Designer of the Week - Sunnybrook Farm Designs

Name: Rebekah Congos

Where do you live: Roanoke, Texas

How old are you? 28

Do you have any children, if so what ages? Nicole Grace, 5; Claire Natalie, 2

Current auctions: sunnybrook*farm*designs

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1. When did you get started sewing and creating? Who taught you?

The very first thing I remember sewing was a simple embroidery of my initials that my mom used to teach me how to make "X's" with a needle and thread on plain fabric - I was 5 years old, and I still have that piece, which we ended up making into a tiny sachet pillow.

I come from a long line of creative people, and my mother taught my sister and I the basics of everything she knew about sewing, crocheting, knitting, and crafting; and she told us to take what we loved and run with it! Even now, she is so supportive and encouraging of whatever I'm working on.

2. When did you start selling your designs on eBay? Do you sell anywhere else besides eBay, if so where? (example, web site, local boutique) What did you do before eBay?

Winter 2004. I did not know very much about how to sell boutique on eBay except that I had tons of ideas in my head, and I'd better find a way to sell them or I'd soon have overrun closets! I do not sell anywhere else at this time.

2a. Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay. Do you have a picture? What was it and what did it sell for?

The first outfit I sold was a vintage-look Valentine's outfit, with chenille and battenburg lace, from my own pattern. It sold for $29 and I was thrilled!

3. How did you decide upon your name .

I love reading, and as a girl my favorites were mysteries and stories of days gone by - "Anne of Green Gables" and all L. M. Montgomery books, Grace Livingston Hill books, Nancy Drew (the old series), and I have a particular attachment to "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

I actually had a child's illustrated/abridged version of this book when I was quite young, and loved that there was such a lovely character who had the same name as me, even if we spelled it differently. Rebecca (in the book) dreamed of having dressy, fashionable things to dress up in, and the few nice items she had, she cherished. I related to her as a child, because being in a family of very limited means, I did not have much but what I did have I truly appreciated.

4. Do you belong to any boutique group and if so which one? How did you get started in that group? What do you like most about your particular group?

I belong to SassyChic Elite Designers. I applied when I saw a thread posted on the cbd board that they were looking for new members. I have enjoyed getting to know them as we support each other.

5. What is your favorite thing to create? (example: vintage style dresses, totes, overalls, etc) Why?

My favorite thing to create is anything that I am inspired to create. If it is not something that I love in my head, I will not love making it! I especially like making things that my girls like - when I see their eyes light up when they try it on, I know I've hit a winner!

6. What are your favorite types of fabrics or fabric designers? Why?

I love so many fabrics and designers! I have a difficult time choosing favorites… again, if it inspires me, I love it! Besides quality quilt fabrics, I have enjoyed using denim, chenille, satin, brocade, eyelet, the list goes on…

7. Where and when do you do most of your sewing? Are you neat about it or do you have fabric covering the floor!

Most of my sewing is currently done in my adjoining dining/living room. I have my ironing board set up in the living room with my serger set up next to it. My sewing machine is set up on the end of the dining room table. I try to be organized, because I cannot stand chaos - I prefer controlled chaos. I have most of my fabrics, notions, etc., stored in my bedroom and it's walk-in closet.

Someday soon, my youngest daughter is going to be moving out of our "office" room that is subbing as the baby's room, into the room with her big sister. When she does, I'm hoping to consolidate all or most of my sewing things into the "office" - it's right off the living room, and I like having it near where the kids play so I can work and still be close by.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

Spending time with God, spending time with my family & friends, reading, gardening, ballet, music, working with children.

9. Anything else you would like to add?

Jesus Christ is the most important person in my life - He saved me from myself and is my source of everything I need. He is my greatest treasure, and in everything I do I want to bring Him the glory He deserves.

Some past Sunnybrook Farm Designs

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