Designer of the Week - My Treasured Heirlooms

Name: Annastasia Cruz

Owner of My Treasured Heirlooms

Where do you live? Southern CA

How old are you? 28

Do you have any children, if so what ages? Jacob 7, Selena 4

Current auctions: My Treasured Heirlooms

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

I started sewing when I was 8. my first *sewing* (no sewing actually involved) project was when I took some of my mom's fabric and cut a circle and cut another circle in the top put it over my barbie's head and then added a tie at the waist. I remember getting punished for getting into my mom's sewing stuff.

It was a few years later when I was actually allowed to start sewing.

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 stared selling on ebay about 1.5 years ago. I used to sell things at basically cost to friends. I used to teach knitting and crochet classes in a local store until it closed. I have tried selling at crafter's things but have not had any luck. I do have a web site but most of my sales have come through ebay.

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 outfits I sold on ebay was a 12 piece set that sold for $22 and the buyer was an NPB.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

I have always used the name TREASURED HEIRLOOMS. I started off making heirloom clothing with smocking, I made a lot of christening gowns (never sold one) so I decided to hold onto that name. When I went to get my web site was already taken so I decided on and when I noticed that a lot of people on ebay were changing there ID's to match there web sites I did the same. So now my ID is mytreasuredheirlooms*com.

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 used to belong to DDD but they have broken up

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

I really love making things like christening gowns but there is not really an ebay market for them.

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

I really don't have any favorite, I am an equal opportunity fabric-holic.

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

I spend most of the day and night sewing or on the computer. My fabric tends to be all over my bed until it is time to go to bed then it is tossed onto the dresses until either I need it again or until I actually get around to putting it away.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I love crocheting and knitting, I do enjoy cooking but not when I have to clean up and not when it is hot.

Some past My Treasured Heirlooms Designs

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