AnnieCarvalhoArt

Annie Carvalho Art

Portland, Oregon

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Note from shop owner Hi!
Thanks for stopping by.
I'm not doing felting this year.
Maybe next year :)
Annie

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Last updated on Nov 15, 2021

Hi!
Thanks for stopping by.
I'm not doing felting this year.
Maybe next year :)
Annie

Annie

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About AnnieCarvalhoArt

Sales 149
On Etsy since 2008

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

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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!