Today's blog feature is on another Etsykids team member.... Tiny Stitches!!!
She makes classic boutique accessories for babies, tots and kids
1)How did you first hear about Etsy?:
My friend Heather, started her Etsy shop in 2006, http://www.etsy.com/shop/heatherhalesdesigns. It was my first introduction to Etsy and I loved it’s premise and how attainable it made having an online store front.
2)Tell us a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!:
I’m a 30-something mother of five living in the sunflower state. I love to make things. I dabble in lots of different mediums, but my main medium is sewing and fabric.
3)How did you get started as a designer?
I learned to sew as a tween. As a college student, friends started getting married and having babies. I needed baby shower gifts that fit my meager budget. I quickly learned that with a few dollars of flannel, I could make a really nice, practical, chic baby gift. Over the years the response has been really positive. It’s been so rewarding to see blankets and burp cloths I made being used by toddlers and get passed on to younger siblings.
4)What inspires you to create?:
My children are absolutely my inspiration. Every item in my shop was first created to meet the need of my children, and my desire to provide them with high quality custom made items that won’t break my budget.
Burp Cloths … My babies were spitter-uppers. Cloth diapers are hands down the best burp cloths, but I didn’t want my burp cloths to be mistaken for cleaning rags, nor did I want them looking like everyone else’s, so I trimmed them out with jumbo ric rac and cute ribbon trims. Pillowcases … Having multiple sets of twin sheets that mix and match, makes laundry and bed making much easier. But my children still love to have bedding that is tailored to their loves, and they really get into having themed pillowcases for holidays and special occasions. Over the years, our kids pillowcase collection has become quite extensive, and it’s now a favorite birthday gift option for friends.
5)How do you get the word out about your shop and Etsy?:
Over the years I’ve gotten involved in two Etsy Street Teams (subset groups within Etsy centered around a commonality): a local team, the Kansas City Etsy Team (KCEtsy), and genre team, EtsyKids. I write for both team blogs, etsykids.blogspot.com, kcetsy.blogspot.com, helping provide increased exposure to my teammates handmade wares, and in turn hopefully bringing exposure to my shop. I blog, www.tinystitches.wordpress.com about projects with the kids and for the kids, and I blog a bit about the shop too. I also dabble in facebook - http://www.facebook.com/TinyStitches.Etsy; and twitter http://www.twitter.com/tinystitches.
6)Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?:
Give everything your best effort – even if it doesn’t turn out, learn from the experience so you can improve.
Make sure you check out her shop and all the links listed above:
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