The Team at Sarafina -- June 2021


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Sara

What is your role at Sarafina:  Owner and Chief Creative Officer

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch?  Developing new projects and eating dessert

Tell us your favorite Sarafina Memory:  So many!  Once our musician friends, who created the Sarafina music, came to the shop to play for an evening.  Jennifer and Nick both got up and sang with them.  I love it when circles come together and you look around, in that moment, and know you are in the right place. 

What is your favorite Sarafina Product?  Face Ace

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it?  Libra and YES!

Snow storm or Thunderstorm?nnI used to have a lot of anxiety when an electrical storm came, I’m talking my entire life.  Recently it shifted instead to a sleepy calm that takes the storm as a sign to get into a nest and relax.  I still, however, insist that if I were outside, I would attract lightening. 

If you came with a warning label what would it say?  Sort of want my staff to answer this one

If you could instantly be very good at something what would it be?  Roller dancing

The movie of which you will never tire?  Anything love:  The Princess Bride, Room With a View, Pride and Prejudice

Kyla

What is your role at Sarafina: Website Management and Customer service, voice of Milo

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch? Filming is way too fun to be called a work task!

Tell us your favorite Sarafina Memory: Nothing specific--just many memories of laughing so hard I have had tears running down my face.

What is your favorite Sarafina Product? Off White Chunky Core beats every felting fiber in the world

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it? Leo and kind of

City or Country? Country

Mountains or Beach? Both!

Modern or Antique? Used to be more modern, now I like more antique

Chocolates or Gummies? Gummies gummies gummies

Snow storm or Thunderstorm? Thunderstorm

What isn’t real but you desperately wish it was? Teleporting.  I get motion sick and I would love to travel "the easy way"

If you could instantly be very good at something what would it be? Playing the piano

The movie of which you will never tire? Midnight Madness

Favorite color:  Sea Foam Green/Aqua

Jennifer

What is your role at Sarafina: Office/Production Manager/BookKeeper, Miss Money Bags, Resident Hugger, Daily Exclaimer of "I Love You"

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch? SPACE PLANNING/ORGANIZING

Tell us your favorite Sarafina Memory - the 5th expansion - when we moved to and started utilizing the lower building - how we all danced and spun in our areas. We were so happy for the extra space. But really, there are so many - when Sara, Kyla and I all got into the biggest box we ever saw. Now that is our regular delivery size. But the Mill and the "ice box" - classic. The wool wind chimes - priceless.

What is your favorite Sarafina Product? House Carded Batts

If you could request an animal for Sara to make what would it be?  Anything mythical.

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it? Cancer - yes. Who doesn't love a crabby hugger who yells I love you!?!

City or Country? Country

Mountains or Beach? Mountains

Modern or Antique? Modern

Chocolates or Gummies? Chocolates

Snow storm or Thunderstorm? Snow storm, as long as I can stay cuddled up inside. Thunderstorms terrify me.

Ideal weather for a nap... 70 degree, slight breeze, outside on a hammock.

If you came with a warning label what would it say? Sometimes too blunt.

What isn’t real but you desperately wish it was? Vampires. It will always be Vampires.

If you could instantly be very good at something what would it be? Playing the piano.

The movie of which you will never tire? There are too many, which is funny because I don't really like movies. Elf, All of the Harry Potters, Shawshank Redemption, The Princess Bride.

Favorite color - I think I go in waves. Currently, I am loving pinks and purples. I always gravitate to red. But Aqua, oh what a treat.

You have a free round trip ticket and all the $ you need; where do you go? I've always wanted to go to Greece.

Talbot

What is your role at Sarafina: graphics/photo editing, shipping, waxes, fleece washing

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch?  Working on random projects that pop up from group discussions.

Tell us your favorite Sarafina Memory:  The team of us renovating and moving into the shop.

If you could request an animal for Sara to make, what would it be?  Sleepy sloth

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it?  Is it a Capricorn thing to question the validity of zodiacs classifying people?

Mountains or Beach?  Mountains for living, beaches for visiting.

Chocolates or Gummies?  Gummies. To the extent where I never buy them.

Snow storm or Thunderstorm?  Thunderstorms, they're like nature's fireworks.

