AnnieCarvalhoArt

Annie Carvalho Art

Portland, Oregon · 145 Sales

AnnieCarvalhoArt

Annie Carvalho Art

Portland, Oregon 145 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(73)

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Annie

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Announcement   Hello and Welcome!
I hope you will enjoy my new shop!
Annie

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Last updated on Aug 16, 2017

Hello and Welcome!
I hope you will enjoy my new shop!
Annie

Annie

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Annie

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(73)
whitewolfta

whitewolfta on Sep 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

SHE is so beautiful. The detailing done on the face is amazing. It was done with such love and care and it shows when you look at her. The outfit is lovely as is the head piece. The seller is very talented, and such a joy to work with. She answered all questions , and I would order from her again. With the lovely work on the face detailing I would see if this seller would make you a doll with a custom face. Thank you .

Melanie Lippman

Melanie Lippman on Jan 7, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

The artist is great, and my Mom really loved the nativity! I will be back in March to add critters to the set. Great service, fantastic communication,and beautiful work! Super combination for an Etsy Store! Thank you!!!

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About

How Art Saved My Life

I began my felting career about 10 years ago when I found myself unable to work in a conventional workplace due to Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. This condition is caused by an overactive immune system, and mine was triggered by exposure to chemotherapy in my work on the Oncology Floor of a local hospital.

My trigger substances turned out to be pretty much anything scented. Perfumes, scents, deodorant, make-up, fabric softener, gasoline fumes, exhaust, room fresheners (especially Febreze!), all would cause a flu-like reaction. I found myself unable to be around humans. No shopping malls. No parties. No church. My social life came to a screeching halt!

I was in constant pain. My joints were swollen and painful. I felt dizzy and sometimes nauseous. I cried at the drop of a hat. And I had a constant migraine. Daylight, loud noise, and smells increased my pain. I had difficulty walking or even getting out of my bed.

Not all the symptoms were physical. After an exposure, I could become argumentative and make inappropriate comments, much to my horror! I could not remember names, dates, or what patient I was supposed to care for. I could not even remember my own sons’ birth date.

It didn't take long until I had reached the end of my rope. With no way to support myself, no social life, and very little support, I soon became even very depressed.

It was during this time I found Kay Petal’s needle felting forum online. I have always enjoyed arts and crafts and felt this was something that might make me feel better. I bought the course, followed the instructions, and made a cute little guy I named Bacchus because he looked drunk! People who saw Bacchus just LOVED him and I had many offers to purchase him. But I couldn’t let him go. He was my drunken knight in shining armor and he still lives with me!

I began making other items, picking the brains of the people on the needle felting forum, trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, and what I was doing right. I took a few more classes, learned a few more techniques, and practiced constantly.

After a while, I opened an Etsy shop to sell my sculptures, which were stacking up! It took my shop about w years to really get off the ground. Business picked up then slacked off as I found myself caring for my dying brother and not able to do crafting.

I've reopened the shop now and am focusing more on rescued Bratz dolls which I began working on several years ago. I really get a lot of satisfaction removing their horrible make-up and repainting them, usually turning them into sweet little girls. I sell those girls in my other shop, FreckleFarmDolls, on Etsy. I'm planning on selling my more adult-themed art dolls in this shop, so as to keep them separate.

My small income is supplemented by my needle felting and art dolls. I live a very frugal life. This has meant a huge paradigm shift for me. However, in more ways than one, I am much more satisfied with life than I was before my MCS. Every single day is a wonderful adventure! I’m always pleasantly surprised at who pops out of a wool batt or a rescued doll!

“Well hello there!” I say to each little critter or person. I talk to them as they take form, as though they were alive. To me, they ARE life-giving. They, through the fine art of needle-felting, certainly saved my life. And I will be forever grateful.

Without needle felting, and other art projects, I’m not sure where I would be. I can only pray my whimsical art will bring healing to others.

For me, art is a necessity of life. It brings joy, makes people laugh, and warms their heart.

I love my life!
And I owe that to MCS and needle-felting.

Shop members

  • Annie Carvalho

    Owner, Artist, Mother And Grandmother

Shop policies

Last updated on August 30, 2016
I am a 64 year old woman who loves what I do!
I take pride in my crafting, which is unique, whimsical, and done with quality and care.
Your purchase helps supplement my income and I appreciate it very much!
Please take a look at my shop - hopefully you'll find something that calls to you!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
Sorry, due to the delicate nature of needle felted items, I can not accept returns. Nor do I accept returns on upcycled dolls. Please look at the photos carefully before you order.
Payment
I prefer Paypal.

There will be a 20% restocking fee for orders which are canceled after payment.

Purchases may not be canceled once item has shipped.

Please be sure your shipping information is current. In the case that you give me the wrong address and the item is lost, I cannot issue a refund. If the item is returned to me undamaged, I will refund your money MINUS all the shipping and handling fees. This includes the time it takes me to track down your package.
Shipping
I will ship to the United States and all other countries, if that country allows my item to pass through customs.

NOTICE ABOUT INSURANCE: I pay for delivery confirmation on all my orders. However, if you order something over $50, I would suggest you ask and pay for insurance for your item. If you are unsure about what to do, please convo me before placing your order.
Additional policies and FAQs
I enjoy doing special orders .
Please email me with your request and let's chat!