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"Would you like to buy a potholder for $.25?", I would ask our neighbors. This is how it all started many years ago when I was 7 or 8 years old. My mom told me that I made enough money to buy more of those loops at the 5&10 cent store to make more and more potholders. I think I finally got bored with it and went on to making doll clothes and eventually, when I was tall enough (!!), was allowed to use mom's vintage Singer treadle sewing machine. There were many crafts after that, but it wasn't until I was a new mom with my first son that my parents lent me money to purchase the complete stock of pompoms from a craft store that was going out of business...over 10,000 of them! While my son was sleeping, I made little pompom animals and was lucky enough to get them into a consignment shop. They sold very well but I just couldn't keep up with the demand of stocking the store and taking care of my family, so I packed those pompoms away…

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  • Born on September 21
  • Joined March 21, 2011

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Cotton, flannel, chenille, lace, quilted fabrics, soft yarns, shabby chic, country, and vintage items, milk glass, transferware, depression glass

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"Would you like to buy a potholder for $.25?", I would ask our neighbors. This is how it all started many years ago when I was 7 or 8 years old. My mom told me that I made enough money to buy more of those loops at the 5&10 cent store to make more and more potholders. I think I finally got bored with it and went on to making doll clothes and eventually, when I was tall enough (!!), was allowed to use mom's vintage Singer treadle sewing machine. There were many crafts after that, but it wasn't until I was a new mom with my first son that my parents lent me money to purchase the complete stock of pompoms from a craft store that was going out of business...over 10,000 of them! While my son was sleeping, I made little pompom animals and was lucky enough to get them into a consignment shop. They sold very well but I just couldn't keep up with the demand of stocking the store and taking care of my family, so I packed those pompoms away. What is left of that pile of pompoms I am now selling here.

Once my third son was in kindergarten, I went to work for a large corporation and worked there for 20 years. During that time, I started to knit scarves and went back to that consignment shop to sell my scarves for me. I am still with that shop selling not only scarves but other handmade items in addition to having a "presence" in a shop in the Pocono Mountains in PA. I am now retired and "Nonna" to six truly awesome grandchildren who often keep me very busy and young! Etsy is my newest venture, but not only for the homemade items but for the many vintage items I have inherited from my family's homes that I just cannot store any longer. I love the warm, friendly community here and have chatted with some wonderful people across the USA and Europe. I thank my girlfriend for introducing me to Etsy!

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