Monday, December 12, 2011

City Chic Country Mouse

The Featured Artist at Design Vertigo from November was the creative mother/daughter duo of City Chic Country Mouse. The "City Chic" is daughter Jamie and "Country Mouse" is mom Carmen. They set out on a venture combining a mom’s love of sewing with a daughter’s sense of style. "We enjoy creating items designed to make your household chores more cheerful, fun and lovely." From the sewing/craft studio to the laundry and kitchen they enjoy bringing style to these everyday tasks. Their hope is that these designs make some of your not-so-fun chores more enjoyable (like ironing!). Their ideology and products fit in just perfectly with Design Vertigo's Idea of making the Everyday ordinary into everyday extraordinary. You can still purchase these amazing products at their Etsy Store. And I can assure you that the highest level of quality and craftsmanship goes into each product.  
The City Chic Country Mouse Story:
Jamie has a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife and masters in Human Resources. While working her office job during the week, she has always spent time outside of her day-job keeping busy with home decorating projects – painting, rearranging furniture, and incorporating thrifty shopping finds. A few years ago while shopping with her mom she realized the endless possibilities of decorating by being able to sew.

Carmen has been sewing ever since she made her first Barbie dress when she was 5 years old. She has always loved being creative and trying new artsy endeavors, but has always come back to her first love; sewing.

After 25 years of sewing on her Singer, Carmen decided it was time to upgrade to a fancier sewing machine. She passed on her old Singer to Jamie, hoping she would one day share her passion for sewing. That day finally arrived when the pair went shopping for fabric for Jamie’s first home.

Jamie lives with her husband and two furbabies (Sadie – an English Pointer and Cricket - a mix of Sheltie, Corgi and ???) in St. Paul. She enjoys the city life and is therefore referred to as “City Chic” by her mom.

Carmen lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and their 3 doggies and 1 barn kitty. In the summertime all of them (yes – all the furbabies plus their parents) can be found at their cabin on the lake in Grand Rapids Minnesota.

You can also enjoy their fun blog where they share their adventures and inspirations with you!

Design Vertigo also had the pleaser learning from these creative gals at an art evening where we learned and created gift wrap! It was such a fun night and all the customers who attended had a blast! The gals brought supplies to create three different gift packages that customers could use for your future gifting needs.  They showed us tricks and tips for using fun supplies like Japanese washi tapes, fabric, paper, ribbon, baker’s twine, and tissue. 

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