Ideal weather for a nap...Warm enough to have the windows open while it steadily rains.

What isn’t real but you desperately wish it was?  An off/on switch for sleeping.

If you could instantly be very good at something what would it be?  Piano

The movie of which you will never tire?  Blade Runner

Marsha

What is your role at Sarafina:  Fleece acquisitions, washing and dyeing.

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch?  Dyeing the curls (so happy to be getting cleaner fleeces so I no longer have to think: is that a turd or dirt?)

Tell us your favorite Sarafina Memory:  Laughing with my co-workers as the shuttle was passed around the table (pre-Covid times).

What is your favorite Sarafina Product?  Really? Is this even a fair question? I think one of everything is my only answer!

If you could request an animal for Sara to make what would it be?  Pegasus (my favorite!)

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it?  Taurus. I am definitely stubborn.

City or Country?  Country with city visits.

Mountains or Beach?  Mountains with Beach visits.

Modern or Antique?  Antique style with modern convenience

Chocolates or Gummies?  Chocolate and Gummies

Snow storm or Thunderstorm?  Snow Thunder counts right? JK - to each it’s season. Although I would be ok with letting gusty winds pass by and not linger.

Ideal weather for a nap...75 degrees F. Sunny with big puffy clouds. On a hammock. Although that would not be a power nap, but more like meditation relaxation.

If you came with a warning label what would it say?  TMI - Filter Lacking and Laughter Uncontrolled.

What isn’t real but you desperately wish it was?  Teleportation

If you could instantly be very good at something what would it be? Making choices/decisions. Hahahahaha

The movie of which you will never tire? Anything by Wes Anderson (esp: Life Aquatic) or Taika Waititi

Favorite color:  All the colors: Jewel, Earth, Celestial

You have a free round trip ticket and all the $ you need; where do you go?

New Zealand

Mary

What is your role at Sarafina: Production including carding, making kits, bundling and what ever comes up. 

Tell us your favorite Sarafina Memory:  It may sound weird but my favorite memories are of the Fiber Fairies.  I enjoy the teamwork on those days and I like packaging sometimes. 

What is your favorite Sarafina Product?  My favorite product is in general, the kits.  I especially like the Lion kit.  Zullitol and FaceAce come close second. 

If you could request an animal for Sara to make what would it be?  I loved Leo the lion and would love to see her make another large head or head and neck of say a horse or a steer with horns. 

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it?  My zodiac sign is Cancer and I probably do identify with it. 

City or Country?  Country for sure

Mountains or Beach?  Beach by a small margin

Modern or Antique?  Antique with some modern features 

Chocolates or Gummies?  Right now, chocolate, tomorrow, gummies 

Snow storm or Thunderstorm?  Snowstorm 

Ideal weather for a nap...Rain is perfect weather for a nap but honestly, I can nap in any weather. 

If you came with a warning label what would it say?  My warning label would say "keep an eye out, she sometimes forgets things."  My memory is not as great as it used to be. 

What isn’t real but you desperately wish it was?  I would like to be able to teleport.  You know be somewhere one minute and somewhere else just like that. 

If you could instantly be very good at something what would it be?  I would like to  be a really good pianist, tried lessons years ago. 

The movie of which you will never tire?  I can't think  of a movie to watch over and over but I've read Watership Down at least 5 times. 

Favorite color:  Blue 

You have a free round trip ticket and all the $ you need; where do you go?  Would like to see England but its hard to get away so...

Sarah (AKA Sassy)

What is your role at Sarafina: kit maker, carding, and packer

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch? Putting kits together. It is my absolute favorite especially when we are about to release a new kit! Ohhh plus fiber fairy prep! 

Tell us your favorite Sarafina Memory: hmm laughing so hard that I’ve had to sit on the floor

What is your favorite Sarafina Product? All of it? Haha. Zullitool, Face Ace, all the core…so many things

If you could request an animal for Sara to make what would it be?  Dolphin

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it? Capricorn- there are definitely some traits that describe me.

