handmade annyschoo

Anny Schoo creates Pure Cotton clothing with Asian inspired design made to order for all sizes.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Anny.
I used to be a teacher in Taiwan. I moved to the States with my husband and daughter around 2 years ago. The life of a stay-home mom got me to pick up the things I enjoyed doing when I was not quite a responsible adult; by that I meant working a full time job and my whole life was rotated by "a job". I started to "make" things with material I have in hand. Old clothes into fabric warajis, yarn into little finger puppets, old sleeves into my daughter's pajamas pants, etc.  By home schooling my daughter, we do quite a lot of activities at home.. painting, crafting, one time I made tops for her and myself and we painted on our new tops. From there, my creations of clothing has started to flow and will keep going until I can't sew anymore I think..

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Farming is my favorite thing to do besides drinking tea. When I get a bit tired, I make tea from my Little Chinese tea set and I farm in my back yard when it's not snowing. it's peaceful. Watering, gathering seeds, pulling some of the weeds, nibbling new sprouts, yes, I nibble from my garden, broccoli, pea pots are my favorites.  Seeing greens growing from soil is the most amazing feeling especially when you work hard for it.. plus my two rabbits hop around and enjoy the garden as well.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
haha.. I am pretty lousy at running my business as a businessperson.  I used two 50.00 bills I got from grandpa and mother at  two different Christmas times and bought a bunch of threads and a sewing machine. Every time I sold something, I purchased more fabric and it kind of just rolls itself, now I can afford to buy fabric in bolts and thinking to go linen. I am very grateful that there are lots of people out there that appreciate and support individual artists.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Every time I have a new design out, I always think "Oh! this is my new favorite."
I think wraps are great because they are usually designed to wear in many ways and the free form kind of just let your body and the flow of fabric rhyme together.
Here is one of the wraps I would LOVE to get as a present.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher, which I did. But I also made a vest for my first puppy when I was like 6 or 7 from a piece of old scratch clothes. It was red I remember.. All I did was cut 4 holes for my puppy's legs..

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
There are lots of talented artists on etsy.  I love original arts/painting, jewel designs, cute little handmade toys.

What does your future hold?
happy sewing I think.. sale or not.. just sew clothing that I enjoy and wear.