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Mini Wednesday – Sherees Atelier

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Meet Sheree of Sherees Atelier:

I love to sew and create beautiful things! I am a wife to a great guy and mom to two great kids. They are my joy!

I have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from MIT, but hung up my lab coat when my daughter was born so I could stay home and mother her. These days, I spend my time mixing up fabrics at home instead of mixing up chemicals in the lab.

I love designing (my work as an inorganic chemist involved designing and synthesizing new molecules) in all forms and enjoy sewing, quilting, knitting, blogging, photography, travel, gardening, cooking and reading. I enjoy having loads of time to spend with my family and the flexibility of working from home and being available to meet their needs when necessary.

You can visit Sheree here too: www.shereesalchemy.typepad.com

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Mini Wednesday – Fee Vertelaine

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Meet Julie of Fee Vertelaine    :

I have always enjoyed creating. It is my passion, my hobby…it is a part of me, a joy! Through my creations a piece of my soul is revealed.  I’m a mother of one daughter, so you can imagine that the first doll that I did was for her…and now guess what happen? I couldn’t stop…I had to make more. I just love to create them!

I love nature and am a gardener too! Creating and gardening is my balance…one keeps me grounded… the other leaves room for my imagination. Before, I was a fashion designer for children and now I cultivate the earth and dress dolls. My need to create is nourished when I make these natural toys. While bringing them to life I always keep in mind that the children who will receive them will be filled with love and joy.

You can follow  Fee Vertelaine here as well: http://www.facebook.com/FeeVertelaine

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Mini Wenesday – Harvest Moon by Hand

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Meet  Ann of  Harvest  Moon by Hand  :

I am a stay-at-home mom who homeschools my two daughters (ages 9 and 7). Both of my daughters were born in China, and adopted at 11 months and 10 months respectively.

My approach to homeschooling is rather eclectic – combining Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and unit study approaches. This combination works well with both daughters. Harvest Moon by Hand offers some of the items that I have created for an at-home learning environment.

I have always enjoyed crafting – especially embroidery, needle-felting, needlepoint, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I hope to pass the joy I feel when I craft along to those who purchase my items.

Because both my daughters love to play and use their imagination, I have been making more of their toys and quilts by hand – all from natural materials (primarily wool and cotton). We also enjoy decorating the windows with colorful window stars and creating seasonal nature tables for them.

Knowing they have quality, safe (and lead-free) toys and quilts is important. My hope is that the toys last and can be passed along to their children…thereby becoming family heirlooms.

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Mini Wednesday – Woolhalla

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Meet Natalie of  Woolhalla :

With the risk of being struck by a thunderbolt from Thor… the name Woolhalla is a play on the heavenly home of the gods/godesses Valhalla. When I look out my front window across the lake nearby I can see Mt. Loki, named after one of the Norse gods.

For over 10 years I have been making dolls and other creations from natural materials as well as running Bear Dance Crafts. I am a work-at-home mom with three children. I live in a small town in the mountains where I am inspired by the beauty around me. My interests include crafting, dance, reading, films, roller derby and more. 

For my wool felt, doll making supplies, kits and patterns you can also see Natalie’s other shop Bear Dance Crafts.

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Mini Wednesday – O Happy Day Handmade

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Meet  Jessika of  O Happy Day Handmade :

I grew up underfoot in my Nana’s fiber art studio-surrounded by dye, silk, wool and the joy of creating. My collision course with art began there and has been unstoppable ever since. My career path has taken me from directing a rural non-profit, peer-counseling youth street workers, and running a licensed preschool, to operating a high end jewelery design company and now to graphic design/marketing.

When I became a mother at 21 I started focusing on art as a way to stay sane. Six years and another daughter later I am finally able to pursue creating full time. Now my children will grow up underfoot in my studio-while I craft beautiful things for people like you. A perfect circle!

Modern life can be rushed and chaotic but childhood should never be! My goal is to create everything myself, locally, with the smallest environmental impact.

Jessika is also editor of  http://www.ohmyhandmade.com/

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Mini Wednesday – Meadow Sweet Organics

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Meet Laura of Meadow Sweet Organics :

After the birth of my daughter, sewing and pattern drafting became a creative outlet for me and a way of providing our family with eco-friendly, customized goods. All of the designs you see here are my own made with the utmost care and only the gentle touch of Organic Cotton that you and your little one will love.

