TOP TEN SECRETS ABOUT ME ...DON'T TELL !
1. I am perfectionist and extremely happy about my work.
2. I don't lie . If I try I can suffer a laugh attack or you can see my nose growing.
3. I am Crazy about color, paper and little containers. My studio is full of those and I can never have enough.
4. I am always losing my socks. I simply can not keep them in pairs, even when I am wearing them.
5. I call my mother at least 2 times every day.
6. I’m terrified of Horror movies, I have to close my eyes even during the previews on a cinema.
7. I love Pasta, I got married in Rome and I adore chick flicks. I am a romantic girl. That's me !
8. I decided not to grow like Peter Pan ! I have a little girl in my heart that help me see the world like an amazing happy place :)
9. I don't like mean people.
10. I love notebooks, I have an extensive collection of pretty paper and notebooks, you don't know when you can need a nice paper to write down a great idea.
This the creative journey of a daily dreamer, this is what you do when people tell you that you are not talented enough to be an artist.. you create awesome!
When I was 16 my art teacher told me that I was not good enough to be an artist and I believed what she said. You believe everything when you are 16!. That Day I stopped drawing and started writing. Ten years after, I recovered myself and gave back me the opportunity to try again. I recalled my dream and I started following my heart so in 2008 I started building Mariapalito. I am an Architect who decided to get back to my passion for Arts, Crafts and Design. I decided to leave my corporate job to turn my passion into a business: my small detailed handcrafted toys and an explosion of colorful die cuts and paper goods.
I started dreaming about being my own boss (I don't like being told what to do!) and to be able to build my own life from scratch. I rebuilt myself and found the love of life: my husband. I left everything to be in his arms and it was like to be reborn. I moved from Colombia, South America to the United States. I wasn't sure how I was going to do it, but I knew who I didn't want to be.
I started from zero to what I have today. I learned how to do everything by myself from how to make my own website to sew hand-stitched toys. I feel so proud of each one of my successes and failures. I feel that I am following my own creative destiny and that I designed who I wanted to be.
Now I am happy and busy all the time! I have had + 8.500 sales only in my Handmade Etsy shop, I have the best costumers ever and I love every single day that I wake up ready to work! I woke up every day earlier than the previous and more excited about the possibilities that a new day brings to me. I am thankful for each of my clients; I celebrate every single sale with a happy dance :)
It is huge for me to look back and know that I was brave enough to believe in myself when other people didn’t.
Recently I created a club for people who like you enjoy sewing toys following my patterns. The Club is called “The Pattern hub”, You can subscribe for $65 dollars and get 24 patterns in a 1 full year membership plus exclusive access to the content. I invite you to visit thepatternhub.com/. or you can order your membership here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/63545585/24-sewing-pattern-club-membership
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Independent Toy Designer And Party Designer
My name is Maria Jose; I am a full-time freelance designer, crafter, dreamer, web-designer, blogger and wife! I am totally in love with what I do and with who I am when I am in my studio creating magical and cute creatures.
Paulo is my business partner! He has helped me since the day 1 when he did not understand what I was trying to do but he believed in me and now he is full time working with me in the studio. He is responsible for the entire shop operation.
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Digital downloads
Frequently asked questions
When will be shipped my Order?
Regular orders (without any personalization) are shipped 72 business hours after the payment is clear (usually sooner!!!) Custom Orders are shipped 5 business days after the payment is clear. All orders are shipped through the USPS First-Class Mail within 2-4 business days unless there is a holiday
Custom and personalized orders
You bet I do!! Just Contact me and I will be more than happy to discuss your ideas with you to make it possible! Read about the process for Custom Orders
Where do you ship from?
I ship everything from my studio at my home in Raleigh North Carolina, United States.
What is your return and exchange policy?
What is your return and exchange policy?I will happily work with you to make sure that you receive exactly what you ordered. Please contact me ASAP if there is anything wrong with your order.