Friday, August 17, 2012

"You're A Pretty Baby"- Photo Contest 2012


ELIGIBILITY: 

"You're a Pretty Baby" Photo Contest is open to all customers past, present, and until December 1st, 2012. Employees of Pretty Baby Accessories are not eligible using products provided for contract employment (see MODEL CLAUSE for more detail). 

AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: 
Participation in the contest constitutes entrants full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Pretty Baby Accessories which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein. 

CONTEST PERIOD: 

The contest begins on August 20, 2012 and ends December 1st, 2012 at 12:00PM (PST). Entries submitted before or after the contest period will be disqualified. Entries will be accepted via our FACEBOOK page only. 

HOW TO ENTER:

Participants may enter on Facebook by tagging Pretty Baby Accessories in photos where our products are being used. Professional photos entered must have a release to be entered.  When tagging the photo you must be sure the privacy setting on the photo are set to public in order for it to be seen on our wall.

There is no limit to how many photos you enter. Each photo will be assigned a number based on the order it was entered. The number will be added by an admin on the comments portion. 

Parent or legal guardian must approve submission of the contestant's photo(s). By submitting a photo, parent or legal guardian grants Pretty Baby Accessories the right to publish submitted photo(s), on The Pretty Baby Accessories website and/or marketing materials. 

MODEL CLAUSE:

Models that have been employed by Pretty Baby Accessories may not enter photos of products received for contract. They may, however, enter photos of products not sent through the model agency. 

PRIZE DRAWING:

On or about December, 2nd 2012 we will select a winner by Random.org (random generator) from eligible entries. The winner will be announced via blog post (as per facebook rules). Winner will have 48 hours to claim his/her prize. Should the prize remain unclaimed at that point, a new winner will be drawn in the same manner. 

PRIZE:
Grand Prize (1) - $50 gift certificate (electronic credit) to Pretty Baby Accessories. Excludes Quilts & Blankets. International entries will be responsible for hipping costs. Credit valid for one time use only and is  not transferable for cash.


GENERAL CONDITIONS:
In the event the operation, security, or administration of the contest is impaired in any way, for any reason, including but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention,  or other technical problems, or in the event the contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Pretty Baby Accessories in its sole discretion, Pretty Baby Accessories, in its sole discretion, may either (a) suspend the contest to address the impairment and then resume the contest in a manner that best conforms these Official Rules or (b) terminate the contest. Pretty Baby Accessories in its sole discretion reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and should such an attempt be made, Pretty Baby Accessories, reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent of the law. 



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Esty Kids Team Interview- Maddy Wear


This quarters feature is something I am REALLY excited to share with you all!! A unique and FUNCTIONAL product , Maddy Wear's  tank style bib is a perfect solution for messy eaters. The "beyond basic" bib is available in a variety of bright fun prints. They are eco-friendly and 100% machine washable!! 

Maddy Wear is pleased to announce that they will be included in a fab.com sale running from August 22- August 29, 2012. Mark your calendars and scoop some bibs for a great price! 

Amanda was also most generous to offer one reader a FREE BIB!! (or you may use your bib a credit toward a gift set). Be sure to read the interview to find out how to enter. 


Twitter: @maddywear



Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started crafting?
My name is Amanda Thompson and I am a 35 year old work and home mama with a great husband (Brian) and a 4 year old nugget named Madison (and one more on the way)! I was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, where most of my relatives live, but we reside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (Bothell, Washington). Just to put the record straight...it rains a lot more in Hawaii than it does in Seattle, it just is sunny there so people don't notice it as much!


What items do you make?

I make unique tank-style baby and toddler bibs and burp cloths. :-)




When did you first discover your creative talents?

Ha! First off I think I am the least creative person in my family, so I would have never said that I have creative talent. Both my parents are excellent painters and my twin is amazing as well. I can only draw a stick figure at best or a Mr. Potato Head that looks pretty decent.
This design just came out of a need and it forced me to use the sewing machine that I had recieved as a gift years earlier. My daughter had just turned one and I was going crazy over the mess she would make at mealtimes. So I designed a little tank, then I added snaps and velcro and started playing around with it. Now it has morphed into a fully lined bib that is reversible and durable! I love them...can you tell?



What made you open an Etsy Shop?

