Thursday, September 17, 2009

Runway Crochet

Runway Crochet is a wonderful shop on Etsy. So many treasures to find! The owner Vickey is one of the kindest, most sincere people you will ever meet. She is all about helping others! I am truly blessed to have met her!

Let's get to know this wonderful lady better! Here is an excerpt from her shop profile:

"What kid didn't toy with the idea of fashion design using paper dolls by tracing them and creating fashions out of different papers, crayons, markers, pencils and a pair of scissors? I sure did but, when it came to going off to college, fashion was not one of the subjects I studied. As the matter of fact, my high school sweetheart accused me of not being "in style" at the time. I guess some men do pay attention to those sort of things more than you'd think.

It wasn't until a few years after I graduated that I actually started to teach myself how to crochet along with learning a few other crafts and needle arts. A gift from my father, Reader's Digest Guide to Needlework was the book that started it all! Besides that, there are so many wonderful books from published crochet designers out there with so many gorgeous things to drool over – I can't imagine not wanting to crochet some of them, and create a few original designs of my own. Otherwise, I'd be bored stupid!

It’s fairly easy but, time consuming to make enough “plarn” (combo plastic + yarn) to make a large shoulder tote like the one in my shop (about 50 or more bags) However, I save all of my bags. I’m a horrible pack rat saving everything and anything I think I might be able to use to make something with! My late grandmoms, who lived through the Great Depression, were a HUGE influence on me. So glad I could spend the time with them that I did while they were here.

I just wish I was talented enough to create something really original! Most everything I do create or design is made based on something I’ve seen or a combination of things I've seen. The tote is based on a leather bag I carry everywhere. The baby doll tunic is based on a favorite cloth top I had in high school. Nothing really unique here. But, I keep trying, hoping, crocheting and crafting! Got to find that niche to be successful on Etsy. Would love to quit my day job but that’s really pie in the sky!!! LOL! I’m just happy the good Lord gave me the ability to learn how to do some of this stuff. It’s fun, it takes my mind off of any troubles, and I really love to create these things."

Vickey is too modest in my opinion. Her creations are beautiful! The Circle Lace Vest II is awesome. The colors are gorgeous! The blues, pinks, purples, and yellows are real eye catchers! So feminine!

The Large Shoulder Tote bag is another terrific find. It is completely made from white, black and red plastic grocery bags. A great example of upcycling!

Vickey also sells some wonderful vintage dolls. The Vintage Doll from Scotland is one of my favorites! This vintage hard plastic doll was purchased in Scotland in the 1960's. It stands about 11 inches tall with blonde braids, hand painted facial features, chubby cheeks and blue sleep eyes. The costume consists of plaid kilt and scarf, black velvet jacket with ruffled shirt underneath, boots and hat. She is adorable!

To see all the wonderful things Runwaycrochet has to offer visit
You can also find Vickey on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog!

***Special offers for The3Maries readers!!!
1) 10 % off any purchase in Runwaycrochet's shop if you mention this blog at checkout!
2) Fan Runway Crochet on Facebook and choose one of her fabulous hat pin cushions. ( I have the Ladybug and love it!) Simply fan her page..check out the photos for the hat pin cushions and lay claim to the pin cushion by leaving their name, your blog name and the words, "I've got this one!" in the comments next to the picture of the hat pin cushion of their choice. There are 16 to choose from!