City or Country? 100% Country girl

Mountains or Beach? I absolutely love both and could not pick just one

Modern or Antique? Antique

Chocolates or Gummies? Sour patch watermelon

Snow storm or Thunderstorm? Thunderstorms

If you came with a warning label what would it say? Contains sass

The movie of which you will never tire? International Velvet

Favorite color: royal blue

You have a free round trip ticket and all the $ you need; where do you go? Florida keys or the Bahamas

Jenny

What is your role at Sarafina:  I’m the locks liaison! Wash, dry, weigh and bag - working with Marsha! I am a wax apprentice as well.

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch? - I love preparing FABundles! Locks and silks! Those colors!

What is your favorite Sarafina Product? - Fiber art bundles, of course! Especially “Bronze” - oh, and landscape batts!

If you could request an animal for Sara to make what would it be?  - a centaur! What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it? I'm a Virgo. I identify with the organizational super powers of Virgos!

City or Country? Depends on what city. London? YES. LA? No…

Mountains or Beach? Beach every time!

Modern or Antique? Design aesthetic? Antique. But I love modern tech.

Snow storm or Thunderstorm? As a former school teacher, a snow day still fills me with glee.

If you came with a warning label what would it say? Do not attempt to engage with subject unless she is fully caffeinated!

The movie of which you will never tire? Princess Bride.

Favorite color - teal

You have a free round trip ticket and all the $ you need; where do you go? On a European tour of ancient and mystical sites - from the stone circles of Orkney/Scotland to the Minoan ruins on Crete!

John

What is your role at Sarafina: Media Magician

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch?  Producing videos

If you could request an animal for Sara to make what would it be?  A jumping spider

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it?  Gemini. I'm basically the opposite of a Gemini.

Mountains or Beach?  Beach. Preferably near some mountains.

Modern or Antique?  Out with the old!

Snow storm or Thunderstorm?  Snow storm, unless I have to drive.

If you came with a warning label what would it say?  HOT

You have a free round trip ticket and all the $ you need; where do you go? Australia

Faith

What is your favorite task at work besides eating lunch?  Getting to learn more about locks and fiber and whole process, including the end products which are astounding!

What is your favorite Sarafina Product? Without a doubt the landscape batts, I love to see all the color combinations together.

If you could request an animal for Sara to make what would it be?  Jellyfish

What is your zodiac sign and do you identify with it?  Capricorn I do not fully identify with it but I think there is much to learn from it!

City or Country? Chesapeake city, Cecil County

Mountains or Beach?  Mountains

Modern or Antique? Antique

Chocolates or Gummies?  Chocolate

Snow storm or Thunderstorm?  Snowstorm

Ideal weather for a nap...Cool summer evening

If you came with a warning label what would it say?  Some days I'm crazier than others

What isn’t real but you desperately wish it was?  Hogwarts

If you could instantly be very good at something what would it be?  Art

The movie of which you will never tire?  Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children

Favorite color - neons

You have a free round trip ticket and all the $ you need; where do you go?

New Orleans

Sarafina Fiber Art, Inc. is committed to creating and conducting business in an eco-friendly environment. Without sacrifice of quality wherever possible we reuse, reduce, and recycle.

  • Whenever possible we reuse and/or use eco- friendly packaging materials.
  • As we continue to grow our efforts in being green, we are finding that many products that we use are not yet available in a sustainable form. We are always looking for green alternatives to incorporate into our business.

Customer Testimonials

As a returning customer, I must express how unique Sarafina is. The generosity in teaching us, superb customer service and high quality fiber and supplies are a few reasons I shop Sarafina. Those are all expected qualities you want from businesses. The bonus factors are your wonderful personalities that are so much fun and genuine, keeping us in tune with what’s going on in Sarafina with Facebook Live streaming, the generosity in the FFF incentives, and the family atmosphere that has grown among all the Facebook group members that are so encouraging and sharing tips is why I LOVE SHOPPING SARAFINA!  A big hug and thank you to everyone at Sarafina. -Maria