My friends actually convinced me to sign up for an Etsy shop. I reserved my name in 2009, but I had no idea what Etsy was. I was still in the baby (no pun intended) stages of this business and had an extremely demanding day job and a one year old. Maddy Wear took a back seat for years. I just made bibs locally and sold them to friends and family and just tried to survive working and parenthood. It wasn't until last October that I really said... I need to do this or stop doing it! So I listed items to Etsy on October 26, 2011.


What's your favorite item to make?

I love making all of my items because I know they are going to make life a little easier, if not cleaner. My secret pleasure is fabric shopping and discovering new prints and fabrics that will make my bibs better, more durable and definitely adorable!



Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?

Wow, this is a hard question! We are currently in a boutique locally and I love being close to those who buy my bibs, but I also get so excited when I get an order from Australia! Honestly, I want to see Maddy Wear continuously grow. I can't say that I need to have it be in a box store because I believe it will take out a lot of the handmade care that I give each piece I sew. I'd really like to have it stablize and grow and give our daughter Madison the opportunity to help fund her college education someday. I believe it will. She just turned 4, so I definitely have some work to do. :-) 

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?

New fabrics always inspire me! My motivation really come from my customers (new and returning)! I get great print ideas that they are looking for, which puts me on a mission of sorts. Also watching them discover and choose items that they love...and when they get really excited over seeing all of the different styles and options. I have been blessed with the idea and the opportunity to get to do this everyday, but it is really rewarding to have someone love my work. It makes it all worth it. 






Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to designing?

My husband has a very unique sense of style and I seem to always be successful when I choose the OPPOSITE of what he likes! (Sorry honey).


How do you promote your business?

Most of my promotion has been locally through word of mouth, but I have been working hard to get on great blogs (like this one) and promote my brand through my website, facebook, twitter and pinterest. I find that I can easily spend my entire day on the computer trying to connect with crafters, bloggers, shops etc...and the hours just fly by. I need to schedule myself to make sure I actually get items sewn each week. :-)




Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring designers/artists/crafters?

I know it is always said, but it is so true. If you believe in your product and your brand, you are your biggest fan and NEVER give up on yourself. What do you have to lose right? I have also surrounded myself with very supportive people or identify ones that will pick you up when you need it most. There are many times when we all feel overwhelmed and can't seem to make any headway...that's when I call my "go-to" contacts and explain how I'm feeling and they ALWAYS show me how far I've actually come. I really don't know where I'd be today without them...or where I'll be tomorrow when I need them. :-)


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Monday, July 23, 2012

Newborn Ties- Baby Boy Ties For Photo Shoots

I know mom's and photographers are always looking for cute items for newborn boys. Lucky for you, I LOVE making tiny little ties. Our line of baby ties will come pre-tied on a thin neck strap with a Velcro closure for easy placement.



As with all of our products our newborn ties will be made to order in a variety of fabric choices. I will offer many choices in the shop, but am also open to custom orders/ideas. My favorites are polka dots and stripes. The newest trend is chevron and I'm hoping to gather stock of many colors to also add. 





Doll Bed Quilt- Newborn Photography Prop


Pretty Baby Accessories has collaborated with Heather Blair Photography and  Briar Rose Crafts & Things to create a prop set to accompany the doll bed trend in newborn photography.This particular Doll Bed Quilt Was an idea brought to me by Heather. We brainstormed with Christina to create something special. 








I have been collaborating with Heather Blair Photography since a few months after our opening. Her work is absolutely stunning and it is always a treat to see the squishy newborns modeling our accessories. Through working with Heather, I have made some great connections and have become friends with some amazing boutique owners. 


One such owner is Christina, of Briar Rose Crafts & Things. Christina and her husband Dale create crochet and knit hats, cocoons, headbands, blankets, and more. Most of their work is for newborn photographers, but they also create larger sizes to cater directly to their customers growing children. Their work is spectacular and I highly reccomend picking up a prop from them for your next photo shoot. 


Now that I have introduced the key players in this collaboration, Let me get to the good part...describing the goodies! This Newborn Photography Prop Set was made to match a particular hat and legwarmer set made by Briar Rose Crafts & Things. The colors are girly, bright, and reminiscent of spring; therefore I chose to work with floral print fabrics. 






