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134 Main Street East
Stewiacke, NS, B0N 2J0


I have 'connected the dots' between awareness, movement, intuition and creativity to enhance the daily lives of people in my community. 

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Meet Stefanie

Care and craftsmanship, by design.  Smiling Horse is pleased to host Stefanie's creative corner!

A Lifelong Passion

You might say that Stefanie comes by her affinity for stitching quite honestly.  Her grandmothers on both sides of the family turned out colourful, cozy quilts and practical, everyday apparel as a matter of necessity.  The sewing machine was a key tool in their daily lives.  Her mom carried on the craft, creating useful household items and custom apparel for many years.   Stefanie inherited the sewing bug and she has been stitching and designing since she was in her early teens, learning from her family mentors and honing her skills through her own experimentation and self-education.  Over the years, she has developed a strong skillset and a passion for creating apparel, home decor and accessories.  How serious is she about sewing?  She makes all of her own clothes from new fabrics and existing clothing - recycled, restyled and lovingly reused!

A Commitment to Craftsmanship . . .

Producing something that is both useful and beautiful - out of the million possibilities of fabrics available - that is my passion. Knowing that someone can appreciate an item that is made just for them - that is a thrill for me. In today’s world where there is so much retail consumerism, taking the time to create something unique and handcrafted is what I’m about. I love these items as much as my customers do and it’s a win-win because I benefit as much from creating them as they do from using and enjoying them. Whether it’s something utilitarian like a market tote, or something to mark a special moment, such as a bridesmaid’s gift, the same process of careful design, attention to detail and care of craftsmanship is in every piece that I make.
— Stefanie Stanislow

Today, Stefanie works from her home sewing studio, producing a variety of custom products.  She has designed several items and there are more on the way!  Existing designs, already in stock, can be ordered (see the 'Shop' page), but she is also happy to collaborate with any client to meet a particular need. 

She specializes in custom orders.  Of course, all window treatments are created from scratch.  She will visit your home to measure your windows and assist you in choosing the best fabric and design for your space. 

If you have something in mind, she is open to discuss any custom design, such as a different size tote, custom fabric and trim, custom labeling, etc.  Give her a call and get started on that unique creation.  She'll take your idea, pick up the fabric and - turn it into something fabulous!