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Hi! I’m Amy, owner of Pickle Dog Design©. Let me tell you a little about myself.

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I like to make stuff. Minnesota is where I call home. Yah, you betcha! I’ve always been a crafter. A maker. A designer. A doer. Instead of selling lemonade as a child, I sold friendship bracelets at my “lemonade” stand. My passion for crafting followed me all the way to college where I pursued a BA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. After working the last 10 years as an in-house graphic designer at several companies and non-profit organizations, I’m finding myself stepping away from the computer a little bit and going back to my roots of crafting. I thoroughly enjoy the intimacy of making things with my own two hands. It’s where I’m happiest… besides spending time with my loving and…

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  • Female
  • Joined September 11, 2011

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Paper, Ink, Neutral Colors, Fonts, Kraft Paper, Natural Materials, Upcycled Findings, Driftwood, Naturally Shaped Heart Rocks, Shutter Slats, Vintage Findings, Polaroid Photos, Imagination

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About

Hi! I’m Amy, owner of Pickle Dog Design©. Let me tell you a little about myself.

SHOP
http://www.pickledogdesign.etsy.com

I like to make stuff. Minnesota is where I call home. Yah, you betcha! I’ve always been a crafter. A maker. A designer. A doer. Instead of selling lemonade as a child, I sold friendship bracelets at my “lemonade” stand. My passion for crafting followed me all the way to college where I pursued a BA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. After working the last 10 years as an in-house graphic designer at several companies and non-profit organizations, I’m finding myself stepping away from the computer a little bit and going back to my roots of crafting. I thoroughly enjoy the intimacy of making things with my own two hands. It’s where I’m happiest… besides spending time with my loving and wonderful husband, beautiful 1-year-old daughter, and little miniature dachshund.

I love dogs as much as I love design. I’m also extremely fond of pickles. So much so, that I named my miniature dachshund, Gedney, after the Minnesota pickle. So it only made sense for me to name my design business after Gedney, my loyal little pickle dog and business lap companion. Pickle Dog Design was a labor of love and after about 9 months was born on September 12, 2011. It was a grand day!

I love creating so many things! That’s one reason why my shop has such a variety of items. I would currently say a favorite creation (or one that I enjoy working on the most) is my personalized gift tags. There have been so many orders for bridal showers and weddings and each request has been so unique, which makes it really fun. I love weddings and it’s exciting to know that I’m part of a couple’s special day in some small way. Any project with paper is fun and a favorite!

My husband inspires me. He is always there to lift me up and encourage me to pursue my goals. He believes in my talents, celebrates my successes, and is always encouraging me to do more.

Aside from my husband, a lot of my inspiration comes from nature. The colors that occur naturally in each season are so beautiful to me. Living in Minnesota, winter is one of the longest and unfortunately least favorite seasons of mine. But ironically I think the gray and brown color combination that occurs during winter is gorgeous.

I also draw inspiration from upcycling. I like to think of new ways to use items against their original intention. I love anything vintage and antique. I also love modern. I enjoy going on a hunt and finding something that would make a fun and unique creation. I like one-of-a-kind. I go crazy over anything wedding-related. I love Polaroid photos. I love anything nautical. I love hunting for heart shaped rocks. I love paper.

I feel like I should have a laundry list of artists that I draw inspiration from, but I really don’t. Is it too cliché or corny to say that I’ve always been a fan of Martha Stewart? I think of all things, I like the variety and creativeness in her projects. I’m also in awe of so many fellow Etsians and their creativity. I could get lost for a day in Etsy. It’s fun being part of such a creative community.

I like to run. I’ve ran a bunch of 5Ks, three half marathons, and two marathons. I’m a little obsessed with anything Hawaii. I’ve vacationed there five times and am always hoping to return. If I could live on one of the beautiful islands, I’d jump at the opportunity in a heartbeat. I love gummy bears. Legend has it that I devoured the world’s largest gummy bear weighing in at 5 lbs!

In five years, I hope to see myself with continued and expanded Pickle Dog Design success. With more experience and knowledge. Many more eclectic handmade goods to share with the world. And just as happy with my husband, daughter, and little pickle dog by my side.

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