Let’s go and have a trip to a fun place in Oregon

where you can find some real fun and cute creatures.

The first thing you see when you visit her store is her cute store banner

who wouldn’t want to cuddle with those fun monsters.

Now come on with me and let’s find out what Anne creates in her fantastic  shop and chat a little with her.

Where is your center of craft life? Where is your business?
My shop is based in Portland, Oregon, and my creature studio is part of my home.
Blue Pumpkin
My shop announcement, which sums up my creations, is:  Weird geeky monsters. Silly playful stuffed animals. Funny plush creatures. Bizarre one-of-a-kind aliens. Each is handmade, unique, and filled with goofy humor and good energy. Perfect gifts for quirky, whimsical people.
 
Boyd

 

How did your store
come to life?
I’ve been sketching goofy monsters, geeky aliens, and whimsical creatures ever since the second grade. About ten years ago, when many of my friends started having babies, I decided I wanted to make something personal for their babies’ nurseries, so I decided to turn my sketches into stuffed creations. (Many of my friends still have those first experimental creations, and my style and the quality of the finished product has definitely evolved over time!)
I also realized that—after giving these gifts—many of my friends took their baby’s creature for their own enjoyment—propping it next to their computer at home or taking it to their office. (They said that the baby was too young to fully appreciate the creature!) I realized that many adults still enjoy having a goofy stuffed companion to keep them company throughout the day. So, now, my creatures are designed with adults, teens, and older children in mind.
Initially, I sold my creations through word-of-mouth, but in 2008 I opened my first online shop. I moved my shop to Zibbet a couple of months ago, and am very happy to be there.

 

Gary
What is the story behind your Shop name, how did it get it and why?

I named my shop CreaturesNorthwest to include the Pacific Northwest in the name. I was born in the Midwest, but have lived in Oregon for 13 years now, and I consider it home.

Higgs Boson                                              He is so cute
What kind of material do you work with and why?
Most of my creatures consist of 60-90% recycled materials, including recycled sweaters, gloves, buttons, hardware, costume jewelry, and other interesting ‘findings.’ I enjoy working with upcycled materials as it not only gives my creatures more character and history, but it also keeps these items from being thrown away.
Honeycut                                love his teeth
What/ who got you into creating?
My mom sewed when I was a kid. I don’t remember her ever actively teaching me anything when I was young, but I do remember watching her. I was surprised when I bought my first sewing machine as an adult how much I remembered (tips and techniques) simply from having watched her all those early years. That said, I’m constantly creating and experimenting with new ideas, materials, and methods. This means each creature is quite unique.
Ignatious                                                 he needs a friend
 
Where do you find your inspiration?
Whenever I’m doing something that I enjoy in a relaxing place, I’m inspired with new ideas. More specifically, I find inspiration in taking road trips, perusing book stores, beach walking on the Oregon coast, camping, hiking, and visiting art museums. I also study people’s faces and translate them into creatures sometimes (although I don’t tell people I’m doing this).  *smile*
Lucy        I wonder who she was inspired from, just too cute
Describe yourself with 5 words.
Quirky, Introverted, Whimsical, Spiritual, Curious
Pinball                                                ah, the nose!

And she even has a coupon for you:blog readers can use the coupon code of “L2EYGU” for a 10% discount on their creature purchase (the discount does not include shipping) through December 3rd.

Thank you Anne for sharing your wonderful monsters and your story with us. It was a pleasure to meet you.
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4 thoughts on “Let’s go and have a trip to a fun place in Oregon

  1. Frauke, Thank you so much for this blog! It looks wonderful and I really appreciate your sharing the creature love! Happy Thanksgiving to all! Anne

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