This week we’re getting to know Shweet Potato Dolls N Patterns. It’s a lot of fun learning about these artisans and the inspiration behind their creations! Sandi Ramirez is no different. And, she’s been sweet enough to include a giveaway for us! Keep reading to find out more about this week’s giveaway.
Adorable Creations at Shweet Potato Dolls N Patterns
How many of us have learned a craft or skill from a parent or grandparent? I love to learn about that when I meet other artisans because I got started in crafting, myself, with my mother. When Sandi offered to sponsor our giveaway this week, learning about her business warmed my heart and it will warm yours too!
What inspired you to start crafting?
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My mom and grandmother were really big into art and painting, as well as sewing. I started painting when I became disabled and taught myself to sew when sewing by hand became too hard. When I started my business my name was Always Crafty 2 which many people still know me by.
Later I was blessed when a wonderful graphic artist Carmen Gonzalez allowed me the honor to use her graphics as bases for spring boards for many of my dolls. She also okayed my use of Shweet in my name….Thus my name change to Shweet Potato Dolls N Patterns since I also create patterns as well… well a few until my strokes took over. And i hope to create more in the future. I sew using my patterns as well as other designers in my shop, always making sure to credit the designer of record.
When my grand daughter came to live with me, along with her mom, we decided that if she wanted to learn to sew I would teach her. Well, after a few days Zoe was stuffing dolls and hand sewing with me. Zoe was four years old. Later, she started sewing using the machine with me. And, now she is six years old. We sew together for our, Zoe’s Zoo N Zombies.
How long have you been crafting professionally?
I have been working online since the early 2003 and this shop is our newest shop together just the past few years. I saw that word Professionally and thought wow yes that is what we do… Handmade but professional.
What is your favorite types of crafting? (sewing, painting, etc)?
My favorite type of crafting is sewing. Dolls and stuffies. I love to create all kinds of dolls, soft animals and faux play foods. Having two grand daughters, I have had fun coming up with our own play food and sharing it with her cousins. They definitely influence what I create for both my shops.
How did you get interested in country primitives?
I discovered the Prim Mart Community and started learning to create primitives. I learned to sew from the many of the women in the community as well. (And we are a stronger community having Sandi be a part of it!).
What kinds of items do you sell in your business?
I sell country primitive, and also cute more modern, raggedy ann dolls, patterns and seasonal home decor items all sewn and designed be me or adapted from other designer’s patterns.
How do you sell?
You can shop at Shweet Potato Dolls N Patterns on Etsy (Click Here or any of the images). We only sell online because I am disabled and I do not get out of my home except to walk to pick up Zoe from the school bus drop off in the afternoons. We do take custom orders and you can always drop us a message via one of our social media links or email us at shweetpotatodollsnpatterns@
It is an Original Handmade Shweet Potato Doll. She is an angel that can be used as an ornament or as mini doll. Measuring 9 inches wide and 6 1/2 wide and made from tea stained muslin with feather wings and lace dress. She is a stump doll so she has no legs. Value is $20.00. I am also including one of my handpainted Buckshot Santa ornies. I make them from shotgun shells that we pick up after dove hunting. Each Ornament we make is one of a kind and sealed for long life. His “fur” is felt and he has a hanger. Value is $5.00