Featured Artisan - Tiffany of Fair Trade Family

This week's featured artisan is Tiffany of Fair Trade Family.   Tiffany creates amazing wool and cotton play foods for children and many other things!


You make a great variety of items - which is your favorite?
Tiffany:  The item that makes me the happiest to make is the peeling banana and the cupcakes with swappable frosting because I know they make kids smile. That, in itself, makes it very worth it. I love the finished look of my espressos con panna and anytime I make a whole farmer's market set of unusual veggies I am excited.

What is your favorite medium to work with?
Tiffany:  While I am thrilled to offer vegan items out of cotton, I love working with fuzzy earthy wool, especially Peace Fleece, since the company has a focus on establishing cooperatives between war-torn nations. I also love bamboo and any variegated sock yarn when I have the occasion to work with either for a special order.





What was the first crafty item you can remember making?
Tiffany:  I learned, like most children I know who crochet, how to make squares and then little blankets. I really liked making diaper covers and longies but I like shorter term projects that are more about instant gratification. I love food, especially healthy food, but I never thought I would be making toy foods in the mass quantities I do now.

What does a typical day look like?
Tiffany:  Usually, I begin most days with a spinach-fruit smoothie, fair trade coffee, and breakfast with the kids; a 60-90 minute workout at the gym with my 12yo son (the oldest of my four boys); a day of virtual schooling; church and family time in the evening; and whenever my husband starts his hangout time with the kids or bedtime routines I get crafting. Rarely am I without my projects as we go through the school day and activities. My husband and I also love spending time with friends whether it means babysitting for a young couple, opening our home for parties and events, or having single people over for home-cooked meals. I also love coaching soccer and finishing last in half-marathons (lol).








Where did you learn to crochet?
Tiffany:  While my mother was an avid crocheter, she was a busy single parent and was working and going to community college. A neighbor actually showed me how to make those first stitches. And a childhood friend and I dreamed from ages 9-15 of having a store where we sold our (then super hideously made) crocheted goodies. I am naturally stubborn though so I worked determined to be good at it. I still (after thousands of pieces sold) count every stitch in every row of every apple to make sure they are perfect. It is worth the effort, but feels a little crazy sometimes.




Are you ready for a  giveaway??  Enter for your chance to win a custom apple jacket and a piece of cotton produce!

How to Enter: 
Mandatory entry:
♥ Visit Fair Trade Family and leave a comment here telling you favorite item

Additional entries:
♥ Tweet this giveaway and leave a comment saying you did so
♥ Blog this giveaway and leave the link in the comments
♥ Follow the team blog and leave a comment saying you are a follower (if you already are, leave a comment saying that!)
♥ Fan the team on facebook and leave a comment saying you did (if you are already a fan, leave a comment telling us!)
♥ Fan Fair Trade Family on facebook and leave a comment saying you did (if you are already a fan, leave a comment telling us!)

* Congrats to comment #29 Cabootique, our winner! 

40 Responses to “Featured Artisan - Tiffany of Fair Trade Family”

Moonstonemama said...

I love the stuffed turkey!

Moonstonemama said...

I'm a blog follower.

Samy said...

I love the Naturally Decadent Cotton Play Food-- Rich Espresso Con Panna and a Juicy Little Strawberry!

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Samy said...

I follow the team blog!

Samy said...

I fanned the team on facebook and leave a comment saying you did!

Samy said...

I fanned Fair Trade Family on facebook!

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the water bottle carrier is my favorite!

EG said...

I'm sure my son would get a kick out of the pizza!

Carrie said...

My favorite is the mint chocolate chip ice cream cone, I'm thinking that my little nephew would love it.

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Stella said...

I fell in love with the coffee with toast and eggs, exactly how I love to start my Saturday mornings! Imagine how cute if my little lovely could pretend eat the same! But I'm guessing that's out of the competition anyway... I love all of your little faux edible creations, I would be delighted to own any of them!

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Stella said...

And I just became a follower on your blog

AM said...

The happy apple fruit jacket/cozy in buttercup is my favorite!

Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to everyone!

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Natesgirl said...

love her foods!! she did a bunch for me once for a birthday party (favors)

Natesgirl said...

love her foods!! she did a bunch for me once for a birthday party (favors)

Emily said...

My favorite is the avocado half. Where else can you find an avocado to play with?!?

Courtney :) said...

My favorite are the Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.

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Victoria said...

I'm a follower!

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Victoria said...

Fan the team on facebook as Victoria Rom

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Cabootique said...

I love Naturally Decadent Cotton Play Food-- Rich Espresso Con Panna and a Juicy Little Strawberry...so cute!

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dawn said...

I love the stuffed turkey!

dawn said...

I'm a fair trade family FB follower.

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I'm an Etsy Hyena Team follower.

momma rae said...

the hot chocolate is a fave here. the apple jackets are so cute! thanks for the opportunity!

Marci J said...

Happy Apple-- Fruit Jacket in Buttercup -- love this! What a great practical idea!
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Luv2Have said...

I think the Oreo cookies are SO unique and cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

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love the
Bamboo Wool Playfood (Playfood) -- Green Beans and Apple Slices


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