January 12, 2012

Shiznits- Little Monsters Loved By All Ages

Kelly Smith Janoweic, Creator of Shiznits

When Kelly Smith Janowiec decided to make a gift for a friend’s daughter’s birthday she had no idea that she was about to launch a new business. She used left over fabric to create something between a plush monster and a pillow. It was a hit at the party and Kelly’s husband suggested she sell them. She decided to call the creatures “Shiznits”— a nickname she often used for her three rambunctious boys when they were acting like little monsters.

Kelly's out door booth at James J. Hill Days
Since then, eleven different characters have been born, each with its own name and personality. They are handmade in the USA using high quality fleece, decorator fabrics and trims, leather, and buttons. The large monsters are about the size of a throw pillow and each has a pocket on the back that can be used for stashing treasures. The runts do not have pockets but are a wonderful toy size.

First published book
And at the end of 2011, the Shiznits published their first book! With a warm understanding of what it’s like to be young (and young at heart!), the Shiznits help guide toward self-awareness and independent thinking. This little book is a collection of thoughts and insights from each of these adorable little monsters as they converse with us about the things they’ve learned from life.
Shiznits are great for...

• All occasion gifts
• Loving— and it's a toy!
• Decorating your child's room
• Start a Shiznits collection
• Conversation piece
• Travel companion

• Photo holder

Shiznits Are...
• Hip/Stylish
• Memorable gifts
• Unique
• High quality
• Proudly Made in the USA

Your Shiznit will be there
during hard times, hospital stays,
rainy days, fights with friends, and
when you are scared.
I first met Kelly at the James J. Hill show in Minnetonka, MN this summer. Her booth was warm, friendly and inviting. I watched the children as they were drawn to her "Monsters" and wanted to hold and touch them all. Kelly kicked off her 2012 New Year with an updated website. Please check out the "Monsters" at www.myshiznits.com, or you can contact her at ksmith@myshiznits.com.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A: Mainly from my children. They challenge me in every way possible to be a better parent     and person.
Q: What are your favorite foods to eat?
A:  My education and experience is in the health and wellness undustry. I like organic pasture butter and peanut butter on sprouted cinnaman raisen toast, kombucha, fermented cabbage, eggs and green smoothies.
Q:  What makes you laugh the most?
A:  I live with four boys. You don't know what makes me laugh the most (smile).
Q: What words of advice would you have for someone starting out?
A:  Success is full of failure. Literally take it one day at a time and never worry about getting to the point you want to be at. Just be where you are in the journey. Let go of expectations and see where life takes you. The unknown can be scary, but it can also be magical. Let go of ANY limiting beliefs especially during the creation process and just play!



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