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Mini Wednesday – Obi Mama

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Meet Jennifer of Obi Mama   :

I am passionate about baby wearing and sewing is my favorite way to be creative. My goal is to make baby wearing the norm and not the exception in my community and getting moms and dads into slings that are comfortable, functional, and attractive.

Through ObiMama, I earn enough money doing this to stay at home with my children where I want and need to be! I strive to use recyclable or reuseable packaging, eco friendly materials, and turn the lights off when I’m not in the room!

You can visit ObiMama on Facebook.

 

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Mini Wednesday – Little Lily Bamboo

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Meet Jade of Little Lily Bamboo :

My name is Jade. I live with my husband Daniel, and three daughters  and one on the way in northern British Columbia, Canada. I love being a stay at home mom to Addison, Tegan and Myka, and spending any free time sewing for my Etsy shop!  Inspired by my girls, Little Lily products are a natural, gentle way to care for the most precious people in your life!

Aside from being gentle on our Earth, bamboo’s wonderful silky softness is gentle on your family. And it’s hypoallergenic, and naturally antibacterial, so it’s perfect for bath products…which you’ll find lots of here!

Why use Bamboo?
*Bamboo is a natural, green, eco-friendly plant
that is biodegradable
*Considered a sustainable natural resource
*Has natural properties that wick moisture
*Naturally anti-bacterial
*Repellent to harmful UV rays
*Hypoallergenic
*Breathable
*No chemical additives
*Lightweight
*Strong
*Naturally soft
*Holds 3 times its weight in moisture
*Produced Organically
 

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Mini Wednesday – Poverty Jane

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Meet Kate of Poverty Jane:

I am a full time, work at home mama to 6 (soon to be 7!) very beautiful and spirited children. I often find the time during my busy day, 10 minutes here and there to devote my energy to sewing and crafting. I grow my own food, harvest eggs from our happy chickens, hang our laundry to dry, use a wood stove to maintain heat within our 150 year old barn dwelling, solar and wind power, all sustainable living.

I’ve been sewing, very seriously, for about 10 years, this year. Most of my sewing skills were taught by my husbands mother, from England. She lived during a time when there was great depression in her country, WWII. She has been sewing, professionally, for over 40 years in many factories and owns her sewing business.

My grandmother also sewed during the American Great Depression to make things the family needed. She too, was a professional seamstress and all she knew, she passed along to me. She sewed for about 55 years before she passed away. Thanks to both of these woman, I can do what I’m doing today.

I make all of my items as if my entire soul was born within it. When I sew, I am completely in the moment of sewing. It is one of the most spiritual practices I exercise. I make cloth diaper for my own babies and do not believe in vinyl covers or any synthetics personally, though I respect others opposite feelings on this. In fact, I use the very diapers I sell on my babies. I know personally that they are made well and work efficiently and effectively as possible. Any and all materials used to cloth diaper baby or child, is made with natural, permeable fibers so air can flow between baby and diaper. I also make felted wool diaper covers in many different sizes.

And here are a few more place you can visit Kate:
http://www.growinstyle.com/blog/ 
and http://povertyjane-povertyjane.blogspot.com/

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Mini Wednesday – The Violet Sparrow

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Meet Alisa of The Violet Sparrow   :

My shop is filled with goods inspired by the treasures I make for and with my children. As a Waldorf-inspired homeschooling family, we are constantly creating our own playthings, dolls, and beautiful things for our home and nature table. This is reflected in my shop as I can’t seem to choose just one thing to make! I have so many passions and ideas and when I get inspired I have to get to work!

My shop is named after my two saanen dairy goats, Violet and Sparrow. I intended to start an etsy shop where I would sell my handmade cold-processed goat milk soap. I milk our goats for our family’s dairy supply, and started making soap about a year ago. Eventually I will list my soaps for sale here, but for now I am having too much fun creating beautiful and fun, waldorf inspired goods.

With a few closets filled with felted wool sweaters, a girl looks around and wonders, hmm, what are the possibilities here? What can I create from all of this wonderful material? I love the process and challenge of finding items others have deemed useless, and upcycling them into beautiful things. Good for the planet, good for my children, good for all….

My background: I am a WAHM to 3 homeschooled children–schooling in Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf method, and a wildlife biologist with a history in endangered species conservation and public education. I have always been artistic; my creative background is in painting – in the past I have painted functional and decorative goods and furniture for area shops, as well as wildlife and pet portraits! I also have aspirations to open up a watercolor and mixed media section of my shop that is reflective of my love of birds. Opening my shop was a natural flow since discovering Waldorf education, which is rich in handwork and fiber arts.

