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With their bell bottom trousers and eternal youth, they smile at me from across the decades. A moment frozen in time. I can’t help but smile back.

Welcome to Snapshot Sailors, where nostalgia for the way things used to be is never far away.

I love most anything vintage. I’m inspired by it, and I’m glad so much of it is still around today. Like the wonderful barkcloth I use for my bags. Barkcloth gets its name from its nubby texture which is a little bit like tree bark. It’s a colorful and boldly patterned fabric, and was popular in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Chances are that your grandmother or maybe a great aunt had barkcloth drapes. My grandma did.

I collect vintage art pottery, 1950’s tablecloths, and kitschy old Hawaii tourist souvenirs. I like to write short fiction inspired by old…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 19
  • Joined March 3, 2008

Favorite materials

Barkcloth, vintage buttons, tropical and Hawaiian fabric, webbing

About

With their bell bottom trousers and eternal youth, they smile at me from across the decades. A moment frozen in time. I can’t help but smile back.

Welcome to Snapshot Sailors, where nostalgia for the way things used to be is never far away.

I love most anything vintage. I’m inspired by it, and I’m glad so much of it is still around today. Like the wonderful barkcloth I use for my bags. Barkcloth gets its name from its nubby texture which is a little bit like tree bark. It’s a colorful and boldly patterned fabric, and was popular in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Chances are that your grandmother or maybe a great aunt had barkcloth drapes. My grandma did.

I collect vintage art pottery, 1950’s tablecloths, and kitschy old Hawaii tourist souvenirs. I like to write short fiction inspired by old photographs I find, I sew all of my bags on my trusty 1950 Singer "Marjorie", and my best design ideas usually go hand in hand with a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies. (My favorite recipe is from the 1965 Betty Crocker New Boys and Girls Cook Book, page 83.)

I have a soft spot in my heart for a very special snapshot sailor-my Uncle Pete, and I’m fortunate to possess a few pictures of him. Pete is the inspiration behind my shop. He was a Nebraska farm boy who joined the navy, was stationed in Hawaii, and then the Philippines, and ultimately lost his life in World War II while a prisoner of war. My shop is my way of remembering and honoring him.

I hope my bags will bring you a bit of that nostalgia for the ways things used to be. It’s never very far away at Snapshot Sailors.



Here's a link to the recipe for those chocolate chip cookies:

http://www.for-the-love-of-pete.blogspot.com/2012/04/best-chocolate-cookies.html

Please visit my companion blog, where in addition to cookie recipes, I post my short fiction and write about other topics too. Here is the link:

http://www.for-the-love-of-pete.blogspot.com


What some of my customers have said:

"Thank you so much for the beautiful bags Valerie! You are a truly amazing seamstress and designer! Your art is flawless as I can see, what incredible artistry. I will treasure having your pieces and again I thank you very much.
Glad I discovered your talent, and I wish you much success!"

“It's perfect! I get so many compliments on this purse and the seller is a doll to work with. Will definitely buy others in the future :)”

“This cosmetic bag is absolutely gorgeous - the barkcloth is fabulous! Thank you for making this special order for me! Seller is very easy to work with and her work is superb!”

“I love this bag! The fabric is gorgeous and it's so well made! Fantastic seller! Thank you so much!”

“A beautiful bag, incredibly well-made! Highly recommend this artist! Just perfect! Do check out this seller's store!!!!!”

“Received the bag today - love it - it's perfect! Your workmanship is great - Thanks!”

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