Feature Friday: DustlingandHart

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetHappy Feature Friday!                                       Today we’re featuring Kaia Bakken, the creator behind DustlingandHart. We were mesmerized when we first saw her leather and resin books! We love how she incorporates natural elements into all of her pieces and think her journals would be perfect for writing all your daily thoughts down! She’s self taught and has great advice for those looking to get started on their own creative endeavor. Keep reading to learn more about her and her creations!

Castle Logo: Hey Kaia! We’d love if you could tell us a little about yourself.

dh-logo: I’m a 25 year-old mother and wife currently living in the magical state of Oregon. A Midwest native, I grew up in Minnesota and plan to move back there with our little family this year. Art is my life and passion, I read fantasy novels when I can, and I love taking photos of the day-to-day. Nature inspires me and I collect most of it for my work whenever we go on hiking adventures or walks about the neighborhood.

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Castle Logo: You have such beautiful leather books, resin work and illustrations in your Etsy shop, DustlingandHart. Describe the creative journey you took to create your products and shop.

dh-logo: I’ve always loved drawing and writing – I’ve been doing it since I could pick up a crayon – but I didn’t start working with leather until a few years ago. My husband and I had just gotten married and we’d discussed me quitting my part-time barista gig to dive full-on into my passion. That’s when I really started up my Etsy. There was so much freedom and joy there – the jobs I had been working were really weighing down on me, and I wanted to do more of what I was skilled in. I began illustrating my own coloring book and experimenting with different methods of art, including making hardcover books.

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Feature: The Cove Company

image1-1This week we are featuring Jennie of The Cove Company! We love her incredibly cute handmade cards. You can just see the excellent quality and attention to detail Jennie puts into each one. With a lot of aspects of design going digital, it’s nice to see The Cove Company keeping their products one of a kind. Cards can really go a long way in showing someone you care and letting them know that they’re special, and with Jennie’s products, you can give a card just as unique as the receiver! Whether you’re looking for a laugh and a little sass or something sentimental, The Cove Company has it all! To learn more about Jennie and her handmade business, read on!

 

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.
screenshot-76: My name is Jennie, fun fact – full name is just Jennie. I am 25 years old and currently live in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day, I work in ecommerce marketing for a large retail brand & by night (and weekend, and every minute of time outside of work) I own The OwlCoves (soon to be renamed The Cove Company)!  

 

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Feature: Jo’s Handmade Friends

fullsizerenderFor the month of December we are extending our Feature Friday segment, where we highlight amazing creatives, so that you can meet some amazing makers in time for holiday shopping! We’re starting off the first Monday of December with Joanna of Jo’s Handmade Friends! Her toys are completely adorable and they give back! As you know, we LOVE businesses that use their talents to create positive change. 15% of profits from your cute Jo’s friend will help children battling serious illnesses. So awesome! Being big fans of stuffed animals ourselves (as Joanna mentions in her interview, we too cannot pass a cute plush toy without giving it a hug) we think the idea of having a handmade friend is such a special gift for kids and adults alike. We were really inspired by Joanna’s journey of starting her business and we hope you are too! Read on to see some of Joanna’s creations and to learn more about her story.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit of yourself.

isla_500x500-19720428_gddqur55: I am from Gdansk, a beautiful city in the North of Poland by the Baltic. I have lived in London for 13 years now. To most people it might seem crazy to move thousands of miles across Europe to a country where I didn’t speak the language or know anyone but I was young, in my twenties, and looking for a better, more inspiring sort of life.
I am very happy I made the move, I have a richer more interesting life with friends from all over the world and best of all I met my husband here in London, he is also Polish though and we got married back home in Poland last year. Currently I am lucky to live near Notting Hill Gate, across the street from the gate into Kensington Gardens which is where I go almost every day to get inspiration for my ‘friends’ and to enjoy the beautiful park. Thanks to my friend Diana, a very talented retired sculptor and potter who shares her beautiful house with me and my husband, I live in a very creative environment. I love Pilates and fitness, the park is great for a run, reading, photography, laughing, smiling faces and obviously I LOVE handmade.

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