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Getting to know PrairieWindDesigns
Where are you from? and a little bit about you

I grew up on a farm in southwest Kansas. I currently live in Montana with my husband, two adorable children, ages 6 and 3, and our golden retriever, Prairie. I guess you could say I love wide open spaces, from the mountains of Big Sky Country to the wheat fields of Kansas.

What items do you carry in your shop?

My items are all things I have created with fabric. I have a range of items from purses and clutches to barnyard coloring wallets for the little ones. I have many ecofriendly and upcycled items from sandwich and snack bags, reusable grocery bags and toddler dresses that I upcycle from previously loved men’s shirts.
How did you decide on your shop name?
I love the prairie. I feel it has played a big part in shaping me into the person I am today. Growing up working the ground and having faith the seeds you plant today will be the harvest you reap tomorrow. With the prairie comes wind and the winds of change have blown may life in many directions. First separating me from those Kansas sunsets to find myself among the majestic mountains of Montana. Then, after meeting and marrying my best friend, saying goodbye as he went Iraq. It was staying up those lonely nights that I found comfort in my sewing machine.
Do you have anything new you plan on adding to your store?

My newest product is a custom designed walker bag. I want to make life a little easier for those who have difficulty getting around while adding a little of their own personality to the monotony of the everyday.

I recently went to Sea World and Legoland with my family. I made prototypes of a water bottle carrier for the events. Needless to say they were a hit. I’m currently working out the kinks and will be adding them to my shop this month.

Do you have a blog, twitter, or facebook page?

What is your inspiration when making a new item?

My kids and family have been the inspiration for my shop. Every item has been first made for one of my children or family members as a way of making life a little easier for them. I realized that if my daughter enjoyed this so much or as a mom this coloring wallet makes my life easier to eat out, other mom’s might think the same thing. I love creating something with my hands for someone else. I enjoying thinking about that person as I am creating each piece and when it is complete, I feel like I have given a piece of myself.

What items in your shop do you most enjoy making and why?
I enjoy making the upcycled dresses from previously loved men’s shirts. I have done several custom orders and have really enjoyed the challenge of personalizing the item.

I love giving something that has been cast away a new life.

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