Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Handmade by Anne Potter

I have found another amazing recycling shop!! Anne has a wonderful variety of items - just so much to look at :) Check it out:

*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Originally I'm from the Chicago area - Park Ridge, IL. I now live in Champaign, IL because my husband and I both attended the University of Illinois here in Champaign and stayed because we love it here. I am a stay-at-home mom to five kids and my husband is a high school math and physics teacher. Besides taking care of my kids and designing and making things, I am involved in my church and I teach a few Community Education courses at my local community college.

*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
"Handmade by Anne Potter" is a way to sum up the many different pieces I make from several different media. I knit, quilt, crochet, sew, paint, embroider, bead, needlepoint, etc. so I chose this name because it makes an array of products into one cohesive collection. I definitely have a certain aesthetic that defines my pieces. I started selling pieces on etsy because it was an easy way to produce without taking away from my first job of taking care of my children. I use naps and bedtime to work on my business demands.

*What got you started in recycling?
Thankfully, recycling is in my blood. Though I was embarrassed by it at the time, my mother furnished my childhood home with beautiful antiques that she found curbside on her morning walks. To me, recycling makes sense: so many materials have a lot of good use in them still - I just need the creativity to figure out how it best use it!

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
(Great question!) I have a lot: Quality calico, acrylic paint, random shiny beads, sewing sundries at garage sales, and sweaters made from bulky yarn (to reknit), and Mexican milagros. I love finding someone's vintage or foreign sewing supplies at a garage sales, also - anything that I can't buy at the craft store.

*What motivates or inspires you to create?
I am inspired by travel most of all. I live in a constant state of wanderlust and making an Indian piece of jewelry or Danish hair stick cures that in me. I'm inspired by nature - the colors of an Illinois sunset are breath-taking - and also the design that has come before me, like the dragon buttresses on Norwegian stavekirkes (churches) -they're enchanting.

*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
Probably my Lake Louise Knit Rug because it was so gratifying to produce a piece that matched the idea in my head - that doesn't always happen!

*What is your favorite shop that uses recycled materials, and/or your favorite blog about recycling?
I love to see what's at Ten Thousand Villages, a cool store that prioritizes fair trade, offering opportunities for third world artisans to support themselves through craft. The creative ingenuity I see there is inspiring. This store is after my own heart as well: I donate half of all proceeds from my Etsy shop to missions.


  1. Anne is a jewel...thanks for spreading the word ;-)

  2. Great shop! I, too, have a mother who is obsessed with find treasures on her daily walks. What a great find!

    Have a good day!


  3. Thank you so much for the beautiful feature - I feel absolutely honored to be a part of your community. Thank you, thank you!

    Anne Potter

  4. You sure find the best etsy shops!! Thank you!

  5. Another great Etsian! I'm off to visit the shop!

  6. Looks like some great stuff. I'm going to check out her shop now.


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