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Launched :: Cindi Herleman
LaunchHER Says :: Who could resist finding a home for these whimsical little guys? We love that Cindi’s etsy shop is eco-friendly and provides tons of smiles!
In HER Words :: I design and sew whimsical creatures called “Wee Ones” and even smaller ones dubbed “Liten Venns” (Small Friends in Norwegian). I also make Plush Pillows, knit beanies and in the works ~ Baby Bubbies ~ small blankets for baby’s car seat and stroller. All of my designs are original.
I draw on the skills I learned as a girl. From a young age, my Mom taught me how to sew, how to do needlework, crochet ~ basically how to keep my hands busy creating. I took sewing classes in school, but the really good stuff I learned from my Mom — who at age 92 still sews every day. The best trick I learned from Mom? Cut patterns conservatively and never waste a thing. She grew up during the Great Depression; I call her the Original Recycler.
Thus the emphasis of my work involves recycled/upcycled materials. Most of my items are made from remnants of fabric used in other projects. They are remnants that would typically have been discarded ~ only to go on to clog up landfills. If I use a large piece of fabric for a project, the remnants are used to create my Wee Ones and Liten Venns.
I have always had a fondness for anything whimsical. When I left the corporate world, I decided to create things that made me smile, hoping when I sent them out into the world they would make others smile as well. I feel I am finally doing what I was meant to do. My days are full of laughter and warm fuzzies. Literally.
I also love having my own business because it allows me a venue in which to give back. I have worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Share Our Strength and others.
I am a member of RAW: Natural Born Artists/Denver and the Denver Handmade Alliance. You can find my products on Etsy and in New York City @ Stoopher & Boots; in Chicago @ hanger 18; in Alameda, California (East Bay San Francisco) @ Modern Mouse; and in Denver, Colorado @ Caboodle.
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