Maureen Kuppe, first time vendor at the Festival, introduces herself:
My shop is called The Victorian Studio. The name comes from my antique-filled art room where I create hand-sculpted, hand-painted polymer clay knitting / crocheting stitch markers and progress keepers.
I am an avid knitter and when I began making these charms for myself, my knitting friends asked if I would make some for them to purchase too! My shop was born.
I find inspiration from everyday items – if someone has a favourite food, snack, drink, hobby, sport or item from their past that they want to “decorate” their projects with, I create it in miniature. My charms add a touch of whimsy slid onto needles, slipped through a stitch or hung from project bags!
I can’t choose a favourite, but I do enjoy trying to create my miniatures as realistically as possible… so that piece of lemon meringue pie hanging off your needles looks good enough to eat!
I have been on Etsy for just a short time, but since I am retiring in a few days after working in healthcare for 40 years, I am creating my own online shop at victorianstudio.com and am excited to soon devote more time to my growing business!