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Maker Monday: Bear Co.

Happy Maker Monday! 

This week we are featuring Sara Sparks of Bear Co., a shop of cultural and bohemian wonders for all the free spirits out there! You will find products from bootcuffs and necklaces, to home decor and bags all in her shop. We love that Sara celebrates different cultures through her art! We think it is awesome when an artist can speak towards the environment they are most familiar with and at the same time expand their viewpoint to the beauty found in other’s perspectives. Many of the pieces found on Bear Co. are a thoughtful expression of the cultures that have directly inspired Sara through her travels or dream destinations, and each piece is always handmade. Something we think is pretty special in and of itself. Read on to learn more about Sara and her shop!

: Tell us a little about yourself.

: Oh boy! Where to start! Well, I’m 25, engaged to my middle school sweetheart, and a registered Occupational Therapist (OT… that just so happens to love making jewelry and all other crafts that I seem to run into! I am a complete animal lover, outdoor adventurer, world traveler, and a total introverted extrovert. I am also biracial – Iranian American – and complete enjoy celebrating my Iranian culture. My heritage and fascination with all things culture have a huge influence on my Bear Co designs.

: How did your shop, Bear Co., get started?

: It all started while I was in Occupational Therapy (OT) school. I was living the broke grad student and needed a creative outlet to relieve some stress. My fiance actually brought up the idea that I start an Etsy shop, because he recognized my situation and stressors. At first I was super hesitant, due to all the responsibility that would come with starting a business venture, but now I am so glad that I did! Starting Bear Co. has definitely helped me with my initial motivators – stress and money – but it has also helped me meet new people, venture to new stores and locations, and even enabled me with a new sense of creativity!.

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Feature Friday: PineNeedle Stitches

Happy Feature Friday!

image1-1This week we are featuring Michelle Bolick! She is the maker behind all the amazing creations of PineNeedle Stitches. We love everything Michelle is doing in her shop from her wood slice paintings, hand stitched books to ornaments. When so many things are made in the masses and digitally viewed it’s nice to see natural medias and hand created notebooks still in use. She is also doing great things through the sale of her products through her initiative the, Love You More Project, benefiting Alzheimer research and awareness.  As most of you guys know, we think it is so awesome and impactful when people use their talents to give back. To learn more about this project and Michelle’s journey behind PineNeedle Stitches, read on!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

iusb_760x100-23253289_pzo2: My name is Michelle and I am a high school art teacher by day, artist and small business owner by night. Creating is my passion and my high school art teacher inspired me to be where I am today. When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my husband, family or my sweet basset hound, Winslow!

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Feature Friday: AubbieRoe

12378055_198797550459909_3001147215753951230_oHappy Feature Friday! 

Today we’re featuring Olivia of AubbieRoe who creates the most fun ankle cuffs! We think they’re perfect for a summer festival or just to add a cool touch to your outfit to create an effortless boho look. We’re all about fringe and unique fabrics and AubbieRoe’s cuffs give you both! We love Olivia’s business journey and can’t wait for you to learn more about her. Keep reading!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

aubbie: My name is Olivia Broom and I live in a little beach town on the East Coast of Florida. I work full time as a graphics designer, and my entire life revolves around being creative. I love to play guitar, paint, travel in my tiny camper and come up with new designs for my AubbieRoe ankle cuffs and leather bracelets.

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Castle Logo: You make beautiful ankle cuffs and bracelets through your business Aubbie Roe. How did you get started?
aubbie: I am a big fan of Emonk Ibiza’s boots and sandals. I saw them on Instagram, and instantly wanted a pair, but they were way out of my price range. I thought I could probably make something similar myself, so I went out and bought a sewing machine and made a couple pair of what has become the AubbieRoe ankle cuffs. I really enjoyed making them, and everyone loved them, so I started selling them at local markets, craft fairs and online through Etsy, Facebook and Instagram.

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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Feature Friday: Honey Thistle

Happy Feature Friday!

2This week we are featuring Wei of Honey Thistle! Wei creates polymer clay miniatures and brass jewelry. When we were little we’d ask our parents if we could buy those mini blown glass animals because miniature anything is just too cute. In each of Wei’s miniatures there’s a ton of character, making them perfect little gifts for someone who may connect with an individual piece. Additionally, for all you festival goers her brass jewelry screams dancing free-spirit! Learn more about Wei below!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself?

isla_500x500.15844174_9wd8wyv1: I’m a maker and artist based in Toronto, Canada, and I work primarily with brass and polymer clay. I live with my boyfriend and cat, who keeps me company during the day while I’m tinkering away. I used to be a night owl and work into the wee hours of the morning, but have recently adopted an earlier schedule so I now get up around 5:30 am and go to bed just a little after 9 pm. We’ll see how long this lasts haha.

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Feature Friday: Katie Favors

Happy Feature Friday!  

Headshot2Today we’re bringing to you a fun interview with Katie Favors who makes an amazing assortment of handmade gifts! We love “just because” gifts and think her products would be the perfect thing to surprise your group of friends with! It’s so awesome that she creates everything herself and is also able to customize her favors to give them that personal touch! Katie is also an advocate for small businesses and has some great tips for those looking to get started on a creative endeavor of their own! Keep reading to hear what she has to say and if you’re looking for a party favor whether it be magnets, bottle openers, pocket mirrors and more – look no further than Katie Favors! Make sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and check out her Etsy store while you’re at it!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 3.46.27 PMI live just outside DC with my headstrong puppy Bayleigh. I’m a planner, known for starting my Christmas shopping in February. If I’m not working on my small business, I’m exploring one of the many vineyards close by, planning weekenders with friends, or learning a new hobby. My passion aside from running my own small business has been helping empower other small businesses to tackle communication challenges. We’re all in this together and championing other creatives only strengthens our community!

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Feature Friday: Janel Foo Glassworks

Happy Feature Friday! 

IMG_2286Today we’re featuring Janel Foo Glassworks. Janel’s stained glass pieces are so dreamy and we love her practical home pieces, like planters and trays! They’re sure to bring your interior decorating game to another level. In all, her passion for her work is evident in her pieces. Read on to learn more about Janel’s journey into glassworks!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.19.26 PM: I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. I went to college at San Francisco State where I studied fashion merchandising. I stayed in SF for about six years before I decided to move back to Southern California to Los Angeles to be closer to my family again. I missed my mom way too much! From there, I worked in the entertainment industry as a wardrobe stylist. I assisted the very talented stylist for the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato for a very crazy five years of my life which was one of the most exhausting and amazing opportunities/experiences of my life. I transitioned to working on styling commercials after that and while that was fun I started to want something else for myself. So now i’m here, still doing wardrobe styling here and there but mostly trying to focus on my glasswork because that’s what makes me happiest. A few random facts about me would be that I’m a crazy cat lady. I have two cats, Frankie and Mia. I’m completely obsessed with them. I play in two women’s recreational soccer leagues, I love bowling, korean bbq and cookie ice cream sandwiches are my favorite thing to eat, and I’m a germaphobe.

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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:

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