FolkAnna, my artisan business in the foothills of western Maine, is named to honor my great, great grandmothers, Anna and Anna. Inspired by ethnic designs from their Czech homeland, a passion for color, botanical motifs, and the mischief of woodland fairies, I found myself creating hand embroidered whimsical textile art. Each item is one of a kind, handcrafted and my own original folksy design. I create soft dolls, fairy bird wands and bird ornaments, soft children’s books, Mir (Peace) Babies, and more. All dolls in my BabiAnna line have butterfly fairy wings. Each doll has a unique name, from the long list of grandmother’s names shared with me by my friends. Using hand needlework techniques with beautiful upcycled textile bits and vintage trims, I am having such a joyful time creating items for play and home décor.