About

 

Snuggly Monkey, llc was officially established in the fall of 2011.  In this era of big box stores and bar codes, I often seek out the small business shopping experience where I have the opportunity to chat with the shop owner and learn the story behind my purchase. So, when I decided to start Snuggly Monkey I made a commitment to create and sell high quality items while focusing on providing personalized customer service.

 

What is Snuggly Monkey?

Snuggly Monkey is made up of two sister Etsy shops – Snuggly Monkey and Snuggly Monkey Crafts. Snuggly Monkey is the home of my handmade work. Over time the shop has evolved into a source for cute and fun ID badge holders, fabric lanyards, stethoscope ID tags and lavender eye pillows.  However I am an avid quilter/sewist and crafter so occasionally I will list some of my other projects for sale there as well.  Snuggly Monkey Crafts is my boutique craft supply shop. I work hard to find high quality supplies that are generally not available at the big box craft stores and that are a whole lot of fun to work with.

 

How did “Snuggly Monkey” get its name?

My business, much like my life, is an ever evolving and changing process. Snuggly Monkey v1.0 began as a ring sling and handmade children’s toys business. I enjoyed making Waldorf-inspired dolls, felted rattle balls and ring slings, but because of CPSIA and liability issues I decided to move away from children’s items. My business name was created during that time though, and it was just so darn cute, I had to stick with it. So, where exactly did “Snuggly Monkey” come from? Well, when I was pregnant we decided not to find out whether we were having a girl or a boy. So, when folks would ask what I was having my answer was usually “a monkey”, which led to a monkey themed baby shower and A LOT of monkey things around our house.  When it came time to pick a business name it felt only natural that “Monkey” should be in there somewhere. Since I started out making ring slings and waldorf-inspired dolls and other snuggle worthy items, Snuggly seemed like a good descriptor. And that is how Snuggly Monkey got its name.

 

 

Greetings from the owner

GOTRClauHello! My name is Claudia, and I am the one woman show behind Snuggly Monkey. Being a Stay At Home Mom and a Small Business Owner is the most challenging, enriching, difficult, thrilling, exciting, demanding, and just-plain-fun set of jobs I have ever had (and I’ve held my fair share of jobs!). I am a firm believer in life is about the journey, not the destination,  so my journey has been a long and winding path filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, adventures and not-so-exciting moments. My formal education prepared me to be a global nomad. I have a Bachelor’s in Comparative Area Studies with a minor in Japanese and a Masters in International Education. I’ve traveled the world from Romania to Japan, lived in 3 different countries, 5 different states and 18 different dwellings (that is A LOT of packing), but finally found a place to call home about 5 years ago in Durham, North Carolina. {The best big little town ever, in my humble opinion}

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read what Snuggly Monkey is all about. I always welcome your comments, ideas, suggestions and questions, so please feel free to contact me via email or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.