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Hello, my name is Annie, and I am the creator of Whim Wham Woolens and Woods, (whim-wham meaning a quaint, decorative object!). I live outside of Breckenridge, Colorado, and work in a small home studio(smoke and pet free). Our home borders White River National forest with the Ten Mile range out our back door. When I am not in my studio, I usually can be found spending time with my family, working in my Cottage garden or being creative!

Finding unique gifts that are hand crafted and have the potential to become family heirlooms has always been a challenge. Items that hearken back to a different era when things were constructed with care for long lasting and true sentimental value. Items that were made with love and skill. Items that were not found in department stores with labels from countries where I have never traveled. I deeply value those heirloom possessions that were my great…

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  • Born on October 17
  • Joined March 31, 2011

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About

Hello, my name is Annie, and I am the creator of Whim Wham Woolens and Woods, (whim-wham meaning a quaint, decorative object!). I live outside of Breckenridge, Colorado, and work in a small home studio(smoke and pet free). Our home borders White River National forest with the Ten Mile range out our back door. When I am not in my studio, I usually can be found spending time with my family, working in my Cottage garden or being creative!

Finding unique gifts that are hand crafted and have the potential to become family heirlooms has always been a challenge. Items that hearken back to a different era when things were constructed with care for long lasting and true sentimental value. Items that were made with love and skill. Items that were not found in department stores with labels from countries where I have never traveled. I deeply value those heirloom possessions that were my great grandmother's; hand tatted fine linens, or beautifully embroidered pillow cases with delicate crocheted lace. If only I could offer such treasures to those whom I love... well... these qualities were firmly in mind when I felted my first pillow. Inspired by my niece, Louisa, by some wet felting that she was doing, I researched the process of felting by hand. After discovering the technique of needle felting, and with some experimentation, I was smitten! Each of my pillows is hand felted exclusively by me and whimsically designed to illicit a sense of joy and nostalgia to the beholder.


Why Art???

Because the creative process is such a joy! God has hardwired me with an artist's filter, to notice and be inspired by the beauty of His creation. Colors and textures in nature and flowers tend to inspire me the most.

It's no coincidence that nature inspires me, since I have lived in two of the most scenic regions of North America. First, born and raised in the lush, mountainous Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, right on Puget Sound, and for the last 29 years, in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Living in the abundance of this beauty has influenced me significantly as an artist.

Over the years, my art has transitioned from designing cottage gardens, to working with clay, to sewing, to brief encounters with oils, watercolors, knitting and beading, and now to longer stays with wood burned etchings, and needle felting.

In the in-between times, I have been a stay at home mother, raising 3 children, (now 2 in college and one in high school), and have joyfully run the gamut for craft/art projects! I have taken a few undergraduate art classes and workshops to help me develop my skills, but am mostly self taught.

In addition, for the last 29 years, I have been working with my husband, Jon, developing and managing a furniture manufacturing company that designs and builds classically styled mountain lodge furniture. I have designed art for the last 9 years, that we have incorporated into our furniture line as well. We are also pursuing a new dream; building authentic, vintage mountain cabins in Twin Lakes, CO, and outfitting them with a new primitive furniture line, The Cabin Collection.

My other current personal dream is being realized with the creation of my studio on Etsy and the ability to engage in art, in community, with others who are like- minded!

Thanks so much for your interest!

Please visit our website www.thecabincollectiononline.com
Coming soon our website at www.quintessentialcabins.com

See "Happy Dragonfly" in the treasury titled "Undiscovereds" www.etsy.com/treasury/4dd899fffa2d8eef32ecad11/the-undiscovereds-with-su...

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