who we are
We are Lindi & Justin. We live in a suburb outside of beautiful Portland, Oregon. The shop is run by Lindi who employs her husband, Justin, in exchange for making all the meals and matching his socks. Together we have two beautiful, silly, too-smart-for-their-own-good children.
Justin is a full-time tattoo artist and professional dad (to see more of his work, check out his website www.justindion.com). Lindi is a full-time mom and doesn't actually match any socks, but does make most of the meals. She spent the past 10 years as an event planner. But, after her second child was born she struggled to find balance between her work schedule and the demands of a new baby and decided to take a break from planning events to focus on her kids.
In honor of the two little twerps, we named the shop Daisy & Aster. The daisy is our daughter's birth flower and the aster is our son's. Daisies also happen to be Lindi's favorite flower (when Justin buys her flowers, he buys daisies) and the only flower we had at our wedding 7 years ago. Justin also designed a beautiful piece of art with aster flowers that he tattooed on Lindi before the children were born. The name doesn't have much to do with what we sell, but it has a lot to do with who we are.
how it got started
Justin has been painting trinket boxes as gifts for family and friends for a few years. Justin made me one for Mother's Day a few years ago that I've since filled up. After our second child was born, I asked him for another box to store some of her trinkets in. My first box was full of rocks and seashells and ticket stubs from our fun outings and I wanted one for our new baby, too. Justin wanted to do something a little different so I suggested woodburning, saying "hey, it's kinda like tattooing, but on wood", which Justin laughed at me for, but obliged to try it out. I was so pleased with the box and encouraged him to make some more because I knew other people would love them too! Turns out I was right!
After a few weeks of making boxes, Justin decided to turn the garage into a more functional workshop. While organizing his workstation, he found a porcelain paint pen I had bought a couple years ago when my son and I made him a mug for Father's Day. He grabbed an old, plain mug out of our cupboard and drew a funny design on it. We posted it on our page for fun and people loved it and wanted to buy it! After painting hundreds of mugs by hand and pulling way too many all-nighters, we invested in equipment to print our own mugs so we could keep up with the demand!
What started as experimental craft projects has turned into a job for us and we appreciate everyone's support!
xoxo - Lindi & Justin