Retired teacher now makes toys for children

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Ann Goodwin said observing students as a fifth grade teacher at P.W. Moore Elementary School gave her ideas for what toys children would like.


By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ann Goodwin creates toys, totes and gifts for all ages that are sure to bring smiles on Christmas morning.

“I have a lot of fun,” said Goodwin, who sells her gifts locally and online.

Goodwin was a fifth grade teacher at P.W. Moore Elementary School in Elizabeth City for 16.5 years until she retired in Jan. 2015.

After observing her students, Goodwin knows what toys are popular and will interest children.

Goodwin’s totes feature handles for portability. The themed totes open up to various scenes. The “Down on the Farm” tote features finger puppet farm animals, as well as, a farmer and tractor made of felt material. A “Let’s Count” tote holds large felt numbers. Another popular tote has a camping theme and includes a little girl and various woodland creatures.

Goodwin sews crayon aprons for young children consisting of denim. A red gingham material is used for the eight individual pockets that hold eight crayons.

“Sometimes I add an eyelet trim or bow at the top,” said Goodwin.

Goodwin said she utilizes her sewing machine to make many of her crafts.

Goodwin has also made dolls and stuffed bunnies adorned with dresses.

A fun craft she has designed for both children and adults is a tic-tac-toe set made with a wooden board and rocks that are painted in their favorite collegiate team colors.

Goodwin also makes home decor crafts for adults like fabric bowls and Christmas hand embroidered ornaments.

One of the best aspects of creating her crafts is “seeing the finished product,” according to Goodwin.

Goodwin said her toys and crafts are available at the Museum Gift Shop at the Museum of the Albemarle. She maintains the “craftsbyannieg” Etsy shop online.

Goodwin said she has been sewing since she was a young girl.

“My mom taught me when I was very young,” said Goodwin.

Goodwin grew up in Chesapeake, Va., but she has lived in Elizabeth City for 40 years.

Goodwin and her husband, Bob, have two sons and two grandsons with another grandchild “on the way.”

Goodwin said her two-year-old grandson enjoys playing with a magnetic fishing set she crafted. She has also made baby blankets for her grandchildren.

“I sew because I enjoy it,” said Goodwin.