Arizona Sunshine Girls is my friend, Sarah’s, effort to turn her love of crochet into a source of income. Sarah is extremely talented and makes beautiful, handcrafted products.
She goes through phases of making something specific like a bracelet, but then experiments with different colors, textures, and decorative touches on the same basic pattern. Because I know Sarah personally, I can say that she gets very excited about her projects and will often tell us things like, “I’m really loving these bracelets right now,” or “I can’t get enough of this color!” As a knitter, I admire her gusto and excitement over her work. I get excited about starting a knitting project, but if it takes more than about two hours to do, I get distracted by other shiny things, like TV and sleep. I have started way more projects than I have finished, and could never run a craft store like Sarah.
I also admire Sarah because she has been dealing with some very serious health issues for many years now. It’s a bit difficult for me to write this post, actually, because it hurts to think about the fact that this store isn’t just for extra income so that Sarah can buy cute shoes, but rather because her life depends on it. Sarah has scleroderma and pulmonary fibrosis, both of which prevent her from working. She receives social security, which she had to fight hard to get, but that isn’t enough to cover the outrageous costs of her treatments.
Please visit Arizona Sunshine Girls on Facebook, Twitter, and Blogspot, and check out the Etsy store. You can rest assured that anything you buy was handmade with love and attention and that the money spent will be used for a good cause.