handmade quilts, crafts and gifts

Dunedin, New Zealand

Top shop for gifts.

A buyer bought a gift from this shop and gave it a 5-star review!

milkybeer is taking a short break

Kim Connelly

Contact shop owner

Kim Connelly


No reviews in the last year
See reviews that mention:
Quality 3 Shipping 2 Customer service 4

About milkybeer

Sales 101
On Etsy since 2011

Here's the story of my little shop with a weird name.

Why Milkybeer?
Relax. It's simply an anagram for my first name. In the years since I started the Milkybeer blog ( I've heard all kinds of guesses about where the name came from: that it's my nickname (nope), I'm making a comment on drinking beer while breastfeeding (WTF?), that it's my daughter's nickname (that would be a hell, no!), etc. Truth is, I just took an easy way out in coming up with a blog name and used an anagram generator. I am so sneaky aren't I?

Most of the time, I make things that are sewn either by hand or by machine. My projects include quilts, housewares, baby items, bags, and decor items. Occasionally, I also dabble in paper art, food, or some other creative endeavour.

Sewing and craft books are a huge inspiration for me. I love flipping the pages and picking out projects I want to try. I feel the same way about sewing and craft blogs. I spend a fair bit of time lurking around my fellow crafters' blogs and mentally making notes about projects and techniques I'd like to try myself. I have been known on more than one occasion to jump up from the computer and go try out a new project right then and there.

My mom taught me to sew when I was probably about 10 years old on her trusty old Kenmore sewing machine. If I remember correctly, my first project was a pair of pink bermuda shorts that had palm trees on them (yuck!) I sewed a wee bit throughout my youth but it tapered off when I went away to university. Thanks to The Dear Sweet Husband who bought me my very own Kenmore sewing machine a few years ago, I picked it back up with a vengeance in 2007. In terms of selling my wares, it all started with a very special memorial quilt (for which I, of course, wasn't actually paid) which got a lot of attention from friends and coworkers who began asking me to sew things for them. The first project I was ever paid to make was a set of patchwork baby items that is still one of my all-time favourite creations.

I love working with good-quality quilting cottons. The selection available these days is amazing! There is nothing more disappointing than trying to sew with crappy materials or fabric that just doesn't want to cooperate. For me, quilting cotton is like an old friend: reliable, predictable and it brightens my day! I'm also a huge fan of linen. I love the natural texture and sophistication linen brings to a piece.

Picking fabrics is, hands down, my favourite part of what I do. Bliss for me is having an hour or two to wander through the fabric store pulling bolts off the shelf and seeing which ones go well together. I'm always surprised at what I manage to pull's never where I thought I would go at the beginning.

On the flip side, putting a project down for the night. It kills me to leave projects unfinished.

Now you know my story! Thanks for stopping by.

Shop members

  • Kim Connelly

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Kim Connelly, the designer behind Milkybeer Handmade, describes what she makes as handmade goodness created by a crafty girl living a dual life: editor and mama by day, handmade maven and maker by night.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 30, 2013
Milkybeer Handmade is home-based crafting and quilting endeavour run by a Canadian girl living the dream in New Zealand.

I have always enjoyed sewing and take pride in being able to create beautiful, handmade, quality items for others to enjoy. My products are mostly machine sewn, but I strive to integrate hand stitching whenever possible for that extra special handmade touch. No two items are the same...isn't that the beauty of handmade?

I appreciate you stopping by and do hope you like what you see. If you'd like to find out more about Milkybeer Handmade, please, feel free to check out my blog at

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
It is important to me that you are satisfied with your purchase. I take great care to ensure that my products are accurately represented in my photos, carefully packaged and will meet your expectations upon delivery.

If for any reason you are unhappy with your selection, please contact me right away. I'll do my best to resolve any issues, but requests for returns are handled on a case-by-case basis only and must be made within 30 days from date of payment. I may ask you to provide photos if the situation warrants it. Custom orders are always a final sale. I am not able to refund shipping costs.
I accept PayPal payments at this time. Don't worry, it's easy and you don't even need your own PayPal account.
My side of the bargain:

: : I visit the post office twice per week. Ready-made items will be shipped on the next shipment day after payment. For custom orders, please convo me to determine the current completion time.

: : Items are shipped from New Zealand using the most economical option available. Shipping times will vary depending on where you're located.

Your side of the deal:

: : Faster shipping, insurance and tracking options are available. Just let me know if you're looking for any of those added features and I'll get back to you with an updated quote.

: : If you need a custom order made speedy quick, just let me know and I'll see what I can do for you.

: : You are responsible for any customs and duty fees imposed by your country.
Additional policies and FAQs
All of my products are made in a pet-free, smoke-free home.