cmhdesign

the whee company with heart

Aurora, Colorado · 509 Sales

cmhdesign

the whee company with heart

Aurora, Colorado 509 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(196)

Announcement   I am happy to share my association with Julie Clark, creator of Baby Einstein, and her company, Baby Bytes, as puppet designer for "Puppet Play" ~ an Apple iPad App. Check it out - it's a hoot!

Your support helps me support organizations that are close to my heart - the Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, The MaxFund, the Dumb Friends League (Denver), Wings of Rescue, the Denver Animal Shelter and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

All of my products are original designs and most are made to order. So if you see something in my shop that you like, but would like it in a different color or different fabric; or you need two or three of the same thing ~~ I am just a convo away!

If you own a store or maintain an eCommerce site and are interested in carrying my products, drop me a line (cindi@cindimh.com) and let's chat!

Some of my Whee Ones(R), et al are made with plastic "safety" eyes or noses or other small pieces and are strongly recommended for children 3 years old and up. If you see something you like with the plastic safety eyes/nose, but would like to purchase it for a child under 3 years old, I am happy to make adjustments to the eyes and noses to make them safer.
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You can also find my products in:

*** In Denver***
* I Heart Denver - Denver Pavilions Downtown
* I Heart Denver - Southwest Plaza, Littleton
* Show of Hands Gallery - Cherry Creek North
* Caboodle - South Central Denver

Thank you for 7+ fabulous years!
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Follow me on Facebook ~ cmh design
www.facebook.com/cmhdesignllc/
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And visit my other Etsy shop ~ cmh photography ~~ fine art photography and canvas gallery wrap prints :) Some are serious and some are downright fun and whimsical!
www.facebook.com/cmhphotos1/
I hope your visit made you smile. It certainly did me.
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Announcement

Last updated on Jan 19, 2017

I am happy to share my association with Julie Clark, creator of Baby Einstein, and her company, Baby Bytes, as puppet designer for "Puppet Play" ~ an Apple iPad App. Check it out - it's a hoot!

Your support helps me support organizations that are close to my heart - the Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, The MaxFund, the Dumb Friends League (Denver), Wings of Rescue, the Denver Animal Shelter and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

All of my products are original designs and most are made to order. So if you see something in my shop that you like, but would like it in a different color or different fabric; or you need two or three of the same thing ~~ I am just a convo away!

If you own a store or maintain an eCommerce site and are interested in carrying my products, drop me a line (cindi@cindimh.com) and let's chat!

Some of my Whee Ones(R), et al are made with plastic "safety" eyes or noses or other small pieces and are strongly recommended for children 3 years old and up. If you see something you like with the plastic safety eyes/nose, but would like to purchase it for a child under 3 years old, I am happy to make adjustments to the eyes and noses to make them safer.
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
You can also find my products in:

*** In Denver***
* I Heart Denver - Denver Pavilions Downtown
* I Heart Denver - Southwest Plaza, Littleton
* Show of Hands Gallery - Cherry Creek North
* Caboodle - South Central Denver

Thank you for 7+ fabulous years!
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Follow me on Facebook ~ cmh design
www.facebook.com/cmhdesignllc/
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
And visit my other Etsy shop ~ cmh photography ~~ fine art photography and canvas gallery wrap prints :) Some are serious and some are downright fun and whimsical!
www.facebook.com/cmhphotos1/
I hope your visit made you smile. It certainly did me.
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Cindi Miller Herleman

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5 out of 5 stars
(196)
sarah gillis

sarah gillis on Mar 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love our hedgehog for baby #3. Cindy has lovingly made us several security animals over the years and I can't wait for the new baby to love in this cute little thing!

Am Co

Am Co on Nov 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect as always! My go-to for all of my friends' new babies! Thank you again!

Am Co

Am Co on Nov 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Cindi's creations are all amazing! Thank you so much for the unicorn-my friend will love it :) Always a great buying experience-wonderful communication, fast shipping, the cutest items!

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About

It all started when I was a little girl...

I grew up in Iowa farm country surrounded by cornfields and gravel roads and no children for miles. So my best friends were squirrels and bears and snakes and puppies and bunnies ~ of the stuffed animal variety. They accompanied me on walks. We read books together. We ate cookies together. And when bedtime rolled around I couldn't rest until all were lined up next to me, heads on pillows and blankets to their necks, all tucked in. I guess you could say I liked stuffed animals.

