LAURA EGGERT on Mar 4, 2017
Adorable, colorful, well-made, highly detailed stocking ornament! I love it!!! So cute!
Emily Rossen on Mar 1, 2017
zhuang11 on Feb 21, 2017
Good workman ship! Vivian was so helpful in answering my qns! Will def buy from her again..
From Passion to Creation
Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
~Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel~
It all started in 2007 when I bought my new home. I wanted to have a country-style home that is warm and inviting. That was when I started to look around for home decor items that would create my dream home. After researching into country-style homes, I realised that there is a common trait shared by all...the use of quilts to create a cosy feel. Being in Singapore where quilters are far and rare, I had a hard time finding good quality quilts for my new home. When I finally found a quilt shop in Suntec City, I was dismayed to find that a king-size quilt costs over $800!
I was then thinking to myself, "Hey, why not pick up a new skill & sew it myself?". I went on my next task of finding a local quilt shop and was pleasantly surprised to find a quaint little one at Aliwal Street. I spoke to Bridgette Lee (owner of the shop) who conducts beginner quilting classes and immediately signed up on the spot! I have to admit it was an impulsive decision back then as I was too carried away by my excitement. Not only had I not sewn for more than 15 years, I didn't even have a sewing machine and sewing notions to start with! My confidence then was ground zero and I could remember vividly how my hands trembled as I touched the sewing machine during my first lesson!
I was determined though to play along with my "bad" decision, since I had paid over a $100 for the class and I wanted to have that quilt for my country home. From that "hand-trembling" and "nerve-wreaking" lesson, there was no looking back since. I sewed a 6-block beginners quilt during the class which is still my favourite quilt to date. Since then, I had quilted other items like bed quilts, wall quilts, cushions, table runners and more.
I started to make small gifts for friends during their birthdays and special occasions and most were amazed by what I had produced. Some good friends started to urge me to sell my crafts online but I was skeptical as I knew that there is little support for handmade crafts in Singapore. My excuse? "Too busy with kids & work", "No time!" etc.
I discovered Etsy in 2009 as I was searching for vintage collectibles for my home (yes, I'm a collector!). That was when I realised that it's a marketplace where crafters market their handmade creations. I didn't start my store then but frequented it mainly to buy decor items for my home.
Over the past few years, the idea of having my own handmade store "haunts" me from time to time. It also coincided with a period where I was highly stressed by my day job and family commitment and felt that nothing is working for me. Over time, I realised that the element missing from my life is passion - the lost opportunity of doing something I enjoy. This passion is not just about doing something I love, but the ability to share my creations with people out there.
It brought about the birth of "The Cotton Shoppe" in Etsy on 21 September 2013. Two years later, in 2015, I was proud to be able to work on my Etsy shop full time, all thanks to the tremendous support from customers, family and friends! My handmade collections have also expanded from quilted products to a boutique carrying my signature personalized baby shower gifts, plush toys and tote bags. In end 2015, I also started selling premium Japanese fabrics in my Etsy shop. It was a dream come true!
Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer
I started quilting in 2007. SInce then, it's no looking back as this passion with sewing and crafts grew by leaps and bounds. I've made numerous quilts over the past few years and gone on to produce other crafts like bags, toys and home accessories.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders
All custom and personalised orders take at least 4 weeks to be completed, due to my hectic schedule. They may vary from product to product. Kindly refer to the individual listings for production timeline. Please note that cancellations and changes cannot be made once I have commenced on a custom order.
Kindly refer to individual listings for the sizing details. You may send me a convo if you require a custom size for my products.
Gift wrapping and packaging
All baby blankets will be packaged and gift wrapped in our signature gift boxes. Other items such as baby bibs and taggies will be packaged in a clear poly packaging. Earrings and ponytail holders will be packaged in kraft gift boxes.
Kindly send me a convo if you require products in a wholesale volume. Discounts and delivery timelines may vary across different products.
Laundry instructions for minky blankets:
- Hand/machine wash in cold water
- Gentle cycle with mild detergent
- No bleach
- Spin dry low (drip dry recommended for double gauze blankets)
- Hang to dry in shade (avoid direct sunlight as it causes colour fading over time)
- Do not iron directly on minky