We're Brianna and Garrett - a wife and husband team making purposeful, artful pieces for the person and pup, for home and travel
Our story began in Spring 2011 after I strolled through his check out line at a local grocery store as a nervous college freshman with a single tub of ice cream. I stood there waiting, paying, anticipating but we didn't actually speak and I walked out that night thinking about the boy in the green band shirt. That might have been the end of our story had we not by chance happened to meet again almost two months later - its a very special story in my heart. We were married in 2014 in an open southern field also in Spring and decided to make the move to sustainable/ tiny living in 2017 after remodeling our first trailer.
Garrett and I both love to create in all forms and began our endeavor to start a small shop in 2015, which later transformed into our shop dogflour in 2018. We've been inspired by our life with ten dogs and seasonal travel to make pieces that simplify and amplify our time spent together outdoors and while traveling.
We've held many odd jobs over the years and have many ambitions, challenges or stories to tell, but mostly I think the story of us is a story of dogs.
We're a family of twelve- ten pups and the two of us. There was never a plan to become such a large loving family and each transition has needed special attention to training and communicating as a whole, but over the years we've grown into the most adaptable, capable family of pups and I'm so happy to be able to share and experience the world with them.
We brought home our first pup, Crix, together in 2012, picking him up from a sweet older couple without even knowing what he looked like, and fell in love immediately with huskies and their bursting personalities, leading to our second pup adoption Navy, just a month or so later.
From that experience though we were changed - seeing how Navy was harmed by her upbringing, leaving her extremely nervous and sensitive to odd things such as plastic bag sounds and having her tail touched. We became educated on the world of breeding and dogs and decided there was a better way raise pups. We began preparing, heavily educating ourselves and finally having our first litter in late 2013. We've raised five litters since then- always right beside our bed and always watching over them, teaching them and guiding them and loving them. It was truly one of the most delightful times in our life. For almost five years we raised pups and with every litter we found ourselves feeling the need for the one who may not transition so well to stay with us, and over time we managed to raise a beautiful family of ten huskies- not to mention the number of families we are still connected to from our litters.
We loved this time period and from it have learned so much about dogs and about our communication and understanding of them. We've grown as people living and loving our ten pups and we've learned and so much from them. Though even still with all that we loved and enjoyed about this chapter we came to realize it wasn't enough. We decided breeding was not the best way to help dogs- even doing it responsibly and wholeheartedly caring- there are so many in shelters or on the street still in need of homes and that is where our hearts and minds shifted to closing our current chapter and begin building towards a space that would allow us to take in rescues and help rehome them in our future.
In 2016 we began to lessen and redirect our focus in life. We began to travel with our dogs, giving them new experiences and new joys too, and we found ourselves meeting new boundaries and opening up to new possibilities and ways to enjoy the world with our pups. The change was inspiring, and at the time saved me from a very troubled and lost space. We leaned into wanting less in every meaning. Less to manage, less space to care for, less objects, and less clutter, and decided in a quick moment of fated reality to make the leap to tiny living. We worked to rid our life of almost all our belongings -we donated, sold, stored and destroyed the rest of unwanted belongings in our life while simultaneously starting our first travel trailer remodel.
From May 2017 to recent we've been able to travel seasonally and live light, consciously and efficiently off grid, and thereby able to better focus on growing our business, refining our skills and developing a plan for our future. We've changed so much about ourselves in the past three years, almost completely 180 degrees in the opposite direction of who we were. Condensing our life down to what simply matters and functions for us in our tiny home.
Living off of conserved water, and conserved solar power, limiting our buying and even limiting our travel to restrict excess oil consumption.
These changes have enhanced and simplified our life so much, making it easier and more freeing to enjoy time making, creating, traveling and simply being with our dogs now able to completely focus on our life with them. These little things have come to be the operating points of our life - living minimally, living sustainably, living consciously- and yes, living always with our dogs - and mostly we do it without thought.
But these changes have also driven the business and given us points of inspiration to build from.
In our life everything has to function, everything should be worthy of being seen, appreciated for what it is, how it looks and how it functions, adding value and purpose to our lives on many levels- and if it does not do these things then it is not necessary for us.
Currently we are working on our second trailer remodel with the intention to have more ability to travel to craft shows, we are working to expand our shop with more prints and functional art for your home and travel.
We've been working for almost four years to build this business and create pieces that spoke to us and our lives, and it is always inspiring to work from these connected dots in our life that bridge who we are to what we create, and we hope our products always inspire a beautiful, purposeful and active life for you.
Bri & Garrett