I'm Carla, the creator and owner behind Thirteenwinks. I have been designing skylines and fun art to try and capture the things that make hometowns special!
I consider myself a Virginia Beach local, having lived here since I was 5. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. And grew up running lemonade stands, and hustling at my elementary schools garage sale (check out my blog post for a cute pic!) I decided to go into teaching and taught 2nd grade for 8 years.
When I had my 2nd child I decided to stay home and dabbled in selling different things on Etsy. I did recipe art, and painted custom photos. Eventually I decided a whim to order 10 stickers with a Virginia Beach skyline design I created.
I posted them on Instagram trying to see if there would be any interested and I sold over 100 stickers the first two days! I was overwhelmed by the response and started taking requests to add more cities to my collection.
Now I have over 90 different skylines and am in over 100 stores Nationwide! I cannot believe where this journey has taken me and am thrilled to be providing art that resonates with so many people!