I recently came across a neat little shop that I wanted to share with all of you. Tocute4U sells fun little puffs called "snugs". What is a snug? I'm glad you asked!
As described at Tocute4U: This cute little puff ball comes to you from trees right in your backyard. Some loose there balance and fall out seeking human life. They are curious little puffs looking for someone to play with. Maybe that someone is you.
Here are just a few examples of snugs...
Pink Flamingo Snug
This snug was found playing with the flamingo's in Florida. She loved the way they looked so much, she disguised herself as one.
She is such a diva.
This snug is about 5-6 inches tall.
Pixie Dust Snug by Emily
The one you are looking at is named Pixie. She is one of my mythical creatures snugs. She loves magic tricks and fairy world.
This cute little snug is about 5 inches tall.
Sea Coral Snug by Emily
The one you are looking at is named Coral. She is from the deep blue sea. I went to the beach the other day and found her playing in the sea weed. She loves sand and sea foam.
This cute little snug is about 5 inches tall and 6 inches wide.
Since coming across Tocute4U, I've had the priviledge of getting to know the designer and creator of these sweet little snugs, and the brains and brawn behind the business with a successful record of 20 sales on Etsy. Her name is Emily, and here's the dirty lowdown... Emily is 10 years old.
Emily came up with the idea for her snugs while shopping at a local craft store last November and has been creating them ever since. Her mother, who also has a shop on Etsy called Fluttons, says that Emily has always been the creative type and has been crafting for a long time. When she's not creating snugs for her Etsy shop, Emily enjoys doing other crafts with friends, riding her bike, swimming at the pool and of course, as any good Etsian can attest to, browsing on Etsy!
Because her mother is an illustrator and graphic designer, Emily does get a bit of help with her packaging ideas, but the rest of the responsibility of her business rests in Emily's own capable hands. She constantly generates new ideas for her business, and plans to expand her business in the future by adding Femo clay snug charms to her Etsy shop. She also wants to learn to crochet, sew and make resin charms because as Emily says "It would help my business grow."
A ten year old girl with the drive to create, the desire to make money from her own creations, and plans to grow and expand her business in the near future? Is it any wonder that Emily's stolen my heart? Anyone who has children, knows children, or has ever been a child themselves knows that there are no limits to what children are capable of if given the right guidance and support. I applaud Emily's mother, because although she downplayed her role in Emily's business to only assisting with packaging from time to time, we all know that she's done much, much more than that in helping Emily get to where she is today. With continued support and encouragement, there's no limit to what Emily can accomplish with her business in the near future, and I hope to have the opportunity to have a front row seat to watch. Hang on yall... it's gonna be one heck of a ride!