Thursday, October 15, 2009

Handmade Baby Love Interview + Bootie Giveaway


Interview with Deborah of Handmade Baby Love
By: Lauren

Site: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7257820

1. A lot of the items in your shop (from hats to booties) are crocheted. When did you start crocheting and what is your favorite part about it?

On a family vacation when I was thirteen, a cousin of mine spent the entire time knitting this beautiful gray cowlneck sweater, and I watched her, completely fascinated. I went home and pulled out my mom's old stash of needles and yarn, believing I was going to teach myself how to knit. Crocheting is a lot easier than knitting, I found out, and years and years later I am still crocheting. I find it very relaxing, and it is something I can do while watching the news or listening to the radio. Most of all, though, there is nothing like finishing a project and having that feeling of accomplishment rise up in you. It could be a small pair of booties or a huge blanket. Either way, simply amazing.

2. Do you have children of your own? And if so, do they wear any of your products? If you don't, does anybody you know personally wear them?

I have a 4-year-old son, Cameron, who is a wild and crazy little boy! When he was itty-bitty I was working retail and attempting to keep my marriage together, and didn't have much time for crocheting. Cameron will be wearing some stylish beanies this winter, however - that's for sure. Some friends of mine have little ones who have been able to enjoy the booties - and I cannot wait to have another child of my own to doll up in some handmade booties and beanies:)

3. Why do you pick the colors you do for the booties? Are they inspired by various things or do you just want a mix of fun, gender-suited choices?

At first I chose colors based on what I'd put on my own child, but I always have welcomed requests, and I have had several. For instance, one customer requested a pair of bootie boots in linen white, and now they are my best seller. I love lots of colors, and I definitely think baby items have moved past light pink and light blue to deep purples and grassy greens and the like.

4. What do you love about Etsy? What do you wish you could change about the way it works?

I love that Etsy is a marketplace that encourages handmade items and allows people like me to easily put my items up for sale. I would be crocheting regardless of whether I sold anything, but Etsy gives my hobby a purpose, and actually helps with my bills! (And who couldn't use a little help in that area right now, anyway?) I think it would be nice to have a little more autonomy about how my shop is laid out, but overall I think that Etsy serves its purpose well.

5. If you could wish on a real shooting star, what would you wish for and why?

I think I would wish for more simplicity in my life, a deeper relationship with God, and to not stress out so much!


Giveaway-

Prize: Baby Bootie Boots (winner chooses size and color)

Open To: International

To Enter: check out the site and find something you liked or comment on one of the interview questions

Ends: Oct. 31

Extra-

+1 if you follow (leave a new comment)

+1 if you post this somewhere (leave a new comment)

+1 for each giveaway you enter (leave a new comment for each)

59 comments:

Kate said...

I love the answer to wishing on a star. It's so thoughtful. I just wish for unlimited wishes everytime. I definitely agree with not stressing out as much.
+1 I'm a follower

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Alice Teh said...

The answer for question no. 5 is perfect. Don't enter me for the giveaway, though. :)

Linda K said...

My favorite item is the baby heirloom blanket. It looks so delicate.

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Linda K said...

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elnice said...

It is amazing that she has been crocheting since she was 13, she must be amazing.

With a product like this it is great she can test it out on her own little ones. Best way to see what works?

I am a follower!

elnice said...

Sorry, seperate comment for follower

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Shelli said...

such cute booties!

lanky said...

Love the 3-6 Months, Baby Beanie, crocheted, hat, brown, pink.

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lanky said...

I am a follower!

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InJuneau said...

I adore all those booties. They come in such great colors. I agree that we should move past pale pink and blue for babies!

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Chris and Sarah said...

I LOVE the Baby Visor Beanie's!


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Brenda said...

What a great giveaway!

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I follow through google reader

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Lil' Miss Polkadot said...

i just love your :

6-9 Months Baby Bootie Boots, crocheted, silver blue

really something for my babyboy ;-))

Lil' Miss Polkadot said...

i follow !!

audreyscountrycrafts said...

I love the burnt orange booties!! It's so nice to see that she doesn't use traditional colors.

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Egater said...

Ny favorite is Baby Beanie, crocheted, embroidered, pink, flowers
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Kitty said...

I love all the booties, but the 0-3 Months Baby Bootie Boots, crocheted, silver blue are so cute!

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Kitty said...

i follow your blog.

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trisha too said...

the booties are adorable! i especially like the burnt orange.

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trisha too said...

following!

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Sarah said...

I love the pink and cream baby blanket.

The flowers are so cute.

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sarah said...

I love Etsy too! It's so easy to find beautiful handmade items.

sarah said...

I love Etsy too! It's so easy to find beautiful handmade items.

maryanne said...

I love the pink 6-9 month loafer booties!

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Jessica said...

I love that she saw her friend knitting and was determined to teach herself a new skill like crocheting. Very impressive!
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Giveaway Girl said...

Oh how cute! I liked the magenta booties!

Giveaway Girl said...

I'm a follower!

Nova said...

The baby loafers are adorable!

Amy Croley said...

I love the pink baby booties!

Amy Croley said...

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GroverFamily said...

i love th 0/3 month baby booties in magenta pink...so cute!
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GroverFamily said...

i follow:)

Kristin Sellars said...

Love all the booties and loafers. So cute!

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Rob and Sierra said...

I love her "wish upon a star" answer. Beautiful!

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Abigail said...

she mentioned crocheting is a lot easier than knitting...good to know. I was wondering why my sister crochetes :)

thanks for the great giveaway!

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Nicole said...

OMgosh! i love the pink rose strappy booties. they would be perfect for my BF who just ahad a little girl.

Wehaf said...

I love the rich colors in the blue, tan, and brown striped baby blanket.

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Julie said...

Wow, the baby heirloom blanket is gorgeous!

Aik said...

I'm a follower.

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Aik said...

I blogged.

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Aik said...

Entered the Personalized Parcels GIVEAWAY

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Nature Manipulated said...

Love the loafer booties. They look like crocheted crocs.

-Michelle
Nature Manipulated
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Tiff said...

I love her star wish!
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Tiff said...

entered giftcard giveaway
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Tiff said...

google follower
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Julie said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27986933 the crocheted pink and cream baby blanket gorgeous

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JenniferB said...

I love the 0-3 months baby loafer crocheted booties- dusty green

JenniferB said...

following this blog

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Shelly said...

Love those little brown with pink trim babie booties! They remind me of cute little mary jane styled shoes! Way too cute!!!

I am going to tweet about the contest! My twitter ID is @Ravish30

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