The moment we discovered Vixen Goods on our weekly hunt for the coolest Lab Etsy products, we fell in love. Cara Spainhour, the designer for the modern and cool dog silhouette pillows, is a Lab lover who has created beautiful pillows to put on display in your home. These pillows will add instant charisma and color, so you can celebrate your loyal sidekick and add a stylish accent to your interior space! You can even add your dog’s initial to customize these pillows for your very own pooch.
Cara has agreed to give away a free Lab silhouette pillow to one lucky member! To enter, make a comment at the bottom of the page sharing your favorite pillow from her shop. (Remember, you must be signed in to enter a comment!) The contest ends on Thursday, 9/6 at 12 pm noon EST, when the staff of Labradors.com will randomly select a winner from all those who enter. Please click here for full contest rules.
Read our interview below with Cara Spainhour, the artist herself. In the meantime, we’ll be ordering a few of these Lab pillows for our own homes!
Do you have any dogs?
Yes, my design assistant, a rescued Rough Collie named Parker.
What word best describes a Labrador Retriever?
Water lover. My parents had a chocolate lab that loved jumping into the water any chance she got. Now they have an amusing Labradoodle who loves the water just as much. He even enjoys going on jet ski rides.
What is your favorite item from your shop?
Right now it is the Lab silhouette with a tennis ball in its mouth.
How would you describe your creative process?
I scribble down my ideas in notebooks. I always try to have a notebook handy since you never know when an idea might pop into your head. Many of the dog breeds I choose are based on pups I see while I’m out and about. If I see a Saluki, I’m thinking…add that pup to my list!
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer, or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Jonathan Adler, the interior designer.
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Taking Parker on a walk gets my creative juices flowing.
You live in Winston-Salem, NC. What is your favorite thing about living there? What do you like least about it?
We live downtown and I love walking to the bakery, the farmer’s market and the post office to mail my orders. During the summer, the humidity is brutal!
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I enjoy traveling, hiking and I have a slight obsession with French food.
How did you hear about Etsy and come to create an online shop?
I stumbled upon Etsy looking for a snazzy new collar for Parker. And from that moment, I was hooked.
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