Sponsor Highlight: Bubba Pickle's Market

Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor Bubba Pickle's Market!


Amber creates delicious looking felt food. In her words: 


Hi, I'm Amber. I'm a stay-at-home mom to my littles, ages 3 and 6. We live on a rural (almost) homestead in Southern Vermont. By day, I forge large and small unschooling adventures with my kids and by night, I craft. I received my BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. After having children, I have found crafting to be a feasible solution to my creative urge given the sheer lack of time to devote to painting. Crocheting and sewing are two of my stand-by favorites but discovering new crafts and trying new things is also a passion.


Tell us about your journey to becoming an artist/maker of things.
I have always, always loved to make "stuff". As a kid, I predictably answered the age old question with "an artist". Crafting and art have always served as a meditation of sorts for me. Whether helping me to unwind..or helping me to push beyond boundaries, being a maker is integral to my life and happiness. 


What inspires you?

Nature, nature, nature. It takes my breathe away. 


What do you enjoy most about working with felt?

I love the challenge of moving from conceptualization to product with the felt food. When my first born was about 1.5, she received her first play kitchen. We wanted to stock it with "healthy" food…we ended up with a small wooden play food set, which was cute but unrealistic and expensive. I decided to try and make her some food…thought of her favorites, and visualized how to make them happen. The results were so satisfying and have continued to be a favorite plaything throughout her young childhood- and now into her brother's. It's fascinating for me to see a flat piece of felt come alive with nothing but thread and wool fill. I find felt particularly satisfying because of its ease of use and its close connection to origin.


Tell us about your favorite piece in your shop and describe your process in designing and making it.

My favorite piece is probably the cupcakes. I have played with those cupcakes in so many ways both in the studio and with my kids! I liked the challenge of coming up with different ways to "ice" them. I had stability issues with them in the early prototypes that I tackled as an invitation to make them better…and succeeded! I love that this product offers so many different variations…they will never get boring.





You can connect with Amber on Facebook.

Amber is generously giving to one lucky A Life Sustained reader one of her handcrafted cupcakes! Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing to win. Comments will be closed in the evening of June 2 and a winner selected shortly thereafter.

A Life Sustained readers will also get an additional 10% discount for the rest of May and all of June and July. Just mention that you are a reader at checkout.

Get two additional entries! First, you can share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Second, you can add Bubba Pickle's Market to your Etsy favorites. Make sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so they can be counted.

And the lucky winner is...
Christina G.
"These are lovely and such vibrant colors! Christina G"

Thanks Bubba Pickle's Market!

63 comments:

  1. Such cute felt food! Kids can have so much fun with it :)

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  2. Wow! What beautiful play food! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  3. Just found your blog, and my daughter would love a cupcake!

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  4. I LOVE Amber's felt creations... Scrumptious!

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  5. what cute creations- I love the cupcake too- it would make such a lovely additions to my monkeys *plastic* play food.

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  6. Amber's play food is awesome!! I love all the colours!!

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  7. that cupcake would be put to good use here!

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  8. What beautiful pieces!
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  9. this is so creative!

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  10. added to favorites on etsy as twlyou

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  11. shared on fb.

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  12. I soo love the food you make!! Thanks for the chance to win one!!
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  13. Wonderful play food, my kids would love that.

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  14. Shared on Twitter:

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  15. Favorite Etsy Shop

    Pamela/Pamela's Heavenly Treats

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  16. My daughter would love this!

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  17. <3 Bubba Pickle's Market on etsy

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  18. So adorable, my daughter would love this!

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  20. This is so adorable, thank you so much for this giveaway!

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  21. I would love to win! So cute! You have a really great shop :D

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  22. I shared on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maegan.morin.7/posts/357758240958103

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  23. Added shop to my faves on etsy (id: megnate)

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  24. how creative!

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  25. This cupcake is beyond cute...so adorable
    zoe lee
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  26. Shared on facebook:

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  27. Added her to my etsy faves :)

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  28. Thanks for the giveaway! :D
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  29. I heart her on etsy (username: Sherry Wasabi)

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  30. Thank you for the giveaway
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  31. tweeted-https://twitter.com/amyorvin/status/207748380829552640

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  32. added Bubba Pickle's Market to my Etsy favorites as Amy Orvin

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  33. My kids would adore this.

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  34. You are a favorite on esty

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  35. Really adorable felt items!!

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  36. Tweeted : https://twitter.com/DippelMichelle/status/208004412386459649
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  37. I hearted the shop on ETSY
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  38. Gorgeous stuff.
    AER

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  39. adorable

    -Sarah
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  40. This is so cute! My daughter's 2nd birthday is coming up and this would be really fun to give her

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  41. tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/KayleeBucket/status/208060203323768835

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  42. I hearted the etsy shop! (Kayleetoo)

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  43. How cute! Love felt food :)

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  44. I hearted the shop (VioletShadows)

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  45. Would love to win this for my best friend - she loves cupcakes, and recently moved across the country. :(
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  46. Added the shop to my favorites! :)
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  47. SUPER SUPER cute!!! my daughter would love these!

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  48. These are awesome! ambrerose at-aol-dot-com

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  49. These are lovely and such vibrant colors! Christina G

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  50. Added Bubba Pickle's Market to my favorites on Etsy too! Christina G

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  51. what a sweet cupcake--my daughter would love it!

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  52. I love toys like these! So adorable!

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  53. These are so great, I saw them at sprout today! The craftsmanship is wonderful!

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  54. Shared the giveaway on facebook!

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  55. Love this cupcake
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  56. Tweet:
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  57. Added to my favorites
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  58. Looks delicious!

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  59. Very cute some of those small ones must be a pain to sow

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