Owner, designer, creator
Hi, I'm Colleen Havel, a passionate seamstress, based in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. I grew up in Nova Scotia, and learned to sew at the local 4-H club. My passion for sewing was nurtured by the leader and I have been sewing for over 35 years.
I create small batches of amazing bags, clothing and accessories. My items are made of new and repurposed materials. Some are offs cuts from other items (great for coordinating!) and some are from clothing I have saved from landfills by upcycling.
As an entrepreneur and a woman running a small business, I appreciate your support. I know you have choices, and choosing to shop Pretty Yellow House allows me to offer you quality items that are Made in Canada.
Head cutter & executive assistant
Erika started as a co-op student and evolved into a world class cutter. She knows all the angles and is proficient in everything she does. She is learning the art of sewing and now helps me with every aspect of the business from cutting to sewing to packaging. Honestly, I'd be lost without her quick wit and peels of laughter!
Erika has taken leave to go to University.