One of my earliest creations was the Jesus Loves Me Jar. When my children were young, I would stay up late at night painting little stick figures on mason jars, and filling them with questions about faith on colorful strips of paper. Twenty six years later, customers still remember my Jesus Loves Me Jars!

It was that combination of creativity and strong faith that my business going. Fast forward past painted frames, canvas bags, felted santas and craft kits, and now I focus on putting inspirational words onto paper.

My day job is managing communications for a nonprofit, but I still keep Shoestring Studio going on the side. I have grown a loyal customer base that purchases notepads for schools, churches, Bible studies, retreats, clubs, friends and colleagues.

That’s me on the left at a local art show! My notepad business has been going strong for more than 20 years!

About the name Shoestring Studio

Growing up in a suburb of Youngstown Ohio, I remember visiting my grandmother’s art studio, called Shoe String Studio. I still have the original grand opening announcement from 1967 calling this local art studio “a new idea, a unique approach, a new opportunity.”

My grandmother, Margaret Schumacher, provided this outlet for local artists to share their creative talents. I decided to use the same name from her studio to pay tribute to my grandmother and all the creative genes in the Schumacher family.