Welcome to Mini Wim Mini Wim = minimal & whimsical (our keystone)
We are a team of crafters ♥ That's how we all got our start. I (Aranh Pen) am a scientist who taught myself graphic design. In turn, I taught our crew of professional graphic designers how to wield a laser (for the greater good, of course!).
What does this mean for you? ♥ Every item that ships out from our shop was created by one of our artist's hands. All of our items are designed and laser-engraved or printed in Holland, Michigan.
Our goal ♥ To provide people with meaningful items that have been artfully designed and executed in a meticulous and precise manner, so you get the best of both worlds ... professional quality items and the creative design and personalization that makes an item unique and truly yours.
Mini Wim is rapidly growing in size thanks to our wonderful customers!
I'm a scientist. I'm an artist. I'm a business woman.
I love my family. I love learning. I love my job.
My very long story | I went to school for forever and eventually earned my Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2009 from the University of Chicago. I moved back to Holland to join my daughter and husband at the time, but I was having a very difficult time finding a geochemistry job (or any job, for that matter) in Western Michigan, and since I cannot sit still for long, I took up some more hobbies. I taught myself some graphic design and learned how to play with vector graphics. One day, I decided I needed an herb garden, couldn't find very cute ones for indoor use, so I fabricated some adorable ones out of pure copper and designed my spiral stake that kept the tag permanently in place and started selling them. I then began making and selling constellation jewelry because I am in awe of the universe beyond us, and star-gazing makes me feel one with it. Shortly after that, I was offered a nuclear chemistry position, and knowing nothing about nuclear chemistry (nuclear chemistry = unstable isotopes, while I was trained in stable isotopes), I accepted. I led a team of nuclear chemists, physicists, engineers, and I taught myself electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, fluid dynamics, and dabbled in enough programming to get the job done. We built an automated water target system to collect radioactive beams because you don't want to be anywhere near the system during the experiment. Our successful experiments turned my temporary two-year position into 6 years due to receiving additional funding.
Then ... the dreaded job search. I, again, applied all over the states, and during this time, was really soul-searching. Science makes my heart flutter, but unfortunately, I'm not doing science all the time. There's lots of grunt work involved. I also did not want to uproot my family. I am quite happy in Holland, MI, so I decided to get back to selling garden tags and jewelry again. This time, I wanted it to be more automated, so I bought a CNC mill and taught myself how to engrave and cut out copper, aluminum, and wood, but dang, this was so nerve-wracking, and after a few computer glitches that resulted in the loss of large copper sheets, I decided to go a different route. I took a short break to re-evaluate what it was I REALLY wanted to do.
I love offering personalized items and giving people products that they wanted. My garden tags were completely customizable (all 10 herbs/veggies were the ones in their garden). I did my research, looked into the positives and negatives of laser cutting and laser engraving machines and decided that I was going to laser engrave and get all of my items produced for me, as long as I got to design them to ensure great quality, so I could focus on doing the really fun work, which is coming up with awesome designs and having the time to expand my line so that I could offer my customers more options for personalized merchandise. I taught myself how to use and optimize a fiber laser to give the best engraving quality possible. I taught myself the basics of marketing, customer service, and running a business ... and oh man, I AM HOOKED.
This is the most fun I've ever had. I can't decide what's more fun, though, the business aspect OR burning/vaporizing stuff.
These days, I find myself completely engrossed in growing our company, working all the time, and absolutely loving it!
I went to Grand Valley State University to pursue a degree in graphic design and art education. For many years I ran my own small graphic design and print studio so I could work from home, stay creative and remain in tune with design trends. My husband, Adam and I have four children, a grandson, a German shepherd, and two cats. Once our kids got a bit older I decided to join the workforce outside the home and, as luck would have it, Aranh was looking for a general manager at the same time! After learning about the job and the company, I enthusiastically joined Mini Wim in May 2018 as general manager. It has allowed me to work with highly intelligent and creative people on a daily basis in our shop and connect with customers all over the world. This job is a perfect blend of managing employees, customer service, creativity, and creating. I love walking into our shop and knowing that each day will be different from the one before, it is truly never boring.
