Thomas Marnin and Skye Saylor graduated from university, somewhere in the high Rocky Mountains, long ago during the financial meltdown. With no big plans in mind, we both stretched our legs and moved out west to the Emerald City of Seattle. Small-towners though we were, we soon cultivated an understanding of this tech mecca and found ourselves able to brave the heavy rain and high rent. A year or so later we noticed that our friendship of many years was beginning to grow into something more. We decided to give it a go as a couple, and have been creating and adventuring as MarninSaylor ever since.
In 2012, Skye made the very first Donut Cat. She had been designing and making toys for friends for many years, and after absentmindedly doodling a Donut Cat she wanted to see if she could successfully assemble one out of fabric. That very first Donut Cat, created on a whim, was crudely made and not nearly as cute as its modern-day descendants. But it nevertheless found a place within people’s hearts and before we knew it, we were making more of the funny felines for friends and family queueing up with money in hand.
The following year we exhibited at our first craft show and were juried into Pike Place Market as daystall vendors. In November of 2019, after six years of setting up our booth in the crafts area of the market, we opened our flagship brick and mortar store! Today we peddle plush and propagate the idea that handmade is always best. Our mission: create uncommon objects to inspire joy and wonder, while emphasizing craftsmanship, ethical practices, and memorable experiences.
Because of COVID-19, our Pike Place Market store is temporarily closed. We have also been forced to close our website shop for the time being due to Washington’s enforceable quarantine (not being able to leave our home means no going to our studio to make, pack, or ship orders). However, we are still offering gift cards to our online store! Purchase one now, and use your Pastry Pet bucks on something fun once we’re open again!