When the oil spill tragedy occured in the Gulf last year, I went headlong into an anti-oil, anti-plastics campaign, and decided to open an etsy shop. After all, my youngest daughter was going to be 3 soon, so I was able to find a little extra time.

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Mini Wednesday – Rjabinnik

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Meet  Rene of  Rjabinnik  :

My name is Rene Kvicala.I’m really proud husband to Renata, known here on Etsy as Rounien. We live on a farm grouped house in Menik, small Moravian village (Czech Republic, European Union).

We’ve left university studies and the city life and moved there 6 years ago. Since this time we’ve been always self-employers living upon own hands work with respect to crafts, reach folk history, traditions and craftsmanship of our country. There is a plenty of old sources we have studied and many beautiful places we used to work at…

My wife is really in love with felt, she infills our lives completely with tenderness and fleeciness. As creative spirits circumfuse our whole life round all the time, I couldn’t stand by anymore and decided to start my own creation and work with my most favourite and friendly material – wood.

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Mini Wednesday – Lovealittle

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Meet Jane of Lovealittle     :

Hello we are Lovealittle!

We love our arts and crafts and like to sell to friends, at local craft faires and to fund raise for cancer charities.

Mum works part time teaching textiles and enjoys learning new techniques. Once a year she creates costumes for the NYMC summer camp based in a Cowshed in the middle of a field. This is enormous fun and she was blessed by a bag full of sheep’s wool for free this year. The shed, garden and house have seen from smelly to snowy and soft carded wool.

She runs the odd course and enjoys attending lots too. She is a member of the local Embroiderers Guild, soon to be in charge of cakes! Her daughters love to create mini things and have brilliant ideas. They belong to Young Embroiderers and enjoy felt making. They love to make, see and sell their work on Etsy!

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Mini Wednesday – Asher Jasper

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Meet Vicky of Asher Jasper :

My name is Vicky and I’m an artist/homeschooling Mum (to Asher and Jasper) living in Southern California. Originally from England, I moved here after falling in love with a young American artist on a painting trip to Italy.

That American is now my husband 🙂 He has been contributing wooden toys to my store since June 2010 and I love that we can work creatively together again!

I have my Bachelors and Masters in painting and drawing and have exhibited globally. I have to admit that I am a wool addict. I LOVE the stuff. We are a family floating in a sea of wool and wood at all times.

You can also find Asher Jasper on Facebook.

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Mini Wednesday – Beneath The Rowan Tree

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Meet  Lori of  Beneath The Rowan Tree:

BTRT is a family team of myself (Lori), my husband Andy and our inspiring, exasperating just-turned 5 year old Rowan. We share our home with two young terrors/ dogs: Archie the Sheltie and Hooligan the aptly named Brittany.

Andy works in our family print shop, Rowan goes to school, I work full time out of the home… and then we all gather back in to where our house is a mess, our dogs are nuts, my hands are dye stained and we are all happy creating, telling stories and doing what we love here in our small town, in our little home by the lake!

At BTRT you will find quality handcrafted items made with natural materials. Our toys are made in the Waldorf tradition of simple, child-led, open-ended toys from nature that inspire imagination.

You can also find Lori’s blog:  www.beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com and at her new second shop: http://daydreambelieverwear.etsy.com

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Mini Wednesday – Eve’s Little Earthlings

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Meet Eve of Eve’s Little Earthlings:

I can’t stop making stuff! I was originally trained as a potter and worked at that craft for 15 years. I started sewing and creating different animals for my children to play with. From a simple bunny pattern that I found in a book, I began designing my own little animals. Each one has its own unique appearance. My favorite part of the process is adding the eyes and nose, which just seems to bring the creatures to life. Every year I add a few more species to my repertoire.
My kids are teenagers now, but I am still sewing and stuffing!

All of Eve’s Little Earthlings creations are made with repurposed materials whenever possible. They are all stuffed with wool fleece. I use only 100% felted wool fabric for the bodies of my animals unless otherwise stated.It is a fun challenge hunting down the perfect used sweaters for my creations!

Although I am new to Etsy, I have been designing, making and selling Little Earthlings for over 10 years. I derrive my inspiration for my pillows and cozies from the beautiful trees I see while walking my dog. Pillows are made from repurposed sweaters…some are cotton or blended materials. When I’m not sewing, I’m doing mom stuff or working in our large urban garden.

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