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My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 8 years old. Like most, she sewed by hand using only needle and thread. Some of my first creations were hand embroidered pieces. I enjoyed this because it was an extension of drawing, which I fell in love with around age 11 or 12. I learned that I had a natural ability to duplicate pretty much anything I saw. I began to explore painting, soon afterward, and discovered that I could easily match colors by blending two or three different hues together. Beginning in middle school with my woodworking class, I found also, that I was talented in making things from wood. During junior high and high school I continued to draw and paint, however I extended my artistic world to include sculpture, using fabric, paper, cardboard, wood, clay, wire and other found objects to create 3-dimensional artwork. As an adult, I have made many cakes and other sweet treats for birthdays and other celebrations. I truly love creating beautiful, useful stuff. I take much pride in the final outcome, so throughout the entire process I am very careful and meticulous about every detail.

I am a single mother of two sons and one daughter. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementry Education from Oklahoma State University. I taught for 18 years in public schools as well as homeschooling. I also do private tutoring for reading, math, and writing. I am currently pursuing my second Bachelor of Science degree in Design, Housing and Merchandising focusing on Apparel Design and Production from Oklahoma State University.

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My business is based out of my home in Stillwater, Ok.

I started Handmade by Tonya in 2004 as a word-of-mouth, if somebody needed sewing done they would ask me, accident really. After a few years, I decided to get online with a website and still had the word-of-mouth type of clients. I mainly sold quilts. Lots of photo quilts! It didn't occur to me to take pictures of the stuff I was making until around 2007. That is when I started my online business, handmade-by-tonya.com. I still made quilts, but added baby and children's clothing, soft sculpture dolls, doll clothing and accessories, and my children's book, HIDE AND SEEK, which I had gotten a copyright for in 2007. Soon afterward, I expanded to include clothing for teens and adults. In 2014, I was awarded the Best of Cushing award for best baby clothing store, having only an online presence. I have always worked out of my home and done virtually no advertising. Now I expand yet again, including artwork, woodworking projects, formal clothing, as well as baked goods. I welcome and enjoy custom orders. So if you would like a custom made item, please do not hesitate to contact me. Individual consultation available upon request.

Shipping times will vary depending upon the time needed to finish the product. Approximate shipping times will be given at the time each order is received.

Because I start immediately upon receiving an order, if there is a need for a refund, please notify me by email within 24 hours of submitting your order.

Returns cannot be accepted on any custom made items.

Returns will be accepted and an exchange or credit for purchase of another item IF the product is unused, clean, and can be resold. Notification must be received by me within 24 hours of product delivery to the customer.

Cancellation of an order must be made within 24 hours of that order being originally placed.

Items will be shipped through US Postal Service with insurance, tracking numbers and required signature.

If you have read this far, use the coupon code HBT10 at checkout to save 10% on your order. Thank you and I look forward to making something special for you.
Deadline for CHRISTMAS orders is December 10.