I'm Kristina. Welcome to Emmaus Road!
I am so happy you are here to sojourn with me. Emmaus Road was named after the scripture passage Luke 24:13-35 where the disciples saw Jesus revealed through prayer & devotion. I pray that these pegs will cause greater love for Jesus for anyone who holds them.
I first started painting pegs in 2016, for my two boys Jameson + Ben. They were both under 5 at the time and I wanted a fun item they could hold & play with; to make the stories about Jesus & those who loved Him come alive. I started with just 5 pegs for them: Michael the Archangel, Pier Giorgio Frassati, Mother Mary Queen of Heaven, Therese of Lisieux, and Jesus. They asked for more. So I painted some more.
After having about a dozen, my family urged me to open an Etsy shop. Now, after hand painting several thousand pieces, over 130 five star reviews, I have painted 240+ different saints and 40+ religious orders. I currently paint about 400 or more pegs per month. We've now outgrown Etsy, but my passion for hand made, mama made, exquisite artisan quality will never be pushed aside.
And my boys have outgrown their original dozen too. They've collected close to 100 in their personal collection. Ask them who their favorite is? Well, it depends on who's driving the toy dump truck that day.