We're excited to bring you another in a series of profiles to introduce you to a few of our artisans coming to the 7th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show on Saturday and Sunday, November 28th-29th.  This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do.  The following profile is Sarah from Ellie Jane Bags and her response to a mini-questionnaire.

1). What's your name and what is it that you make?

My name is Sarah Larson of Ellie Jane Bags and I sew waxed canvas bags with leather detailing.  Waxed canvas has been around for a really long time but I when I stumbled upon it, I knew it was the perfect material for my bags.  I love pairing the earth tones of the waxed canvas with unique lining fabrics.

2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do? 

I come from a long line of sewing women!  My mother wanted me to learn to sew when I was little but it wasn’t until after my freshman year of college (a few years ago….okay, over 15 years ago) that I wanted to give it a try.  I came home one summer and asked my mom to teach me how to sew a crossbody satchel.  I wore that bag proudly until the fabric wore thin.  After that, I was hooked.  I tried my hand at sewing other things, but I was always drawn back to making bags.  I like creating something useful, practical and yet still pretty.

3).  What is your best seller?

My pleated tote has been a big seller but so has my crossbody day bag.  The waxed canvas is truly a unique material.  It gains a soft patina look over time and it’s water resistant.  You can’t go wrong with any of the styles!

4).  How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?

I’ve been vending almost a year now.  This will be my first Crafty Mart event and I am really thrilled to be a part of it!

5). Coffee or tea?

It’s always been coffee.  Two cups every morning with a little half-and-half and sugar.

Thank you for answering our questions Sarah. And, thanks for coming to the 7th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show. We'll see everyone on Sat. & Sun. Nov. 28th-29th at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace.  You'll be able to find Ellie Jane Bags at Summit Artspace.