My real name is Julie Ann (Hamilton-Jones) Bailey.
My shop's name is louisiana1966-because I was born in Louisiana in 1966 (and everything with "Julie" in it was taken!)
I make mostly bags-from tiny coin purses to shopping totes;plushies and art/sock dolls.Everything is made with reclaimed/upcycled materials.
Tell us a little about your family.
Where are you in Maine and what’s it like?
I live in Windham.My house sits on top of a steep hill,surrounded by trees and bushes.The "backyard" is all woods and slopes down to the Pleasant River.Lovely!
I am not a native,obviously! My parents are Jamaican and we ended up in Maine after stints in Louisiana,Canada and New York! My mother had lived in Canada and in Lewiston before, actually, so it wasn't such a culture shock! My husband is a native.We almost bought our first house in New Orleans-shortly before Katrina! Instead we ended up in the country and I LOVE it! (I don't love winter,though!)
How long have you been making your craft and what got you into it?
|A work in progress|
Do you feel your craft is related to where you live?
There is a real sense of "Yankee thrift" here in Maine-which I have absorbed even if I am not a Yankee! The fact that I use reclaimed and upcycled materials ties in with living both in the woods and on a river.I love nature and the earth and do everything I can to protect and preserve it!
How has being a part of the Etsy Maine Team helped you?
The Etsy Maine Team is awesome!! They are so supportive and helpful! I have learned alot about the running of my business and craft fairs from this team and made some true friends,too!
What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy?
|Floral Tote in Burgundy, Cream, and Gold|
MakingsofShannaTice-such beautiful crochetwork!
MommieMadeIt-my source of fabric labels
PeculiarParchment and PaperQuick-my sources for thank-you notes.
RayvenWoodManor and CJGrand-where I get most of my jewelry!
layoutsfromtheheart-where I shop for paper embellishing!
|Howard the Owl upcycled plushie|
I can't imagine NOT making things! I hope that the future will see my shop and my craft ever improving and growing!
Be sure to check out all the other awesome Maine artisans on Etsy, by searching "maineteam."