wind & willow home is a company i was familiar with even before moving to minnesota. when i realized that they were based locally, i knew i would have to add them to my minnesota makers series. i had the loveliest time with araya, (and her daughter avery, who was home from school on a particularly bitter day) chatting about how she got started, and what it means to be a small business owner. araya is a kitchen and bath designer by trade, and a creative at heart. she began a few years ago with her colorful rubber dipped wooden spoons, and quickly saw lots of interest in her products. she expanded to add a full line of wooden bowls, serving boards, and planters. the saturated color is a beautiful contrast to the natural wood, and provides function, too-- the soft rubber on the spoon handles is easy on hands, and the rubber-bottomed bowls provide a slight surface grip. araya works in her beautiful home studio, dipping the items by hand, and sells them in her online shop.