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Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I'm Alyssa, owner and creator of Amaia Papaya. I'm a mom to two amazing kids, Amaia and Alexander. In my spare time you can find me sitting behind my sewing machine, designing up new bags, or setting up shop at a local craft market. 

I opened my first Etsy shop in 2014 just a few short months after my daughter was born. We had been calling her Amaia Papaya since she was in my belly, so the name just naturally fit.
My mom taught me to sew when I was a young kid, but it honestly was not love at first stitch. Thanks to a rickety old machine that was constantly jamming, I often gave up. Fast forward a few years and thanks to a brand new machine, I'm absolutely hooked. There is nothing better than dreaming up a design and turning it into reality. Plus, I am an avid fabric shopper. Sometimes I wonder, what do I love more? Browsing fabric or sewing itself?
I'm so happy you are here to follow along on my journey. Thanks for joining me!
I'd love to stay in touch!

Email: amaiapapayashop@gmail.com
Visit us: amaiapapayashop.blogspot.com
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