By Colleen Conrad from ConradDesigns

Introducing Sarah Hazel (and her husband Tom)

Sarah is hosting a giveaway. 
The winner of Sarah's giveaway will receive a Hooty Hoota reversible fabric organizer bin bucket, pictured to the right.  To be entered to win, visit Sarah's shop (bobloveseleanor) and then come back HERE and leave a comment with your favorite item in her shop.  Please include your email so we can contact you if you are the winner. The winner will be announced on next Wednesday's Featured Artist post.

I live in beautiful northeastern Ohio with my wonderful husband, Tom, our three amazing boys, ages 15, 9, and 4, and our two cats, Harley and Addie.


How did you get your start on Etsy?
I was looking for a place to sell my handmade items online and when I found Etsy I knew it was the perfect place.  I was very nervous to take the plunge though .  My husband really encouraged me to try it and I'm so glad I did.

How did you choose your shop name? 
My shop is named in honor of my grandparents, Bob and Mary Eleanor Huff.  My grandma was a wonderful seamstress and taught many, many girls how to sew during her years as a 4H leader.  Every summer my sisters and I would spend a week or two at my grandparent's house and Grandma always had a sewing or embroidery project for us to work on with her.  My grandpa had a wonderful sense of humor.  When he and Grandma were dating he started calling her Eleanor to tease my great-grandparents who insisted she be called by her full name, Mary Eleanor.  He was the only person who ever called her Eleanor.  They both passed away two years ago, six months apart.  They were married 60 years and were a wonderful example for their children and grandchildren of a loving and Christian marriage. 

What does a typical day look like for you? 
I try to get up before the rest of my family and while the house is quiet I check my emails and Etsy shop.  After breakfast I take my oldest son to school and then spend the rest of the morning homeschooling my 3rd grader and preschooler and taking care of my 3-year-old niece.  After lunch it's rest time for the kids and I do some sewing.  Then it's time for dinner and family time.  Sometimes after the kids go to bed I will sew some more. 

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
With my husband and boys.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Right now my favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10 "Do not fear, for I am with you;  Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature? 
 I think it would have to be my Hooty Hoot fabric organizer basket.

URLs to where we can find you on the internet

Thank so much  to Sarah for sharing with us.  Please take a moment to visit her shopBe sure to return to this blog post to leave a comment about your favorite item for a chance to win the Hooty Hoota reversible fabric organizer bin bucket

And the winner of Leandra's giveaway last week, by way of, is Deb at Two Cheeky Monkeys.    Congratulations! Look for the convo I'm sending you both.

Comments (14)

On January 5, 2011 at 5:59 AM , EmbroidersandQuilts said...

What a great shop! Love your color choices and the bags look terrific! I love the black buttercup bag.
Blessings to you and your shop in 2011.

On January 5, 2011 at 6:50 AM , Sonja said...

There are several items in Bobloveseleanor that I like but right now this fabric organizer is my favorite. I have a friend in Texas whose baby is due any day now and that sweet little organizer would be perfect for the nursery.

On January 5, 2011 at 7:00 AM , Sandra said...

Fantastic shop! I love the Eva bin! Beautiful!

On January 5, 2011 at 9:59 AM , Jenny said...

Everything is beautiful, but I would have to say my favorite is the fabric organizer in Aviary. Just the right size to keep one of my knitting projects in.

On January 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM , ZudaGay said...

Lovely nice to meet you Sarah and I loved reading about your grandparents. :)

On January 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Hello to Sarah!

I love the story of your grandparents! So sweet.
Your choices of fabrics are amazing and it is hard to choose a favorite but I am very partial to batiks.


On January 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM , handmedowndesigns said...

Sarah, I love your bags! Especially this one:
You do such nice work!

On January 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM , Art and Sew Forth said...

What a great verse for this year with all the uncertainties there are.

Love your bags!!
This is my fave!

On January 5, 2011 at 7:03 PM , Anonymous said...

Love the shop/ Beautiful bags Sarah..Tom is so very proud of you. I love the buttercup purple bag.

On January 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM , pfd said...

Colleen, you did a great job on featuring Sarah's shop!

Sarah, I love how you came up with your shop name... it is such a sweet story! My favorite item is this green & pink tote.

On January 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Great Feature on Sarah and her shop. So nice to get to "Meet" you. Thanks Colleen for writing up the post.

On January 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM , B.B. said...

I love the fabrics you use and the style of purse you use too, but the storage bins are just sooooo amazing! Great job and keep up the good work!

Here's my favorite fabric (in bin form, of course) :)

~Bethany {RainDropNotions}

On January 12, 2011 at 1:10 AM , Butterfly Kiss Crochet said...

What a lovely story! Especially the part about how you came up with you store name! Made me tear up with joy. We lost our grandparents at about the same time.

On May 11, 2011 at 10:27 PM , Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sarah as the featured Artist! Of all the people that I know, Sarah deserves to be highlighted as a businesswoman and a person! She is quite a special lady! Of course, she is a dear friend to me...but if you met Sarah in person, you would immediately spot a special lady! The Lord has gifted her with not only the art of sewing, but also a gentle spirit, compassionate heart, and humble attitude. I am so thrilled that Sarah has taken the business risk to sell her beautiful creations! In fact, I purchased a "Tiny Tote" for my elderly and chronically ill mother as a birthday gift and my mother (who adores purses)felt like the Queen for the Day! Sarah's purses can be specially made to match anyones special needs and personality so that every lady can feel like a Princess or Queen every time they wear it! Sarah doesn't know that I am writing this so I pray that she will be okay with my extra detail about who Sarah is when she is sewing and when not sewing....always a beautiful person who is thoughtful and caring of others as she serves her Lord and Savior! Way to go GIRL! My mother wants to add, "Dorothy LOVES Sarah's purses!"
Thank you dear friend!
Love ya, Cindy H.