Makers ~ Amanda & Debbie McCormick

Artist’s name: Amanda & Debbie McCormick
Shop name: Deb's Shed
Instagram: @debsshed

1. Tell us about your work
Deb's Shed is a mother daughter team working to share our creativity with those around us. Debbie started it all with her jarred goods (salsa, pickles, jams, etc) and homemade chocolates. Local peeps just couldn't get enough so we started the Etsy shop so their friends out of state could get some too! Once Amanda got into vinyl cutting, the possibilities of the team were endless! Amanda now makes custom items including glasses, mugs, water bottles, shirts, onesie and more!

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
In 2004, we moved to Western Coventry and bought the house of my parent's dreams. With acreage and a pond, a barn, garage and shed, they couldn't ask for anything more! The Shed became mom's home away from home. Counters and shelves were put in and a huge island in the middle for all her basket making. Over time it became Deb's Shed and when we decided to open an Etsy shop, no other name made sense!

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I still wouldn't consider us 'professional'. We learn new things with everything we make and we continuously try new techniques or projects. But we started earning money from our projects when our friends and family demanded we start charging them!

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Inspiration comes from our customers! Most of our items are ideas from people who come to us, we just get to make them a reality.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
Debbie loves making her jarred goods. She grows the veggies in her home garden, something she's always loves to do, and hand makes each item.
Amanda loves making tshirts/sweatshirts. With the ability to design each one specific for the customer, it's incredible to see the final product and surprise people with how great it looks!

6. What’s your best seller?
Deb's best seller is her Garlic Salsa. With homegrown veggies, most people buy it by the case and we sell out quick!
Amanda's heat press items (shirts, onesies, etc) are a hot seller with their custom nature and ability to do just about anything!

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
We're both RI born and raised! Deb grew up in Smithfield, moving to Warwick when Amanda was born and then to Coventry in 2004!

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The weather! We love having all the seasons.

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?
Jamestown! We love Beavertail :)

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Don't hesitate! If you want to make it, try it! DIY is a guess to all of us, even if you think we're "professionals!"

11. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Deb's Shed is a difficult concept to describe because we do just about everything! The best way to see what we're about is to check out FB and Instagram pages for things we're currently making :)


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