Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gub Factory, home of the Curiously Adorable Creatures and more!

Jaime says Gubs sneak into the work room at the Gub Factory just like little Elves and create the wonderful and creative items you'll find for sale at the Gub Factory - and you know what? I believe her. It explains how this graduate student, who also holds down a 45+ hours per week job, could manage to get these adorable plush creatures called Gubs and all her other fabric and paper items made and into her Etsy store.

In addition to her 'curiously adorable' little Gub creatures, Jamie also makes coffee cozies, gadget cases, totes and wraps. Of her talents, she explains, "My mother and grandmother are exceptional seamstresses and my love of crafting comes from them." And if all this isn't enough, she adds, "I am also really into photography, which I sell to stock photo agencies." Wow. Impressive. A favorite photo is pictured at left.

Jaime's love for what she does shows in her creations. She says, "I love being able to make something that no one can tell me is 'wrong'. Even if you are paid to be 'creative' in your work, you always are accountable to someone. I just love being able to be free to do whatever strikes my fancy!"

Her biggest challenge, as we've already mentioned, is that she works 45-50 hours a week and is also in graduate school. "Finding time to craft can be difficult," she explains. "But I find that if I don't make the effort, I start to go stir crazy. Creating is one of the great joys of my life. I can't imagine going a week without doing something creative."

Her inspiration can strike randomly. "Sometimes I feel like the main character from House. I'll be talking about something completely unrelated to crafting, but an image or idea will pop into my head and I'll suddenly know what my next project is going to be. I also have a HUGE supply of craft books and magazines that give me ideas and inspiration to make things my own."

Another of Jamie's passions is her love of thrifting, explaining that she finds it exciting. "There is something about the thrill of the hunt -- about finding a cute vintage owl or a great piece of furniture" It makes sense that an ideal day would be spent going to Milwaukee or Appleton with her husband to check out thrift shops for great bargains. She adds, "You never know what you are going to find in a thrift store and the inventory changes daily!" Click here to see an example of a fantastic find.

We asked Jaime to tell us about her most cherished handmade item. She said, "I love the Raggedy Ann doll my grandma gave me when I was about four years old. As far as things I've made, I am so proud of the kitchen re-do my husband and I did last summer. We did all the work 100 percent ourselves and it turned out great!"

I asked the Gub Factory entrepreneur a few other questions to get to know her better. On the subject of rules, she says she never follows them. Things (or people!) she could never live without, include her husband and dogs. She mentioned her husband first, luckily for him. Why dogs? She really appreciates the energy and unconditional love offered by dogs.

About other favorites: "I'm no good at top 5 lists!" she says, because, "my tastes change like the wind." But she did come up with her top five favorite web sites, which are:

Besides on Etsy, where FB fans get free shipping, look for Gub Factory projects at Dainty Daisies in downtown Oshkosh and soon at Anthology on State Street in Madison. Besides her Etsy shop, you can follow the Gub Factory on Twitter, Gub Factory Blog, and Face Book .

As a final note, the Moo Crew Feature famous (!) giveaway continues. Win a coffee cozy from the Gub Factory. One is pictured here. Check out the Gub Factory at Come back to this post to leave a comment telling our readers about your favorite item at the shop. Make sure you leave your contact information (email, no need to leave your phone number!) so you can be notified if you are the winner. A winner will be randomly drawn on Tuesday March 2, with the winner to be announced back at this blog on March 3.

Thanks Jaime for dropping in with us today!


Jen said...

Great Post!
My daughter was sitting on my lap and really loves Grizela Anne.

I love Cindy Lou Hoot and the Betty Likes it coffee cozy.

GREAT stuff!


Courtney and Paul said...

I love getting more of an inside look at fellow WIST Etsy members!

My favorite is Lizzie the Owl Plush Gub. I love her bright yellow eyes!

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debbiekl said...

Cute! I like Bonsai the Plush Bunny with the super cool headband. Thanks!

Lisa F. said...

What a great store, great feature, great blog! Emo McCrow--I could love him. Lots of crows in my Madison backyard!

Lisa F. said...

oops, forgot the email part......

Kim's Crafty Apple said...

What a great shop! My favorite is Bonsai the bunny!

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