stitchythekiller08 on Jan 5, 2017
These were so charming I can hardly stand it. Huge hit with the recipients.
A Girl Follows Her Dreams!
Reverie & Fancies was created to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine. As somewhat a mixed media artist for the majority of my life, I have finally decided to take the plunge and do my art full time. Since I can remember, I have always created. Whether it was drawing when I was five, making things out of boxes and duct tape when I was ten, or sculpting my visions in clay when I was a teen, I have always felt compelled to make art. Recently I have decided to do what makes me happy and fulfilled in life. So far the rest is history…
I have a great interest in many things and my art reflects that. That is how my name Reverie & Fancies came about. I find myself following my whims and notions on a daily basis. I like to dabble in things, never just settling on one type of thing. In my shop you will find visions, whims, scattered creativity and daydreams. My goal in life is to create hand crafted and individual items that bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.
A main staple and frequent item in my shop are my handmade Surprise Balls. I try and re-create these retro treats to capture the simple joy that I remember growing up. As a third generation Surprise Ball maker, I am proud to share and pass the tradition along to others all over the world. I LOVE to be able to spread the joy around!
I currently reside on the California Central Coast. I am kept company by family, friends and my dog Kaia. When not making art in my craft closet, you will find I am an avid book lover, Martha Stewart devotee, big band and old music fanatic, Turner Classic Movies junkie, kitchen wizard, and overall awesome person!
Surprise Ball Back Story:
My own childhood was filled with both “mom-made” and store bought surprise balls. In the 1950’s, my Grandmother started to make surprise balls for my mom. They soon became a special memory of childhood birthdays and other holidays for her. My Grandmother eventually taught my mom to make these once she was grown.
Years later, when I came along, surprise balls started to pop into my childhood. My birthdays and special occasions were made memorable by prize balls. I have memories of my mom making me homemade surprise balls with special items tailored to my interests as well as surprise balls for birthday party favors. I also have fond memories of an old fashioned toy store, in a town nearby, where my mom would sometimes take me. Upon rare or special occasion, she would buy me a surprise ball from their shop and I would get to open it on the car ride home (or sometimes I would find one in my Easter basket).
Now that I am grown, surprise balls have warm and fuzzy memories for me. A couple years ago, my mom taught me to make these little balls of happiness. Someday I hope to carry on the tradition and make these for my children, but until that day, I am quite content sharing my tradition with others!
I have seen the joy in children’s eyes while unraveling one of my Surprise Balls, as well as a grown woman on her 97th birthday. Surprise Balls are a wonderful nostalgic treat to share with all ages. Every ball that I make, I make with careful love and attention. I am proud to keep this now hard to find tradition alive in the hearts of not only myself, but in the hearts of others too.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, One Gal Show
My name is Emily. I am the owner of Reverie & Fancies. I pinch myself every day at the thought that I get to do what I love and am passionate about. Knowing that total strangers experience joy when they receive my handiwork, makes me so fulfilled.
1. The state of dreamy meditation or fanciful thought
2. A daydream
3. A fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea
1. The mental process through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastical nature
2. An image or a fantastic invention created by the mind
3. A capricious notion; a whim
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Please do not duplicate any of Reverie & Fancies items for resale or your own use. I work very hard to bring new and creative products to my customers.