Tell us about yourself!
I am a stay-at-home-mom to a beautiful girl, dubbed Lil Hoot (16 mos) and our fur-baby, Zeke aka Hoot Dog (4). I am also a Christian, an Army veteran, a cyclist, a knitter and a wanna-be baker. Becoming a mother somehow allowed me to release my fear of creative failure and just try new things. I don’t back down from a challenge and I tend to just dive right in.
What makes you unique as a woman?
I believe that we're all more alike than different but there are a few things that make me, me. I'm an open book.
What do you love about kids?
Hugs, kisses, endless curiosity, love of getting messy, smiles, laughter...it's an endless list!
What is the address for your Etsy shop? http://www.mamahootdesigns.com/
What do you offer in your Etsy shop?
Primarily personalized and custom gift items for babies, toddlers and Moms. My newest and favorite items are Growth Charts and Quiet Books. Both are personalized for the intended child. I even have a Create-a-story quiet book option where I write a story/rhyme to go along with the quiet book. I also have crayon buckets, fabric alphabet sets, personalized blankets, birthday shirts and sundresses. I also design custom made-to-order tote bags, purses, diaper bags and shopping cart covers where the client can choose their own fabric and options.
I took over a spare bedroom in our basement with two great windows. It is a great space, but still pretty bland. I have grand ideas, just not enough time to do them!
I talk to everyone I meet and I take along or wear (or have Lil Hoot wear) something that I've made, even if it's not something in my shop. I blog and participate in other people's blogs.
What is one of your most important lessons you've learned since starting your business?
I recently started my business so I am definitely still learning. Primarily, I have had to learn balance - between being online and creating product; between work and life; between shop owner and Mom.
Don't read too much. It is important to make sure you have yourself set up correctly and legally. It is important to make connections with other Etsians and crafters. But I found it absolutely overwhelming to read all the advice, rules, suggestions, etc. Make a product, love that product and promote it.
Most of my favorite online shops are places where I buy materials -
Don't forget to stop by Charity's Etsy shop where she is offering you 10% off all purchases (excluding shipping)! Just mention "EtsyMom team" in the notes to seller during checkout. And leave her a comment here telling her which item is your favorite.