Friday, October 28, 2011

Not much time....

My shop will be closed the first week of December through the month of January to spend the holiday season with family and prepare to welcome our first child.

If you where planning to purchase some party supplies for a party or event in the month of December , January or early part of February you still have a little time to place a order before I close in December.

Since I am in my 3rd trimester and am really starting to slow down a bit I will only be taking a few orders at a time to make sure I can stay caught up. So make sure you get your orders in

If you have any question. Please feel free to contact me on etsy or on my here using the Contact tab located above.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Blog Feature on Ella Minnow Pea Boutique

Hi Everyone,
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Today's Blog feature is on Ella Minnow Pea Boutique.
She makes adorable items for your little one. Read below how her business got started. Make sure you check out her shop to see all of her adorable items.

1)How did you first hear about Etsy?:
When I was pregnant with my daughter back in 2007 I was browsing the internet looking for designer diaper bags. That's when I came across Etsy and all it's amazing items! I was blown away by how many gorgeous and unique pieces I found. Living in a time where everything looks the same and is made in a factory, it really made me happy that I could shop on a site and buy something that is uniquely mine. Everything that I have bought on Etsy is wonderful and very well made.

2)Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!:
My name is Angela and I've been a stay-at-home Mom since 2008. I am married to my very dear friend and soul mate Dakota. He is a wonderful Father and a fantastically super hottie Husband ;) God really and truly blessed me when he brought Dakota into my life. He inspires me to go out and try new things and he totally supports me and my new business. I don't think I would've opened up Ella Minnow Pea Boutique without his support. My children inspire all of my items. Everything that I make in my shop is something that I use with my own children. By being an actual user of my products, it helps me figure out little changes that might make them better. I totally 100% believe in what I sell at Ella Minnow Pea Boutique and that passion I feel reflects in my product description as well as when I talk to people about what I sell. I always felt that if you truly believe and love what you sell, others will too and want to buy.

3)How did you get started as a designer?
I've always loved to sew and when I made a couple items for my children, people took notice. The child care lady at my local gym was blown away by the diaper clutch I made my daughter. She said that it look like I bought it at a high end baby boutique and she said I should start selling them. My husband always encourages me to try new things and not worry about failure. So I went online and opened up my shop. At the time I was teaching my daughter her ABC's and her favorite part was LMNOP so that's where the name came from. I also found out later that it's the name of a book, lol! Go figure!

4)What inspires you to create?:
My children, my hubby, my friends, and strangely enough fabric. Sometimes when I'm in the fabric store browsing each design I just let me imagination take the best of me and let the fabric tell me what it wants to be. Yup, I'm that crazy fabric lady. At least I'm not frolicking through the isles...yet.

5)How do you get the word out about your shop and Etsy?:
Facebook, business cards, Etsy groups,, bumper sticker, word-of-mouth, friends, etc. The biggest one is actually using what I make. If I'm going to the pool, I bring along a hooded towel for each my kids. When my daughter goes to preschool, I pack her lunch in a designer diaper clutch (it works as a fabulously adorable lunch bag too!). For birthdays or holidays I make the kids items from my shop.

6)Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?:
Just do it, seriously. If you are thinking about doing something, do it! What's the worst that could happen? Each day is a possible sale :)

♥ ♥ ♥

Etsy Shop:

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Party Inspiration

Hi Everyone,
Sorry I have been missing for a few days. So much to do and so little time to do it..
Halloween is just right around the corner. I just love mason jars at parties. They are so fun and just so darn adorable. I came across this DIY Halloween Mason Jar glasses and had to share.

The set by set directions are on ediTORIal by Tori Spelling. If you are not a member of her website you total should. So many fun and creative ideas for parties and family crafts and so much more.
Here is the link to the Mason Jar... How To:

Happy Crafting!!!!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blog Feature on The Tutu Palace

Hi Everyone
Today's Blog Feature is on a Fellow Etsykids Member The Tutu Palace.

1)How did you first hear about Etsy? - I actually was watching Good Morning America and Tori was on, talking about how mom's could earn extra money at home. A couple months later, I actually got laid off and was looking for a fun way to make money at home and remembered that episode. I crafted, but not "full time," just here and there, and decided that I could give Etsy a try. At 20 cents a listing, it's not like I would be out a WHOLE lot of money if I didn't succeed, so I gave it a shot.

2)Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art! - I am Mommy to Coco and Mabel, the names I like to call my kids. Coco is a 4-year-old, get-into-and-onto-EVERYTHING boy and Mabel is my 2 year old baby girl. I craft for them. I don't have any boy items in my shop because it's SO HARD to craft stuff for him, so he mostly gets PJs and the like, things I can sew. As for Mabel though, she gets EVERYTHING. I make felt food for her, bows, dresses, tutus... literally anything you can think of, I can make it for her. I love to craft because not only is it fun, but it saves us a TON of money on things (even though my husband ends up spending the money on things for the kids anyway!).

3)How did you get started as a designer? I actually learned to "craft" when I was young and participated in 4-H. I don't know if that's a southern thing or if it translates all over the place, but it's basically a DIY group for youth for everything from planting and canning to raising animals and sewing. I hadn't done anything in forever but when my daughter came along, I decided it was a good time to get back to crafting because every single bow I looked at online, I thought, "I can do that. Wow, they are charging THAT for that bow?!" LOL.

4)What inspires you to create? My kids. It's so cliche, but it's so true. I see things they like at the stores, and go home and create them for the little booger snatchers. From clothes to cloth toys, if I've seen it, I can probably recreate it. And yes, bows always go with the clothes, and if I can add some tulle or a tutu under a skirt, she's got one. ;)

5)How do you get the word out about your shop and Etsy? I have a Facebook page... just search The Tutu Palace.And I just started a blog. I envision it being a little bit of everything from my life to DIY crafts and more. As a professional writer, I can't NOT write, but as a crafter and mom, I had to find a way to blend all of that and blogging seems a good place to do it.

6)Any advice you would give to aspiring designers? Be creative and do what you want. Sure, trends dictate sales, but seriously, why not create your own NEXT trend? That's always my goal, to try and create the next trend.

Make sure you check out her shop and the links to her blog listed above:


Saturday, October 1, 2011

A blog about tons of stuff

Hi Everyone,
I can't Believe its October 1st already. We been having nice fall weather around here.
Tons of Local fall Festivals are happening around here in the next couple of weeks. I love this time of year. I love going to all the Festivals buying from local crafter's and of course eating some awesome food.

Just wanted to give my Fans/Customers a heads up.
My shop will be closed sometime in December and all the month of January to spend the holiday season with family and prepare to welcome our first child.

If you where planning to purchase some party supplies for a party or event in the month of December and January you still have time to place a order before I close in December. Our shop will Re open In Feb.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend:0)