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Artisan Spotlight: ToysByHand

First off, tell us about yourself.

Hello my name is Mari and I am a fairly new mommy. I have a 9 month old daugther named Cataleya. I’m fortunate enough to have a hubby who makes enough for me to stay home five days (I do work two days). I am a SoCal native but found my home here in the Bay Area with the hubby.

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Where are you from?

I was born in Ventura county. Specifically in Port Hueneme California (it’s a small beach town near Catalina and Camarillo). I have moved over 11 times but all within Cali so I would say in pretty familiar with the state lol. I’ve lived in San Diego, mammoth Lakes, Camarillo, San Francisco to name a few!

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How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?

I began sewing way way way back when I was still a child; my mom taught me! But I began sewing toys while I was pregnant with my daughter I wanted her to have sturdy safe toys that I knew exactly what they were made of plus it’s so much cooler to have toys hand made/sewn. Plus I was able to decide exactly the function and look of the toys. My family kept bugging/pushing me to open up a shop bc they loved my toys so I did last October (2015) I’m still fairly new.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from my daugther: watching the way she plays, figuring out what she prefers, coming up with toys that I could use to educate her with, and the color combos/contrasts she likes… Really helps to have my own model/tester lol.:

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What do you love most about your craft/business?

I love the fact that I am not only able to make my daugther happy but other babies/children too. And I love knowing that they are playing with safe fun educational toys!

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?

I am mostly an outdoorsy person: hiking (though it’s way to cold right now), sight walking, swimming, and my job (jcrew worker) and now that I’m not pregnant anymore I can actually work on the window displays again!

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Is there anything else you would like to share?

I always always welcome custom requests: I love working with customers to create just the prefect toy for them and their kids!

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToysByHand

Artisan Inspiration: NataliyaMalik

My style trend is Handmade Accessories: Felted Scarves, Collars, Shawls, Handbags, Covers, Wall Decor and many more.
Everything that I create, I constitute a pattern and I always count the amount of material since I use only high quality materials. My products are made of wool, natural fabric, natural fiber, water and natural Turkish olive soap and because of these materials; my products easily withstand rain and snow. My products are soft, thin, cloud-like in texture and very long lasting.
Felt is the oldest form of fabric and is becoming popular as people rediscover the versatility and durability of it. Since it may be the oldest fabric known to man, there are many references to felt in ancient writings since it’s not woven and doesn’t require a loom for its production.
The process of felting doesn’t need expensive materials or equipment. Just about anyone can add soapy water to fleece, make a felted mass, control the outcome and then quality felt is achieved through experience and learning. Aside from choosing the best type of fiber for the application, one must consider the layout of fibers for consistent felt, the weight of wool in relation to the area of its distribution to determine shaping, the amount of soap to use and the temperature of water.
It’s hard work, but it’s my passion and one of the things I absolutely love to do, especially when I make them for happy owners!

 

Handmade in Cleveland, Ohio

WEBSITE Source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NataliyaMalik

Handmade Inspiration: Travel Around the World

Today’s blog post I was inspired to feature handmade creations from various talented designers on Etsy with the theme- Travel Around the World. I really enjoyed digging through Etsy to find these creative inspirations.  Be sure to click the links below each image to visit these lovely shops.

Around the world - a miniature rotating globe necklace
TuesdayFreya

 

 One Colourful World (yellow version) - 12x18 Canvas Print
Locket Necklace Retro Camera Road Trip Map Of Europe Camera Locket World Map Antique Brass Locket Steampunk Locket  World Traveler
Pursesonal Style
 Pillow Cover - Map of the World - Hand Screen Printed Cushion
World Map Inlay iPhone 5 Clear Case with Black Trim - On Sale - FREE Shipping
Carved Products
4 Pairs of Around the World Earrings / Antiqued Bronze
JJad97
Market Tote Bag in World Map - globe travel shopping bag diaper bag school canvas continents atlas blue pastel library tote
Pumfield Shop
Toddler Boy's Necktie- Airplane, Vintage Print 0-18 months
OnelittleBelt
One of my goals for this blog is to regularly feature handmade products that I like from various artists and independent designers around the world. However, if you would like to share your inspiration, based on a color, theme a complete outfit e.t.c please contact me here.

What do you think of this collection?

Anna