Crafty Carol

"In the year 2000 after 20 years of IT recruiting I found that my urge to "craft and create" pushed me to change careers again (after initially being a Spanish teacher)…so I told Tim that, after 2 years of marriage, I wanted to try my hand at something else that would not necessarily make much money….and he said sure, why not? (Happy wife, happy life…?)

I first began sewing evening purses and dragged them around to stores in Oakland and Berkeley, asking if they'd sell them on consignment…and two stores said yes. I found gorgeous fabric and trim and started my business. I also started participating in some local craft fairs, including one at Kaiser Permanente where Tim was the CIO….and where I had a captive audience.

My creative gene started to bloom and I then started my “It’s in the Jar!” layered soups and sweets…and then moved into sewing pillows with cross-stitch initials, then onto “Wild Wraps”…shawls made from one yard of eyelash fabric that cost $12 which I sold for $50 each. Since by now we were living in Atlanta, I got the idea to take gently worn Michael Stars tee shirts and embellish them with collars using vintage hankies at the neck and celled them “SWEET TEEz” which I sold at craft fairs. I then added knitted vests to my portfolio. Next: I decorated vintage lunch boxes (the black, domed ones) to sell and then actually started buying old, collectible lunchboxes and sold them every month for several years at the famous Scott Antique Market.

When we moved to Colorado Springs in 2013, I decided to first make “A THING for your BLING” jewelry holders from vintage plates and candlesticks…but these were delicate and difficult to travel with. So I resurrected the “It’s in the Jar!” idea and have been selling these layered soups and sweets at holiday craft fairs for 5 years. For me, it’s a 3-way win situation: 1) I love putting them together 2) they make unique holiday crafts instead of another scarf or piece of jewelry and 3) I donate half of my profits to The Smile Train. I decorate the Kissing Camels 18 hole Ladies' Golf bulletin board and for tournaments during the summer, so I'm always trying to keep the crafting going! And who knows what new idea will become another creative adventure for me next year… "

Carol Sullivan                 Click on an image to start slide show
         


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