Designer of the Week - Allies Art Design

Name: Allie Kretsinger

Where do you live: Spring, TX a suburb of Houston

How old are you? 33

Do you have any children, if so what ages? 2 girls - Kayla age 5 and Kendall almost 4

Current auctions: Allies Art Design

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

I started creating a little over two years ago - I wanted to design fun hand-painted overalls for my daughters. I don't sew, so I used iron on and fabric paint in the beginning, haaa!! But I soon realized that I needed to be able to add ruffles and frills, so I found a wonderful seamstress to help me with my designs. Now I create the designs and she brings them to reality for me.

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?

I started on ebay over 4 years ago but first started selling my designs in fall of 2002. Do you sell anywhere else besides eBay, if so where? I sell my handpainted bow-holders and ceiling tiles to local boutiques and at craft shows; I have also painted murals around Houston for about 3 years. My bow holders are also featured on What did you do before eBay? Before ebay I was working full time but when I went to being a full-time stay at home mom I used ebay to supplement our income.

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?

Yes, it was a pair of handpainted snowman overalls and they sold for around $20 I think.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

My name for the longest time was allie0426. Since I was primarily a buyer I never really thought about changing it. But joining a design group recently prompted me to change it to the name I use locally for murals, etc, which is allies*art*design.

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 am so honored to be a part of the rockin' Stitchinchicks. What an awesome group of ladies!! I just joined in January when my friend Danielle put my name in. I love my group because all of these girls are so down-to-earth and FUN!! We have such a good time chatting and coming up with new launch ideas together. I am in awe of their talent...I feel like such the amateur!! Hee hee.

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

My favorite thing to create is ruffle pants sets and jumper dresses. They are so versatile and comfy, and can be dressed up or down. I love to paint, so simple outfits with that "hand-painted" twist always make me smile!

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

I am in LOVE with all of the awesome Michael Miller fabrics!! I can think of so many things to create that I don't have time to do them all!! I also love the fabric I found to do my painted sets…it works so well to paint on but is soft and comfy enough for a child to wear.

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

Like I said, I have a seamstress that actually sews, BUT I do have my grandmothers' sewing machine that I play around on. I just organized a couple of nights ago, so all of my fabric is contained in one area, but usually it takes over my bedroom, something my husband just rolls his eyes at….hee hee.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

Painting is my passion - I paint murals, furniture, ceiling tiles...basically anything. I also am kept very busy with my older daughter Kayla modeling for other ebay designers, and with both of my girls involved in dance. We have a full schedule for sure!!

Anything else you would like to add?

I am just so honored to be a part of the design community on ebay. It is so much fun to create unique things for my daughters and for others that I know they can enjoy. What an honor and a privilege to do something I love and use my talents to be able to stay home with my daughters. I consider myself blessed. Thank you for considering me!!

Some past Allies Art Designs

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