Being part of a team is getting to know your Team mates. I recently had the opportunity to ask Robin of Auntie Robin's a few questions. I'd like to share what I learned about the talented Etsy Shop Owner. PLUS~ She is giving one lucky reader a $20 Gift Certificate to her shop!!
|Just in time for Halloween!!|
Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started crafting?
I’m from California, but now live on the east coast. Sewing has always been a part of my life. With five daughters, my mother sewed countless dresses for us and taught each of us to sew. Starting with doll clothes and moving on to sewing our own clothes, the sewing machine was always humming at our house. Later on, I started making quilts. The clothing I make now is influenced by quilting in that several coordinating fabrics will be used in one garment. I think this makes each piece fun and creative.
What made you open an Etsy Shop?
A couple of friends suggested the idea to me. At first I was reluctant as I thought there were already so many Etsy shops selling children’s items, but then I thought I’d give it a try. Everyone has something different to offer and I’ve found that being with Etsy is a lot of fun!
What items do you make?
Currently I’m making skirts for little girls and baby quilts. Each one is unique. The skirts are all fully lined with finished seams. They are pretty and fun, but practical, too. A little girl can wear one of these skirts to a party or outside on the playground. The baby quilts are hand-quilted and are backed with soft flannel to make them extra cuddly.
What's your favorite item to make?
I love to make skirts based on storybook characters. I want to encourage pretend play and imagination.
Good question and one I’ve been thinking about lately. I love sewing and want to make more items and sell more. I’d also like to give more away to charity. I’m not sure what other directions I want to go in the future, but I’m open to new possibilities!
What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
All I have to do is look at fabric to be inspired! I love choosing the fabric and trims for each item. Motivation is not a problem for me.
Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to designing?
The children I know love to dress up as different characters and they often inspire me. Also, children’s storybooks, vintage paper dolls, old movies, etc.
How do you promote your business?
I’m just learning to do that. I’m learning the importance of joining and participating in teams. I love blog reviews and giveaways. It’s all a lot of fun!
Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring designers/artists/crafters?
Keep making stuff! Design and make what you enjoy. There are a lot of kindred spirits out there in blogland!
How To Win $20 to Auntie Robins
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