Hi there and welcome!
I'm Corina, the founder and owner of Wixom's Whimsies.
Wixom's Whimsies is a small, one-woman run shop located in Southern California.
I take my inspiration from my favorite things in life - nature, music, the beach, Wixom, and even our own customers!
Like you, I absolutely adore my dog. Wixom, a fluffy little black mutt with a silly underbite, is the inspiration for this shop! My husband, Andrew, and I rescued her in May 2016 and shortly after adopting her, I began making bandanas for her out of fabric scraps that I already had. Of course, that led to purchasing beautiful fabrics to make more accessories for her, and I figured why not sell the extras to my friends? Little did I know that others would love my designs just as much as I do, and within a few short months my hobby had turned into a second job!
Another thing I am passionate about is caring for the environment. You'll notice that all of our packaging is eco-friendly, meaning it is made from recycled (and recyclable) materials. I do not use extra materials when packaging (such as plastic slip covers, filler fluff, or tissue) in order to avoid excess waste. Please remember to re-use and recycle!
Here are a few fun facts about me:
❊ I'm originally from Michigan, but moved to SoCal in 2012 to attend grad school (and escape those miserable midwest winters!). I definitely love this SoCal weather, but I do miss the greenery and soft sands of the Midwest. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for fellow Michiganders!
❊ I'm currently working part time as a licensed mental health therapist at a private practice.
❊ I have been sewing for about 17 years! I learned from my mother and grandmother how to sew the right way - no short cuts or cheater steps! I sewed both of my prom dresses and 3 homecoming dresses in high school, in addition to a quilt, countless pillow covers, a bridesmaid dress, a fair number of sun dresses, blouses, skirts, and other random smaller items in between projects.
❊ Not only do I love to sew, but I also love to cross-stitch! A prized and sentimental project I recently completed is a cross-stitched picture of Big Sable Point lighthouse, which is (you guessed it) in Michigan.
❊ Another hobby I am passionate about is gardening! I have a number of special plants including a favorite rose bush, colorful succulents, and a Desert Rose Bonsai (which my family fondly calls "the claw" due to it's struggles in chilly Michigan when it frequently dropped it's leaves!)
❊ I'm sure you noticed a few recurring themes here surrounding nature and creative outlets.
I would love to get to know you too, please feel free to email or DM me at any time @wixomswhimsies on Instagram or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading about myself and the shop! Happy shopping!
Corina (and Wixom)
Some words from our customers...
"All of these prints are so beautiful and unique!! Love that they are reversible, too!"
"Absolutely gorgeous bandana that arrived promptly! Thank you so much!"
"Gorgeous, as always! Such beautiful quality, and perfect fit! Very fast shipping too! We're huge fans!"
"Simply amazing. The colors are vibrant and perfect, the fit couldn't be better."
"Beautiful bandana, excellent quality. Really happy with my purchase and intend to get more. Thanks WixomsWhimsies!"
"What an adorable bandana! It fits around my kitties neck purrfectly! It's made with such great quality and is just too cute! My kitties are now so fancy! We definitely recommend this shop! Thank you so much!"
"Excellent quality of work! We even got some little goodies with our order! I love it -- it's all in the details! I also appreciate that the shop is eco-friendly, down to the packaging for shipment. Way better than machine-made, store-bought, stiff as sheetrock bandanas! Shop small! Great work WixomsWhimsies!"
"Perfect fit for my oddly shaped Bully! Arrived when expected and looks exactly as pictured. Love his scarf, it is probably our most worn item in this cold weather."
"The bandana arrived rather fast and wrapped very cute. The small fit my Maltese great and he gets several compliments when he wears it. I will reorder from Wixoms Whimsies again!"