Tell us a bit about yourself
We are a small shop operated by retired educators, "Momaw and Popaw", as we are affectionately known by our beautiful grandchildren. In fact, the inspiration for our little business was Ava, our first grandchild. We also have a cute little grandson named Noah.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Providing day care four days a week for Ava and Noah enriches our lives in so many ways. We look at the experience as an opportunity to play a significant role in their growth and development in many important areas.
Where do you get your creativity from?
“Momaw” provides the creative inspiration for our work, while “Popaw” handles the technical production activity. We both continue to be inspired in so many ways by Ava and Noah, since we do have to come up with creative and meaningful activities for them each day.
What got you into the craft hobby?
In our search for decorative wall signs with inspirational messages in pastel colors, we could never seem to find exactly what we wanted, so we decided to produce our own.
Every sign we produce is lovingly handcrafted from quality blemish-free wood composite, utilizing water-based paints and inks in a silkscreen printing process. Each sign also comes with a decorative routered edge. Glitter is an optional feature for all lettering. Customers may purchase signs as displayed, but we also accept orders requesting specific sign and lettering colors.
What is your most favorite item that you have ever produced?
We work very hard to produce a quality product in every sign, and therefore we don’t really have a “favorite” to date. However, we are just now starting to produce an attractive new item in the form a “growth chart”, designed also as a wall hanging.
How did you get your business off the ground?
As relatively new crafters trying to get our little business “off the ground”, we are looking forward to showcasing our signs at various craft shows in the remaining months of 2011 and into 2012. In mid-August (2011), we opened a shop through “ETSY”, an online sales service specializing in handmade crafts.
What are your goals with your business?
Our goals are to celebrate the value of every child by producing a quality product which highlights encouraging messages and themes, and at the same time serves as a source of some additional retirement income.
What do you do in your free time?
We are very active in a vibrant and caring church. Most of our remaining “free time” is devoted to our craft and improving both quality and offerings.
What's the message behind your work?
Our purpose at Divine Nursery Signs is simply to celebrate every child by producing encouraging and uplifting messages in wood for his or her bedroom.
Check out Divine Nursery Signs this fall at the Avant-Garde Fall Art & Craft Show. This eclectic show will feature 67 of the areas most talented artisans and crafters. A portion of the show's proceeds will be donated to the North East Ohio Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Avant-Garde Fall Art & Craft Show
Sunday, October 23, 2011, 10:00am-5:00pm
Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church
5500 West 54th St.
Parma, OH 44129.
For more information, contact Becki Cooper, at firstname.lastname@example.org.