Thursday, January 14, 2010

Adorable Teddies!

Here is another amazing recycling shop. Sighfoo has the cutest stuffed "teddies"! Jen has such a great imagination.

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in Evanston, IL and I've lived most my life in the Chicago area. Just a few years ago I moved to Phoenix, AZ and blizzards are now becoming a faint memory. I studied graphic design in college, worked in a communications company for 8 years. left the job for health reasons and took up glass lampworking and created Starving Artist Bazaar (my other shop). I've been doing that for 6 years. I also practice Kung Fu (not now... broke my foot in sparring), have an organic garden, pamper my cat and dog and let my boyfriend beat me at Guitar Hero.

*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
My new shop, Sighfoo, is the phonetic spelling of my last name, Syfu. I don't like it when people call me See-foo. I just started this shop this month. Last year a friend asked me to test out a beginners sewing pattern of a cute bird. The instructions called for felt and I decided to make my own felt from a sweater. After that I became addicted to coming up with my own patterns and creating whatever pops in my head. I started the Sighfoo shop because I can't stop making these things and also to justify time spent away from bead making. I love creating glass beads, but making felt dolls lets me express my weird sense of humor.

*What got you started in recycling?
I think I've always recycled even before I knew what that word was. When I was younger I reused old things because I didn't have that many art supplies. For example, I would cut the tops of old gift boxes instead of buying poster board. I guess I could have asked for poster board, but I was a very frugal kid.

*What's your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can't pass up?
I love going thrifting. My friend and I call it "Goodwill Hunting." We hit 3 to 6 Goodwills in the Phoenix area and end the day at a yummy Vietnamese Restaurant (which happens to be next door to a Goodwill). I'm always hunting for different colored wool sweaters.

*What motivates or inspires you to create?
I just can't stop making things. I don't know why. When I was on vacation I couldn't stand not doing anything. I borrowed my brother's car and hit the nearest thrift store, bought some sweaters and made some Christmas ornaments. Maybe I need help.

*Do you have a blog?
I have a livejournal.
I try to update that when I remember I have it. I'm better about updating my Facebook fan page:


  1. So adorable! I love the giraffe - or the ephalent as my little one just called it.

  2. These are so adorable! I lovet her little red bird with the heart!

  3. So very clever. My favorite is the unidentified bird!

  4. What a wonderful interview, and if I ever make it back to Phoenix I will look you up and we have to go goodwill hunting I know where all of them are in the east valley..great store..

  5. These are freakin' adorable! Love the simplicity, colors and textures. Genius, I'm telling you. Definitely favoriting right now. Thanks for sharing...I really enjoyed reading the interview. She sounds obsessed, which is great, lol!

  6. I'm back, I grabbed your Audrey's Country Crafts button and put it in my blog. It is under the posts, so scroll down, it is listed under gift giving resources. I love the way your button changes by the way!!!

  7. I am now following you from Friday Follow! Hope you have a great weekend.

  8. I absolutely adore your talent an creative offerings. They are so so special! Great to find you through this blog feature.

  9. Oh my, I just had to scoop up "spumoni gorilla" too!

    Thank you~


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