Hi! My name is Clarity Miller and I make plush creatures. My shop is called Friends of Socktopus. I live in northwestern Washington state with my husband and our two kids – plus six chickens and four cats.
I’ve been making things my whole life. I grew up in a log cabin on an island, and my parents are both highly creative people who encouraged me to follow a creative path. I learned to sew as a kid; my first finished piece was a tutu for my Cabbage Patch doll. I went on to get my degree in photography from the Evergreen State College in Olympia. While I was there, I started making sock monkeys. My business stemmed from those creations.
I love making unique, happy toys for children. As a parent, I think it’s important that toys be long-lasting and environmentally friendly. I make my pieces durable so that they can be played with and then handed down, instead of ending up in a landfill. I also offer free repairs for life on all my toys – you can send them back to me at any point, and I will mend holes or reattach legs. I love seeing softies I created years ago return, well-loved and treasured.
One of my favorite things about my business is when customers send me photos of their children cuddled up with my toys. I had one person send me photos of their Socktopus traveling around the world; another person sent me a photo of their giant stuffed ice cream plush on top of a mountain.
I love being a part of the handmade community, and Etsy has been an essential part of that. I started selling on Etsy in 2006, and that’s really helped my business grow. Having a handmade business is the best of both worlds. I get to work from home and be here with my children, while also earning an income. And speaking of home: I’ve run out of space in the parlor of our 105-year-old house, so now it’s time to expand. My next big endeavor is renovating a building on our property and turning it into a studio. I’m also looking forward to participating in more craft shows, like Urban Craft Uprising and Crafty Wonderland.
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