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Maker Monday: Dog Color

Happy Maker Monday! 

This week we are happy to feature Masako Roberts, a pet portrait artist! We love how she captures the spirit of your fur baby and turns it into a piece of art you can showcase in your home forever. We also love Masako’s overall passion for having your pets turned into works of art. Just like we have photos on the wall of our family, Masako makes sure your pet isn’t left out and gets their rightful place among the frames of family members. To check out more of Masako’s work or to get your four-legged best friend’s portrait visit her shop, Dog Color, and to learn more about her creative journey, read on!

: Tell us a little about yourself.

: My name is Masako Roberts. I was born Japanese and did my undergraduate at Missouri Western University. I graduated from Maine College of Art with an M.F. A in 2001. I met my husband in school in 1999. My husband and I moved to NJ for opportunities and possibilities. I was attracted to the New York art scene and had a dream of making art. I worked in Chelsea as a gallery assistant, an artist assistant, retail sales, a translator in NYC etc. We currently live in Newark, NJ.


Feature Friday: Oh Jessica Jessica

Happy Feature Friday!

meet-the-artist-2017This week we are featuring Jessica of Oh Jessica Jessica! She is an animator, character designer, illustrator and Etsy shop owner! Although she may be wearing many creative hats, all of her work is thoughtful in detail and meaning. Jessica hopes that all the characters she creates connect with people in some way. We love Jessica’s style and story, and if you’re on the search for some awesome pins or illustrations, look no further than Jessica’s shop!


Castle Logo: Tell us a few things about yourself!

meet-the-artist-2017: Hello! My name is Jessica Harris and I’m a Melbourne-based animation artist focused on narrative storytelling. I love bright colour, changing my hair style, and listening to songs on repeat. I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment with my partner, Adam, and right now my art studio is crammed into the corner of our lounge-room.



Feature Friday: Tonya of Plunder Design

Happy Feature Friday!

received_10154670438347378This week we are featuring Tonya. She is a seller and stylist of Plunder Design jewelry, which is a really cool vintage jewelry company. If you haven’t heard of Plunder Design and love the look of unique vintage inspired jewelry we’d definitely recommend shopping with Tonya.

It’s never too early to do some Christmas shopping and what better way to do so than with your own personal stylist! To shop for all your jewelry lovers check out this link: http://www.shineonwithtonya.net

To learn a little more about Plunder Design and Tonya herself, read on!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

tonya: I am a stay at home/work from home mom. I have a sweet little girl named Jordis, and wife to handsome hubby Jacques. I am just a simple Florida gal who loves her family, Jesus, Plunder jewelry, and rocking her cowgirl boots. Been in direct sales for 20 years and just love helping women, meeting new people, inspiring others, and enjoy being a business owner.



Feature Friday: Absolutely Succulent

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 11.07.55 AMHappy Feature Friday!

This week we are featuring Kimberly Rosario of Absolutely Succulent. She and her business partner, Sharon, design beautiful living globes featuring the latest “it” plant, succulents! We actually received one of their living globes in a giveaway and we adore it! We love having plants in the house, but when we travel their survival can be a bit of a problem, so having these succulents be air plants is perfect for us. The arrangement of the succulents was so pretty and it made for an excellent display piece on our coffee table. If you’re all over the succulent trend read on to learn more about Kim and her business!


Castle Logo:  Tell us a little about yourself.

12742116_1717104605169228_8942804293603433554_n: I currently live in NJ with my husband and son. My design studio is in New York City in the heart of the floral district. I got my start in floral design in high school, where I worked at my neighborhood florist. During college I studied interior design and make up artistry, but eventually found my way back to flowers and the floral design program at Parsons. From there I worked as a freelancer with all of NYC’s top event companies until I started my own, Icon Event Style. In my spare time I am also a goldsmith, with a jewelry collection in the works.

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Feature Friday: If You Give A Girl A Saw

If You Give a Girl a Saw - Janine Stone _ Owner - Woodworker
Happy Feature Friday!

We love how unique today’s feature is, as Janine Stone of “If You Give A Girl A Saw” is the first woodworker we’ve had on Castle Foundations! She’s actually the first woodworker we’ve known of, and we’re so glad we came across her work … simply because it’s incredible! From gorgeous breakfast trays and wall hangings to full on furniture, her pieces are one-of-a-kind and you can clearly see the time and craftsmanship put into them. Plus, this girl loves what she does! We completely agree with Janine’s mindset on finding a job that makes you excited, determined, and fulfilled each day. Keep reading to find out more about her brand and make sure to also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and check out her Etsy store!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

unnamed-2: My name’s Janine Stone! I’m the girl with the saw. I have entirely too much to say about wood, tools, shop life, and the general excitement that envelopes me when I’m around any of those said things. So I’ll stop before I get carried away! But here’s most of what you need to know:

If You Give a Girl a Saw


Feature Friday: Sneakers by Jordana

Happy Feature Friday!

