Monday, March 28, 2011

Bellyful Raffle - Country Cousins

Sometimes you just know quality when you see, feel & touch a handmade item!

Country Cousins have kindly donated a set of these pot holders made from the beautiful Anthology fabric for our Bellyful raffle.

When I opened up the envelope with these inside my friend gasped and said wow those match your kitchen perfectly and they are so lovely! I wish they could stay in there!

So lets find out a little more about the lady who's standards are so high and products such quality!

Q: Tell us all about you, where you are based and your favourite things!
A: I am a very proud Nana of four wonderful grandchildren (oh and I am proud of their parents as well).  I live on a lifestyle block at Katikati in the Bay of Plenty with my husband, a dog and some sheep.  Until recently I was a legal executive in a local law office, but have taken time out to "play" and be creative, which is my passion.

Q: How did Country Cousins come about?
A: I have sewn all my life, and I come from a family of creative people, my 94 year old grandmother still does a little sewing and does wonderful crochet.  I have four generations of my family involved in my business, from my grandmother making crocheted jug covers, to my mum and daughter who specialise in creating different products that we sell.  

My business began a few years ago when I owned a fabric shop and I would make children's clothes as samples for the shop in the wonderful fabrics. Mothers who couldn't sew would buy the samples and order more, so Country Cousins was born. I would also make small gifts from the remnants of fabric left over from a bolt.  I have also made dance costumes and uniforms for many different dance schools over the past fifteen or so years, which is really beautiful

Q: What is the best part about what you do:
A: I love the whole process of my business, from designing, buying and playing with fabrics and colours, the actual sewing and then the wonderful satisfaction of selling or giving the finished product to to the lucky recipient. I love markets because you get to meet the person who is buying your treasures.

Q: Your experiences as a mum & grandmother!
A: My experience as a mum is a little different from most of you as my four children are all grown up now, and I have my grandies.  My advice to you all is to treasure all those moments because time goes so quickly and before you know it your children are all grown up.  But then being a grandmother is the most special time in my life, I think when you are a parent there are so many expectations on you, but grandchildren give soooo much pleasure.

Q: And lastly if you had one superpower what would it be and why?
A: If I had one superpower it would be to make sure that every child in the world had enough food to eat, had every educational opportunity available, but most of all parents who love them and not mistreat them at all times.

Thanks Carol! And thank you for everyone who has purchased a Bellyful raffle ticket! I cannot wait to do the draw on Thursday! 
If you have not purchased your ticket, you have until Wednesday midnight.

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