Small Shop Spotlight: Pegs n’ Things

Several months ago I connected with this beautiful and sweet mama, Alix. She was pregnant with her second child and we always had the nicest interactions. Then I discovered that she is a total #momboss with an Etsy shop for her adorable peg doll creations. She is so talented and I’m thrilled to feature Pegs n’ Things for my Small Shop Spotlight!

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1. Tell me a little bit about yourself (family, interests, hobbies, etc).

I moved around a bit when I was little, but grew up in Gilbert, Arizona and am the oldest of 3 kids. My husband Jake and I met our junior year of high school and we started dating towards the end of the school year. After we graduated from high school, I went off to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to study US History, and Jake served a two year mission for our church in Mexico City, Mexico. We were married 6 months after he got home and now, 4 years later, we have two kids. Lucas is 2 1/2 years old and Emery is almost 4 months.

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Photo Courtesy of Alix Andersen

When I’m not painting and taking care of my kiddos, I like to read, binge watch tv, watch movies, and shop. I love Mexican food and pretty much everything that’s bad for you: ice cream, donuts, chocolate, etc.

2. When did you open your shop and why?

I’ve always loved craft stores. I could just wander around a craft store for hours looking at paints, wood, paper, etc. I don’t know what it is, but I love looking at craft supplies. The thing is, I’ve never really been the creative type.

When I was younger, my mom saw the potential in me to be an artist, but like other things in my life, I didn’t follow through with practice and perfection. My sister is an amazing artist, and I’ve always been jealous of her talent.

Some time in the early months of 2015, I became fascinated with these little hand-painted toys that I found on Instagram. I learned they were called “peg dolls”. They were adorable and I thought that someday I should attempt to paint some for my son. Finally, in August 2015, I painted Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kitty. They turned out better than I expected and I received lots of comments and encouragement to open my own peg doll shop.

Long story short, Pegs n’ Things was born in September 2015. I love painting and can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!

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3. What or who inspires you?

I’m inspired every day by so many amazing mompreneurs who are successfully running their businesses while still rocking motherhood. I don’t know how they do it, but someday I hope to learn their secret and balance both jobs more easily.

4. What’s the best part about being a small shop owner?

The best thing about being a small shop owner is being able to do something I love on my own time, while staying home with my kids. Plus I love having a little extra money to spend on things I want. 😁

5. Do you have a favorite peg creation (don’t worry, we won’t tell the others 😉)?

That’s a tough question! Every time I create a new character, it becomes my favorite. Right now I think my favorite is my Star Wars droid set. They turned out amazing! I’m always surprising myself with my artistic abilities I never knew were there before last year.

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I don’t know about you, but I sure am glad Alix tapped into her creativity and talent. Mothers know best right?😊

Alix is a true professional with not only a fantastic product but a kind spirit. Visit her shop, and be sure to stay up to date with her on Instagram and Facebook.

What peg creation would you choose?

*Disclaimer: Some of these items were received free for my review but my love for them is 100% honest and true.*

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