Kathisewnsew’s Boutique – Seller Spotlight

My name is Kathi and Kathisewnsew’s Boutique is the shop where I sell my handmade goods.

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A collection of Kathi’s unique fabric bracelets.

I create beautiful handmade accessories for women with a bohemian style.

Sewing has always been a part of my life, but it was 6 years ago when I started selling my creations.  It started with a few purses and tote bags and then I started experimenting with jewelry.  I love having this creative part of my life and sharing it here on ArtFire.

Kathi in her studio.

Kathi in her studio.

I live in a small town a few hours north of San Francisco, California.  I am blessed to be surrounded by beauty and nature.  From my desk as I look through the window I can see the lake in the distance and trees so close I can almost touch them.  I look out my windows in my sewing studio and I see mountains filled with trees and vineyards.

I love having this creative part of my life and sharing it here on ArtFire.

A collection of some of Kathi's original handmade totes and bags.

A collection of some of Kathi’s original handmade totes and bags.

It’s a beautiful place to live and I feel very creative here.  I’m inspired by the colors and textures of nature which adds to my passion of the bohemian style.  I love mixing colors and patterns to make something beautiful and unique.
I make a variety of bags such as shoulder bags, cross-body bags, pretty clutch purses, denim tote bags.  Some of my bags have an artistic feel to them, I feel that they are my art work.
I make a variety of items but it all started with my handmade purses and tote bags.  In 2009 I was looking for a tote bag for myself and couldn’t find one that I liked.  So, I headed to the fabric department, found a pattern and fabric and headed home to make my new bag.  I love creating so much that I decided to make more.  After that bag I started working on my own designs for purses and tote bags.  This is how the idea of making and selling my handmade purses and tote bags began.
Denim Tote Bag Large Regazze e Regazzi Girls and Guys Beaded

Denim Tote Bag Large Regazze e Regazzi Girls and Guys Beaded

The above bag for example has beading, embroidery and appliqué on a denim tote bag made by me.  It is a one of a kind bag for a one of a kind person.  I also make jewelry, my favorite style are the boho fabric bracelets.  They came about because I have sensitivities to metals and making jewelry from fabric and beads seemed like a perfect solution.  They are made from very pretty fabric twisted and formed into a bracelet and then embellished with beads, buttons and stitching.
Bangle Bracelets set of 3 Twisted Colorful Soft Cotton Fabric

Bangle Bracelets set of 3 Twisted Colorful Soft Cotton Fabric

I also make pear pincushions, I live in an agricultural area and pears are something we’re known for.  I wanted my pincushions to tie back to who I am and where I live.  These are just a few of the items you will find in my shop Kathisewnsew’s Boutique.  Creating beautiful and useful items brings me joy and fills my creative and artistic side.
Pear shaped pincushions by Kathi.

Pear shaped pincushions by Kathi.

I learned basic sewing up to pattern drafting and design throughout high school.  Crochet and hand embroidery I learned from my mom, she was always creating beautiful treasures for her family.  As an adult I learned more tips and techniques for crochet and embroidery through books and online tutorials.  I am self taught on making beaded jewelry.  I love to use some or all of these skills in the purses and tote bags I make.

Small Lacy Purse Yellow White Crochet Drawstring Handmade

Small Lacy Purse Yellow White Crochet Drawstring Handmade

Crochet Skinny Scarf Crochet Seashells Light Weight Pink

Crochet Skinny Scarf Crochet Seashells Light Weight Pink

I make all of the items in my shop from the one of a kind purses to my pretty pear pincushions.  I’m the one that answers the questions, packs the orders, writes product descriptions and takes the pictures for my items.  I have been doing this for 5-1/2 years and I still love starting my day by checking into my shop, checking the emails, answering questions and then start working on my current project.

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I have been doing this for 5-1/2 years and I still love starting my day by checking into my shop, checking the emails, answering questions and then start working on my current project.

Although most of my shop is handmade items, I do have a section in my shop for vintage books.  I have a bit of a collection.  It started from books I had collected as a kid and then I added to them with books from my mom, and two of my grandmother’s.

Greatest Short Stories 1940 6 Volume Set Collier

Greatest Short Stories 1940 6 Volume Set Collier

I have a book shelf filled with the books I have kept for myself and then I have some bookshelves filled with the vintage books that are in my shop and a couple more filled with more vintage books to add to my shop.

Tarzan the Untamed Edgar Rice Burroughs 1920 Book

Tarzan the Untamed Edgar Rice Burroughs 1920 Book

Agatha Christie Five Classic Murder Mysteries 1985 Book

Agatha Christie Five Classic Murder Mysteries 1985 Book

How do I get my work seen?  I work on having good descriptions with relevant keywords so that the search engines can find my items.  I share my new products on Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.  I also have a blog that I share things about me and the handmade items I make and to direct people to my shop.

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