Meadowsweet is a flowering shrub that grows wild here in Newfoundland.  The photo you see of the wildflower meadow on my home page is one I took one day while out walking near my home.

You can see more here: http://MeadowsweetOrganics.blogspot.com 
and  http://www.facebook.com/MeadowsweetOrganics

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Mini Wednesday – Mosey

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Meet Jes of Mosey:

Mosey Handmade is inspired by the fabrics from her childhood, calico’s and tiny prints, hand dyed felt. Mosey loves working with recycled materials. dyeing them, cutting them up and fashioning them into new lovelies. After graduating from the Museum School in Boston, Mosey dusted off the old sewing machine and got right down to work.

A love of things found in her tiny garden, the ocean or the forest nearby. natural materials have become a mosey favorite and she cannot seem to get enough of wool, linen, and cotton.

Mosey Handmade has been felting recycled sweaters in her washing machine all fall and winter- and there is nothing like the hum of the wash and the smell of lavender soap to get one sewing!
All mosey items are handmade in a wee little studio with a view of the garden and the smell of the ocean.

You can see more of Mosey on her blog: http://bitsandbobbin.blogspot.com/

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Mini Wednesday – Harvest Moon by Hand

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Meet  Ann of  Harvest Moon by Hand:

I am a stay-at-home mom who home schools my two daughters (ages 9 and 7). Both of my daughters were born in China, and adopted at 11 months and 10 months respectively.

My approach to homeschooling is rather eclectic – combining Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and unit study approaches. This combination works well with both daughters. Harvest Moon by Hand offers some of the items that I have created for an at-home learning environment.

I have always enjoyed crafting – especially embroidery, needle-felting, needlepoint, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I hope to pass the joy I feel when I craft along to those who purchase my items. Because both my daughters love to play and use their imagination, I have been making more of their toys and quilts by hand – all from natural materials (primarily wool and cotton).

Knowing they have quality, safe (and lead-free) toys and quilts is important. My hope is that the toys last and can be passed along to their children…thereby becoming family heirlooms.


Read a little more about Harvest Moon by Hand here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/picturesbyann

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Mini Wednesday – The Wood Garden

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Meet Chris and Laura of  The Wood Garden  :

We are a husband and wife team who have always been creative–in fact, we met in high school art class. When our first son was small Chris started making wooden trucks for him, and quickly fell in love with woodworking and creating wooden toys especially. He bought more tools and made it his hobby, and later a business as we started to sell the toys at craft shows under the name CB (Canadian Built) Woodcrafts. Eventually we heard about Etsy and decided to open up a shop here under a new name, The Wood Garden.

Our workshop is in our home garage in Windsor, Ontario. We dream of someday moving our family out to a chunk of land in the country and having a large, bright workshop powered by wind. (As well as a huge garden, some chickens, and perhaps another baby or two.) Maybe Etsy will help us fulfill that dream!

We are proud to be creating quality handmade toys right here in Canada, using environmentally friendly materials, as opposed to plastic toys mass-produced overseas. We are trying to provide a different kind of choice than what you’d find in a big-box store.

Read a little more about The Wood Garden here: http://gettingthere.typepad.com

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Mini Wednesday – Finns and Flowers

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Meet Melody and TJ  of  Finns and Flowers  :

Finns & Flowers Toy Co. is a small family business in the beautifully small and rural community of Palermo, Maine. My wife and I are the toymakers and we are endlessly inspired by our three magical children. We believe that children need toys that invite them to be active not only physically, but mentally as well. They need toys that are pleasing to look at and enjoyable to touch. Most of all they need toys that are fun and safe!

We try to accomplish this by using wonderfully dyed wool and different species of wood. We don’t paint or stain the wood, but rather let the natural variations in color and grain patterns speak for themselves. We then hand rub each wooden toy with either a mixture of beeswax and jojoba oil, or environmentally and child safe linseed oil to further enhance the beauty and protect the wood.

We buy all of our wool from either local farms or from Peace Fleece, a Maine based company. Our wood comes from small landowners and small sawmills around Maine.

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