Member of the Week- Ginny Macks Crafts

Virginia (Ginny) Wilmoth is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in Cecilia, Kentucky. Ginny has been sewing, kniting, crocheting since she was 7 years old, making clothes for her dolls at first, and then clothing for her siblings, the first being dresses for her twin sisters when she was only 12 years old. At about that time she also began her first quilt. Her first finished quilt was in 1964, and she has continued to make them since!

In 2002, Ginny was helping her son Norm on their farm, and riding on the back of the 4-wheeler with her dog Mickey, a blue heeler, when Mickey accidentaly bumped Ginny off the 4-wheeler and she was injured severly. She was in a coma for 3 weeks with severe head trauma, and they didn't know if she would live. Thankfully, Ginny pulled through, however she had to relearn everything. She still has minor problems with some things like finding the right words to describe what she is talking about or numbers. Some things are a little harder for her, like using the computer, but she has never given up during all this! She had rehabilitated herself while taking care of her husband who could not walk much or do for himself until his passing in 2007. It is remarkable what she has accomplished!

She continues to sew, knit and crochet. She has entered her crafts in the Kentucky state fair, local craft fairs, and bazzars and has won numerous top placing ribbons! She began creating her own patterns in 1975, and has continued to do her craft and make patterns her entire life. Ginny loves what she does, and often makes gifts for family and friends. She has arthritis, but doesn't let that stop her either. She even continues to help her son and daughter in law out on their thousand acre farm of crops and cattle combined whenever she can.

You can see all of Ginny's handicrafts in her Etsy shop, Ginny Macks Crafts.


Monthy Contest Kickoff!

Here at Bluegrass Etsy, we constantly try new ideas to get people excited about buying handmade. We have decided to have a monthy contest where you can win a prize just by browsing (no purchase necessary) our online shop and giving us some constructive criticism in a comment posted here. Every month, there will be a prize donated by the featured shop. Winners are chosen at random from the comments here. This month, the shop is Daydream Art Studios. December is Whimsy By Mari, January is Creative Eye Studio, and February will be Maylee's Garden. Stay tuned!

Here is the prize up for grabs this month:

This necklace features original digital artwork printed on plastic and hangs from an adjustable 16" to 18" blue satin ribbon necklace with sterling silver plated ends and chain. All findings are sterling silver plated, and this lovely necklace is topped by a genuine Swarovski crystal. It is also fully sealed for durability and waterfastness. I have worn these in the shower, pool, and ocean!

It also comes in this little handmade eco-friendly recycled box perfect for giving this holiday season! All you have to do to win is visit http://daydreamartstudios.etsy.com/ and then come back here and leave a comment about the shop! One winner will be chosen at random December 1, 2008.