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By Yivvie is all about handmade, unique stuffed animals - and other goods - to bring you joy. Each item is lovingly designed and hand sewn in my home, located in Philadelphia, PA.

By Yivvie was born in December 2012, really as a fluke. I originally had made some small holiday ornaments made for a shop where I was selling other items, and I figured it would just be a one-time thing. Much to my bewilderment, the owner loved them and asked if I could make larger animals for children. From there, the animals were nurtured to grow bigger and stronger and more diverse and I decided to start selling them on Etsy. I also have been setting up shop at local craft fairs, and having a lot of fun doing it!

I went to school for printmaking, and a little later picked up painting; I continue to do both my spare time. I love working with my hands and I've found that the act of sewing by hand is very cathartic and enjoyable. That's right, each item is sewn by hand: no gluing here! I don't even own a sewing machine. All of the patterns are made from scratch, too, taken from my own drawings that use simple shapes to make up each animal.

Though I'm not able to pin-point an exact source of inspiration, that "ah-hah!" moment, I've had a special love of animals and nature ever since I was a little girl. It only made sense to me to create something that passes on that love. I want everyone to have the opportunity to bring sweet, adorable items into their home for their children or themselves. I want everyone to have a little piece of joy.

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