Susan Being Snippy

Abbotsford, Canada · 508 Sales


Susan Being Snippy

Abbotsford, Canada 508 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Specializing in Clothing and Craft Sewing Patterns from Vintage to Current. Sewing Supplies and instructional Crochet, Knit, Quilting and Craft Books and Magazines.


Last updated on Nov 24, 2016

Specializing in Clothing and Craft Sewing Patterns from Vintage to Current. Sewing Supplies and instructional Crochet, Knit, Quilting and Craft Books and Magazines.

Susan Barker

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Susan Barker

Magic Crochet Magazine February 1991 #70
Scrap Savers 101 Great Little Gifts
Beautiful Baby Designs to Knit pub. 2002
Magic Crochet Magazine February 1992 #76
Magic Crochet Magazine February 1988 #52
Magic Crochet Magazine December 1983 #28
Magic Crochet Magazine June 1987 #48
101 Cross Stitch Ornaments for Christmas
Knits for Kids by Lark Crafts pub 2008
Wendy - for Fashion and Baby Dolls Knit patterns
Magic Crochet Magazine June 1983 #25
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The Natural Progression of Becoming a Shop Owner!

I am a Canadian Quilter. There are alot of words that describe me, but Canadian Quilter is a huge part of what I am.

I learned about sewing and crochet, knitting and even paint-by-numbers at the side of my grandmothers, aunts and most especially by my Mother.

Like many young girls I used my sewing to earn money before I could legally hold a job. My mother taught me to make boxer shorts for my Dad, and then all of a sudden, my uncles wanted boxers, then I learned to sew a skirt, and girlfriends would 'order' a skirt from me. I totally enjoyed making these things for the people in my life, especially when I could go out and buy a Beatles album with my profit!

I guess you could say I have been around a while but I take pride in keeping up with the world and consider myself to be a life long learner. I love to learn and discover the things in the world around me, but at the same time I love history, and nostalgia and vintage!

For many years I worked with my brother buying items from estate and garage sales and auctions and operating booths or tables at flea markets and antique fairs. Now with the internet and digital photography, I have downsized my aquisitions to sewing supplies and an eclectic choice of household nostalgia. I love to sew and crochet, but do not have a big family to make things for, so many of my hand crafted items also become seasonal features here in my etsy shop.

I especially love to collect buttons and in recent months came upon family members who gave me their collections! Now, I don't need all those buttons, so many of them are for sale here in this shop. I really have alot of fun sifting through the cookie tins filled with buttons that a grandmother gave me, another huge bag of buttons came from a cousin, a quilting buddy clearing her stash brought me a thousand or so white buttons. I spend hours, sorting and cleaning, photographing and posting the buttons here to the store, but have barely made a dent in the ones yet to sort and sell!

I am now mainly a stay at home wife and mother, not quite of retirement age so I find operating and organizing, listing and searching out special items for the shop to be a fun way to fill my days.

Now, because I have sold and bought things for quite a while now, I take pride in the best service I can give you and have learned that service is the real heart of sales. If you have a question or a comment, I would love to be able to respond to you and answer any query you might have. I like to think of my store as a booth at the flea market where I can say hello to all who pass by whether or not you actually buy something from me!

Other than being a shopkeeper here, I also wrote feature articles for The Canadian Quilter Magazine for 10 years until 2009, which is the quarterly magazine for the Canadian Quilters Association. I enjoy writing and passing along the things I have learned so I also wrote a regular column in Canadian Quilter called Miss Snips Notebook, which was mainly about quilting tips, ideas, and small tutorials.

My Homelife is now quite peaceful and I consider myself to be one of the luckiest girls in the world. I have a long time partner (40 years now) and a townhouse that we renovated in 2010 that suits me to a "T". Our home is shared with our three year old Border Collie, Pearl, who is way too fast for me, and with two cats, Archie, a 5 year old Siamese, and Walter, a tuxedo cat who is only just a year old and it a real character! He turns off and on light switches, knocks the phone off the hook when it rings (so no point in leaving a message when I am not home, cause he doesn't let the phone ring long enough!) and wrestles with Pearl and licks her ears!

I strive to spend part of my day creating things for my shop, or listing things or doing the little details that need attending to and totally enjoy the freedom I have to decide what, when and where I want to work.

I love my job!

I hope you love my shop!


Shop members

  • Susan J Barker

    Owner, Maker, Curator, Hunter-Gatherer

    I have always been the kind of person to find things for other people. I like to look out for special items that others may consider special, too. My inspiration is my mother and aunts who were always thrift store shoppers

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