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Welcome to my shop! Twenty years of working in the children's book industry have left their mark on me. All of my favorite artists are children's book illustrators, I believe people are basically good, and I can't abide beige.

I live in the mountains in western North Carolina just a hop, skip and a jump down the road from Penland School of Crafts - one of the most amazing places in the world. I make cheerful toys and art for the young and the young at heart.

I use vintage and thrifted fabric almost exclusively in my work. I find it makes the finished toys more interesting - and it's nicer to our planet.

For a sneak peek at my life - including my art, my husband's writing, my daughter's wardrobe and the house we're all building, please visit my blog at www.gratzindustries.blogspot.com.

Welcome to my shiny, happy world! Everything in my shop is colorful, kid-friendly, and handmade with love. I hope my work makes you smile!

FREE SHIPPING all the time on all orders over $40!

Want to make your own? Good for you! It's not rocket science - it just takes time. A pattern helps too. I sell instant download patterns for almost all the items in my shop at http://meylah.com/shinyhappyworld.