Laurie is owner of Created by Laurie, "where little friends are created and discovered..." She makes stuffed animals that are simply oh-so-cute. They are lovable plushies that any child would love to have as a friend. Any stuffed animal lover would have a completely melted heart browsing her shop full of cutie-pies looking ready for a hug. Please give Laurie a warm welcome and enjoy our Q&A session below.
I like to rotate my hobbies so I don't get burnt out. I was painting when I was pregnant with our first son. Shortly after he was born I wanted to try and create things for him. My Hubby was still deployed and looking online to order Christmas gifts. I asked him for a sewing machine. My first items kind of looked like Frankenstein :) I opened my shop mid month January the following year after hearing about Etsy from a friend. After that my shop slowly kept improving along with my sewing skills!
What is the most favorite stuffed animal you've ever made for someone?
About a year or so after I opened my shop I received a request from a woman who had a baby girl. Her daughter was getting too big to wear her favorite wrist rattle and wanted to know if I could create something in the form of a plush with crinkly wings just like her rattle. She sent a photo of the wrist rattle. I had fun creating something that I knew a little girl was going to love. [Custom Crinkle Toy shown below.] :)
What was your favorite stuffed animal as a child?
I collected Pound Purries. I'm a cat lover, so they were a big hit with me!
What inspires you?
Whenever I get a photo or a thank you from the recipient of a plush, that really motivates and inspires me to keep at it. Sitting and sewing can get boring and tiring, but the stories behind the pieces are worth it.
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