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Oct 30, 2015

by Clarity Miller

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Narwhal Baby Toy, New Baby Gift, Nautical Toy, Narwhal Softie for Kids, Ocean Nursery, Aqua Nursery, Heirloom Toy
Narwhal Baby Toy, New Baby Gift, Nautical Toy, Narwhal Softie for Kids, Ocean Nursery, Aqua Nursery, Heirloom Toy
FriendsOfSocktopus
$24.00 USD
Kirby Koala Plush Softie Soft Toy Stuffie for Baby and Kids
Kirby Koala Plush Softie Soft Toy Stuffie for Baby and Kids
FriendsOfSocktopus
$28.00 USD
Octocorn, Plush Octopus Baby Toy, Unicorn Softie, Octopus Softie, Kids Gift, New Baby Gift, Rainbow Nursery Decor, Heirloom ToyToy
Octocorn, Plush Octopus Baby Toy, Unicorn Softie, Octopus Softie, Kids Gift, New Baby Gift, Rainbow Nursery Decor, Heirloom ToyToy
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Cute Plush Cactus - Cactus Stuffie - Cactus Baby Toy - Cactus Plushie
Cute Plush Cactus - Cactus Stuffie - Cactus Baby Toy - Cactus Plushie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Llamacorn- Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Llamacorn- Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Llamacorn- Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Llamacorn- Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Cat Doll, Fox Doll, Heirloom Doll, High Fashion Doll, Rag Doll, Cloth Doll, Plush Doll, Gift for Kids
Cat Doll, Fox Doll, Heirloom Doll, High Fashion Doll, Rag Doll, Cloth Doll, Plush Doll, Gift for Kids
FriendsOfSocktopus
$75.00 USD
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Cute Plush Cactus - Cactus Stuffie - Cactus Pillow - Cactus Baby Toy - Cactus Plushie
Cute Plush Cactus - Cactus Stuffie - Cactus Pillow - Cactus Baby Toy - Cactus Plushie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Mini Rainbow Plush, Rainbow Toy, Unique Gift for Kids
Mini Rainbow Plush, Rainbow Toy, Unique Gift for Kids
FriendsOfSocktopus
$20.00 USD
Cloud Pillow, Cloud Cushion - Kids Rooms, Nursery Decor
Cloud Pillow, Cloud Cushion - Kids Rooms, Nursery Decor
FriendsOfSocktopus
$44.00 USD
Giant Strawberry Pillow - Kawaii Plush, Kids Pillow, Kids Room Decor
Giant Strawberry Pillow - Kawaii Plush, Kids Pillow, Kids Room Decor
FriendsOfSocktopus
$38.00 USD
Cute Plush Cactus - Cactus Stuffie - Cactus Lover Gift - Cactus Plushie
Cute Plush Cactus - Cactus Stuffie - Cactus Lover Gift - Cactus Plushie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Octocorn, Plush Octopus Baby Toy, Unicorn Softie, Octopus Softie, Kids Gift, New Baby Gift, Rainbow Nursery Decor, Heirloom ToyToy
Octocorn, Plush Octopus Baby Toy, Unicorn Softie, Octopus Softie, Kids Gift, New Baby Gift, Rainbow Nursery Decor, Heirloom ToyToy
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Girl Gift, Baby Boy Gift
Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Girl Gift, Baby Boy Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Stuffed Llama, Mama and Baby Llama Plush,  Llama Doll, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift, Family Dolls
Stuffed Llama, Mama and Baby Llama Plush, Llama Doll, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift, Family Dolls
FriendsOfSocktopus
$58.00 USD
Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Pink Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
Pink Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Cloud Pillow, Cloud Cushion - Great for Kids Rooms, Heirloom Toy, Cotton and Steel, Gray Nursery, Neutral Nursery
Cloud Pillow, Cloud Cushion - Great for Kids Rooms, Heirloom Toy, Cotton and Steel, Gray Nursery, Neutral Nursery
FriendsOfSocktopus
$44.00 USD
Fluffy Plush Sloth, Sloth Stuffie, Sloth Plushie, Sloth Pillow
Fluffy Plush Sloth, Sloth Stuffie, Sloth Plushie, Sloth Pillow
FriendsOfSocktopus
$38.00 USD
Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Girl Gift
Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Girl Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Plush Bunny Toy, Natural Toy, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
Plush Bunny Toy, Natural Toy, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
FriendsOfSocktopus
$17.60 USD
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
FriendsOfSocktopus
$17.60 USD
Baby Soft Toy, New Baby Gift, Plush Narwhal Softie for Baby, Kids, Adults
Baby Soft Toy, New Baby Gift, Plush Narwhal Softie for Baby, Kids, Adults
FriendsOfSocktopus
$24.00 USD
Cat Pillow, Nursery Decor, Kids Pillow, Cat Cushion, Kawaii Cat, Plush Cat Softie
Cat Pillow, Nursery Decor, Kids Pillow, Cat Cushion, Kawaii Cat, Plush Cat Softie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$44.00 USD
Mama and Baby Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Mama and Baby Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$54.00 USD
Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Girl Gift, Baby Boy Gift
Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Girl Gift, Baby Boy Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Plush Narwhal - Unicorn of the Sea - Narwhal Softie for Baby, Kids, Adults
