why is it Handmadefuzzy?

My shops name is Handmade Fuzzy . Why Fuzzy you might ask? It is a simple story.

My name is Frauke and I was born in Germany, lived there for some parts of my life.

I met my husband, who is American, there and he always had problems with pronouncing my name.This is how you pronounce it the  right way ( hit the little blue play button on the left). At some point he came up with the name Fuzzy. I really didn’t like that at first but after an incident with an automated phone call I loved my nickname. It had happened in the first year we had moved to the US in 2003. An  automated phone call was made to our house to confirm a doctors appointment. And this machine kept telling me that this appointment is for FROG. What? Who? FROG, can’t be me. My hubby was breaking down in tears right next to me when he heard the announcement. I know my name is not easy to say, but Frog was just so out there. After that I didn’t mind my hubby calling my Fuzzy anymore.

In my shop you will find mostly knitted items, some crochet and some sewn. I have been knitting since I can remember. In my teenager times I used to knit sweaters for my friends. I could of made lots of money then already, but never thought about charging anything else but a good time hanging out with my buds.

Why mice you might think.

I would of never guessed that I would love to knit mice. They are fun creatures when they get put on paper and dressed up in my little notebook. Even my girls are having a blast drawing little mice in all kinds of outfits now.

It started out about 2 years ago, my girls where still dancing and I wanted their teachers to have a little gift as a thank you by the end of the school year. The word “Tanzmaus”  (German meaning Dance mouse) kept popping up in my head. So I tried to come up with a pattern that would look right. Then the little mouse was dressed with a tutu and ready to go to dance school.  Some other dance teacher and parents saw the mice and instantly wanted one too. So  the School teacher got some mice too, with a little book in their paws , having a little “Thank you” note in it.

That was how my shop idea was born. It took me a while to find the right place. I call Zibbet my home now. And I really like it there, I made many new friends in the Arts and Crafts world. And it is so inspiring to learn from those talented people.

Now I make all sorts of mice. My inspiration comes from my daily life and my memories from the different Countries I had lived in as a girl.

I love a good challenge and ask my followers on my blog or FB page what they would like to see a mouse as. And they come up with some really cool ideas I haven’t thought about. Then I will either sit on that idea for a while because I don’t know quite yet how to make a certain accessory or I will jump right in and try to create.

I am known as the “crazy” mouse lady on the street and quite a few neighbors also have quite a collection of my little creatures. Every one of those little fellow is made with tons of love and has it’s own personality. And I have to say it is not easy to pack them up and send them away. There is always a sigh of relief when I find out that they have made it to their new destination. And they will be happy there.

I would like to learn and read about other Artist’s and Crafter’s and how their Shop came alive.

If you would like to share with me and the other readers than leave email addy in the comment sections and I will send you some questions.

Thank you!


26 thoughts on “why is it Handmadefuzzy?

  1. Love hearing your story but “Frog”????? People have trouble with my last name and I just don’t get it! And your mice? Fuzzy-tabulous!!!


    1. I know, you should of seen my hubby laughing and crying about that when he heard it. He was rolling on the floor. I heard that for weeks from him, it was not “honey” any more for a while 😉


  2. Lol! I can see where the frog is coming from. And of course I can see why you rather stuck with fuzzy. Which is an excellent name, me thinks. 🙂


  3. I LOVE that story. And thank you for the link to know how to pronounce it correctly. I admit, I say it wrong when trying to relay some of our conversations to hubby. Like the one saying I would finally get to meet my great online friend, Frauke. I hope I say it right when we do meet, and that frog doesn’t pop out…lol.
    Here is where I did a quick blurb about how ‘the Raige’ started.

    and here is my email.

    I love to tell it because it involves family. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Love this! And I can relate even though I still live in the country of my birth. I’ve been “Norman” more times than I can remember, and often sorted with the boys in school!
    Looking forward to more stories, and happy to share mine!


  5. Wow, you learn something new everyday! Totally not hard to pronounce! If you are looking for some more folks to feature and you think your readers like cooking and baking I’m your gal!


  6. Maria

    hahaha my last name is Sauer ( german ) in engl.” Sour ” No one can pronouns our name right, even when I reaped my name over and over. That’s o.k. But I mast say I like fuzzy… Cool…


  7. Wow! Love this story! I think it’s so interesting to find out how people came to do what they do and what inspires them. LOL I can’t believe they got “frog” out of your name……seriously. But it is a cute story!

    Would love to participate in this experience with you all – and can’t wait to read everyone’s story! ….Off to read about Raige :o)


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