by Melanie Arntsen of SqueakyBug Specialties

Introducing Vicki Dorrell of Blessed Stitch


Vicki is hosting a giveaway! The winner of Vicki's giveaway will receive this adorable embroidered receiving blanket, pictured.  To be entered to win, visit Vicki's shop Blessed Stitch 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.
Introduction: I am first and foremost a wife (been married 23 years) and mother of three beautiful children. This is the most important job I have ever had. All I ever wanted in life was to be a mom, I am living my dream. My eldest is serving in the Air Force in England, my precious daughter is about to graduate high school this spring, and my baby is in elementary school. I also delight in making crafts. Little did I know that when my grandma taught me to embroider when I was 5 it would serve to glorify God later in life. I love the Lord and let Him use my hands to bring Him glory. While the kids are at school, I do my work. I also love to sew! Love, love! While I sew the Lord speaks to my heart. It is truly a time with Him. I also enjoy drinking hot tea, reading my Word, exhorting the body of Christ, and delighting in each day that God gives me. Life is a delightful journey and I can usually be found smiling and enjoying all the moments of it.

How did you get started on Etsy? I got started on Etsy from a friend who mentioned she was selling her jewelry on Etsy.  I had never heard of it before so I went home, found it and started my Etsy site immediately.

How did you choose your shop name?  My shop name is my business name.  I have been making my blankets as a business for 8 years now but my first blanket ever was made over 10 years ago and the Lord gave me the name for the business at that time.  I have never had sewing lessons, yet God has graced my hands to be a good sewer. All my blankets are hand embroidered and that can take days.  I have added new products and they are done by an embroidery machine. I love the names God has given me for the products: receiving blankets, "Receive Me" blankets, little minkies, "The Comforter" for ultimately He is the one who comforts us.

What does a typical day look like for you?  A typical day for me is waking and getting the kids to school, then checking emails, tweaking ideas, working on a blanket (if I have an order), and spending time reading the Word.  I need to be filled up with God's Word so, I can pour out in prayer while I make my items.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?  If I could go anywhere in the world for one day......that question makes me giddy with delight at just the thought.  I would go to England.  My son is in the Air Force and just got stationed there.  I would definitely go see him!

What is your favorite Bible verse? I have so many favorite bible verses....one I really like is "For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow." Hebrews 4:12

What is your favorite Etsy item to feature? My favorite etsy item to feature are The Comforters: here is one for boys...

Where can we find you on the internet?
My main site is http://www.blessedstitch.com/
My blog is http://blessedstitch.blogspot.com/ (although I haven't started blogging yet)
I am on Twitter at www.twitter.com/blessedstitch

Thanks so much to Vicki 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 adorable receiving blanket.

...and the winner of last week's giveaway (via random.org) from Tiffany Reynolds of Biker Momma T is Sherri Ward. Congratulations! You will be receiving a convo/email soon.  

Comments (18)

On February 23, 2011 at 5:20 AM , sweetybird09 said...

Oh I just love the blankets that Vicki makes and it was hard to choose a favorite, but here is one that I really like for a friend that has a monkey theme for her infant son:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/50916253/embroidered-receiving-blanket-rainforest

Thanks for this post...nice to meet you Vicki

 
On February 23, 2011 at 9:40 AM , karen diana said...

Embroidered Snuggle Minkie Blankie Pale Green and Yellow Owls with Bible Verse happens to be my favorite item on Vicki's etsy site.

I've never seen these before and I think it would be an awesome testimony as a mother when she takes her child out in public with the blankie! I am sure as a mother of 7 myself, how God presents opportunities in the market place to share His goodness! Thanks for being a bold witness for Christ in these days!
Karen
keepsakesforever.etsy.com

 
On February 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Sharon Baldwin said...

Vicki's blankets are so beautiful and I love it that, "Every item we sell has been prayed over while being made which weaves the prayers right into the very fabric of the blanket!" That is a really great idea and such a nice thing to do. Here you have the warmth of a blanket and the warmth of prayer.

Sharon
bebesbeadart.etsy.com

 
On February 23, 2011 at 1:43 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Vicki is a beautiful lady, inside and out.

I love this minkie.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54044918/embroidered-snuggle-minkie-blankie-for

♥♥♥
Sue

 
On February 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM , sammysgrammy said...

Vicki, I love to see how the Lord uses us in so many different ways to be His blessing in the world. The way He sets us out to reflect His glory reminds me of a garden full of beautiful flowers for all to enjoy. Some just stay in the garden and never get picked to grace a dining room table or bedside table in a sickroom but they still fill the air with fragrance and are hospitable to bees for pollination and to birds for seeds. So, too, we just do our thing and the Master uses us however it pleases Him.

 
On February 23, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Lizzi said...

Lovely interview! I love your items (especially the comforter blanket lol)

 
On February 23, 2011 at 2:25 PM , Kristi said...

Very nice!

 
On February 23, 2011 at 2:41 PM , Connie said...

My favoarite item in the Blessed Stitch shop are the baby blankets. I have three grandchildren and each of them have received their own unique blanket. I know the power of the Word of God and the power of prayer, and I want my grandchildren to be covered in the Word. Vicki prays specifically for the child each blanket is made for and I think it is quite a testament to our Lord to take your baby out in public with scripture snuggled all around the baby.....May God Bless your business Vicki!

 
On February 23, 2011 at 6:40 PM , SHEILA said...

My favorite "item" in Vicki's shop is that cutie pie baby she has as her avatar!
All the blankets come in second-everything is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

 
On February 23, 2011 at 6:53 PM , Sue Runyon said...

So nice to meet you, Vicki. Adorable blankets and I just love the concept!

 
On February 23, 2011 at 7:52 PM , Colleen said...

What a wonderful idea to put comforting words of God on a comforters. What a treasure! Thanks Vicki.

 
On February 24, 2011 at 7:44 AM , luvncrafts said...

Beautiful shop!! It's really hard to pick a favorite item! I think I like this one best:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/53968833/embroidered-snuggle-blankie-for-girls

Nice to "meet" Vicki!
Christie
uhmewzing1@yahoo.com

 
On February 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM , IM GIRL said...

Vicki so very nice to meet you. You work is beautiful and a blessed and creative idea. I just adore them all, the pillow cases and the minkies.
My son and wife are going to have a little boy in early May after 3 beautiful girls. His feet have not touched the ground yet. I love this minkie with the brown aqua aninmals and the scriptures make them such a cherished keepsake.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/46757673/embroidered-snuggle-minkie

Keep doing what you love and sharing your fruits!

Kim
www.enterImgirl.blogspot.com

 
On February 24, 2011 at 12:56 PM , Leah R. Hood, Jewelry Designer & Artisan said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing! Your shop is beautiful. :)
I like:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/44767418/embroidered-snuggle-minkie-blankie
leahrhood@gmail.com

 
On February 24, 2011 at 2:19 PM , Kathleen said...

Nice to get to know you better! That is one of my favorite Scripture verses, too. Lovely shop and beautiful blankets - so nice to hear where your shop name originate.

 
On February 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM , Jan said...

I love your shop! So cute. It was hard to pick a favorite but I do really like the little comforters
http://www.etsy.com/listing/46759109/embroidered-snuggle-minkie-blankie-pale.

I love that you pray over your items...I do too! The power of prayer is beyond our understanding.

 
On March 3, 2011 at 7:15 AM , luvncrafts said...

I AM SO Excited about winning this give-away!! Thank you!

 
On March 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Chari said...

These are so beautiful and cute!! Wish I had some when my babies were first born!! :)