Monday, 7 February 2011

Monday Makers: BabyfishDesigns

As part of my new Monday Makers Series I had the pleasure to interview Gina from BabyfishDesigns, who makes, among other things, extremely cute and sweet waldorf doll zip up hoodies. She lets us take a little peak into her exhausting day and even has a coupon for you, if you read all the way to the end!

Vee: Hello there! Its great that you found the time for this interview! Can you tell me a bit about you?
Hi! My name is Gina and I'm a SAHM of three littles with another one joining us in late April. My hubs and I have been married for 7 years and we have so much fun together! I've been selling OOAK clothing at BFD's for probably 7 or 8 months now and it's been an amazing and incredible ride! I make OOAK upcycled kids and doll clothing, and hope to start offering adult pieces soon as well. I LOVE all my amazing customers and getting to know them and their children (and dolls! lol) has been so much fun.

I want to see more! Where can I buy your creations?
My etsy shop:, but you can also see all my work, including customs on my facebook page,

What does your day look like?
Well, since I have such small children (my oldest is only 4) and we homeschool I don't have as much sewing time as a lot of other shop owners but I make do! :) I generally try to get up around 5:30 and read my Bible, catch up on shipping and facebook and convos and then if I have something I'm behind on I try to get it done before everyone else gets up around 7. Then breakfast and getting the hubs off to work at 8. From 8 to 8:45 the kids have free time and I try to do some cleaning then from 8:45 to 9 they have to clean up any of their stuff and get dressed and we start school at 9. We usually do some sort of craft or painting or something around 10:30 or 11 and then my husband comes home for lunch at 12. In the afternoons the kids all lay down for naps and this is when I do most of my sewing. I try to save the evenings to spend time with Tim (my husband) but if I'm behind or have a deadline I do sometimes sew some more after the kids are in bed, or sometimes even after Tim goes to bed! Phew! Anyone want some more coffee?!?! LOL!!!

Do you have any tips for other artisans/crafters? 

My biggest tip would be to only do it if you LOVE it, and MOST importantly, make sure you still have time to make art/creations simply for the joy of it...just for yourself or you'll get burned out.

Do you do custom work? 
I love customs! In fact the majority of my work is custom orders. I just wanted to encourage people to look through my albums on Facebook or my sold items on etsy. I frequently don't have enough time to keep my shop stocked with RTG items. Also I LOVE doing customs with YOUR old shirts. There are few things quite as special as seeing your little one in a cute outfit made from your old clothes.

Do you want to offer a promo code/give away something to the blog readers? 
They can use the code veelana10 for 10% off any RTG item, or I'll give a $7 discount for any custom orders using your shirts (the discount is usually $5.)

Thank you so much for answering  so many Questions! 
If you love her Doll clothing but don't have a waldorf doll to put them on, check out my etsy shop and find the right one for yourself and your kids. Feel free to contact me for any custom work, too!

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