*When did you first start creating things?
I first started creating precious baby items after my son was born. I needed to find a way to make a little extra money as a stay at home mom. It started with a craft fair and then I found Etsy! The rest is well…history!
*What were the first things you created? and how did your creativity progress from there?
It all started with these unique three-sided loveys called Snooli Snuggles. I use this incredibly soft minky dot fabric and literally give my lovey three sides instead of the normal back and front. This adds just a little extra for those little fingers to cuddle.
*Is this your only business or do you do other things as well?
This is my only business right now, but I’m thinking about making an Etsy shop that is just for non-baby items…give myself a little grown-up time. I plan to make vintage styled aprons in the latest high quality fabrics from designers like Amy Butler, Michael Miller and Joel Dewberry. I was also thinking of including some silk sashes and belts and maybe a purse or two. We’ll see how it goes.
*Do you still dream about making other things? If so, what?
I also dream of making more of my Snooli Friends…I’ve made a few puppies and now a monkey and some bears. I’ve also just completed some bunnies just in time for Spring. If only I could find a pattern for a lion or a horse.
You know, I heard about Esty a long time ago and silly me, just moved on by. Then one day, I heard the name again and remembered it. I came straight back here and opened up my shop! Lucky for me, I’ve had a few sales. Thanks everyone!
*Any words of advice to others?
It seems like the first sale on Etsy is the toughest! I just wasn’t sure how to get my shop noticed. So I started browsing around and checking out other shops…adding items and shops to my favorites. Then I posted a sale on my local craigslist site pointing people to visit my Etsy shop. Finally I got my first sale! And they’ve just kept on coming. Thank Goodness!
*How will the new law by CPSIA affect you and your shop?
I’m pretty sure that the new law will put my Snoolibaby shop out of business. I’ve been doing lots of reading and I’m not really sure how I would even go about doing testing on my toys…that are made entirely out of fabric. I don’t even use buttons. I think I’m going to have to just keep selling until someone stops me. I have two small children that mean the world to me and I would give them my own toys to play with in a heartbeat! What’s a stay-at-home-mom to do?
Christine Ratliff says
Congrats on 100 postings!
And thnks for the craigslist tip, as soon as I get my items listed on etsy, I'll do the craigslist too.
Love the dog!! Will have to see what else she has in her shop.
Congratulations on 100 posts!! I'm almost there.