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My name is Sara Carter. I am a midwestern girl making a home for my family in TX. My husband, Kenny, and I have a 3 year old baby girl we call Mimi. Absolutely everything we do is for her.

I got my first sewing machine when I graduated high school. I taught myself to use it through much trial and error. I feel I've been an artist my whole life, but that was a turning point for me. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in sculpture. I spent most of my senior year of college trying to convince my classmates that quilting and fiber arts are actually a form of sculpture. I'm not sure that I ever really got through to any of them, however my professors did agree.

Not The Kitchen Sink began back in 2007. I had originally opened 2 other shops here on Etsy selling Bags and Children's clothing made from Recycled Materials…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 3
  • Joined November 28, 2007

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Felt, Fleece, Pom Poms, Rick Rack, Buttons, Paper, Strings, Ribbons, Vintage Fabrics and Notions

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My name is Sara Carter. I am a midwestern girl making a home for my family in TX. My husband, Kenny, and I have a 3 year old baby girl we call Mimi. Absolutely everything we do is for her.

I got my first sewing machine when I graduated high school. I taught myself to use it through much trial and error. I feel I've been an artist my whole life, but that was a turning point for me. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in sculpture. I spent most of my senior year of college trying to convince my classmates that quilting and fiber arts are actually a form of sculpture. I'm not sure that I ever really got through to any of them, however my professors did agree.

Not The Kitchen Sink began back in 2007. I had originally opened 2 other shops here on Etsy selling Bags and Children's clothing made from Recycled Materials... http://www.SeedlingTextiles.etsy.com
http://www.SeedlingBaby.etsy.com

I was ready to open a new shop where I could offer fabrics, crafts and vintage items. So, I decided to open Not The Kitchen Sink- Fabrics, Crafts and Vintage, but Not The Kitchen Sink! I know. Corny.

Now that my shop has evolved into a full time costume shop, I have changed the name...

Welcome to The Costume Cafe!

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Since I can remember, Halloween has been an exciting time of year for me! When I was growing up, our church held an annual Halloween party with a fabulously scary haunted house. (Yes. At church.) My dad was really into Halloween, too, decorating the house with homemade props and rigging speakers and lights in the windows. Only the bravest kids collected candy at our house, but it was worth it when they did!

I have made a Halloween costume for my 13 year old niece every year since she was born, and that's what really sparked my love of costuming. I started making costumes for non-family members in 2008 and the rest is history. It has definitely become my thing. August-October is absolute madness at my house, but I find it very rewarding.

My costumes have been featured on many blogs including The Huffington Post, Daily Candy, and Parenting.com.


I'm very opinionated when it comes to costuming and try to abide by a few basic rules while designing-

* I think every kid (and adult, for that matter) should wear a costume that fits well and allows them to move freely. I HATE seeing kids with crap covering their eyes or wearing something so long that they can't walk.

* I think most costumes should be able to come on and off easily and be layered over street clothes. (If you want to take it off half way through the night, you should be able to.)

* I don't make sexy costumes. If that's your thing, you shouldn't have any trouble finding what your looking for- just not in my shop.

* I don't make tutus. Sorry.

* Every costume that leaves my studio is fussed over from start to finish! You can find anyone to copy one of my designs for you, but they will never be able to replicate my attention to detail or my devotion to quality. I make heirloom costumes. Please pass them along so that they can be enjoyed many times over! I know my prices are not the lowest, but you really do get what you pay for. I work very hard to create little pieces of art for your tiny ones to enjoy.

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