When I was young, my Mom (who at age 98 is still an avid seamstress and quilter) introduced me to needlework and sewing. When I became a Mom myself I loved sewing clothes for my two little guys; but when it was time to return to the workplace, my lonely sewing machine gathered dust. Many years later I left the corporate world of cable television and I pursued my first love ~ photography. It is a passion I still embrace and I still work professionally in that field (to see my work: www.esty.com/shop/littlebirdpix); but I also felt the need to do something more tactile.

So thinking back to my affinity for stuffed animals and what fun I had creating sewn things for my little boys I pulled out a sketch book and started sketching. I found some remnant fabric I had hanging around and uncrated my circa 1973 Singer sewing machine (The Tank) and got to work creating funny, cuddly little creatures.

My work has evolved over the past 5½ years ~ my main line of stuffed animals are my originally designed Whee Ones® (with a few other original designs in tow). The Tank has retired and two Janome sewing machines do the hard work. I've added a line of whimsical baby bibs, burp cloths and quilts as well as knit beanies, scarves and baby blankets to my list of “things I create.”

In 2009 I started selling online with my Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/cmhdesign) and was thrilled that not only customers from around the world found me there, but also shop owners across the country. I have consignment and wholesale contracts with shops in Seal Beach, California; Ligonier, Pennsylvania; Telluride, Colorado and six shops in my adopted hometown of 40 years, Denver, Colorado.

I am grateful to Etsy for all the doors it has opened for me. In September of 2012 the Art & Culture Department of Denver International Airport invited the Whee Ones® and me to be a part of a 7 month juried exhibit dubbed "Handmade Colorado."

In January 2013 Julie Clark, the founder of Baby Einstein recruited me to be a part of her latest project ~ an Apple iPad App called “Puppet Play.” With Julie’s direction and working off an artist’s sketches, I designed and sewed 8 different puppets for the puppet shows that made “Puppet Play.” It was a challenge as I had never made a puppet and needed to hand dye all the fabric but we did it! I also made 2 back-up puppets of each character, for a total of 24 puppets. If you have little ones in your life check out the App (iPads only) “Puppet Play” by Julie’s new company, “Baby Bytes” ~ it’s a kick!

In June of 2013 West Elm in Cherry Creek North/Denver chose cmh design to be their featured artist of the month. Great fun! Summer 2014 brought an interview with Colorado Parent Magazine on how I developed my “homegrown business.”

The best part of my success is that it has enabled me to give back. Obviously I love animals so I support the Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, the MaxFund No Kill Shelter, Denver Dumb Friends League, America’s Vet Dogs and Wings of Rescue. I like kids, too, so another of my chosen charities is St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For 14 months I volunteered at the Aurora Animal Shelter in the Cat Enrichment Program. Our cats Kia (adopted @ age 12) and Kazz (adopted @ age 1) came to us from the Aurora Animal Shelter; our puppies Kizzie and Koko were adopted from the Denver Dumb Friends League ~ both @ age 6. They act as my studio assistants, comic relief and constant companions.

Thank you, thank you, thank you ~ my customers, my shop-owners, my friends and family for all the support you have given me and the Whee Ones® (and everything else I do!). Without you I would just be a middle-aged woman taking my stuffed animals on walks and tucking them in at night. Maaaaaawah!!

xoxo, Cindi and the Whee Ones®

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Shop policies

Last updated on August 16, 2013
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to stop by my shop. I hope what you see brings a smile or even a memory...

If you have any questions or special requests regarding my products or my policies, please convo me and we’ll chat!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Payment
I accept Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express and PayPal payments.

Colorado resident buyers - 2.9% sales tax.
Shipping
Packages will be shipped via USPS, unless otherwise specified.

Packages shipped in the U.S. will include delivery confirmation.

I’m open to International shipments and will handle those on an individual case basis. Convo me and we’ll chat!

I typically ship 5-7 days after an order is placed; if that's not possible, I will convo you! Please allow for additional time for custom orders.

I will convo you once your purchase has shipped and let you know it will be coming your way!
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be happy! If you don’t love your purchase, convo me and we’ll work things out so everyone is happy.
Additional policies and FAQs
As with any children’s toy, parental judgment and supervision is advised. Because a majority of my animals are made with plastic “safety eyes and noses” ~ which means they are securely fastened, but could possibly present a choking hazard ~ it is recommended that those animals be adopted by people 3 years old or older. Those animals are specifically labeled as such and any misuse is strictly the liability of the consumer.

If you see something you like, but would like in a different color or different in any way, convo me and we’ll chat!

Some items will carry a note regarding charities. If you purchase one of these items, a percentage of your purchase will go to that particular charity. Thank you for helping those causes close to my heart!