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From Idea Bowl to Entrepreneur in Three Months Flat
Patricia launched her Etsy shop in the fall of 2009, being not very sure of what it might end up as. This is when the famous "idea bowl" was born- all of her creative entrepreneurial ideas were written on a card and cast into a large butter-colored bowl. She posted some Etsy listing with unique antique finds, began work on custom knitting patterns, and created one-of-kind hand-sewn wall art.
Just one of the many forward-thinking musings that ruminated in the idea bowl was contemporary calligraphy; Patricia has always had amazing hand-writing. Starting in the first grade, she would place a lined piece of paper under her blank in order to write in perfectly straight lines. Whenever people saw something had hand-written by her high school or college, they would comment, "oh my word, is that a font?" So, contemporary calligraphy seemed like a natural fit. Patricia made a few sample envelopes and listed them in her Etsy shop. Soon inquiries flooded in like the spring rains, including a licensing opportunity from a prominent letterpress printer. Her Etsy endeavor quickly became a full-time deal, and she didn't have the time to weigh out the pros and cons of leaving her full-time job earlier that summer. It seemed like there were only pros, and things were off and running. December 2009.
Soon my sister asked if I could give her a hand once in a while. With potential clients leaving convos, emails and phone calls and having no project calendar or task list (this consisted of a few scatted post-its and a brimming inbox) I set to work trying to organize her work. The following two years were ones of 80 hour work weeks complete with sleepless nights and weekends.
Along with writing hand-calligraphy for wedding invitation envelopes, creating calligraphic logos, and Patricia's other graphic design projects, Patricia her handwriting to rubber address stamps. She never expected them to take off like they did. The stamps made it on the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, BRIDES Magazine, Town and Country Weddings, to name a few. They graced the posts of top design blogs such as Swiss Miss, Design*Sponge, and Oh So Beautiful Paper. Patricia's Simple Stamp was the first calligraphy return address stamp she designed- it's still today our best-selling style by far to this day.
In 2011 we launched our line of illustrated stationery, Fawnsberg, at the National Stationery Show in New York City. Patricia and I have always loved to write letters, but could never find writing sheets that were just right, so we set about making them. We were also looking for a way for Patricia to use her illustration talent- calligraphy was starting to take its toll on her poor hand and she aspired to create art that was more than just words. The writing sheets were a success, and at the NSS in 2012, we expanded our Fawnsberg line to contain illustrated cards and art stamps.
Along the way, Patricia's loved being an Etsy seller. There is no way she could be where she is today, working from our remote home studio, creating illustrations and writing calligraphy, (doing what she was created to do,) if it wasn't for this online marketplace catered to artists and makers. It's given her the opportunity to take risks, try her ideas on a global marketplace, and be her own boss. No one asked us to say this, we're just extremely thankful. So, thank you Etsy for giving us the chance to thrive. We love what you're doing, and you're doing it well.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Illustrator, Product Photographer, Idea Factory
Patricia Mumau is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a BFA in Illustration. In the fall of 2009, she surprised the world with her contemporary calligraphy and began her independent studio work.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Shipping, Communications, Photo Editing, Listing Manager
Rachel Mumau graduated from the Word of Life Bible Institute in 2007. Day-to-day, she manages the business side of this creative venture and finds joy in seeing simple tasks accomplished.
professional stamp cutter
We have our laser-engraving done by the best professionals in the industry. We've thought about bringing the operation in house, but we know we won't be able to reproduce the same quality that this team does.
professional wood turners
New York, United States
We work with a professional wood turning company in our home state of New York to produce our custom red-turned handles for us. We love their quality craftsmanship and the reliability and dependability of working with a small, family-run business.
professional custom woodworkers
New York, United States
These professional woodworkers took our custom designed solid maple stamp bases from a dream to a reality. The quality of their craftsmanship is unrivaled.
professional 4-color process printer
For our notecards, only the best will do! We've found the best small-run, professional 4-color process printer in the US and only use the highest quality paper. See the quality for yourself and ask us for a sample notecard.
professional printing house
New York, United States
The printing house that we've chosen to execute our envelope design couldn't have done a better job. They prove the quality of their work at every corner, pun intended! Not only that, they are only "a country mile" from our studio!
All of our Custom Stamps should ship within 3 to 4 weeks of stamp text confirmation, unless otherwise noted, or RUSH processing is requested. Please decide if this meets your needs prior to placing an order. Items bought in the same order will be shipped together. Standard processing times are not guaranteed.
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Please read our shipping policy before you place an order. We cannot guarantee delivery or delivery times for any internationally shipped orders.
PROOFS for Custom Address Stamps:
We can send proofs of graphics at special request. We do charge $10 extra for each proof for the additional time involved.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
International orders are shipped via USPS First Class Mail. We cannot guarantee delivery or delivery times. There is typically no tracking information available for your package once the package has left the US (usually in Chicago, IL, USA). The package will then go through your country's customs and be delivered by your country's postal system. Any of your country's custom fees will be charged to you when you receive your order. We cannot guarantee delivery or delivery times.
Refunds and Exchanges
For Custom Items: Custom items cannot be returned. If we made a spelling or textual error on your stamp, we will send a correct replacement free of charge. If you made a spelling or textual error in your order and would like a correction, you will be expected to pay 50% of the original items price and shipping (usually $3.95 for domestic orders). Please get in touch to let us know what changes you need.