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Hopewell Creek Designs

American Made Since 2008
2014 Crafts Finalist

Becky Neafus

Lanesville, Indiana
I am a wife,mother and now grandmother of 4 who has a passion for making toys that encourages a child's imagination.
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Tell us about your business.

My business began when my husband I became grandparents and we struggled to find unusual toys. My biggest selling toy The Campfire was designed several years ago after a weekend at our cabin. Our then 3 yr old grandson wanted so badly to build his own campfire and roast marshmallows all by himself. I decided then that children crave toys that allow them to be more active and can include their parents. Most of what I design comes from ideas my grand-children have given me either by suggestion or by watching them play. Once a toy is made they are my quality controllers. Trust me when I say they are always painfully honest if my newest toy simply doesn't meet their stiff standards!

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

My work room is also my grandkids toy room. That is perfect I think, It works for me to be surrounded by kids and toys. It can be an unsightly mess but it's my happy place!

What inspires you?

Everyday chores and activities inspire me to make new toys. Kids want to do what grown ups do. Si I try to make things that make them feel grown up while still remaining a kid and encouraging their imagination. If we all still had the ability to play and be silly I think it could change the world for the better!

What makes your business stand out?

I have worked very hard to design felt toys that are not just for a boy or a girl but for a child. I want my toys to something that can include the parents and grandparents. I want playing with toys to become a family affair. I've always believed that it's during play that so much can be taught. My grandson once told me that he could almost smell the marshmallow roasting as we sat and shared our felt campfire!

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

I was once told that success should never be measured in dollars but in how what you do makes you feel.That what you do should wake you up in the morning with enthusiasm and fresh new ideas. I have to admit that I never feel better than when I sitting in my work room making toys

What does American Made mean to you?

Pride,hope, our future!!

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