift. Sandi's blog is http://www.forheartandhome.blogspot.com/ and you might want to give her a visit, leave a nice comment and see some of the things she has been up to.
When asked how she got her start at the sewing machine, I was very surprised and excited to hear the following story: "I started sewing at a very young age on my mother's old Singer treadle sewing machine. I was too small to reach the treadle, so my sister would work it with her hands and I would sew. I would tell her when to start and stop - I have to admit I got my fingers caught more than a few times because she didn't stop in time.
"Sandi went on to tell us, "I started by making doll clothes - no Barbie dolls in those days, but I had a tiny doll I kept very well dressed. Then I started sewing clothing when I got pregnant, and made all my maternity clothes. It just progressed from there - sewing for my daughter when she was little, designing and sewing her graduation dress with no pattern. I made it out of an old bedsheet first, then when it got to be what I wanted, I used the real fabric. The most cherished item I sewed was my granddaughter's Christening dress and hat when she was baptized. I have always done crafts of one kind of another. I am the happiest when I am creating and there are a lot of nights that I wake up with an idea and have to suppress the urge to get up and start making it at 2:00 a.m."

This is a very talented lady, Sandi also paints. She is self taught! Sandi loves to paint roses on anything that she can find, especially old discarded items. I love to make Victorian inspired items, pillows, sachets, wall hangings, door hangers and totes. I especially enjoy making guest towels from vintage damask tablecloths, porch pillows from vintage tablecloths, Valentine and Christmas stockings, friendship balls, pin cushions, hand bags, market bags, pillows with vintage graphics, rag rugs, hanging sachets, pot holders and embellished hangers. Almost all of my items contain either vintage lace, vintage crochet, vintage embroidery or vintage mother of pearl buttons. I love taking a beautiful piece of fabric and embellishing it with something old that may have otherwise been thrown away.I think one thing that we always love to hear is where artists get their start. "My mother.
When I was growing up I didn't have a bought coat until I left home. My mother sewed all of our winter coats and almost everything we wore. She made all her own clothes and in the early years, moms didn't wear slacks or jeans. She always had on a pretty skirt with a matching blouse or a dress. Every Easter she made us new outfits to wear to church and would buy us matching hats and new shoes. My mother had wonderful fashion sense and I hope some of it rubbed off on me.
Sandi has been crafting, sewing and painting ever since I have been married and that will be 47 years on June 1st. When asked what Sandi likes to collect, she told us this, " I collect depression glass dishes, pink in the pattern Buttons and Bows (also known as Holiday.) My collection was started by actual pieces that were my mothers that she had received as wedding gifts when she got married, so those pieces especially mean a lot to me. I also collect figurines of old people. I only buy them when we are on a vacation somewhere, therefore meaning something specific to me - a time and a place - a happy memory.
Last but not least, I asked her what she has learned or gained from all of this and she told us: I especially cherish the friendships I have made through crafting and selling. I have learned so much from these new friends, be it computer help (I am computer challenged) ideas for creating, and sounding boards and encouragement to put myself out there and try new things. I thank all of them from the bottom of my heart. I hope someday we all have such great success with our crafting that we can afford to meet someplace fun and hang out as girlfriends. What a hoot that would be.

You can visit Sandi's etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/sandisstuff
I hope you have enjoyed a peek into Sandi's life and look forward to our next interview.


Melody said...

What a great idea! I'm glad Sandi was the lucky first. She was one of the first ECS members to greet me when I joined.

Mary Ann Miller said...

Wow, I loved reading all about Sandy! I am very impressed. What a lovely idea.

Purple Sparkle said...

I love the story about Sandy's sister helping with the sewing machine! :-)

Suzanne said...

Sandi has very nice etsy shop! beautiful things!

Patti said...

Good idea. what elegant pieces she has.

The Pink Tulip said...

Great idea to interview our talented group!
This is a nice way to get to know the members.

Fleur de Bee said...

Sandi is very talented!! I also will participate in the purple party later this week. HOW FUN!