The Old Farmhouse Gathering team would like to introduce you to Cheryl & Chuck of Boltz Raggedies. Cheryl & Chuck opened their shop on Etsy in May, 2008. At first, they only sold their original pattern designs. From there they sold their goods to prim shops across the country in a wholesale group they started and ran on Facebook. In 2011, they decided to restructure their business and began to restock their Etsy shop in order to market their retail creations.
Not only are their staple goods raggedies and critters, but they are also planning to offer grungy goods such as cans, jars and other items. They are also working on custom created hand painted sign board that they hope to launch this Fall. Chuck loves to work with clay and they are hoping to be able to soon offer his clay creations. Everything they make is made with love and pride.
Since Cheryl could hold a pencil and paintbrush in her hand, her Mom has had her drawing and painting. They'd sit for hours and either draw or paint ceramics together. Her mom has been her inspiration. She taught Cheryl the love of art from a very young age and encouraged her to hone her skills and use her creativity. When she'd gotten older, her and her mom would hit their local craft store every weekend for ribbons, flowers and eucalyptus so they could make wreaths and swags. In 2001, Cheryl learned to sew and never looked back. Sewing is indeed her true passion. Even her Mom asks her to create items for her and Cheryl is so proud that she can do just that. Cheryl's mom is proud of all of Cheryl's creations. In fact, most of her original designs were created for her Mom's birthday, Christmas or Mother's Day.
Cheryl will admit that she doesn't do well with schedules. Being an artist, she creates whenever an idea hits, whether it is drawing out a new pattern or creating something. Because she is self-employed, her work time can be any time of the day or night. They live a simple and modest life in the country with their "fur" children. Home improvement, gardening and working on their yard are some of the things they love most.