Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sponsor spotlight - Bright Rose Creations AND MARCH GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

An interview with giveaway sponsor Bright Rose Creations

She is giving away a $25 Store Credit in the March Giveaway

After getting to know her better make sure you check out all the offers in her etsy shop and on her facebook page
You can also follow along on her blog and pinterest page

Where did you get the name for your shop?
 My middle name is Rose, and my favorite flowers are roses. I love bright colors, and I always feel most creative in the bright sunshine. I decided to go with "creations" because I enjoy making such a variety of things. I love to paint, knit, and sew. I'm always expanding the products that I'm working on. It's fun to change it up and come up with new ideas.

Is it big business or a hobby? I treat it as a serious business, but I have limited time. I also work part time, and am a full time mother to three wonderful children. I try to find snippets of time during the day to sew and create. I take it very seriously, and try to make something to add to my website a couple times per week. I create such a large variety of items, because I like to change what I'm doing, and I also like to serve various customers.

Why do you like selling on Etsy?
I love etsy! It is such a wonderful, beautiful market place all over the world. There is such a wonderful, large customer base that is seeking unique, hand made items. I also love to shop and buy on etsy, and support other sellers.

How long have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc.?
I have been painting for 20 years, knitting and sewing for 4 years.

What is your favorite thing to make at the moment?
My newest creation is knitting needle holders. They fold, roll up, and wrap to tie with a bow. They have multiple pockets to put needles, crochet hooks, and even paintbrushes in. They're so much fun to make, because they're so beautiful and functional. My biggest sellers, though, are my custom made cloth diaper for dogs! Cloth diapering isn't limited to just children! We can save resources for our furry friends, too!


What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about spending quality time with my family, and enjoying all the wonderful things they learn. It is such a joy to watch the little ones discover and explore their world.

What is your favorite thing in your shop at the moment? Why?
My favorite item in the shop right now is a beautiful, preemie/newborn size wool soaker in two tones of lavender. It is make out of a textured basket weave knit. It is so fun to make, and so beautiful.


Who/What is your inspiration?
I'm inspired by the beauty in the world. Beauty can be found in things that we see, friends that we know, and family that we love. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful support network of friends and family.

Why is cloth diapering important to you?
Cloth diapering is so much fun! My kids have really sensitive skin, and disposable diapers and wipes give them diaper rash, every time, without fail. I have fun using the cloth diapers, making the cloth diapers, and even washing the diapers!

What is your favorite or least favorite cloth diapering memory?
My least favorite cloth diapering memory happened a couple years ago. I have a wet pail that I use for "stinkies," and on wash day, I was lifting up the plastic tub to empty it into the utility sink in the laundry room. Well, the tub cracked in half, and that stinky, dirty water went EVERYWHERE! That was not a good day. But, I got it cleaned up, got a new tub, and that hasn't happened since. Hopefully never again

The winner for the March Giveaway are:
Aimee Place - A $25 store credit from Bright Rose Creations
Heidi Moner - One Size pocket diaper from Hippy Chic

You will be contacted by the owner of the winning store, please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring-in-my-Step Featured Treasury

RebelCloth created this springtime collection of green & orange goodies for this week's featured treasury!

crochet wool diaper cover soaker - one size snapping - choose COLOROne O.S. Pouch Pocket Cloth Diaper and 2 flannel / terry insertsReversible Caterpillar to Butterfly Plush ToyNEW Medium Fitted Cloth Diaper with Zorb II InsertCloth Diaper Medium Long Hybrid Fitted - by Little Boppers - Citrus SlicesBaby Tested and Mommy Approved Sized Cloth Diaper Cover100% Wool Diaper Cover/ Shorties, Made to Order, Newborn, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, Boy or Girl.Spring Owls- Set of 4 wipes - flannel and OBV - SOFT - 8x8 sizeFitted cloth diaper, flannel owls, cotton and hemp, quick-dry design, choose your sizeMatching Set of Cloth Diapers for Baby - Green or Pink/Yellow (set of 2)SECONDS SALE Small Orange Trimsies All-In-One Bamboo Cloth Diaper SECOND QualityWool Diaper Cover, Crochet, EXTRA LARGE, Toddler, Overnight, Super Thick, Emerald Green, Stripes by Bright Rose CreationsX-Large Hanging Wet Bag for Diaper Pail Zipper Top Joel Dewberry Tile FlourishBamboo Velour Prefold - Hand Dyed Cloth DiaperBeat's Baby Bum Bits Cloth Wipe Solution Tea Tree Oil Goat's MilkAbsorbent Cloth Diaper Burp Cloth with Erin McMorris Park Slops Bright Orange Fabric.

Sponsor spotlight - Hippy Chic

An interview with giveaway sponsor Hippy Chic

She is giving away a one size pocket diaper with 3 rows of 3 rise adjustment snaps. Inner material is a plush french terry,  Outer is Babyville PUL in the march etsy cloth diaper team giveaway

After getting to know her better make sure you check out all the offers in her etsy shop and on her facebook page

Where did you get the name for your shop?
My husband has been calling me the hippy chick (well, the crazy hippy chick) for some time now. My desire is to make cute & practical diapers so I switched it to "Chic" and voila Hippy Chic was born.

Is it big business or a hobby?
At this moment, it's teetering that line between hobby & serious business. I'm hoping to grow into a big business.

Why do you like selling on Etsy?
I love the wide reach Etsy has. I've had customers from all over, from so many different backgrounds. The format of Etsy is also very user friendly - and for a seller, they make it very easy to do paperwork at the end of the month!

How long have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc.?
I remember my mother teaching me how to sew in middle school. Throughout college I made extra money sewing doll clothes & household decor.

What is your favorite thing to make at the moment?
I'm on a patchwork kick lately. I love playing with a variety of prints (lately the bolder the better) and combining them to make something exciting & new.

What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about a lot of things. Cloth diapering is definitely toward the top of that list. Having cloth diapered 2 kids & used disposables for 1, I really get the savings and environmental impact. I also know how overwhelming the world of cloth can be in the beginning so I am always happy to help someone just starting out!

What is your favorite thing in your shop at the moment? Why?
I have a couple sets of baby doll diapers with a little wipes case. These were made at the request of my daughter and I've really enjoyed watching her "be like Mommy" while tending to her dolls. She has even turned an empty box into her "washing machine" for when her dolly's diapers need to be washed.

Who/What is your inspiration?
Mostly my kids. My youngest especially likes to test the limits of diapers (size and absorbency) so he is the inspiration behind a lot of design changes as I go. As for colors, I love to wander the fabric store and have fabric jump out at me (and yes, sometimes it's months from the date I purchase it to the date I figure out what I want to make with it!)

Why is cloth diapering important to you?
My initial interest was "green" - as in more money in my pocket. I started using them when my second child was born. I was instantly hooked. The environmental impact of disposables is huge. Even if you only cloth diaper part time, the diapers you're not sending to the landfill is a big deal. It's funny, one of the first reactions people have is the "ick" factor of having to wash the diapers - but since I've been cloth diapering I find that on the rare occasion I have to use disposables, the smell and "ick" factor of sposies is overwhelming. Can't believe I didn't notice any of that with my first baby!

What is your favorite cloth diapering memory?
Last summer we decided to spend a week at my father's camp. There's running water but no laundry facilities. I really didn't want a week's worth of sposies hanging around. So I followed an online tutorial and made myself a washer with a 5 gallon bucket. Every morning I washed the previous days diapers and hung them up to dry. Seeing all those cute little cloth diapers hanging out front of my father's "hunting" camp was priceless. And I felt rather proud of myself for being able to cloth diaper without a washing machine! (and now you see why my husband calls me the crazy hippy chick!)
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