Like many stationery brands, Tiny and Snail is a family operation. Sisters Leah Nixon & Grace Nixon Peterson launched this brand in 2017, with both designing their initial 13-card signature collection, paint stroke by keystroke.
But everything flipped upside down in an instant when Leah, AKA Tiny, was crushed under a telehandler at her day job, building homes for Habitat for Humanity. Leah’s right leg was amputated and she is paralyzed from the armpits down.
Out of this life-altering tragedy came a miracle … Leah was still able to paint! Yet rather than soldering on stoically, Tiny and Snail is both informed and inspired by the catastrophe.
“We didn’t realize it at the time, but we were building a life raft that could keep us afloat with hope, purpose and an income after Leah’s accident,” Grace and Leah explain in Tiny and Snail materials. “It’s been a brutal, beautiful journey. We remain so grateful for the gifts of life, art and sisterhood.”
With a mission of creating artful keepsakes to help bring light to a weary world, Grace and Leah have built a thriving, powerful community around them, one devoted follower at a time. It’s very hard to not be inspired by this sister act, who are forging their own maker path as they remind us all of the potential of a single card to infuse the mail with magic, one magnificent painted envelope at a time!