Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Esty Kids Team Interview- Cambria Laine

Since beginning my venture in joining the world of children's boutiques I've developed an affinity to "window shop" for my future children! There are many talented artisans out there and I am on a mission to find them! With that being said, I have definitely found the shoe maker for my future daughters, nieces, god daughters and grand daughters (yes, my baby fever is on over drive lately!). 

Cambria Laine, who also happens to be an Etsy Kids Team member, is a self taught seamstress (GO-GIRL!) with early guidance from her mother. Her "Star Product" in my eyes are her fabulous Leather Soft Soled Shoes for girls. The shoes currently come in sizes 3-24 months.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms.Cambria Laine herself to get all the juicy details on how she came to be so fabulous! Please read on and maybe we'll let you in on her giveaway ;)

When did you first discover your creative talents?
I began sewing at the young age of 5 years old. My mother taught me to hand sew from scraps of her fabric and I self taught from there! As a young child I recall making elaborate hand sewn dresses for dolls using scraps. I never technically learned to sew from a pattern and still have trouble staying within the lines and following one! I alter everything. I learned more from experimenting with varying weights and sizes of fabrics and how to piece together, ruffle, fold, pin, tuck, and cut until the fabric was the shape I desired. I recently began working with leather and love it!

What made you open an Etsy Shop?
Economic times and job loss helped me decide to open an etsy shop. With a large family full of growing children and a non-existent grocery budget I had to do something.. Over the years friends and family members would comment on my projects, saying how they loved what I made. Then one day when I posted a photograph of an item I made for my child on facebook, a comment from an old high school friend insisting I should sell on etsy started it all. I clicked onto the etsy site and my adventure started from there! I can’t believe (embarrassedly) that I had never shopped or visited the site before!

What items do you make? I currently make leather soft soled shoes, a few leather hair clips, and hand stamp silverware and vintage pieces. 

I started off by making the things I want for myself or my own children that I couldn’t find. My garden markers were a fun whimsical way to get the kids involved in gardening, and were functional as well as beautiful! After having sons, I was thrilled to have a daughter! From the day my daughter came home from the hospital I longed to dress up her tiny toes with pretty shoes, but her feet weren’t square and nothing store bought would fit. So I started making my own!

I sew, knit, bead, paint, sculpt with clay and other things...I pretty much dabble in just about any craft I find interesting. 

Hand Stamped "Garden marker" Silverware

What's your favorite item to make? 
My favorite items are ones that can be used on a daily basis. I love the durability of a quality handmade item. I like things to be worn, loved and not sit on a shelf for fear of breaking. I’d like to tell people that I would rather see my handmade item worn and loved (but please don’t abuse it!) than tucked away in a closet and forgotten. All the time and love that goes into making each piece is a part of the heart and soul of a handmade item. Wrap yourself & those you treasure in love & either make or buy handmade!

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?
My shop will change and evolve with the seasons, as well as customer requests/styles. I like to think of my business as ever changing. I look forward to continuing to make shoes, and hope to expand to more unique items and accessories in the future. Maybe even something for the boys! ;)

Diamond Sterling Silver Child's Bracelet 

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
As cliche as is may sound, my family inspires me. My children’s tastes, interests, and activities as well as their unique personalities give me ideas to create and share. I am a mom of many, so I have to be motivated! My life is never slow or dull, it is very full and busy, so giving myself deadlines helps keep me stay on top of things. 

How do you promote your business?
I have a very different view on business and promotion than most. While advertising has it’s place, I find word of mouth to be the most effective so far. I strive to make quality items, and that I feel that satisfaction with what I create is what propels people to recommend my shop to others. I see this as an ever changing and evolving work in progress as well.


Cambria Laine recently hit their goal of 200 fans on Facebook (Way to go!). To celebrate they are holding a giveaway for a $20 credit toward anything in their Etsy Shop ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/CambriaLaine). All you have to do To join in on this giveaway Is become a fan of CL on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/myCambriaLaine - and let them know Pretty Baby Accessories sent you! (Tag us in your post using the @ symbol). 

Once you are on their fan, you can enter the giveaway on their fan page! 

This giveaway will be open until OCTOBER 17th

Good Luck!!! <3 <3 

Fall Accessories- Headpieces With An Autumn Flair

Well, it’s official, fall is here! It is a little harder for to distinguish the seasons here in SoCal, but we had one crazy day of rain and BAM the temperature dropped! Back on Long Island (where I was born & spent most of my life) fall brought not only a drop in temperature but the gorgeous changing leaves. 

Our fall line has been well underway for about a month now but hey, its never too late to write about it! I am always inspired at odd times and this sudden realization that it REALLY IS FALL has just hit me =) All items in our 2011 fall collection are handmade with inspiration from those beautiful changing leaves that I miss so much!

The Autumn Rosette Headband is designed with my favorite harvest colors. The simple gorgeous trio is then finished with just a bit of bling in the center for a little sparkle.

Our Victorian Headband is a classic vintage inspired piece. 100% hand crafted. Each detail from the ruffled lace to the tiny leaves on the cranberry colored rosette is skillfully crafted. 

These are just a few of the designs created so far. Be sure to “LIKE” our facebook page to view more fall designs.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The New Facebook- Get your News Feed To Show What YOU want to see

The new redesign of Facebook has gotten a lot of heat since its arrival. The changes are supposed to help filter news and updates to post what it thinks you would like to see at the top. So far this has been a bust for many people I've spoken to. I noticed that SO MANY of my favorite business/ community pages had just plain disappeared. I was only able to see them by going directly to their page. To me that is inconvenient! I liked the idea of just scrolling down the news feed "liking" and commenting as I went through it all.

I was lucky enough to stumble upon an article posted by one of my favorite pages Paint The Moon Photography. Annie was kind enough to break down the new "List" features into screen shots to make finding my favorites easy again. The tutorial titled, "Keeping Up With The New Facebook", was a wealth of information and super easy to follow.

My only gripe about this method is that with the created lists, you STILL have to click on each list to see the pages or friends you added to it. I don't know about everyone else, but I really like to have it all in my main News feed. Well, I figured out a technique while playing with the new lists that will allow just that to be done. Here is my addition to Annie's Tutorial.


Hope this helps! If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help!

<3 Kristina ~ Owner/ Designer at Pretty Baby Accessories