I have a great interview to share with you all.
This artist is from 1000 markets, she is part of the Child's play group/market, a lovely artist and a fun person to talk to.
Hope you enjoy the interview and come visit her in her shop.
When did you first start your craft, and what made you want to try?
I have been sewing most of my life. My mom was (and is) a crafter and she trained me to sew at a young age hand-sewing hems on her dolls. I never really enjoyed sewing until I was in college and learned to appreciate the value of being able to make things for myself! I made my first “quilt” on the floor in my dorm room at Michigan State University. My friends all thought I was crazy! I started sewing quilts for my friends as they started having babies, and I haven’t stopped. When I started having my own kids, and the number of nieces and nephews and friends’ children started growing, I began playing around making other blankets, burp cloths and bibs, and other fun items.
What do you love the most about the items you make?
I love making items that are both fun to look at, are high quality, and are actually useful! The burp cloths are made to be pretty AND functional – they are much more absorbent than the thin ones you can find in the chain stores, and the options are endless!! I like having bibs that are actually big enough to catch all the spills and drool, and protect the little ones’ clothes! Kids are messy!! 5” wide bibs just don’t do the job!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a proud mommy to two beautiful children – my little girl is 3, and my son just turned 1 in December. I also work full-time as a legal assistant for a large hospital system. I love reading, traveling and spending time with my husband, kids and extended family. I am always dreaming up new projects!
How about your favorite color?
My favorite color changes all the time, like my favorite fabric - I just love color!
What is something you really want to try making?
A whole room of decor for myself! I never manage to hang on to anything I make, with the exception of the stuff I make for my children!
Are there any other craft fields you dabble in?
I stick pretty much to sewing. I do lots of custom orders for items besides my baby stuff, including my quilts, duvet covers, pillows and other decor. I do also enjoy scrapbooking.
What brought you to 1000Markets?
I found 1000Markets through recommendations of friends who also have shops here.
If you could give 1 piece of advice to somebody just starting in your field, what would it be?
Take time to perfect your craft. Use high quality materials that are going to last. Get creative - I personally hate using patterns, so I rarely do. I love making up my own designs - don't be afraid to try something new!
I have a great interview to share with you all.
| at 11:19 AM
Dont get me wrong I love Christmas almost as much as my four year old but I hate the crazy people in the stores and the traffic that comes with it. Soooo Glad that is over, LOL. Cant wait to get the pictures my MIL took. Some really cute ones of Davin and his gifts. Alright thought I would share my bye bye Christmas excitement.
In the kitchen
Dead mans treasure map
Some more fun time crayon rolls.
I just got cheap tweeted, awesome
I am having a huge end of the year sale.
From Dec 22 to Dec 31 I am have a sale.
20% off most purchases (gift certificates excluded, custom vintage dress also excluded).
Free shipping on orders over $50.
I finally got a chance to make something for the boys, to add to my crayon roll collection.
I have a vintage Union Pacific fabric by Robert Kaufman and a Route 66 print by Alexander Henry, both are very nice. I am very proud of both of them.
Here they are
I was soo surprised by this one.
I listed this item today and it sold not even 4 hours later. It wasnt even ironed, LOL.
I have been feeling really sick lately, with a pulled muscle between my neck and shoulder, so this was a surprise and helped me feel a little better, nothing better than a sell or two to raise the spirit.
Here is the item I sold
It is one of the big pocket aprons I have been doing, I need to make some more apparently.
Alright I am a little proud of these two, just wish the sun would come out so I can take pictures of them outside, I think they would be better outdoors.
First one is Fairytopia fairies.
And this one is Tinkerbell
I finally decided to try out Hyena cart.
Lets see how it works out. LOL. I assume it is going to be good. I say that because I listed about 10 items today and already had one sale, Yeah that was awesome.
So, I made my listing and month fees back already, Now to start making a profit off of my items. LOL.
