Spotlight's On: The Antique Basket Lady

Meet Sue Zupnyk, the owner and creator behind The Antique Basket Lady. Sue and I met several years ago at the Holy Hill Art Farm where we are neighboring vendors; we struck up a conversation based on the fact that we’re both nurses and crafting is our creative outlet. Sue has a delightful sense of humor and makes the long days working our booths at the craft show fly by. I own a few of Sue’s bags and am impressed by the quality of her work and her whimsical fabrics.  So I approached her about handcrafting cosmetic bags for Cloud Nine Soap Co.’s Mini Collection. Stay tuned! We had great fun, from design to finish. We chose a fabric with a vintage vibe that speaks to adventure and the wanderer at heart. I hope you love the cosmetic bag as much as I do.

  • What inspires you?
    Fabric inspires me I love, love, love fabric. I also get inspiration from handbag designers such as Vera Bradley and I belong to numerous Facebook groups where we share ideas.
  • How do you decide what fabrics to use?
    I enjoy using all types of fabrics. I recently started collecting vintage textiles and love repurposing them. I find many of the vintage textiles, such as bark cloth, curtains, and table cloths at antique shops and estate sales. I also love colorful fabrics such as those from Tula Pink.
  • What can customers expect when they work with you?
    Customers can expect a quality handmade item that is unique and one of a kind at an affordable cost.
  • Tell us where we can find your awesome work?
    My handmade handbags, totes, wristlets and various accessories can be found at: I also attend various art and craft shows in the Midwest and one of my favorites is the Holy Hill Art Farm in Hubertus, WI.
  • What’s your favorite cocktail?
    My favorite cocktail would have to be a Margarita.
  • Now just for fun, if you could have any celebrity, dead or alive, as your company spokesperson who would it be and why?
    Elvis!  Who doesn't love Elvis!

Thanks Sue! I enjoyed collaborataing with you on the adorable cosmetic bags. I'm looking forward to being neighbors again at Holy Hill Art Farm.


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