It is our pleasure to introduce Melissa Carson of PlainnSimplebyMimi as this week's Featured Artist. Melissa sews a variety of cute and colorful children's items, as well as bags and totes, at her home in Illinois.

Road Trip Game Pouches

Melissa has graciously offered to giveaway a sweet set of game pouches from her shop (see the photo above).  To be entered to win, please comment on this blog post with your favorite item from PlainnSimplebyMimi.The winner will be announced on next Wednesday's Featured Artist post.
A little bit about myself:
Creating has always been something I love to do. I suppose my inspiration may have been a favored aunt. Aunt Mary Joyce is a woman whom I have admired all of my life. She always gardened, made all her clothes and those of her three daughters; her home was orderly; she was ambitious and capable. She and my uncle are still happily married after more than 60 years. I decided early on that I wanted to be like her. My best day is sewing, gardening, cooking, organizing, and snuggling with my children and pets.

I look at something, anything, and see in my mind what it could become. A branch in the woods on a walk could become a part of a fabric creation of wall art I might make, a colorful bed sheet could become children's' aprons, tote bags, drapes for a kitchen, a skirt. The list is endless. That served me well as a realtor for many years, and is something which I have applied in all of my endeavors in life. My children will all say I can make something out of anything. 

Reusable Sandwich Wrap Placemat by PlainnSimplebyMimi
Reusable Sandwich Wrap Placemat

How did I get started on Etsy?
I found Etsy through my oldest daughter, Joelle. She is a huge Etsy lover and kept planting the seed for me to join. I had been making my goodies for quite some time and getting the word out one ear at a time. I finally listened to her and checked it out. Etsy has been wonderful, and so much fun. I love sharing my love of the Lord with my teams.

How did I choose my shop name?
My granddaughter Pieta calls me Mimi and it just came to me to include that in the name since a lot of what I make is for her or based on something my oldest daughter asks for or suggests. I have a new grandbaby coming in about 3 more weeks, and two grandsons from my other daughter. My son is a junior in high school - planning his studies in college. I am a fairy Godmother to many little ones and love love that too.

What does a typical day look like for me?
Pure chaos - which is fine. Once breakfast is served, lunches are made and boys are off to school, then it's me and youngest grandson, or both if it's not a school day for him. We go to the library, parks, the zoo, etc. During naps I sew, and once dinner is made, my daughter picks up the boys, and I head to my sewing room again to create. My son is on a school sports team, so we enjoy dinner together late, then he does homework and I sneak off to sew some more. Sewing is my therapy from the chaos of life.

If I could be anywhere for a day I would be at Disney in Florida. I love going there.

My favorite Bible verse is: James 1:2-4 “
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Child's Flannel Blanket with Pillowcase

My favorite item to feature would be the flannel blankets I make - I just love them, although the burp cloths I make sell the best.

Other URL's - I have a Facebook site - but the best of what I have is all right here on Etsy.


Comments (4)

On June 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM , Charsbeads4u said...

Such a cute shop! I love all the bright colors! :)

On June 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM , Lorrie Esposito said...

What a great shop with so many handy items. I think this paisley apron was my Fave!

On June 19, 2013 at 11:24 AM , sammysgrammy said...

my shop's name comes from what my grandchildren call me too. Funny - what an influence they have on us.
Nice getting to know you at bit.

On June 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM , Handiworkin' Girls said...

Such fun colors and cute items! Thanks for letting us have a peek into your home, Melissa!