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Make Baby Stuff Newsletter, Issue #011-- Holiday Baby Crafts
December 01, 2008
This monthly newsletter is brought to you from the Make Baby Stuff website. Each issue brings you up to date with new crafty happenings, contests, instructions, reader questions, more tips and our featured crafty artist of the month! It is your kick in the pants to get crafty!
Handmade Baby Gifts for the Holidays!
Did you take the Handmade Pledge this year for the holidays? I did! I'm really, really busy crafting away for all the little ones on my list, so busy that I haven't been doing tutorials this past month. I figured it might be useful to compile my own personal favorite baby crafts list for holiday gifts that I'm using this year!
First, it goes without saying that I'll be making several items from our own Homemade Toys Section, but with so many other inspiring ideas around the web, I have to share a few more from my bookmarks that are wonderful:
More exciting tutorials coming soon by reader requests, I can't tell what they are...it is a surprise!
Happy Holiday Crafting!
Who: Jaime of Those Greathouse Women is one of those creative women who has done just about everything creative and is pretty darn successful at each thing too. She is an award winning photographer and designed several lines of greeting cards that were sold nationally. She has also done commissioned mural work. Oh yeah, and silversmithing! Her current crafty medium though is creating I Spy Bags that are getting so much media attention we were lucky to get to interview her.
Jaime lives in Michigan but is originally from southern Indiana (and says she is still a Hoosier at heart) and she has three kids and another one on the way...
What lead up to starting Those Greathouse Women?
What is the story behind your business name?
How has your line evolved from the beginning?
I try my best to make things that not every housewife with a fancy sewing machine can make - like my cupcake, robot, shark, flying saucer, and rocket ship shaped bags. In a perfect world, I would design new bags all the time, and leave the sewing to someone else. In my less than perfect world, I still stay up nights and do everything myself (with some occasional help from the other Greathouse women). Now I buy fabric sometimes by the bolt, and in an effort to become more "green", I pay more for polypropylene pellets that are BPA/DEHP free as well as use EcoSpun fabric (made from recycled plastic bottles) whenever I can.
In the spirit of "be careful what you wish for" I have more business than I can handle! In fact, my success (or happiness) could be described as climbing a hill, and now I'm teetering on the cliff. I wanted something that would keep my creative juices flowing and give me something to do besides take care of kids. I achieved that early on, then came the financial success, and now I'm having a hard time figuring out if I'm really happy with all this "success" or not! I'd rather just design new things and not have to make a hundred of them. On the other hand, the money sure is nice... and my greed (especially just before Christmas) keeps me sewing :) My business has paid for a fancy sewing machine, a new printer, a regular babysitter, and my daughter's Waldorf education, so I guess all in all it is worth it.
What is your favorite part of your creative process from idea to sale?
Ooh, definitely the design process. I could design new bags all day (and in fact sometimes I do). It is hard to actually settle on a design and leave the others for another day...
When do you find the time to create?
I have a sitter who comes every morning to give me a few hours to work on my business. Then when my husband gets home from work, he graciously takes care of the kids and puts them to bed while I get some more work done.
How do you balance business and family?
Any other creative pursuits you enjoy?
Any future business plans?
If you were one of your I Spy bags, which one would it be and what would people find inside?
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