Now that the pain medicine is out of my system I realized what I forgot to type, LOL.
Here is the link to my HC account
Now I am thinking in a few months I might try to make my own website. Hehehe, That might be a big leap to try.
Ohh well. Alright got to get to bed soon, took some hydrocodeine, however that is spelt, and it is starting to kick in, I feel drunk.
| at 9:22 AM
I know for most of you this is not all that exciting, but for me this is totally awesome. For my son it is the greatest thing ever. We normally dont get snow. In fact, the last time we got snow it was Christmas day Four years ago, and the time before that was 14 years ago. So this is an extra special treat, and on top of that this is the most snow we have gotten on any of those occassions. So when it snows here we like to play in it for as long as we can.
And when it is gone we get sad. LOL. Well my son is definately sad. His first snow and it is already leaving. But we wanted to share our fun pictures of snow.
Here is my front yard after about an hour of really hard snow. before that it was really just sleeting and it didnt stick to the ground, this was a nice suprise for us to have great dreams about playing in the snow.
This is my BIL making a snow man at 10 o'clock at night, goober he is.
This is Davin's first snow man ever. He did a good job at making him. OK, I helped form the body but he decorated the snow man with bark mulch and a chunk of chalk. LOL. Ohh and our snow man is about 7 inches tall, that is all we could get at the time, Didnt think to bring more snow from the other cars. LOL.
Davin's first snow angel ever. Yeah Davin, he thought of it on his own too, no one told him how to do it.
And this is Davin playing in the tub after freezing outside. He was pretending all the bubbles were snow and he was trying to make himself into a snow man.
Finished custom dress #1 for this week. It is beautiful. LOL. Of course I love all these dresses. I have a new one I am going to list really soon. I am almost done with it. I am not sure about the next one though, but maybe because I havent finished it. Anyways. LOL. Here you go.
The fabric is Hot Courturier by Kaufman in Plum.
Love it such a beautiful fabric, ohh and sorry had to take photos inside today, it is raining and cold and just all sorts of yuck outside and my poor customer has waited too long for this dress, shipping of the fabric took longer than expected because of the holiday.
And I just wanted to share it with all of you. Yeah!!!!
Come please and give it some love.
Wow was it exciting, and now I am excited to see what Cyber monday will bring.
I have kept my sale through out the weekend for this. And this is my first Holiday season, like many of you, And I am really proud of how it has turned out. I hope all of you have had a wonderful season so far and are proud of what has happened for you. I am really excited to see how the rest of the month turns out. Can not wait to see it all unfold.
Now my only goal is to sell atleast one of these darn little crayon aprons for the month. I know they are cute, I have been getting tons of compliments on them, I just need to sell one. LOL. I am promoting them everywhere on etsy and any place I can get them into discussion but no biters yet. I will keep trying I will not be detered. LOL.
Have a great time for the rest of the weekend.
It is still going on in both my sites. Come on lets get some shopping done, LOL.
20% off all purchases and free shipping on orders over $50.
I have crayon rolls, and crayon aprons and other odds and ends, come find what you need to make a childs christmas dream come true.
In honor of my Black Friday Sale, which I have now extended through Cyber Monday, I have made a lot of crayon aprons.
Here they are:
Please come take a look and have fun in the shop
I now have gift certificates in my shop.
gift certificates. I could go higher but didnt think it necessary at the moment if you would like more please feel more than free to ask.
A newer site for selling, I have been on this site for over a week, and although not selling an item yet wanted to inform everyone that my Black Friday sale is carrying on over to this site.
20% off all purchases and free shipping on any purchases over $50.
Please come check it out.
In addition since I am just starting with this site. The first 10 sells on this site get a free gift whether black friday or not.
Please and thank you for all that check it out.
Alright finally remembered to get to this. LOL. Sorry everyone.
Alright my artist for today is Andrea Evans, she is a fellow artist that has two shops so I thought I would do both her shops today.