Plush Narwhal - Unicorn of the Sea - Narwhal Softie for Baby, Kids, Adults
FriendsOfSocktopus
$24.00 USD
Plush Bunny Toy, Natural Toy, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
Plush Bunny Toy, Natural Toy, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
FriendsOfSocktopus
$17.60 USD
Plush Bunny Toy, Natural Toy, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
Plush Bunny Toy, Natural Toy, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
FriendsOfSocktopus
$17.60 USD
Baby Toy, Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Boy Gift
Baby Toy, Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Boy Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Baby Gift, Stuffed Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Plush, Baby Boy Gift, Unique Kids Gift
Baby Gift, Stuffed Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Plush, Baby Boy Gift, Unique Kids Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Rainbow Pillow, Rainbow Baby,  Nursery  Decor, Kawaii Rainbow, Rainbow Stuffie
Rainbow Pillow, Rainbow Baby, Nursery Decor, Kawaii Rainbow, Rainbow Stuffie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$60.00 USD
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer, Strawberry Print
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer, Strawberry Print
FriendsOfSocktopus
$17.60 USD
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
FriendsOfSocktopus
$17.60 USD
Cute Plush Cactus - Cactus Stuffie - Cactus Baby Toy - Cactus Plushie
Cute Plush Cactus - Cactus Stuffie - Cactus Baby Toy - Cactus Plushie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Pastel Rainbow Pillow, Kids Pillow, Nursery Decor, Rainbow Softie, Plush Rainbow, Photo Prop
Pastel Rainbow Pillow, Kids Pillow, Nursery Decor, Rainbow Softie, Plush Rainbow, Photo Prop
FriendsOfSocktopus
$48.00 USD
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Woodland Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Gift for Girl or Boy
Woodland Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Gift for Girl or Boy
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Woodland Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Gift for Girl or Boy
Woodland Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Gift for Girl or Boy
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Cat Doll, Heirloom Doll, High Fashion Doll, Rag Doll, Cloth Doll, Plush Doll, Gift for Kids
Cat Doll, Heirloom Doll, High Fashion Doll, Rag Doll, Cloth Doll, Plush Doll, Gift for Kids
FriendsOfSocktopus
$75.00 USD
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
Stuffed Llama, Llama Stuffie, Plush Llama, Llama Toy, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Cloud Pillow, Cloud Cushion, Blue and White Geometric Print - Great for Kids Rooms, Heirloom Baby Gift
Cloud Pillow, Cloud Cushion, Blue and White Geometric Print - Great for Kids Rooms, Heirloom Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$44.00 USD
Pastel Rainbow Pillow, Rainbow Baby, Nursery Decor, Kawaii Rainbow, Rainbow Stuffie
Pastel Rainbow Pillow, Rainbow Baby, Nursery Decor, Kawaii Rainbow, Rainbow Stuffie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$60.00 USD
Cloud Pillow, Cloud Cushion - Kids Rooms, Nursery Decor
Cloud Pillow, Cloud Cushion - Kids Rooms, Nursery Decor
FriendsOfSocktopus
$44.00 USD
Stuffed Llama, Mama and Baby Llama Plush,  Llama Doll, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift, Family Dolls
Stuffed Llama, Mama and Baby Llama Plush, Llama Doll, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift, Family Dolls
FriendsOfSocktopus
$58.00 USD
Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Girl Gift
Plush Elephant, Elephant Softie, Elephant Stuffie, Baby Girl Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Plush Rainbow Pillow - for Nursery or Kids Room Decor - Kawaii Plush Softie
Plush Rainbow Pillow - for Nursery or Kids Room Decor - Kawaii Plush Softie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$48.00 USD
Baby Girl Gift, Wiener Dog Softie,  Plush Dachshund,  Baby Toy, Stuffed Wiener Dog LEMON
Baby Girl Gift, Wiener Dog Softie, Plush Dachshund, Baby Toy, Stuffed Wiener Dog LEMON
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Stuffed Wiener Dog, Plush Dachshund, Weiner Dog Stuffie, Unique Kids Gift, Buffalo Plaid
Stuffed Wiener Dog, Plush Dachshund, Weiner Dog Stuffie, Unique Kids Gift, Buffalo Plaid
FriendsOfSocktopus
$32.00 USD
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
Llama Plush, Stuffed Llama, Plush Llama, Llama Stuffie, New Baby Gift
FriendsOfSocktopus
$36.00 USD
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
FriendsOfSocktopus
$17.60 USD
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
Plush Bunny Toy, Linen Bunny, Stuffed Rabbit, Easter Basket Stuffer
FriendsOfSocktopus
$17.60 USD
Cat Pillow, Nursery Decor, Kids Pillow, Cat Cushion, Kawaii Cat, Plush Cat Softie
Cat Pillow, Nursery Decor, Kids Pillow, Cat Cushion, Kawaii Cat, Plush Cat Softie
FriendsOfSocktopus
$44.00 USD

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