This particular quilt is referred to as a rag quilt. This is because of the fluffy/ frayed appearance of the seams and outer perimeter. The hand made quilt is a perfect fit for your doll bed prop and is made to have a slight over hang. A standard size doll quilt is 20" X 24", but we will accomodate for some of the smaller or larger beds on the market. (Please always let us know the bed size for an accurate fit). Quilts can be made for girls, boys, neutral, or reversible to include one boy side and one girl side. 


Our set will always include a matching fabric banner. The banner will use the same fabric as the quilt and can be made to have scalloped or triangular panels. The length of the garland is 6-7' giving you enough room to position it as you please. As with the rag quilt, our banners can be made for girls, boys, neutral, or reversible to include one boy side and one girl side. 






Thank you for taking the time to read about this fantastic collaboration. We look forward to working with these talented ladies again in the future and hope that you will let us know your thoughts and ideas for future projects. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Esty Kids Team Interview- SquishyBee


I'm happy to announce that I have found another super talented member of the Etsy Kids Team to introduce to you all. Allow me to introduce Squishy Bee- "Handmade Cuteness for Momma and Me" based in Lancaster Pennsylvania (AMISH COUNTRY!!!). 

Enjoy the interview and get inspired by this Pennsylvania College of Art and Design graduate. Psssttt theres a surprise for our readers in there too!



Special thanks to Cortney for taking time out of her busy schedule as shop owner and momma of 4 to answer my questions and share her creations with us. 

[I] Always loved art/crafts since I could hold a crayon and now [I] share that love with my kids! I Grew up with my grandmother in the home who taught me my sewing skills but didnt really take off with that until the past few years. I really love acrylic painting and charcoal drawing but don't have enough room to work large scale like I would prefer:) (I sneak the love of painting into my doll faces so I dont lose touch) 

Shop: SquishyBee (http://squishybee.etsy.com)

When did you first discover your creative talents?
 In Kindergarten at a conference my teacher was telling my mom how great my artistic skills were and I never forgot-Its amazing the words that will stick with you at such a young age! (Well Said Momma!)

What made you open an Etsy Shop?
 I always loved creating and I had a friend tell me about etsy-I have never heard of it so I checked it out and was instantly in love-what a great outlet to be able to create and get my work out in the world!


What items do you make?
I make hand dyed onesies, hand dyed burp cloths, blankets, bibs, plush dolls & animals, key fobs, magnets, occasionally I'll sneak some handbags/purses in there too! Im always adding something new and love to create- Between Facebook and my etsy shop you never know what you may find on your next visit!
Handmade Plush Dolls

What's your favorite item to make?

My fav item to make is always changing but At the moment I love making dolls:) Each one is unique- with there hand painted features and dress up clothing they are able to be customized which makes them so much fun!

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I see my business so busy I can barely keep up but a plan to keep my craft and home life balanced! I see my shop with an even larger variety of goodies for moms and children...and maybe I'll be able to find something to add for daddy's too!

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
The love from my fans and customers is what keeps me going! I have a great fan/customer base and they are all the sweetest group of people. I love the challenges they give me, to create what they have envisioned and the joy/enthusiasm when they see the final results. To keep myself motivated I will make sure I save time on the side to create what is in my mind or on my list in between orders. It helps keep me sane and loving what I do!




How do you promote your business?
I promote my business by occasionally doing craft fairs but a lot is by word of mouth and networking with other artist/crafters!

Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring designers/artists/crafters?
It took me 2 years of patience and persistence before I had steady orders. If you want to make it work you have to work at it and get your name out there. It is a daily routine and not instant success. Even when things are slow and you have no work, always be creating and finding ways to get your name out 

there and in the end it will pay off!



Friday, April 13, 2012

Toddler Ties- Special Occasion Ties for Little Boys


Bow ties are a very popular trend in children's fashion recently, but trendy ties will always be a staple accessory for any little boy's wardrobe. We are pleased to announce that we have officially added Children's Ties to our growing catalog.




The ties will be available in two styles. Baby & Toddler ties (Sized accordingly from Newborn - 5T) will come pre-tied on a neck strap with a Velcro closure. For older children through adult, we will offer traditional ties that will need to be tied by the wearer. 