Tonight I started my 2D bunny. My kit had arrived, I watched the videos all the way through first, which honestly I've never done. I usually watch and do my own interpretation all at the same time. Sara makes it look so easy and effortless. I thought ok I'm going to do this on my own without following along. I'm an experienced felter, right? NOT!! Made it two minutes, which means I basically could make the outline of the bunny without help. Wow such talent I have! Lol. So I got the background and the bunny body done and decided to wait til tomorrow night for the rest. Right now I need a drink and some perspective. So I brought it with me to get a drink and guess what? When you are more than 18 inches away from your work and have had an Irish mule to calm your nerves, things look better than you might think! Not sure if the drink or the distance gave me more perspective but it did make one thing very clear....Sara you are an amazing talent! Thank you so much for Sharing and teaching us (ok me) that art is more than the final product or piece. It's about the journey, the humor (thanks Milo), the sense of peace we feel when doing what we love, but most of all its the camaraderie we feel when felting along. Seeing everyone do similar things while following along and then sharing them makes us feel connected. We all struggled along together. Felting for most of us is solitary, except when you are there with us with your talent, tips, and tricks on your videos.Thank you to the whole Sarafina Team. And to you Sara, Bravo! -- Kelly G.

I'm fortunate to live close enough to frequent Sara's shop. The genuine thoughtfulness and integrity of her leadership have not gone unnoticed by me. I'm no business woman, but i think there is a lovely and intelligent spirit about her shop that could be a model for any business large or small. I'm impressed by the thought she puts into her business decisions and their environmental as well as human impact. Wish more business owners would do the same but as consumers there are things we can do as well. Having said all that, I learn so much by the posts and comments of each of you. You have encouraged and shared generously. Thank you! -Chris

"Rode in the rain today and saved myself $10 on riding at the indoor so that pays shipping! Having way too much fun..." - Deborah on her thriftiness so she could buy another kit.

"I've looked everywhere and you are the only one with wonderful easy to follow needle felting instructions." - Pam

Sara, I love the fox. He is sitting regally on my mantle watching over everyone. And the ability to change his position into sitting, sleeping, running, etc...is really cool. Thank you for a wonderful piece. – Hellen

STUNNING!!!! SELLER IS VERY TALENTED!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY TOP NOTCH ARTIST!!!!! A++++++++++ - Michelle

My favorite wool supplier!!! Wonderful service! - Angie

Custom carded batts by Sara are simply always spot on! - Yvonne

I watched the ZulliTool video and knew I had to have it. Solved a lot of problems with just one tool. - Kerry

I use Ewe Smooth to create some tack on my fingers when working with wool. Doesn't leave them greasy. - Kerry

About our Chunky Core Wool: This wool is the perfect texture for core work - love it! - Kaaren

As always beautiful fiber, good communication and quick service. - Bonita

I love everything about the wools I received! My dream goal now is to try everything in the store!! I found amazing wools and great, caring, helping, smart people in this store. It's like no other I will keep coming back to this store. I would highly recommend, it's so worth it! I could go on and on! I'm very excited and happy I found them!! I was stuck on what to get for wool for my favorite new hobby and this is the best wool I've used and touched! What a difference! You guys are amazing! Keep up the great work!! Sorry for the long review I'm just super happy and excited!! - Alana

Perfect and fast shipping! Very excited! Beautiful colors and amazing wool!! Will be back!LOVED this fox kit. The materials were beautiful and abundant. The video tutorial was clear and precise. My 12-year-old received the kit for Christmas from her older sisters and we made it together. We are both thrilled with the results and she plays with it daily. Thank you. A good value. A beautiful project.Everything I buy from Sarafina felts fabulously! - Bonnie

This was my first attempt at building an armatured animal. The tutorials are excellent and there was ample wool in the pack to redo some of the areas I was unhappy with. Have just started my second mouse at it is going very well. The service and product value from this vendor is unsurpassed. - Cindy

Gorgeous wool. Very pleased with packaging and service. Will definitely order again. - Fiona

About our Stabbit Wabbit Felting Surface: What an amazing invention! I hated using foam...this is ideal! So wonderful, a must have! - Hope

Thank you so much for another wonderful puff bunny! What a delightful treasure and so beautifully made. Your work is outstanding and will bring smiles for many years. - Debbie

Sara is not only a great artist, but a great person as well. She is always willing to answer any questions I may toss her way. Her animals are so cute...they are like potato chips...you can't have just one! - Monica