Your Local Girl Gang with Amanda Bydeley from Pine & Peg
What is Pine & Peg?
Pine & Peg is my small business featuring peg dolls. These range anywhere from custom to nativity to wedding cake toppers to generic sets and I'm starting to branch out into accessories as well. Do your little woodland critters need a log car? Do your mini fairies need leaf beds and cupcakes? They're all available!! The ideas are literally endless so more and more sets are coming out all the time.
How did Pine & Peg start?
I painted my first peg doll set as a birthday gift for my niece 5 years ago. I never thought much of it again until my friends over at Studio 651 mentioned that they would love to offer peg dolls in their store. I offered to paint them a test set and it took off from there! It's been neat watching it grow, especially because my dad always pushed me in my art and encouraged me to use my gifts. He's not here today, but I think he'd be pretty proud :).
Who is one of your female role models & why?
Role models are endless and everyone is so different. I really admire Joanna Gaines. I know she's super popular right now but there's a reason for that. She's grounded, successful, focused and know's what she's doing. Her style has branched out into millions of homes across the country and she knows what she can handle and she handles it well. I admire her for taking a step down from her hit tv show to focus on her family. As a mom to 3 little ones, the balance between a small business and being mom can be hard. Family first, business second.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I'm just an average wife, mom, business owner but I think most people are surprised to find out I got married so young. I was 19 and my husband was 22. We just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary!
Were you always interested in the arts?
YES! I have been drawing and painting since a young age. I would sit at the table for hours colouring and sketching. I've dabbled in various forms from knitting to cross stitching to painting but could never really find one thing to focus on. I want to do it all!
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Stepping out of their comfort zone just a wee bit. It never hurts and you'll be surprised to see where it takes you. I was always one to think "no, no one will want to buy MY art work". Well, I proved myself wrong and I am swamped with all kinds of custom orders! I'm extroverted but yet never wanted to put myself out there for the fear of being judged or compared. It's been a fun journey and I'm so thankful for those around me who pushed me out of my comfort zone.
What were you like in high school?
Not much different than I am today actually! I loved the social setting and being surrounded by friends all the time. I was pretty focused and took the time to do my school work well. I didn't get involved in too much extra curricular actives, however, because I grew up on a chicken farm and had to come home every day to pick eggs!
What are your goals for P&P in the next year?
I recently launched my Close at Hand initiative. This is where deserving kids/families/people are nominated to be candidates for a free custom set on my behalf. Something to bring a little smile to their faces as they go through tough situations and so that they always have their family "close at hand". It started with a little girl named Lilah Kate and her heartbreaking yet touching story of a kidney and liver transplant and having her daddy tragically taken from them when she finally got to come home from the hospital after being born. I sent her a surprise custom peg doll family including her daddy to have while she recovers. More can be read about this on my social media sites but overall, I can't wait to see more deserving people receive one and have their stories spread!
PLUS, another one of my main goals is to have a website launched in the late fall/winter so ordering can be done easier.