As always, our ties will be made to order in a variety of fabric choices from fun printed cotton to silky polyester. This gives you the option to order ties for any occassion, whether it be a photo shoot, Church, Holidays, Weddings, Baptisms, Special occasions, or simply as an everyday accessory to spruce up your lil man's wardrobe.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kindle Fire Giveaway- Sponsored by Pretty Baby Accessories & My Precious Kid





My Precious Kid, Oregon's Largest Cloth Diaper, Child Safety, & Baby Store, is hosting a celebration for reaching 17,000 facebook fans! Kay Green, owner, has asked Pretty Baby Accessories, along with some other amazing business on Facebook, to sponsor the giveaway  and offer a great prize.

We are so excited to be giving away a FREE Kindle Fire plus Case and Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner!
The event starts at 12:01 am 04/01/2012 and ends 12:01 AM 05/01/2012 with plenty of chances for extra entries.  
We will be using the rafflecopter app  for the event for easy monitoring and a randomized winner. Please read the terms and conditions before entering. Some restrictions apply. Event hosted by MY PRECIOUS KID. One winner will be selected and contacted by email 05/02/2012.
Please Visit Each Sponsors Page and become a fan to get a head start on entering:
5M Creations - https://www.facebook.com/5MCreations 
Baby Boot Camp - https://www.facebook.com/Babybootcampportlandmetrowest
Beaded Royalty - https://www.facebook.com/BeadedRoyalty
Bearable Deals - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bearable-Deals/106465763587
Beth’s China Shop – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keepsake-Baby-Shoes/181628738572515
Build It Right Business – https://www.facebook.com/BuildItRightBusiness
Easy Scratchoffs - https://www.facebook.com/Easyscratchoffs
I Play DT - https://www.facebook.com/iPlayDT
Jacobsen’s Books - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacobsens-Books-More/129372500431383
Jules Jewelry - https://www.facebook.com/jules.jewelry
KWD Enterprises - https://www.facebook.com/KWDEnterprises
Little Girls Pearls - https://www.facebook.com/LittleGirlsPearls
My Online Wedding Help - https://www.facebook.com/MyOnlineWeddingHelp
My Precious Kid - https://www.facebook.com/MyPreciousKid
Pretty Baby Accessories - https://www.facebook.com/PrettyBabyAccessories
Ricochet Local - https://www.facebook.com/RICOCHETLOCAL
Save And Share With Coupons - https://www.facebook.com/saveandsharewithcoupons
Shari Criso - https://www.facebook.com/ShariCrisoFan



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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Newborn Visor- Boys Photo Props

As newborn photography becomes more popular, the demand for adorable props is on the rise. Pretty Baby Accessories is happy to keep up with the trend by offering unique and affordable props for girls & boys. 




The newest addition to our collection is Boys Newborn Visor Hats. The hats are made with quilt shop quality cotton fabrics in fun, trendy prints. They are made with a hook and loop (Velcro) closure for easy placement on baby's head.



We will be adding more Newborn Visor designs in the coming months. As always, we are happy to take requests for custom color combos. We are also able to make visors for toddlers and for girls!



**Special thanks to Heather Blair Photography for providing the images used in this post

Monday, March 5, 2012

Esty Kids Team Interview- HingMade

Phew! The holiday rush has finally wound down. That means I am back on my mission to find the best of the best in the world of the Etsy Kids Team. My latest find is the fabulous HingMade, where everything is 100% handmade with love and care.



I had the pleasure of interviewing owner Hing so that I could share her creations with you all. Read the interview, get inspired, and maybe you'll get lucky! There is a giveaway to go along with this article <3


Shop: HingMade (http://hingmade.etsy.com)
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hingmade

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HingMadeHandMade

When did you first discover your creative talents?
I studied art in school and have always had a love for arts and crafts. Seeing something go from concept to design to a product that goes to someone who appreciates my work makes me very happy.


What made you open an Etsy Shop?
In the beginning, I design and create as a hobby. Then, I discovered Etsy and saw so many talented artists. I wanted to join them and get people around the country and the world to enjoy my work.





What items do you make?
I mostly make baby mobiles now. I also make children soft toys, finger puppets, soft books, ornaments. I welcome custom orders!! If there is an idea, I'd love to help you realize it!




