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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