Crabtree Studio is my sewing studio and an outlet for my imaginative spirit, and it's been so much fun! My name is Amy Lietzau, and I am a creative woman whose philosophy toward arts and crafts has always been “I bet I can do that!” Whether the craft in question has been ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry making, sewing, knitting, spinning, felting, paper crafts, gardening, or computer graphics, I have tackled each one with a can-do spirit. Research, trial and error, and a large amount of imagination have helped me become a craft Jill of all trades.
Crabtree Studio formally began in the spring of 2006 as makers of unique, high-quality, handmade bags and plushies. I joined forces with my good friend Jessica Puckett. We had been making bags and stuffed animals for friends and family for years, and finally decided to turn our hobbies into a business. In addition to our own web store, we sold our items in a few local stores and at several craft fairs per year. Crabtree Studio has been featured in Craft: magazine and had two segments on HGTV’s That’s Clever.
November of 2008, Jessica started her own business: Plushroom Soup. She had been focusing her creations on "stewing strange softies" while my more traditional creations were beginning to shift away from plush toys. (Her items are awesome and you should really go check them out - one of the only places I know where you can find a zombie frog with detachable limbs!) It was an amicable split and I couldn't be prouder to have her as my friend and to have had the honor of working with her to start this business.
In the summer of 2009 I went on a hiatus from Crabtree Studio to focus on my family (husband Mike and son Gabe) while we renovated, sold our old home, then moved into a new home, and then 10 days later my daughter Lily was born.
By the time Lily was two in 2012 things had finally started to settle down and I was itching to have the wonderful creative outlet that Crabtree Studio provides me. In the two years that I took off my drives and inspiration had shifted, and therefore so did Crabtree Studio's creations. I rarely make bags anymore, and I do make the occasional plush toy, but my real passion is children's clothing. Making dresses and skirts for Lily wasn't enough - I wanted to make them for everyone that wanted one. I also added pants to the line of clothing, so the boys can get a little handmade goodness too! I look forward to adding even more styles in the future.