COLOR INSPIRES ME
Hello! Welcome to Curly Willow Collections! I’m super excited that you stopped by. I’m Vicki and this is my design studio. Let’s get this first bit of information on the table… I LOVE COLOR! And that’s what you will see here. Beautiful color inspired by all the seasons. So, I create one of kind, seasonal goods for you to enjoy. I love combining colors that give you that “AH-feeling”. That feeling when you see something that is totally unique and is totally YOU!
Each item is handcrafted with quality in mind. I do my very best to create something that is beautiful and will also last. Each merino wool wristlet is slowly-crafted, taking 2+ hours to create. Every step is hand-made by me in my studio. From cutting each geometric shape, fusing it onto a mid-weight canvas, and stitching it in place. Each step has been perfected to give you a quality bag that will last and is worth your investment. This attention to detail on each piece is what my customer’s love. Not only are you getting something beautiful that shows off your style, but something beautifully made!
Part of what makes me excited about creating a business is the ability to give back. I love helping promote other quality artisans. The handmade community is small but growing and that gives me a sense of pride as an artist. I also love the opportunity to put my money where my mouth is. So, I do give back generously at the end of each year to the Alzheimer’s Association. My Dad was affected by this disease and past away in December of 2016. My goal is to keep giving to help find a cure. Alzheimer’s affects not only the affected but the whole entire family. The care needed for an Alzheimer’s patient is a 24/7 job. My siblings and I did our best to help my Mom during the time she was caring for my Dad, but that 24/7 kind of care definitely took it’s toll on my Mom. So, I feel everyone should be giving back to whatever makes you who you are.
The other thing I try to do my best is to provide products that are eco-friendly. Our felt is a blend of 20-35% wool with the rest rayon; approximately 1mm thick. Our wool is only from merino sheep, prized for their quality and softness and making the felt strong, resistant to pilling and colors vibrant. All of our packaging is eco-friendly. I use Eco-enclose shipping bags and usually upcycle items I already have to make your packages pretty.
Now, just a brief background about me. I grew up in the military. My Dad was an Air Force Intelligence Officer. We seemed to move about every 3 years. For this little introverted girl, that was a pretty hard life trying to make new friends, trying to fit in, trying, trying. I played the piano growing up, subscribed to a craft club and did not go to college or even take the “ordinary” path in school. My favorite classes all involved home economic subjects. I did end up getting an Associates degree in Graphic design. But, I always came back to doing things with my hands. I am a doer, a lover of creating things. I’m always looking for the next inspiration. I’ve worked for several print houses for living when my babies were little. And now, they are the most beautiful, creative people I know and have adventures in their own creative fields. It’s pretty amazing to watch those babies thrive!
So, thanks for stopping by my little world of creativity! I’d love for you to subscribe to my newsletter! It’s truly where I get to continue to share my world with each of you!