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ADDING THE FIRST LISTING to my Etsy shop in March, 2009, was an emotional experience. Excitement, joy, anticipation and apprehension whirled inside me. I felt that I should sit at the computer and wait for the first online buyer and sale. My sister, Annie, told me to get back to work!

I was ecstatic when, a few days later, the shop inventory was reduced by one item! A woman from Texas had purchased the Eurosyle Mod Owl KOALA Caddie, that very first listing made with my very favorite fabric. In fact, that KOALA Caddie stars on the first page of this website.

I was even happier - if that’s possible - when my Etsy customer left her feedback. She wrote:

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MY KOALA CADDIE…..IT’S THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!!!

kaffe-and-brandon-dump-123As Christmas approached, this wonderful lady purchased another Caddie for one of her granddaughters, to be presented with yarn, needles, hooks, and the priceless promise of knitting and crocheting lessons.  She chose one made with Brandon Mably’s Waves in red, pink, green and orange stripes, certain to please any teenager. Again, the feedback was wonderful:

LOVE THESE CADDIES! THEY ARE FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

As we convo’d back and forth (that’s Etsy’s term for conversations), she wrote this to me:

I ONLY WISH YOU MADE ONE A BIT SMALLER FOR MELLY (the teen’s younger sister who also wanted to learn to knit and crochet).

Of course this was possible! Armed with Melly’s pants size and a tape measure, I was off to the mall to find the waist and waist-to-knee measurements for a Size-7 girl. I adapted the Caddie pattern to fit our small stitcher-to-be and made the sweetest little KOALA Caddie in a fabric from Tula Pink’s Flutterby collection.  It was a hit with Melly’s grandmother, and destined to take its place with the other gifts under the tree.

Melly's Pint-Sized KOALA Caddie

Today I received a convo from this thoughtful woman, saying hi and telling me of Melly’s recent visit.

MY GRANDDAUGHTER YOU MADE THE CADDIE FOR WAS HERE YESTERDAY SCRAPBOOKING WITH ME. SHE BROUGHT HER CADDIE TO WEAR WHILE SHE WAS WORKING. AFTER WE FINISHED I TOLD HER SHE COULD LEAVE IT HERE FOR NEXT TIME. SHE SAID SHE HAD TO TAKE IT HOME BECAUSE SHE CAN’T PLAY WITHOUT IT. SHE LOVES TO PRETEND SHE OWNS DIFFERENT KINDS OF SHOPS (PET STORE, BAKERY, SCRAPBOOK SHOP, ETC.), AND SHE HAS TO WEAR HER CADDIE. SHE SAID IT IS ONE OF HER FAVORITE CHRISTMAS GIFTS. THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW. BEST WISHES!

I was deeply touched, to say the least. Almost every day someone tells me of a new way to wear or use a KOALA Caddie. I definitely need to update this website to include that information. For today, though, please keep in mind that you can use a KOALA Caddie when you do your scrapbooking, or when you are taking care of business at your pet store, bakery, or bookshop! Thank you, Melly, and bless you.

All is well ~ Mary

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