Friday, April 13, 2012

Feature Friday! Introducing Stephanie Kuhn and her Etsy Shop The Cinnamon Bear!

That's right! I knew you were all thinking it... When will Feature Fridays commence again?! Well I'm reinstating them now and I can't wait to introduce you to Stephanie Kuhn from The Cinnamon Bears on Etsy. I stumbled across her fantastic little shop while looking for possible softies for a friends baby shower coming up in the next few months and absolutely fell in L O V E with her sweet dolls (and their budget friendly price tags!).

So Stephanie tell us a little about yourself and your shop! What do you do besides create your sweet softies?

Hi! Well, I am 24 years old, a full time nanny, and I'm blessed to be married to the neatest guy in the universe, Travis. I love to enjoy the little things in life like traditions, making memories, dreaming about the future, and spending time with loved ones. Travis and I are very involved in our church family and we love serving with the high-school students. We also love to make breakfast together, go for walks at the park, and drink bubble tea!

Oh that's so cute! Bubble Tea! No wonder you make such charming things! 
I just have to ask what do you find to be your biggest inspiration?

Any and all crafting inspiration has always come from my incredible grandmothers. I was really close with both of them growing up, and had the chance to watch them create so many beautiful things with their hands. I also feel very inspired when I think about our future children. I live for the day when I will get to make toys and clothes for our own little babies!

Grandmother's are just the best aren't they? Mine taught me so much as well! 
So what does handmade mean to you? Why would you suggest buying handmade to someone who never has?

When I hear the word handmade, I think about cultures, memories, stories, and skills, all passed down through generations, blending together through the mind and eyes of one soul, coming out through their fingertips in their art. I believe wholeheartedly in supporting handmade because in doing so, you make a way for more creativity to enter the world.

Wow that's such a beautiful thought! Do you have any personal motto? Any words / phrases you live by?

I believe with all my heart in the truth of Philippians 3:7-10. My life has purpose because of the life and death of Jesus. Nothing is more wonderful than that! :)

Oh that's so great! I'm Christian as well and I believe the same. 
A lot of the readership here are shop owners or very crafty themselves and I know they'd love some advice from you. If you could go back in time and give yourself some words of advice when you first opened on Etsy what would they be?

It took me a long time to work up the courage to make a shop... I was afraid nobody would like what I had worked hard to make! If I could go back in time I would tell myself not to be afraid, and to just do what I love and not what I think others will love.

That's so true! Thanks for that! Want to give a shoutout to another handmade artist you admire?

I adore the work of Savannah Carroll in her shop SleepyKing. Her creations are so unique and beautiful, I want to buy one of everything! :)

Isn't she great! 
Besides your lovely studio where can we find you Stephanie?

Etsy shop:
Instagram: stephaniekuhn

Thank you so much for talking with us Stephanie! I'm a huge fan of your work and wish you the biggest of success inside and outside of Etsy! 

Update! Update! Update! 

So I ordered a custom honeybear doll for my little A's 4th birthday coming up next week from TheCinnamonBears and was bowled over by the quality and I'm sorry for lack of a better word utter Cuteness of this doll! I think I may be more in love with it than she ever will be! 

Our doll is to the right! Isn't she a cutie?! I loved working with Stephanie to create this doll and would recommend her shop to anyone looking for a sweet unique handmade gift.  Don't mind the jar of homemade dish soap to the right I stole this pic off her blog listed above as it is almost 11 at night here and not the time to get out the camera! I'll be posting some pics of the birthday bash in the next few weeks here. Hope you all have a great evening!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Weekend in the Country!

So as I may have mentioned before, I currently live in the Phoenix valley, but at heart I'm still a small town girl so those weekends we can get out to the country are M U C H  anticipated and loved! A few weekends ago we had such an opportunity to visit some friends down in the small town of Thatcher. The picture above is a snapshot of the G O R G E O U S Superstition Mountains we pass through on the way there. The first time I saw them I kid you not I almost cried they were so gorgeous. While my friend and I were able to dump the kids on our husbands and go out for some much deserved girl time, she took me to the S W E E T E S T little Antique shop called the Antique Rose.

It had the cutest tea cups! I just had to snag one of these little lovelies for myself!

And what Antique Shop would be complete without its assortment of vintage trunks?! Loved the blue!

 And oh my gosh the gorgeous vintage jewelry there was! I could have spent hours drooling over all her pieces! They were just incredible!

 We just had a blast in there! If you're ever in Thatcher definitely stop in! So cute! Yes that's my friend and I enjoying our Mamma's afternoon out! I'm the one on the right rocking my new bangs! Anyone have any suggestions for other shops in the Phoenix area to visit? Still relatively new here and I just love to explore!