Aspen and Oak

American Made Since 2014

Shelli Strickbine

Polo, Missouri
I am a stay at home mom who raised her babies and gave auto worker a try, now doing what I love which is making (softer) things with my hands.
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Tell us about your business.

I am entirely new to the business world. I am currently an etsy store and haven't been able to begin a Web site. I am hopeful for that, soon! I make Reversible Canvas tote bags. I have experimented with soaking and dipping with dyes. Making each bag unique and one of a kind. Lining them with colorful and fun fabrics. They are so much more than just a plain canvas tote bag.. I also make home/party decor of fabric pennant garlands and canvas wall hangings with hand sewn felt lettering. Ideas always being jotted down, and I'm excited for new things!

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

Currently I have a sewing machine set up in a spare bedroom. A card table for cutting fabrics. Everyone has to start somewhere.. I am hopeful for God's blessing and I'll have a studio to spread out and create millions!

What inspires you?

I love to look through fabric and see designs come together on the... card table.. Nature and the beauty therein are inspirations being they hold the most beautiful colors. I like a classic style with none of the glitz and glam that others enjoy. So I have designed my bags to be colorful, but classic in a neutral tone.

What makes your business stand out?

I believe my business stands out because every part of the products i make are made by me.. cut by me.. sewn, whether by hand or machine, are by my hands. Down to the hand sewn "a + o" tag that I sew to each bag. Everything is entirely by hand. One at a time, each one of a kind.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Because I am just beginning, I am still in the learning process. Sometimes feeling like the odd man out, I still keep trying. I believe in my product. I would tell others aspiring to keep going, keep trying, never stop dreaming up new things and never, ever quit. Believe in you.

What does American Made mean to you?

American Made should be exactly what it states. Made in America, by those who take Pride in our great Nation. Who take a Pride in the product they are making with the honesty and truth that it is a Good Product. And that's a Promise!

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