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: antiquebasketlady.etsy.com. 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.