My absolute favorite Mini Wim products are the personalized wooden cutting boards. I have gifted several to friends and family since working here. Whether personalized with the recipients’ family name or with my late grandma’s favorite recipe, they have been meaningful and cherished gifts that I have been proud to give. They make thoughtful housewarming, hostess, holiday, and birthday gifts and come in many sizes and shapes!
My second favorite products are our personalized necklaces. They are my go-to for quick and sure-to-please gifts for all of the girls in my life. In addition to creating personalized name jewelry, I’ve also commemorated events (becoming a momma, graduations, new business ventures, etc.) and created charms with a cherished pet’s face or paw print.
I’m an illustrator, designer and printmaker with a passion for big bodies of water and animals. I was born and raised in the greater Detroit area, but moved to Nashville, TN where I earned my BFA in Graphic Design from Watkins College of Art. Turns out that Tennessee wasn’t the state for me so I headed back up north to Holland, Michigan where I happily live with my husband and ever so beloved dog, Sansa.
I am a big fan of swimming in the deep parts of lakes, snowboarding, hiking, off-roading, cooking, and learning new skills! Also I love my job, my awesome boss ladies and the noises that the lasers make are cool.
I love our matte bar necklaces and how versatile, minimal, and cute they are! They’re one of my favorite gifts to give.
Born and raised in Holland MI, the beaches are the best spots in the world. I love hanging out with family and friends, listening to good music, eating good food and working on my house. I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a degree in graphic design, but have many different interests and never enough time to pursue them all.
At Mini Wim Co, I help in any way that is needed, but mostly production related. One aspect of production is working with pet tags, which is a lot of fun because animals are awesome.
I am a creative soul who likes to create artsy things for people. Doing artsy and hands on stuff is what is most soothing to me and is what brings me the most joy in life.
I have moved a few times in my husband’s work journey but have grown to adapt and flourish in each of my new settings. I have lived in Holland for about a year after living in Indiana for my whole life. West Michigan has grown on me and I am excited to see what new things I can do here. I have acquired many skills by holding many jobs as we move and settle in new places. I can now say that in addition to being a graphic designer (freelance, newspaper, and website), I can be a server and can now engrave items using a laser. I love learning new things and immersing myself in my work.
I never knew I would enjoy using a laser and engraving stuff, it is quite fun! It is a great skill that I am excited to have learned.
I enjoy all things creative. My spare time is spent creating art for myself and my friends. Most of my time spend out of work consists of taking my Italian greyhound, Astro, on walks and enjoying a good book while drinking coffee. I am quite the coffee snob and drink it at just about any time of the day. I start each day with a cup of coffee! It is a must in my life. Most of all, I love spending time with my husband and creating memories that we will always remember. I love reminiscing on our past adventures and remembering the good times.
I work hard at all that I do and strive to be the best version of myself that I can. I am always anticipating and am excited for what the future holds for me in my work and in my life. I take each step of my life day by day and work as hard as I can to be successful. Some of my favorite items in our shops are the bar necklaces and the dog tags. Although, I like most all of the items and wish I could have one of each item! That is a lot of personalized goods for one person! My favorite dog tags are the silent tags that we sell. I really like them because they are perfect for my dog, who does not like the traditional tag that hangs against his neck. With the silent tag, I can put it on his harness/collar and he cannot chew on it nor does he feel it as he is walking around. My favorite of them all is the anodized aluminum since I can pick out the color of the tag.
I went to school and earned my bachelors in homeland security emergency management in 2019 from the University of Alaska. My passion for helping others began in 2013 when I had the pleasure to serve in AmeriCorps. From traveling to helping disaster survivors this opportunity made me into the person I am today. In 2018 my boyfriend and I bought our first house. This excitement resurfaced my creativity that had been hidden for some time. I’ve always had a creative mind from the four years of graphic design that I took in high school to now decorating my house.
I love adventures, going to the gym, spending time with my family, and creating beautiful personalized gifts for you!
♥ Our mission is to craft quality items with meaning. We believe in surrounding ourselves with the things we love and things that have a positive impact on our lives. We want each and every piece we create for you to bring you joy, whether it's for a special occasion or for simple day to day life. We want to help tell your story! Made with love and light. ♥ - Mini Wim Team
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