Sunday, November 11, 2007

This week's Etsy find: SnappyBibs

SnappyBibs is one of the most concisely accurate and…well…snappy product names I’ve discovered on Etsy so far. SnappyBibs are the invention of Jacqueline Asher, who says her bib design was inspired by the requirements of her great niece, who has special needs. Jacqueline also has adapted the design to bibs and aprons for special-needs adults. In addition to a functional, snap-together pocket, SnappyBibs incorporate Jacqueline’s original art (lovely line drawings that she calls “doodles"), digitized for machine embroidery. Function plus beauty.

Jacqueline received her BA in International Business Administration in Athens, Greece, and she applied that education as a manager for a large food chain in the U.S. and overseas for 15 years. Then in the late 1990s she made the leap to self-employment. Jacqueline and her husband own a custom game-call business that produces work such as the gorgeous duck call pictured here.

“I love woodworking,” Jacqueline says. “I have so many things I love to do. I crochet, draw, paint, sew, design, woodwork, take digital photographs, repair PCs, and digitize designs. Since I was a little girl, I have always been tinkering with something. My father can recall the times I would be under the car changing oil or being the handy person around the house. I am pretty fearless when it comes to trying something new. Mother reminded me that aptitude testing had me best suited to be an auto mechanic.”

Jacqueline says that her bliss comes from “finding a more effective route to approach tasks” and creating…anything.

Jacqueline is an active member of AREtsy, the Arkansas Etsy street team. She and her husband—and their five cats and chocolate lab—live in Paragould, Arkansas.

You can see more of Jacqueline’s work on her Etsy site, DeepWoods, and you can make friends with her on EtsyLove.

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