One she gets both shops featured and it makes me look like I acutally did some work today. LOL
First here are some cute little hair clippies from her hiccup boutique.
Love those colors.
And this adorable little tutu. Again I love the colors, great color choices.
And she has a great and cute collection of handstamped jewlery.
The sassy necklace, tooo cute.
And the mom necklace
Come check out these two adorable shops, and find other great treasures in there for all.
| at 6:56 PM
here you go take a look at all of these.
This was a custom order I did today, boy would I love to make some more of these. LOL. And Davin loved it too.
Here is a photo of Davin with his head stuck in the chef hat, took me ten minutes to get him out of there but it was funny.
And following are some crayon aprons I made earlier this week.
Sugar and spice guitars
here you go take a look at all of these.
Got some really cute ones I just put up today, come check them out.
Hannah Montana (purple)
Sorry House is a mess due to construction going on in the house, so I cant get to the computer with the photos on it right now. So This is all I can do for the moment, Hope you enjoy
CAFEMOM ETSY MOMS
BLACK FRIDAY SALE
20% off of one item and Free Shipping off of orders over $40!
15% off of all items
Free shipping on all: Sensory blankets, Twisty Towels,
Baby Bibs, and Cloth Wipes. Black Friday Only.
Shipping will already be adjusted.
Free shipping on all single flower pens. 20% off pen bouquets.
Black Friday only. Prices will already be adjusted.
15% off entire store
20% off entire shop. Free shipping on orders over $50. Value packs
will be offered this day only on my Boobie Brigade Collection: Buy a
nursing cover, get a FREE pair of bamboo lined nursing pads milk minders
with paid order.
Black Friday Sale. 20% off all items in store and
free shipping on orders over $50.
15% off my entire store and free shipping for orders over $25
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For Black Friday Only: 20% off of all items. Free shipping on all purchases over $40.
15% off everything in my store (even deeper discount on SALE items) and get a free
surprise tuxedo bow with every order! Must put CEM in the message to seller upon
checkout and wait for a revised invoice.
Free shipping on everything and then 10% off of $50 order
10% off of everything in my store and free shipping on orders over $25. Use code
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Free shipping on all orders over $20. 10% off entire shop. Black Friday - Sunday only.
Black Friday only: 40% off everything in both of my shops. No minimum purchase required.
S & H not included. Must enter promo: Black Friday in notes to seller at checkout for discount.
All earrings are only $4. Plus bracelets are on sale too, and everything comes gift-wrapped.
15% off of everything. Shipping not included, must put CEM in message to seller and wait
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Free shipping as always. 10% off of everything on Black Friday. Please mention when
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Free Shipping! 10% off total order on Black Friday.
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Buy 2, get the 3rd half off.
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Hair pretties, children's jewelry, & key fobs. Black Friday sale. Take 20% off total purchase
(excluding shipping) and FREE shipping on orders over $10. Order between midnight the 27th until noon the 28th to receive the discount. Amount will be refunded after payment is made.
Black Friday Only! 10% off my entire store, and FREE shipping on all orders $40 or more (before shipping)
25% off listed prices AND free shipping on all orders over $50
15% off all items and free shipping on orders $25 or more.
10% off all items and free shipping (within the US) for orders $25 and over. CEMBF in
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50% off all full size Puzzle Ball Christmas Ornaments (sale does not apply to mini-puzzle ball
ornaments) 50% off all pocket mirrors and keychains.
Black Friday 11/28- Receive free shipping (US ORDERS ONLY) and half off international shipping. Please wait for an updated invoice before paying! *Bonus* Receive a free clip set with minimum $10 purchase in addition to shipping discounts.
Saturday & Sunday 11/28-11/29 - Free clip set with any purchase of $10 and higher.
Spa sets are back! Just in time for the holidays! For Black Friday only, these sets will be listed for $15! (Will be $25 after that)
10% off (excluding shipping)
15% on all orders! Free shipping on all orders over $50, before shipping. Free matching barrette with any tutu order.
