A Mixed Bag is the name of my business as I felt it covered my new self employment venture quite well. In 2009, after 30 years in the corporate world I had the opportunity to get back to my creative roots. AKA – Laid Off, Downsized! After two and a half years of trying my hand at every craft and hobby that caught my interest I decided to focus on two interests that would provide me with income year round. Hence, I do A Mixed Bag of things!
It was important to me to produce products that utilized what I had on hand. I have a Wood Miser sawmill and access to all kinds of fallen lumber in the area. I also saw all my wood myself (hubby does the grunt work – I run the sawmill). I started out making raised (Square Foot Garden) boxes out of cedar. Last year these were sold locally around the Algoma district and at the Farmer’s Market. With the leftover scraps I started making garden markers, then cute and funny garden signs, then signs for the home and cottage, then I moved on to add business card holders, pencil holders, soap dishes, candle holders and planters. Some are plain and some are wood-burned. During that first winter I also made handbags and purse accessories. I combine fabric and yarn together in layers, resulting in each bag being a delightful, one of a kind creation. Kind of like art with fabric, but each one is a uniquely individual, stylish and yet truly useful handbag. Unfortunately, because of the time commitment involved they demanded a premium price and were not as successful as I had hoped. So they have gone back to being a hobby and gifts for loved friends and family.
Now I’m focused entirely on creating a variety of wood products that are both useful and stylish for those that like outdoorsy, rustic, hand crafted goods that bring nature into your environment. Stay tuned for new and unique items as I like to follow my creative path as inspiration calls on me.