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This week we’re getting to know Zoe’s Zoo N Zombies. It’s a lot of fun learning about these artisans and the inspiration behind their creations! Sandi Ramirez is no different. And, she’s been sweet enough to include a giveaway for us! Keep reading to find out more about this week’s giveaway.
Generations of Love at Zoe’s Zoo N Zombies
How many of us have learned a craft or skill from a parent or grandparent? I love to learn about that when I meet other artisans because I got started in crafting, myself, with my mother. When Sandi offered to sponsor our giveaway this week, learning about her business warmed my heart and it will warm yours too!
What inspired you to start crafting?
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My mom and grandmother were really big into art and painting, as well as sewing. I started painting when I became disabled and taught myself to sew when sewing by hand became too hard. When my grand daughter came to live with me, along with her mom, we decided that if she wanted to learn to sew I would teach her. Well, after a few days Zoe was stuffing dolls and hand sewing with me. Zoe was four years old. Later, she started sewing using the machine with me. And, now she is six years old. We sew together for the shop.
How long have you been crafting professionally?
I have been working online since the early 2003 and this shop is our newest shop together just the past few years. I saw that word Professionally and thought wow yes that is what we do… Handmade but professional. Zoe and I work side by side. Although, she is now in school so she is doing more of the stuffing for me and I am doing most of the machine work except on the weekends.
What is your favorite types of crafting? (sewing, painting, etc)?
My favorite type of crafting is sewing. Dolls and stuffies. we love to create all kinds of dolls, soft animals and faux play foods. Having two grand daughters, I have had fun coming up with our own play food and sharing it with her cousins. Zoe added the faux cookies to her Etsy shop as well as adding magnets to the back of some for fridge magnets.
How did you get interested in country primitives?
I discovered the Prim Mart Community and started learning to create primitives. I learned to sew from the many of the women in the community as well. (And we are a stronger community having Sandi be a part of it!)
What kinds of items do you sell in your business?
In this shop we like to say we sell Cute Handmade Monsters for All Ages but we always sell other things besides monsters LOL. We sell dolls, stuffies or soft critters, faux foods made from felt, baby gifts, and holiday gifts as well. Most of the offerings in Zoe’s Zoos N Zombies can be used for birth to elderly unless noted. There are a few special Art Dolls in the shop that are actually created based on drawings from Zoebug and made by her Ducky (me).
How do you sell?
You can shop at Zoe’s Zoo N Zombies on Etsy (Click Here or any of the images). We only sell online because I am disabled and I do not get out of my home except to walk to pick up Zoe from the school bus drop off in the afternoons. We do take custom orders and you can always drop us a message via one of our social media links or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to create something for you.
The Giveaway- Owl Stuffie Doll
Handmade Owl Doll made from milky and cotton fabric in fall colors. This doll can be used for all ages from birth to the elderly and measures 10.5 inches tall and 6 inches wide and is surface washable.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So, Zoebug and I wanted to also include one of our Voodoo Cancer Awareness Dolls. This is one of the mini ones that can be used as a keychain or attached on a backpack. This mini doll measures a tad over 2.5 inches tall and 2 inches wide and the features are a mix of hand stitching and felt. Both dolls were created using a patterns by Dolls and Daydreams.
Enter the Giveaway Here: