Monday, February 27, 2012

This week we'll spend a few moments getting to know Samantha, the creative force behind Northern Mom at Etsy.

Where did you get the name for your shop?
-This is a funny story. A few years back I was really into knitting and crocheting and decided to blog about my new found hobby. I had to come up with a catchy name and I figured since I was 'North' of most people (being smack dab in the middle of Canada) and a Mom to three children at the time, the name NorthernMom came up.

Is it big business or a hobby?
-Honestly this started out as a way to feed my own hobbies. I really loved sewing cloth diapers for my own children but I soon realized I had my very own fabric shop in my basement! So I quickly turned the hobby into a business, otherwise I couldn't justify my fabric spending habits I've now grown enough to say that I have a full fledged business on my hands.

Why do you like selling on Etsy?
-I really enjoy selling on Etsy because of it's built in search engines, I don't have to program/design my own website and there is such a great online community that really supports people working from home.

How long have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc.?
-Yikes, I've been crafting for almost my whole life. My own Baba taught me to knit, crochet and sew when I was a kid, probably around 10 or 11 years old. Can you believe I still have her old sewing machine in my garage?

What is your favorite thing to make at the moment?
-It is a tie between my ooga booga cloth wipes (with bamboo velour and bamboo fleece) and my one size pocket diapers.

Who is your inspiration?
-My children are my inspiration. I love to make them things hoping that they will inherit my love for crafting when they get bigger.

Why is cloth diapering important to you?
-Honestly I got into cloth diapering in order to reduce our monthly budget. At the time I had one in diapers and one on the way. (With two older children) Fast forward 2 years and I still have one in diapers and another on the way!

What is the kind of diaper you like the best at home?
It's a toss up between my pocket diaper and the AIO diaper. The pocket diaper is great for nighttime use because I can stuff it to meet my son's needs so he can wake up without a leak. During the daytime I like to use the AIO diaper because it is so trim and his pants will stay up!

What is your favorite cloth diapering memory?
-When my husband tried to change my daughter for the first time after she had a BM. The look on his face was priceless. "I have to do what with the diaper?" (Meaning he had to rinse it off first before putting it in the pail) Now, he can do it without batting an eyelash!

Thanks Samantha! Just one more question...
Where can we find you?

- You can find me at:
www.northernmom.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/northernmom

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