November 06, 2014

Handmade Marathon: Maeby's Mobiles

Editor's Note:
I found Maegan at a local artisan's market and loved her gorgeous hanging paper art. I purchased one made from vintage storybooks as a gift for a baby shower. I'm beyond pleased to be featuring a local maker in the Handmade Marathon series for the second time in 2014, so grab a cup of tea and settle in to learn more about Maeby's Mobiles. 

(+) Tell us about your business

Maeby's Mobiles focuses on home decor through hanging paper mobiles and garland.  These unique handmade creations combine whimsical paper patterns, reloved materials, and carefully cut silhouettes to add colour and movement to any space!  Packaged perfectly to send in the mail, include inside a greeting card, or gift alone, Maeby's Mobiles are great for all occasions. Although the focus is on mobiles and home decor, Maeby's Mobiles occasionally sells other trinkets like wooden keychains!

 (+) How did you get started?

I worked in a local shop, and my boss had a hanging decoration. He said he didn't know where it came from, but wished he had more... I thought "I could make that!", and went home and tried. I drew up multiple silhouettes until I was happy and traced it over and over onto cardstock in pencil. Then I carefully cut out the shapes with cuticle scissors. 

Once I made one, I just wanted to keep making them... I used to get calluses on my fingers from cutting everything out. I also used to use my Nan's old sewing machine, until it literally started smoking and I had to buy a new one!

I started out selling them in the shop but now I've branched out independently, and that's how Maeby's Mobiles got started!


(+) The gal behind the business - Tell us about yourself, how do you spend your Saturday mornings, a little glimpse into your life, your family etc.

I'm a 25 year old substitute teacher, who also works in an office part time. I live with my boyfriend (Andrew) and cat (Parton). I love walking around downtown, looking at shop windows, trying out new DIY projects, or curling up and watching something on Netflix. If you ask my friends about me, most of them would say that I tend to juggle multiple things at once but I always manage to get everything done! Some of my favourite things are Harry Potter, cats, tea, Pretty Little Liars, thrift shopping, and salsa (the food not the dance! I have two left feet).

(+) What inspires you? Where does your creativity come from?

I'm mostly inspired by things that surround me everyday; Newfoundland, books, nature, animals, maps, and clouds, but also geometric shapes, unusual colour combinations, shadows, and the way light falls just so. My sister also inspires me, because we've always said "I can make that" instead of just buying something. I think everyone has creativity that comes from within; the difficult part is finding a way to express it and externalize it!

(+) What's one thing you would like to improve about your business?

There are always new things to learn and improve on when you are trying to run your own business! I'd love to learn how to take better product pictures. Right now, I play around with my camera and take some okay pictures, but I don't actually know anything about lighting, aperture, or exposure. I find people enjoy seeing different ways you can decorate and use my mobiles and garland in your home, so I'm trying to include more pictures that show that! After I improve my photography, I hope to open an etsy store to branch out and share my products with more people! Also, while completing this interview I realized I don't have a logo so maybe that's something else I can work on next.

(+) What is the best gift you have ever given or received?

This is a tough question! One of the best gifts I've ever received was a vintage typewriter, and I think the best gift I've ever given was an avocado green Easy-Bake Oven from 1971 (and it still worked!). I've been known to give some handmade gifts as well, like I personalized an ironing board cover for one of my friends recently!

(+) How do you celebrate special occasions?

Celebrating special occasions in my family is usually pretty low key. We like to be around family and friends and we like to eat good food! We eat until we're too full, it doesn't really matter if it's a home cooked meal or in a restaurant, and then we sit around together and talk. Everyone is always so busy and usually have so many things to do that it's nice to relax and spend time together. One thing that is kinda special is that when Andrew and I celebrate something it almost ALWAYS includes nachos!

(+) What do you do when you make time for yourself (you and only you)

I'm a pretty low key person. I enjoy going for walks, drinking tea, and watching shows on Netflix. I browse Pinterest and blogs for fashion, home decor, and diy inspiration. I like being lazy! Sometimes I'll try creating something new or I shop my own closet and try to come up with new outfits. I also really enjoy going to thrift stores or secondhand shops when I have "me" time because they are usually quiet but it still gets me out of the house. I find it therapeutic browsing through, looking for hidden treasures and one of a kind objects and letting my mind wander.

(+) where can local shoppers find Maeby's mobiles?

Maeby's Mobiles are currently sold directly through me! Local shoppers can check out my Facebook page and message me there or send me an email to purchase mobiles or create a custom order. When you visit my page you can also LIKE it so you will know if I will be appearing at any local craft fairs or markets. I have a table at my first ever Some Good Market this Fall, so I am excited to meet new people and share my creations with whoever drops by. Mobiles are also available at Busy Hands Arts and Crafts Store in Carbonear. You can also check them out and like their page here:

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