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Aug 24, 2012

by nativebear

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Leela Robinson, and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I make custom hand carved stamps, stationery, and other fun stuff for your world.

Since childhood, I have been preoccupied with the desire to make products that enrich someone’s life. Even when I was 5 years old, making picture books and selling them to my family members for a quarter, the wonderful sense of completion that I felt from turning a simple thought or idea into a physical object was inspiring. For years, I have tried to figure out how I wanted to hone in on this creative, entrepreneurial drive. With Native Bear, I feel I have finally been able to focus this energy, and it has been truly mind opening every step of the way.

All of my images start with a little inspiration, a little coffee, and a hand drawn sketch. When making a stamp, I draw the image onto tracing paper, and then make an impression with it onto special block printing rubber. Using linoleum carving tools, I carefully carve out the image and attach it to an adhesive padding and a precut wooden stamp mount. My plan is to take stamping a little further and start printing on accessories such as tea towels, coasters and totes.

I like to think that Native Bear stamps can be viewed as both a useful tool and as a piece of art. Whether it’s a thank you card stationery set or a wedding invitation stamp being used to make DIY invites, I want my customers to feel like they’ve purchased a handcrafted memento that will last for years. I like to push the limits of my designs and see how many types of products I can create with each, while maintaining the hand printed aesthetic.

Etsy has provided me with the opportunity and freedom to transform my dream of a owning a creative, thriving business into a living reality. It’s a wonderful marketplace for buyers and sellers to connect on a personal level, and it has reemphasized the value of purchasing a handmade product. Supporting independent makers is a revolutionary act in itself these days, and Etsy has created an invaluable forum.

As conscious consumers, we are making a bold statement when we purchase goods that are eco-friendly, made locally, and support the growth of independent business owners. When you make this type of purchase, you are not only creating a positive ripple effect that enriches your life, but the rest of the world as well. We are taking back control of where our money is going, who it’s supporting, and how it affects the world.

Since starting Native Bear, my quality of life has gone through the roof! Having the freedom to spend more time with my husband, take more road trips, cook more often, and only having to walk a few steps to get to my studio – these are all things that I am extremely thankful for.  Most of all, starting my own creative business has prompted me to take full responsibility for reaching my goals as an independent designer and maker. The challenges that you face along the way only make you grow, and the payoff is exponentially enlightening and rewarding.

All photographs by Jason Travis.

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New Moon Address Stamp
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Poppy Address Stamp
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Sun Address Stamp
Sun Address Stamp
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$65.00 USD
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Psychic Phone Address Stamp
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Seeing Eye Address Stamp
Seeing Eye Address Stamp
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$55.00 USD
Everyday Magic Rubber Stamp Set
Everyday Magic Rubber Stamp Set
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$22.00 USD
Tiny Escapes Print
Tiny Escapes Print
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$20.00 USD
Wise Palm Towel
Wise Palm Towel
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$26.00 USD
Seeing Eyes Towel
Seeing Eyes Towel
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$26.00 USD
Holy Smokes It's Your Birthday
Holy Smokes It's Your Birthday
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$4.50 USD
Cacti Thank You Card
Cacti Thank You Card
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$4.50 USD
Congrats Swans
Congrats Swans
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$4.50 USD
Hearty Plants Towel
Hearty Plants Towel
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$26.00 USD
Lava You card
Lava You card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Happy Birthday, Sunshine card
Happy Birthday, Sunshine card
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$4.50 USD
Let's Make Out card
Let's Make Out card
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$4.50 USD
Blooming Poppy card
Blooming Poppy card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Thank You Kindly card
Thank You Kindly card
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$4.50 USD
Happy Birthday Trance card
Happy Birthday Trance card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Happy Birthday Balloons card
Happy Birthday Balloons card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Love card
Love card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
I've Missed You card
I've Missed You card
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$4.50 USD
Feather and Leaf Bouquet Print, SALE
Feather and Leaf Bouquet Print, SALE
nativebear
$10.00 USD
Floral Cosmos Print
Floral Cosmos Print
nativebear
$20.00 USD
2018, 12 Month Planner (SHIPS IN OCTOBER)
2018, 12 Month Planner (SHIPS IN OCTOBER)
nativebear
$28.00 USD
Monarch Thank You
Monarch Thank You
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Peacefowl Card in Neutral
Peacefowl Card in Neutral
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Magic Notebook
Magic Notebook
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$12.00 USD
I'm Not Crying Card
I'm Not Crying Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Tall Cactus Address Stamp
Tall Cactus Address Stamp
nativebear
$55.00 USD
The Something Hand and The Nothing Hand, art print
The Something Hand and The Nothing Hand, art print
nativebear
$35.00 USD
Succulent Address Stamp
Succulent Address Stamp
nativebear
$55.00 USD
Boob Rubber Stamp Set
Boob Rubber Stamp Set
nativebear
$22.00 USD
Eye Heart You Card
Eye Heart You Card
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$4.50 USD
Geometric Mountains Print
Geometric Mountains Print
nativebear
$20.00 USD
Hello Friends Card
Hello Friends Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
The Crafty Alchemist Print
The Crafty Alchemist Print
nativebear
$20.00 USD
Peace Fowl Print
Peace Fowl Print
nativebear
$20.00 USD
Many Good Vibes Card
Many Good Vibes Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Hussy Enamel Pin
Hussy Enamel Pin
nativebear
$12.00 USD
Hello You Cute Card
Hello You Cute Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Thank You Mood1 Card
Thank You Mood1 Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Hello Floral Print
Hello Floral Print
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Congrats Power Pop
Congrats Power Pop
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$4.50 USD
Cacti and Poppy Card
Cacti and Poppy Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
The Something Hand Print
The Something Hand Print
nativebear
$20.00 USD
Feather & Leaf Bouquet Card
Feather & Leaf Bouquet Card
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$4.50 USD
Peacefowl Card in Ochre
Peacefowl Card in Ochre
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Rainbow Address Stamp
Rainbow Address Stamp
nativebear
$55.00 USD
Snake Address Stamp
Snake Address Stamp
nativebear
$55.00 USD
The Goldie Address Stamp, 70s style stamp, bohemian
The Goldie Address Stamp, 70s style stamp, bohemian
nativebear
$55.00 USD
Open Hand Address Stamp
Open Hand Address Stamp
nativebear
$55.00 USD
The Nothing Hand Print
The Nothing Hand Print
nativebear
$20.00 USD
Retro Hello Card
Retro Hello Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Orbit print in peach
Orbit print in peach
nativebear
$20.00 USD
Yes! Rainbow, Card
Yes! Rainbow, Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
So Happy To Know You Card
So Happy To Know You Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Better Days Mug
Better Days Mug
nativebear
$4.50 USD
Hey Girl Card
Hey Girl Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD
You Move Mountains Card
You Move Mountains Card
nativebear
$4.50 USD

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