Meet Alissa of Owl & Bee, maker of stylish, lovingly handmade goods for mamas and babies in New Milford.
"I am a full time mom to my beautiful two year old daughter, Stella, a part time freelance graphic designer, and a full time crafter. I'm a little bit obsessed with making toys lately, and love being able to give Stella handmade play things (she's my official toy tester). If spring ever arrives, I'm also a lover of all things outdoors and can't wait to get back out in the fresh air.
Owl & Bee grew as an idea while I was pregnant with Stella. My first products in the shop were for infants (changing mats, headbands, teethers, etc...) and have grown in age level along with her. I now make play food, stuffed toys, story stones and crayon rolls, among other things. Having always been a creative/artsy person, Owl & Bee has also served as my creative outlet while I am a stay at home mom.
It's much easier to make something on my sewing machine then get out all the paints and create a painting. Once I started playing with fabric, I was hooked. Generally, I'll stumble upon a new idea as I think of something Stella might like to play with, do a few sketches, then jump into prototyping. Once I've got a product that works, I make as many as I can and then list them in the shop."