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Thirty 37 years ago when I was a very young 23 year old, I opened my first store on Thayer Street near RISD and Brown University in Providence RI. I had that store for 14 years until I sold it in 1981. I opened my second store in 1982 on Water Street in Stonington CT, which I kept for 12 years. During this time I also consulted for several Museum Shops, purchasing & merchandising their inventory. After helping to usher my parents through their elder years, I realized I was a born caretaker, so I went back to school and now I work with special needs retired gentlemen whom I love dearly. I have a antiques booth in Stillwater Antiques, in Greenville, RI. I sell “by appointment only” in my lovely little cottage home.

My mother was my inspiration for my passion of sewing and drawing. She used to draw “ladies in beautiful gowns”, then would give me fabric to create their outfits. I would sit for…

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  • Born on July 15
  • Joined March 1, 2012

Favorite materials

Antique Button, Silk Ribbons, Cotton Fabric, Linen Fabric, Wool Fabric, Gunmetal, Vintage beads, Antique Lace, Found Metal On City Streets, Vintage Wrapping Paper, Watercolor Paints, Fabric Dyes, Anything Tiny Teeny

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Thirty 37 years ago when I was a very young 23 year old, I opened my first store on Thayer Street near RISD and Brown University in Providence RI. I had that store for 14 years until I sold it in 1981. I opened my second store in 1982 on Water Street in Stonington CT, which I kept for 12 years. During this time I also consulted for several Museum Shops, purchasing & merchandising their inventory. After helping to usher my parents through their elder years, I realized I was a born caretaker, so I went back to school and now I work with special needs retired gentlemen whom I love dearly. I have a antiques booth in Stillwater Antiques, in Greenville, RI. I sell “by appointment only” in my lovely little cottage home.

My mother was my inspiration for my passion of sewing and drawing. She used to draw “ladies in beautiful gowns”, then would give me fabric to create their outfits. I would sit for hours with her when she was sewing, and create my own lovely ladies. I haven’t stopped creating (and collecting) since that time. My Aunt taught me about fine linens, and the different techniques and stitches used in them, she gave me my first pretty hanky, which I also collect – at last count, I had well over a 1000 of them.

I started collecting textiles, notions, vintage toys, baby clothes, vintage clothes, ribbons and laces, ephemera, buttons, doll clothes and lots of lovely whimsical teeny tiny things. I was 18 years old when I started collecting and have been collecting ever since. I am a designer, artist, fine seamstress, paper artisan, jeweler, miniature critter and doll artisan, milliner, sculptor, (sculpture made from found street objects and small industrial objects) and a watercolorist. I am a avid reader and love cooking a fine meal for others. I've always been fond of old things. I love the idea that vintage and used items connect us with the past, to a history and so many people who lived before us. I’m a lover of the life I’ve been blessed with and find delight in the simple pleasures.

Well my friends, it’s time for me to part with some of my extensive collection.

My assistant and I recently opened ‘Stella Theresa’ (named after my dear mother) an Etsy shop where we sell supplies - vintage and new.
We invite you to browse the cyber trunks, suitcases, hat boxes, and boxes, boxes, and more boxes from the attic.

In the near future we will be opening an additional Etsy Store where we will sell vintage and gently worn clothing, linens, toys, ephemera, vintage notions, buttons, laces, ribbons, vintage textiles, and lots and lots of teeny tiny things. We will let you know when this is happening on the Stella Theresa site.

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