What's your favorite item to make?
I like every item I make so it's hard to choose a favorite. I especially like custom orders where customers give me one or two nursery pictures and ask me to design a mobile to match the nursery. I really appreciate the trust they place in me to create unique mementos for their babies. And my customers' feedbacks have been very positive.

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?
I'd love to start creating other kinds of toys and ornaments. My current goal is to make a few sales a week. That way, there is enough demand to keep me motivated but also enough time to take care of my family and be thoughtful about my creations. That also allows me time to continue hand-making each piece with details. I insist on sewing each piece - instead of glue - that way, my creations last longer and will bring lots of memories to my customers for years to come.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
I love animals and nature and I like to incorporate those into my creation. I get motivated by my customers' kind feedbacks and appreciation pictures.



 


How do you promote your business?
I spend most of my time creating and wish I could promote my work better. I use Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy Search Ads for advertising.

Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring designers/artists/crafters?
Spend time creating but remember to spend time spreading the word about your work as well. Knowing that people see and appreciate your work keeps you motivated to create even more things.

GIVEAWAY




Hingmade was generous enough to offer a set of Easter Felt Finger Puppets to one lucky reader. Enter the giveaway below Good Luck!!! <3 <3

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Girls Punk Accessories

As I continue to add to accessories to the Etsy shop, I notice that some items can be grouped into collections. The first set I'd like to feature is our Girl's Punk Rock Collection. 


The Punk Boutique Hair Bow is perfect for your bow lover. The Skull center piece comes in Black/White or Pink/White.



The "Black Beauty" is a black rose headband with a gorgeous rhinestone button. It can be made as a clip if you don't like headbands. This is a favorite among our older teens and adults! 


We also have a punk rock style rosette headband. The Hot Pink and Zebra Rosette Headband. This one is a perfect photo prop or beautiful everyday accessory for the sassy one in the house. 


We hope to add more accessories o this line in the near future as it holds a special place in this rocker heart! \m/  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Photo Contest Winner!

First I would like to thank all participants for sharing their photos with Pretty Baby Accessories! You are all winners in my book <3

Secondly, I would like to thank our generous sponsors for donating the lovely prize package for our winner!! 



This was a very close competition! The winner beat out our second place by only THREE votes! (Please note, I did go through the votes to delete duplicates from the same screen name).

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The Winner with 26 votes: Baby Christian! 


Congratulations!!! Christian & Mom will be enjoying a prize pack containing the following prizes (please email PrettyBabyAccessories @ ymail dot com to claim your prizes): 



Vendor:  Pretty Baby Accessories
Prize: $30 Gift Card
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PrettyBabyAccessories
Shop: www.PrettyBabyAccessories.com



Vendor:  Briar Rose Crafts & Things
Prize: MYSTERY PRIZE!!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Briar-Rose-Crafts-Things/148508685187800
Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BriarRoseCraftyThing


Vendor:  Tutu Cute Creations by Kesha 
Prize: Customized Birthday Hat for Boy or Girl
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TutuCuteCreations


Vendor:  Diaper Creations by Kim
Prize: Tattoo Sleeve Onesie or Shirt Designs available for Boys & Girls. It is available in white or black and will include FREE shipping to US or Canada. Sizes for onesies are 3 mos, 6 mos, 12 mos, 18-24 mos and t-shirts are 12 mos, 18 mos, 24 mos XS 2-4.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com.diaperdesignsbykim
Shop: www.diaperdesignsbykim.com



Vendor:  A To Zebra Celebrations. 
Prize: $25 Gift Certificate toward your party supply needs! 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/atozebra
Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/atozebracelebrations


Vendor: RyderMonkeys Little Rockstar Clothing
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rydermonkeysfanpage
Shop: http://www.rydermonkeys.com/




Vendor: Blon D Treasures
Prize: Custom Photo Pendant
This photo pendant lets you turn your favorite photo into a pendant. Choose from 16" and 18" lengths and silver chain, black cord, or brown cord.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blondtreasures


Vendor: Accessory Connectz
Prize: The Accessory Connects Starter Kit
  New PATENT PENDING soft, removable, attachable, switchable, interchangeable and affordable Accessory Connectz™ straps & hardware for boys, girls, & women of all ages! 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AccessoryConnectz
Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AccessoryConnectz