Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor, Sunny Sprout!
Lori crafts natural, handmade toys and playsilks. In her words:
My name is Lori and I’m a wife, mother, tree hugger, dreamer, searcher, and artist. I grew up in a suburb of Atlanta, met my hubby in college, and am plotting and planning for my creativity to allow me to quit my mundane office job and be a full-time WAHM to my sweet boy Haven.
Tell us about your journey to becoming an artist/maker of things.
Despite having the love for learning that allowed me to get a post-grad education in psychology and human services, I never felt like a full time job was what I wanted. I’ve always been a creative spirit, but somewhere along the way I got stuck in the cycle of work, pay bills, sleep… then I had a baby and started making nursing necklaces for myself and created an Etsy shop. I LOVED having that outlet for my creativity and once I turned it on again I couldn’t stop. I am constantly getting new ideas and love putting my plans into action. It’s wonderful to be able to sell my creations because it allows me to spend less time at my day job and more time at home with my son. I also love knowing that each toy I create is going to be enjoyed by another little one.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by nature, color, creativity, and people who create art and useful things out of basic materials or unwanted things. I am a huge fan of upcycled clothing and home decor in particular.
What do you like most about the Waldorf philosophy?
I love the emphasis on imagination and the arts – I personally feel that creativity, a love for learning, and a strong work ethic are all you really need to be successful on just about any path.
Tell us about your favorite piece in your shop and describe your process in designing and making it.
My current favorite piece is my bean bag carrot! I really love vegetables - they are so beautiful and colorful. To me, vegetables and fruits are very symbolic of the natural Earth and a healthy way of life. I knew early on I wanted some fruit and vegetable themed toys for my shop – hence the name Sunny Sprout. My ideas tend to piggy-back off each other… learning to dye silks led me to wanting to learn to dye other types of fabric. The luxurious softness of the organic bamboo velour seemed the perfect fabric for bean bags. I created my own patterns for them and adjusted a few things as I created them. The carrot is my favorite.
Lori is generously offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader a PixieStick!
Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing to win. Comments will be closed on March 24 and a winner will be announced in this post shortly thereafter.
And the lucky winner is...
Ren - Lady of the Arts
"I love to nurture creativity through nature with my monkeys- My youngest would love to win the pixie stick"
Thanks Sunny Sprout!