gypsygirlfashions

Zipper Charms, beaded Zipper pull, zipper pulls purses

Las Vegas, Nevada · 128 Sales

gypsygirlfashions

Zipper Charms, beaded Zipper pull, zipper pulls purses

Las Vegas, Nevada 128 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Last updated on Feb 10, 2017

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K RavageX

K RavageX on Apr 3, 2015

5 out of 5 stars
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Great bag. It's a little smaller than I expected, but it is really cute. I'm very happy with this purchase.

Stephanie Yong

Stephanie Yong on Feb 5, 2015

5 out of 5 stars
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Loved everything! Amazing seller, great communication, beautiful purse, fast delivery and secured packaging. 2 thumbs up👍👍. TQ very much Carol😘

Dominique Wheelock

Dominique Wheelock on Jan 12, 2015

5 out of 5 stars
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Super cute item! Great customer service! I would definitely buy from Carol again!

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The Bright Lights of Vegas Influence this Florida Girl's Designs

I have been in love with crafting since I was a little girl and sat with my Grandma hand sewing. Grandma was a beautiful, careful seamstress, where I tend to be more of a wild child, constantly seeking new fabrics, techniques, and patterns.

I have sewn clothes and bags for myself for over 40 years, but unfortunately, there’s only so much closet room a girl can have. Plus, I am so flattered when buyers report that they were stopped and asked about an item I made.

I fall in love with everything I make and that’s why it’s so important to me that my buyers love the item too. My goal is making a beautiful, quality item rather than concentrating on the number of sales. It takes longer to build a business this way, but I’m happy.

EARLY YEARS
I remember everyone in my large family (I am one of six girls and a boy) crafting, including my talented carpenter father. I am well acquainted with crochet, hand embroidery, as well as quilting and find it helpful to have a diverse crafting background when I want to add a little something different to a bag.

I have fond memories of my sisters and me crafting under the front yard trees at our Dunedin, Florida house--we grew up with no air conditioning so it was always cooler outside.

Also, I loved when my grandma would visit from Michigan in the winter and stay at our house. One time I remember she made us girls an Easter dress, all the same fabric but each dress designed a little differently. I still remember the fabric she used: white cotton with little denim blue tulips and canary yellow flowers and trimmed in blue ric rac. I also remember my mother and older sisters making us girls colorful crocheted ponchos and we wore them to midnight mass that Christmas.

I was (and occasionally am) an impatient seamstress, especially when I want to try out a new pattern I’ve designed…sometimes I will sew until the wee hours of the morning and not feel a thing (until the next day!)

I tend to like small, cute bags and accessories, but have slowly expanded my repertoire to include monster totes with lots of pockets. I sometimes spend days going over in my mind the fabric possibilities and construction for a new pattern I’ve designed. Thankfully, I’ve developed the patience to sew “in my mind” first, and I won’t start a project until I’m convinced I’ve made a great fabric, pattern match and know how to sew it. There are times I'm stuck but if I wait, I hear Grandma telling me what to do. I love you, Grandma!

MY LIFE IN LAS VEGAS
I work during the day and when I’m at home I sew, blog, do research marketing, work on my Etsy site and do shows. I find time for my husband in there too although it’s challenging. I also try to reserve some quiet time for me by doing yoga at the gymn or taking a long walk to clear my mind.

I continually try to balance my dreams of being a full time designer and my home life and day job. But I wouldn’t do all this if I didn’t absolutely love it.

MY SPECIALTY
My fabric/trim combinations are what I feel set me apart. I particularly like to focus on opposites, like pairing shiny and flat fabrics or sewing a trendy, funky fabric into a conservative pattern. When I get the right combination going, I can feel it all through my body…and I absolutely stop sewing on a project when it suddenly doesn’t feel right. I’m still amazed at how two fabrics appear to be perfect for each other, but are so wrong when you put them together. When I make a bag or accessory, my goal is for the finished product to be dramatic and sturdy.

PERSONAL
I think I am still a little girl at heart. New projects and fabrics still excite me so much…sometimes I have a hard time sleeping at night. Lately, I’ve been more successful at having the adult in me reign in the child…but just a little bit. I still want to keep that gypsy girl alive.

Joy to you!

Joy

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    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Carol Joy lives in Las Vegas, Nevada making her one of a kind creations, blogging.

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