Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Feature Friday: Brother & Sister Team Benjamin & Debbie

Shana’s Shop shows the artistic and creative side of this brother and sister team. Benjamin and Debbie grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and have traveled the world for work and play. While in Architecture school, Debbie studied for a semester in Krakow, Poland, and after college she spent a year working in New Zealand. She has taken trips across North America, Europe, South America, the South Pacific and Asia.

After Ben graduated from college he spent four years working in Alaska. He enjoys photographing the wilderness of western North America: the mountains, streams, meadows, forests, and wildlife. Ben has journied through the Rocky Mountains, the southwestern deserts, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Alaskan tundra searching for a unique photographic opportunity. Take a look at their photography and other creations at:

Some fun facts about these two:
>> Ben and Debbie both took photography classes in college and fell in love with the idea of trying to capture the world in photographs. The pair is always trying and practicing new techniques, realizing it is not as simple as point click, although sometimes it helps to be in the right spot at the right time! Through their art and travels, they try to foster and portray a different perspective on life and nature.

>> Debbie is obsessed with magnets. After she built a huge custom magnet board for a room in her house she couldn’t find any magnets that she liked so she ended up making them. She started making square plastic ones and then evolved to round glass ones with her own photographs.
>> Shana’s Shop is actually named after Debbie's dog, a 6-year old German Sheppard mix who likes playing in the park and would chase rabbits all day long if she could. After trying to find a name for the Etsy shop for weeks, it just seemed right to name it after the dog!
>> Ben is taller than Debbie even though he isn't older. When they were younger everyone always thought Ben was older just because he was taller. Now that they are older, people still assume Ben is older even though he isn’t!
>> Debbie loves to make things. When Debbie bought her first home she couldn’t find any furniture she liked. Eventually she ended up making most of it.
>> Together Ben and Debbie really complement each other. Their creativity and ideas bring a true balance to their Etsy shop. At Shana’s Shop there is something for everyone from beautiful photography to unique glass magnets and even scrapbook supplies. Please take a moment to visit Shana’s Shop Grab a cup of tea and spend a few minutes looking around and leaning a little more about this fun brother and sister team.

Inkwell Alley would like to thank Benjamin & Debbie for their time and involvement. Pictures provided and copy written by Ben and Debbie.


  1. Thanks for the opportunity to be featured!✽

  2. I have had the pleasure of ordering from Shana's Shop and the entire experience was excellent! I loved my items, they were beautiful! They got to me fast and everything was very personalized, including a hand written not from Debbie herself!

    I will be going back for more many times, I suspect!

    Nicole Buford

  3. Debbie is a very close friend of mine, and her presence and talent enhances my life beyond measure. No one deserves success more than this pair!

  4. I just adore everything at Shana's Shop! I especially love the Coptic Stitch books! Can't wait until I get some extra money to buy buy buy!!!

  5. What a wonderful post! Debbie is a great friend of mine, and she blows me with all of her amazing projects that she tackles. It's AWESOME!! WOOHOO FOR DEBBIE!! (and one for Ben too!!) Loving the wilderness picture! I had not seen that one.



  6. very nice feature! been following debbie's blog for a few weeks now.

  7. Thanks for posting this article about a sweet person & her cute shop. I met Debbie after she stopped by my blog & now I know a little about the other half of the team. (It's ok Debbie, I have the same height/age issue, my brother's been taller than me since he was a toddler, but I'm still smarter ;)
    Inkwell Alley's pretty awesome too!


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