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Ashley McCally

A biologist with a love of sewing, imagination, and all things vintage, Ashley McCally has turned these passions into a business creating one-of-a-kind toys for children. Ashley and her daughter (and chief toy tester), Lily, spend their free time hunting for forgotten fabric treasures in thrift shops, estate sales, and friends' closets. Lily & Gus customers often send in beloved fabrics for Ashley to give a new life as custom toys. Lily & Gus toys are lovingly handcrafted from Ashley’s designs and patterns, using repurposed materials with fun and sustainability in mind. Each plush toy comes to life with a distinct personality as Ashley plays with the textures, colors, and quirks of repurposed fabric. Meticulous care is taken with each detail, making these pieces true one-of-a-kind treasures. Some favorite Lily & Gus creations include a denim rhino, a seersucker patchwork elephant, and upcycled wool and vintage cotton dolls. When she isn’t creating toys for Lily & Gus, Ashley enjoys finding unexpected ways to salvage vintage materials and use them around the house, coming up with creative activities to do with Lily, and snacking on delicious veggies her family grows in their backyard garden.

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