Blog Features are back.. I have tons of awesome shops to share with you. Today's Blog feature is on a Fellow EtsyKids members shop Kidz Wiz Padz. She has a wonderful and a awesome product for all those moms with children trying to be potty trained and a awesome new product to keep your little ones socks from falling off.
1)How did you first hear about Etsy?:
I heard about Etsy from friends/ word-of-mouth mostly.
2)Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!:
I'm a work-at-home-mom to my 2 1/2 year old daughter, Ava, and new baby girl . My former life was in advertising/ marketing for an international corporation. I've always had the creativity and entrepreneurial bug, so when I had to the opportunity to stay home with my daughter, I jumped on the chance to start my own shop! Like everyone on Etsy, I LOVE to make things! It's so fun to take pride in a finished product that YOU made yourself.
3)How did you get started as a designer?
Since becoming a mom, I've had so many ideas for baby products and things that would be useful to any mom (we always need more help, right!?). When I began potty training my 2 year old daughter, she almost immediately wanted to wear panties (everywhere), but was not necessarily ready. I didn't want to squash her spirit and ambition, so I let her (even though we had a GAZILLION accidents). I immediately knew I needed a solution to accidents in her carseat, while we were out. Every parent knows what an absolute pain in the butt those things are to take out of the car, take apart, wash and put it all back together again! I looked online and couldn't find any carseat liners with good reviews or that could be machine washed and dried. I tried using a towel and also a puppy training pad, but she would just pull them out and they'd end up on the floor of the car. Soooooo....I made my own. Thus, Kidz Wiz Padz was born. Soon, all of my friends wanted one and their friends wanted one and I quickly knew I was on to something! And so, I became I designer. I'm currently in the process of getting my name and design trademarked and patented. We've been approved by the CPSIA; Kidz Wiz Padz follows all safety requirements set for children's products. We're also currently under review with the Transportation Safety Commission.
4)What inspires you to create?:
I usually create things that I need or things that I find in retail, that I know I could make myself for less money and exactly the way I want it!
5)How do you get the word out about your shop and Etsy?:
I haven't done much advertising yet, although I plan to increase that during the next few months. I've mostly been relying on word-of-mouth and I do the Etsy Showcases, from time-to-time.
6)Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?:
My best advice for other aspiring designers is to find your niche. Create something you are passionate about, believe in and something that other people will believe in and need/ want too.
Make sure you check out her amazing Products: