Cindy Skalsky on Mar 14, 2015
Love the doiley! I really like the design. No problems experienced in receiving this order.
deadart on Jul 2, 2014
Beautiful work. Looks great on my coffee table - wish it was even bigger.
genjan on Jun 26, 2014
This is a beautiful crocheted hobo bag! I absolutely love it! Very nice crochet work. Shelly is truly talented. I will watch for other bags and would definitely purchase from ShellysBags again!
This shop is all about pretty things and about color. I didn't even discover my creative side until I hit 50, and I aim to make up for lost time! My Market Bags all start with the same process, finding colors that are fun to work with. For my doilies, the inspiration can come from so many things: a newly discovered vintage pattern, finding another doily that Grandma made, a great new (to me) color of crochet thread, some flowers or a piece of fruit, or just some quiet fingers that need something to play with.
Not all of my creations end up here in ShellysBags - I crochet and sew clothing for myself, too. Who knows, maybe someday my sweater designs will make their way into the shop, too.
If you really want to know how I got from high tech exec to high touch fiber artist, read on...
I started this whole thing out of desperation. I'd been in the high tech industry for over 25 years, even helped start a company. There was never any big payoff for me, no stock worth thousands of dollars, but I had a paycheck and felt like I was doing something that mattered. Never, ever, thought of myself as creative.
All that changed way too fast. A nagging back problem suddenly exploded into excruciating pain. Learning that this was the way it was going to be for the rest of my life was a real blow. I couldn't concentrate enough to work, even without taking the medications that made life bearable. That's a lot of empty hours to fill. That feeling of nothingness, well, it's hard to take when you've worked hard all your life.
I started crocheting just to keep myself sane. I taught myself after some email conversations with distant relatives. Leslie was making beautiful things just with yarn, a hook, and her hands and I envied her skills and creativity. I didn't have anything better to do so I bought a hook and some nice soft yarn. And I was off...scarves, mostly. Then I leaned how to make bags, and discovered all the colors I could play with, and it was a lot of fun. I felt productive again! I kind of went overboard (so many fun color combinations!) and that's when I heard about Etsy. So on the first day of 2011 I opened ShellysBags with a dozen MarketBags and three quilted City Totes. And for six months I made one sale, to a dear friend. Wow, what a letdown! I persevered and continue to. Time has shown this to be a fun and satisfying part of my life...
...but you can only make so many market bags before you get a bit bored....
...I had always loved watching my grandma crochet doilies and tablecloths - she even made me a tablecloth as a wedding present. She worked with such fine thread and I was sure I'd never be able to do something so intricate and so beautiful. About three months after opening ShellysBags I swallowed my fear and grabbed that thread.
It took me six weeks, off and on, to make that first doily. I am *much* faster now though a doily still takes 15 to 50 hours to make. I started going through my mother's closet to find the doilies that Grandma made. Then I used those as a pattern to capture the original work that Grandma did. I also found vintage patterns at antique stores and on Etsy and discovered that I have a real affinity for 1940's-era crochet. Within a year I started developing my own patterns, too. I really am channeling my Grandma, and out of her 40+ grandkids I am the only one who is a crochet artist. And, also following in Grandma's footsteps, I am crocheting a tablecloth for my son, who is soon to be married :)
I love the doilies; however, it is quite clear that in order to meet customer needs the doilies need to be integrated into more utilitarian products. (Did I mention I used to be in marketing? Yes, that previous life helps me out once in a while.) So now I am taking my original designs and working them into key chains, book marks, hair accessories, and jewelry. It's been 18 months, and I'm still learning and growing in what appears to be my second career.
If you've read this far, thanks for coming along with me for the ride. And as a thank you, get a 15% discount on anything in my shop with coupon code FFAM15!
Owner, Designer, Yarn Baller, Fabric Flinger And Thread Wrangler
I was a crafty kid, sewed a lot of my clothes though high school. Then prioritized career over crafts for 25 years. Now the nest is empty and my health keeps me out of the workforce so I've made the transition from high tech to high touch.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
Amazon Payments works instantly via email like PayPal, with a smooth transaction and zero fees. Here's what to do:
-When you are checking out through Etsy, choose "Other" for payment method. Also put in the "Notes to Seller" that you are using Amazon Payments. Once you've checked out through Etsy and have "purchased" from my shop, go to www.amazonpayments.com.
-If you already have an Amazon.com account, sign in with that email and password. If you don't have an Amazon.com account, you will need to create one.
-Click "send money."
-Enter my email address (email@example.com).
-Enter the total amount due for the item and shipping (also found on your Etsy invoice).
I will ship your purchase as soon as payment is transferred to me.
If the cost of shipping your item (including packing materials, packaging, and postage) is more than $1.00 less than you paid for shipping then I will refund that amount.
Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all customs and duty charges that may be incurred when purchasing an item from the United States to be delivered in another country. It is impossible for me to be responsible for the goverment policies for customs and duties in your country.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you get one of my products and decide you would like to have it in a different color, I will be happy to exchange it if you pay for the additional shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
Looking for something in a different color/theme/design? Work with me - send me a convo and we can brainstorm. I have hundreds of colors/patterns of fabric/yarn/thread, I'm sure we can come up with something great! Looking for something you don't see but you'd like me to make for you? Let's talk! I'm pretty fearless when it comes to that. I've sewn my own clothes and crocheted clothing for myself as well, including cardigans, pullovers, tanks, and babydoll camis.
All custom work requires a 50% deposit, and custom items are not returnable - I'm sure you can understand why this is necessary.