Screenshot (170)This week we are featuring Jordana Schrager of Sneakers by Jordana. We love her amazingly detailed and eye-catching sneaker designs. We also love how she turned a simple hobby into a business with celebrity clients! Since Sneakers by Jordana orders are all custom made you can only imagine all the amazing creations you can dream up and Jordana can create. With her success in the shoe industry Jordana also started SKICKS, a shoe company that lets you rep your college team in style. Read on for more from Jordana and how she does it all.

Castle Logo: Tell us about yourself and what made you start Sneakers by Jordana.

9b48b31d22f9480467153dba765f311a: I started customizing Vans in high school! One night, I was grounded for staying out past my curfew and was stuck in my room with nothing to do. I saw a pair of old white Vans sneakers on the floor next to me and decided to doodle on them. After a few hours of doodling and designing, the sneakers were no longer white, but were pieces of art! From then on, I continued to customize sneakers. What started out as a hobby customizing sneakers for my friends and family grew into my very own business!

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Feature Friday: Killer Sprinkles


This week we’re featuring Ashling Gabig of Killer Sprinkles. We love her polymer clay food jewelry! She picked the name Killer Sprinkles because she wanted something that expressed her brand that was equal parts cute and sassy. Her polymer creations express just that vibe, as they are so adorable and uniquely edgy. You can find Killer Sprinkles pieces on her Etsy store. If you’ve ever been interested in running your own Etsy store or starting your own jewelry line, read on to learn about Ashling’s journey.


Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

iusb_760x100.15947591_6fp8: My name is Ashling, and I am the owner of Killer Sprinkles, a polymer clay jewelry business based out of Southern California. I have been seriously working with polymer clay for about the last two years. I also have a great day job in marketing, working at an agency as an Account Executive. My third job is being the proud mom of my sweet little senior Shih Tzu, Watson.

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Feature Friday: Baker Vickie Liu

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We absolutely love today’s feature with the amazing baker, Vickie Liu. We can’t get enough of her creative, adorable, and often funny cookies amongst other treats! She gives cookies such personality and her Instagram filled with cookie characters and shapes is sure to keep you looking and “wowing” for hours! We talked to her to find out more about how she found her baking talent as well as how she creates epic baked goods and a picture perfect Instagram feed.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in baking.
vickie: Baking has been an interest of mine since high school, but back then I just made (un-appetizing looking) cupcakes for friends or family when I had the chance! After graduating university from courses I wasn’t passionate about and no full time job –  I decided not to do my Masters in Architecture, and instead rekindled my love for baking and have been addicted ever since.
I’m currently working a part time job unrelated to my field of study, and baking part time. This includes taking custom orders, working with small businesses and brands, collaborating with other creatives, guest blogging and a little bit of styling.



Feature Friday: MO&PEA

Happy Feature Friday!

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This week we’re featuring knitwear, accessory and graphic designer Laura Elisabeth! If you’ve ever found yourself looking for a warm, chunky and stylish scarf look no further than MO&PEA. Her Etsy store is filled with comfy goodness. She also does custom orders. How often do you get to request a knitwear dream you see in your head to a designer who’ll make it for you! To hear more about Laura’s creative journey read on!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

iusb_760x100.16949994_a5gq: My name is Laura Elisabeth. I create knitwear accessories and home decor. I’m also a Web and Graphic Designer and student. I currently live in CT with my boyfriend and our cat, Matcha. When I’m not crafting, I love to read, drink tea, or play Animal Crossing.



Feature Friday: Caterham Design

22_September_Kate_Website_Profile_Photo_1Happy Feature Friday!

Today we’re bringing to you Catherine Dawes of Caterham Design! We fell in love with her hand-lettering instantly and think it’s so cool that something as simple as a phrase can be written to look fun, stylish, or even sophisticated. Catherine really does a great job in making sure her typography communicates something. We love how her pieces all have their own feeling or vibe attached to them! She has a lot of great advice to share and we can’t wait for you to keep reading to learn more about her creative journey thus far.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about who you are.

CD logo:  Hi! I’m Catherine, a graphic artist from South Africa specializing in hand-lettering and calligraphy. I run my design studio, Caterham Design, from a dusty farm on the edge of the Kalahari; where I drink lots of coffee, eat my fair share of buttery pastries, and create hand-crafted designs for creative, artisan companies and individuals.