South House Designs is where my professional creative adventure began. I added South House Boutique to serve as my playground, my sandbox, a place where I could explore, play and flex some creative muscle. And like all good playgrounds it is So. Much. Fun.
For almost 25 years now, while nurturing and guiding three amazing young people from their cribs into productive, happy young adults, I have been designing sewn textile products for mail-order catalogs (Victorian Papers, Horchow, Sugar Hill, Hall’s) and large traditional retailers. In most cases, these customers would also hire me to act as the general contractor overseeing material purchasing and production. That was the essence of South House Designs.
This was all fine and good (and supplemented my dear hubby’s teaching salary), but now with the youngest in High School, it is finally my time to RAMP UP THE FUN FACTOR! It’s time to use my creativity to feed my soul, not just the kids.
I missed the direct interaction with my customers, the very people who help inspire me. So, I downsized my large retail and mail order client list and now work exclusively from my home studio.
To help share my creative passions, I joined Etsy, a fantastic worldwide online community that celebrates and nurtures all things handmade. It’s here in my Etsy shop, South House Boutique, that I get to connect with my customers, helping them transform their homes into a stylish and comfy place to be with family and friends and transform a generic party into a festive, fun and personalized celebration.
South House Boutique is filled with unique and short-run sewn products that I love and create in my bright, sunny studio. Hopefully, many of you will love them too, and my shop will be filled with new friends, creative peers and customers. In my dreams, I will be able to leave behind the world of mass production, wide demographic sale-ability and corporate retailing.
Yes, I still take on some select large design projects, but South House Designs has evolved. As a mirror of life, the parent company, the Designs, has stepped to the side to support the offspring Boutique company, customers and friends. South House Designs also is a major player in my mission of spreading joyful living through creative living. It’s all about creative thinking and problem solving along with creative doing.