Free shipping on orders over $20.
Free shipping on orders over $50 (before shipping. Free shipping to Silicon Valley everyday)
Buy three, get one mystery bath bomb free.
25% off and free shipping on orders over $50.
20% off entire order (excluding shipping) Black Friday thru Cyber Monday
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Friday 28th & Sat 29th - Buy one, get one 1/2 off all items, including custom orders. Excludes gift certificates.
10% off all items, excluding shipping. Please wait for a revised invoice.
Ok maybe not new but new to me so I call it new. Anyways, I found a "new" site to sell on. I like it so far, I just signed up today and from what I understand of it you are invited to join different groups and they feature your store and that is it. LOL. I havent gotten all the particulars understood just yet but I like it so far. I put all my designer crayon rolls and my crayon aprons on it and was invited to join this group called Childs play. It is cute and there are about 7 stores in the group sooo not too much competition.
The only down side is that you cant use paypal you have to use amazon payments, which I have never done before so that is new to me too. But thought I would invite you to check it out and see what you think of it.
Has added me to her shop or website, which ever you would call it. I am so happy this is going to be sooooo much fun too. LOL. She has one of my crayon rolls with matching tote already listed and she did such a fantastic job of it. Makes me glad I went with her. Cant wait to see the awesome job she does on the other ones. And I cant wait to make more for her. LOL. I can see this becoming a vicious cycle of sewing and sewing and sewing and sewing some more. LOL. Come at least take a peek.
Alright I want to whine a bit so pardon me here. Since Monday it has been raining letting up just enough to drive me nuts. The inspector came yesterday and it wasnt raining then just overcast, he approved the job the roofers are doing on the house so YEAH! Roofers said ohh we will be back when it stops raining, they leave and it hasnt stopped since, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. All I want is the roof and the house finished so my house will stop looking like a the hurrican came in it and puked on everything. I sweep and mop daily because I cant do anything else to clean up and it still looks bad. I mean I cant even control my sewing area right now because it is everywhere and that isnt my fault this time. LOL. Told hubby if this is going to take another month he needs to build me a little shed in the back yard for me to work in so I can control something here. Yes I do have a tendency to need to be a control freak. If there is no order then that means utter chaos and well a little chaos is ok but too much and I become Psycho Jonie. LOL. I just throw things. Normally breaking something and then cleaning all night like my life depended on it and well I quite frankly am getting sick of cleaning till 10 at night because things are going my way. My hands hurt. LOL alright done whining, thank you soo much for listening to this crazy person.
Alright made some new stuff today and it was soo totally fun.
This first one is with Amy Butlers Geisha fans.
Front of the apron
Back of apron
This one is Alexander Henry's toadstools
Front of apron
Back of apron
And lastly the boy version
Made of Chameleons from the Creatures and Critters collection by Kauffman.
Every one this is wormie, Davin's new pet. LOL. He meet him in the garden bed this morning, they have spent all day together. They went for a walk, had lunch (chicken and french fries), rode Davin's bikes, sat in the sun and played cars in the house together. It wasnt till Daddy noticed wormie in the house that they had to end all this fun. Daddy said wormie had to go outside and couldnt be in the house and then that wormie spoke up for him self. "I dont want to go outside" He cried. "I want to stay with Davin he is my best friend." Of course Davin had to translate wormin for us because well I dont know what language wormie speaks.
Hope you enjoy this story as much as I have I thought it was tons of fun and hilarious and I sat here watching it unfold.
Come one, come all, come see my newest creation. Personally I love the way they came out. But here have your take on it.
They are all made to fit ages 3-7, straps are 11 inches long.
Caring frog smock
Back side of caring frog
Davin chilling with his caring frogs
Backside of soccer buddies
Davin being cheesy
Backside of monster trucks
Close ups of each fabric