My name is Raquel, and I am the creator of Within the Pines! I began my love for all things crafty when I was a child, but never thought of it as a business until I was pregnant with my first daughter. I worked at a hardware store and was finishing up my last year of college when I realized having a growing tummy made everything 100X's more difficult to do! School was my priority, so I looked into other options to help support my family financially. That is when Within the Pines was born!
For years I made paintings and other handmade items for friends and family members, and loved selling locally. I received a lot of great feedback, so I decided, what the heck! And gave Etsy a try. Since I was pregnant at the time, my mind was focused on all things baby. I wanted to create the perfect item that was unique, functional, and perfect for all new moms and babies. I watched countless hours of youtube tutorials and learned how to sew! I was addicted!! (and still am) When my daughter was born, I found that she had the chubbiest feet, so no shoes would fit and socks looked extremely uncomfortable. Winter was impossible trying to keep her feet warm, and summer was rough trying to not let her get burnt! And there I had it; I was going to create baby moccasins! She let me trace her feet thousands of times to perfect the perfect pattern for my shoes. And they took off!
Never in my life could I have ever imagined doing what I absolutely love as a living! Sewing has made me able to work from home, raise my children, and support my family. There is no better feeling in the world, and I am so thankful for it! It is amazing to know that children in all parts of the world are rockin' my shoes and feeling fabulous. I love and appreciate all of my customers and the support they have given me! Can't wait to see what the future holds!