Saturday, April 25, 2009

Showering Etsy Moms

hello everyone - it's been a while, but all for good reason! i've been working with lots of wonderfully generous shops and some teriffic new & expectant mom's from the Etsy Community to celebrate their new and up coming bundles of joy! we had the Spring Etsy Baby Shower on April 18th - so i thought i would share some of the wonderful items etsy shops gifted to the moms. i'm going to be doing several of these posts over time because 85 shops participated and i can't see trying to jam so much YUMMY goodness into 1 blog post :)

a few shop owners were kind enough to share a little about themselves and some thoughts about the shower - MEET Jolene from locoMOmomma

1. how did you learn your craft?
i taught myself how to crochet when i was about 9 or 10 to fend off bordom--i was raised on a dairy farm in iowa and the only girl in my family. i also used latch hook, embroidery and macrame to make presents for my releatives when i was young. embroidery and crochet are still therapeutic past times for me. i fell in love with amigurumi the moment i saw it. it's super-cute and easy to make up your own patterns or personalize.

2. how long have you been creating baby products?
i have been making items for babies since our oldest was born 7 years ago. i started out designing my own amigurumi dolls for my kids and thier friends. the organic baby toys didn't come to me until i found some fantastic color-grown (not dyed) organic cotton yarn at my local yarn shop. this was right about the time when major retail stores were just starting to carry organic baby toys. i used the basic amigurumi techniques to create a variety of organic baby-friendly toys. since i'm easily bored with long, tedious projects, small baby toys are right up my alley!

3. what made you decide to participate in the etsy baby shower?
i cannot lie---the main reason i decided to participate in the shower was to get exposure for my shop, plus to network with other people that create baby/kid items. plus i just got a new computer and finally have the capability to participate in the chat room (my old one was way slow and out of date)!

4. given your experience with the etsy baby shower would you participate again? yes, i would definitely participate again. the timing this year was bad for me, b/c i couldn't chat as long as i wanted since i had a craft show the next day. but it was fun seeing/reviewing all the items showcased during the chat! plus, it's well organized.

5. any comments you'd like to add? i'm very grateful to all the coordinators of this event for all of thier hard work! i love learning from all the knowlegable people here on etsy, especially within the teams i belong to. they are truely inspirational!











  1. So many wonderful gifts from so many wonderful artisians.

  2. Super cute stuff!! What lucky moms they are.

  3. Great artist that is featured but there were so many neat gifts for the glad I was a part of it!

    Congratulations Mymini you did a great job!!

  4. you know it SewingGranny - Mona! i'm looking forward to the next post to feature another wonderful group of gifting shops. i'm going in the order of the list that is in the thread so i don't miss anyone :)

  5. Wonderfully cute gifts! I'm sure those mom's were very thankful!

  6. Oh, these little items are adorable...and so different from those found in stores! All the more reason to buy handmade! Thanks for introducing us to these great artisans!

  7. Oh, man. How did I miss hearing about the Spring Baby Shower? I participated in one in January. It was so fun. Well, hope to participate in the next one.

  8. So fun and it makes you feel good to know you are giving! Lovely shops everyone!

  9. Love this feature! Such wonderful and cute items!!! Very nice!!! The Spring Baby shower sounded fun too!!! :o) Thanks for sharing it!

  10. I am one of the lucky moms who was gifted by some of these talented Etsians! Just want to say thanks so much, and I can't wait until my babe is here so I can put everything on her, photographer her, and blog about this fun experience!


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