Barbarashandcrafts

Gourds, quilts, carriers, crochet, puppets, theaters

Caldwell, Idaho · 406 Sales

Barbarashandcrafts

Gourds, quilts, carriers, crochet, puppets, theaters

Caldwell, Idaho 406 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(97)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop. I am in love with learning, growing, and creating. I learn more with each new thing I make and get great joy that each item will go to someone who loves them as much as I love making them. I work from my home in a smoke free environment. I regularly put up new items, please keep checking back or convo me about an idea. New theaters are being made all the time, keep checking. If you don't see something that you know I make like gourd lamps or thunder drums, contact me and together we will see what can be done.

Announcement

Welcome to my shop. I am in love with learning, growing, and creating. I learn more with each new thing I make and get great joy that each item will go to someone who loves them as much as I love making them. I work from my home in a smoke free environment. I regularly put up new items, please keep checking back or convo me about an idea. New theaters are being made all the time, keep checking. If you don't see something that you know I make like gourd lamps or thunder drums, contact me and together we will see what can be done.

Barbara Whitbeck

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Barbara Whitbeck

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(97)
konzagirasol

konzagirasol on May 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Trying not to be greedy, i chose the other style for myself - like both equally, but have mailed this stunning one as a no-occasion gift for a friend.

konzagirasol

konzagirasol on May 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Such a special creation - beautiful, meaningful as well as utilitarian! Chose the sunflower design for myself. Thank you!

orion2099

orion2099 on Mar 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I can't express how much we love these finger puppets! I ordered a large batch of them to use with my special needs preschooler and his other homeschool/special school buddies. We spread them all out on the table and my kiddos just swooped in to claim their favorites, and started telling stories to each other! Such a fantastic aid for children who might have trouble focusing at story time. And it's led to other great ideas as well. They want to make their own puppet theater with cardboard, their idea, not mine. :) The thing I love most about these is that the owner makes her own patterns. So you are not buying a cookie cutter patterned feltie. These are obviously made with love and care! I love that they are detailed, but not so much that the kids can't pretend for them to be other things. Thank you thank you, Barbara!

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About

Why Can't I Just Make One?

The origin of my shop started over half a century ago. I'm pleased with myself because I just told you I'm older, someone called it seasoned, I've always made things and lots of everything. I'm obsessive about making, continually looking to improve, and I get great satisfaction in a job well done. I also have the thrill and wonder of a child when it comes to possibilities.

During those years of freedom in my twenties, I made and sold to keep myself going, then came the year as an adult when I did adult thing. You know, the kind of grown-up stuff like raising children and building a career. I still kept making only on a smaller scale. I wouldn't change a thing, but then I RETIRED and could let my obsessions and compulsions carry me away. I realized quickly I needed to market what I made and became a vendor. I found a whole new family in that community.

Yep, I'd have to say I certainly am an obsessive person. Making one isn't enough. I consider the first one a prototype, so I keep making more and more. I love every single one I make, be it a baby carrier, puppet, puppet theater, gourd, masks, play mats, blanket or whatever.

I get great satisfaction in completing an item know that it is well made, built to last as well as adorable. I am continually working towards better efficiency but never shortcuts. I design and create all my own pattern and they just keep getting better and better.

One of the many thrills in my life is to find just the right fabric that I can save from an unkind fate and use to make something useful that someone will love. I prefer using repurposed and/or up-cycled fabrics. Some of the thrift shops around here know me by name.

I started a blog in March on 2014 in hopes that some of my years of experience and wonder will be able to give others a glimpse into the life of an obsessive make. It would be great if I could teach or comfort someone along the way.

Shop members

  • Barbara Whitbeck

    Owner

    An obsessive maker and creator. Started making and drawing at a young age and has continued for over half a century. Designs all patterns used in the shop. Spends much of the year as a street vendor. Loves to up-cycle and repurpose.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 6, 2014
Welcome to Barbara's Handcrafts. I love to create and see the things I make go to someone you will be able to use them and love them as much as I love creating them. After many years of raising a family and working daily, I now am able to go back to my first love of art and craft and sewing. Each item I make has been tested, so the design works and is easy to use and clean and will hold up is used as intented. My home is smoke free and cluttered with fabrics, yarns, threads, paints, dyes, gourds and any variety of art supplies and I love it that way. If I can make you something special, contact me and we can talk.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept PayPal and direct pay through Etsy. I will ship within one or two business days.
Shipping
I ship through USPS and will give a tracking number if it is available. If you need the package right away, let me know and I will be sure to send it 1st class or Priority.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with the item you purchased because the description wasn't adequate, please contact me within 7 days and lwts see what we can do.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am willing to do custom orders. Since most of my materials are up-cycled or repurposed I will put together a variety of fabrics together for you to choose from after I find what you are interested in.