June 29, 2011

Meet & Greet: Tummy Earth Fashions

This husband and wife team offer an amazing collection of stunning vintage finds. This is a must see collection of  unique items have wonderful stories and are full of history. They are adding new items all the time so visit often.

Vintage Westinghouse Recorder
I asked Casey Marie and JB a few question, here is what they had to share:

Tell us a little about yourself and what you sell.
Wow a feature interview. How inspiring!! First of all, thank you for this amazing opportunity to be featured in this blog.

We are a husband and wife team who enjoy creating interesting, useful, and or decorative items from things we find that have a certain character. We are always on the lookout for great items at local thrift stores and yard sales to add to our shop. You'd be surprised at the little things that others overlook, that with just a little bit of love and creativity can become something amazing. JB, Mr. Tummy Earth, is the furniture upcycler in the family. He is amazing at taking something that is broken down & would otherwise end up at the local dump and creating something functional but not at all what it originally was. He took a broken dresser & created the most amazing bow making station from it. I am Casey Marie, and I love to upcycle & repurpose household accessories, clothing and shoes, but my passion is for creating new items. My newest fancy is hair accessories, polymer clay creations, clothing and shoe upcycling. We recently opened another Etsy shop, Summer Raynebows, to showcase the handmade creative side of our journey.

GUERLAIN L'Heure Bleue Paris Bottle and Original Box
What is your favorite thing about creating?
It is a family affair. When we head out on the weekend for sales even the kids get in on the treasure hunting. They have a great eye for old vintage items. As a team we enjoy creating and upcycling because the item(s) become a tangible expression of our creative vision. The most enjoyable part of our creativity is that we do it together. As a husband and wife team we find inspiration in each other. It is an amazing feeling to share your creative eye with the same person you share your daily life.

Toby Twirl Adventures Vintage British Book
Why did you decide to work with upcycled/recycled/repurposed/vintage materials?
It all started with 'Cynthia's Closet'. After my husbands mother passed away, we were left with an amazingly large and eclectic collection of stuff. You name it, she had it. From old to new, ugly to beautiful, wow to what the heck is that!?! Everything seemed to tell a story. We gave many things away but it just did not seem to make a dent in 3200+ sq feet of floor to ceiling madness we had to deal with. One day, while researching prices for a couple of things that were intended for Ebay I came upon Etsy.com and the light bulb flipped on. We created an Etsy shop with the intent to showcase our vintage & handmade items. Tummy Earth Fashions has always been our vintage shop. As a spin off, Summer Raynebows was created to showcase our handcrafted items. We had so much fun giving those old items new life and new homes we couldn't stop. We started seeing interesting items everywhere. Maybe it's contagious or maybe Cynthia was at every yard sale guiding and encouraging us to continue on this path.

Charles Dickson Series Tony Weller Figurine
What is your favorite thing about running your etsy shop?
We love Etsy because it is an outlet for our creativity. Be it by way of finding great vintage treasures or new handcraft items. We found a whole world full of people with similar interests and realized we're not alone. It's so exciting to see what inspires others and share in the fun. Etsy Treasuries being one of our favorites, ;)

Revamped LANZ Green Button Shirt Style Vintage Mini Dress
What inspires you to create/sell what you do?
Wow two answers to one question. What inspires us to create is the shear joy of it, at times it seems like the item just speaks to you, telling you exactly what it should look like. Nothing can compare to creating with out rules. What inspires us to sell is the desire for income. We have had our financial ups and downs but we remain grateful for all the blessings we've received. Ultimately we would like our Etsy shops to supplement our income. We aspire to become a featured seller on the front page of Etsy. How cool would that be? To support your family while doing what you love with the one you love, seeking hidden treasures and creating things that inspire you from with in, aka, a joyful life. Is this not what we all wish for in life, what we strive for?

Visit Tummy Earth Fashions and Summer Raynebows today.

Thanks Casey & JB for sharing your story with us today!

See you next week
Everyday Inspired

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