I'm so excited to be doing today's feature! I've been following MiMi's Babies for a long while now on Facebook, and I'm in love with all the products. And jealous at the same time, I wish I had their talent!! I have such issues with crocheting flowers it's not even funny. All I can do is a simple daisy, but you can probably all tell that, since it's the only flower on any of my crochet projects lol. So sit back and relax this Friday (which all the Americans should be doing since they just had their Thanksgiving!! Hope it was a great one filled with family, friends and amazing food!) All pictures are linked directly to their listings on Etsy, so click away kids!
1. Let us know a bit about you!
MiMi's Babies is a team shop with me, Charissa, and my sweet mother in law, Debbie. We live in North Alabama and have both grown up in the area.
2. When did you start crafting? Do you do different crafts then just what you sell on etsy?
I started crocheting when I was 8 years old. To begin, I made bun covers for all my friends at ballet class. They were so much fun to make and I enjoyed crocheting around in circles. Knitting was something that I always wanted to learn how to do, and finally I got really determined and sat down and taught myself from videos on knittinghelp. I do sew some, but not much. Knitting and crocheting are very portable, so I tend to stick with those.
Debbie, my mother in law, began her sewing career in high school. Since she began sewing, she has learned how to make some amazing products, and even began monogramming and appliqueing. Her work is impeccable and locally she is known for her amazing talents!
3. What was the sole purpose of opening your shop?
We opened our shop to have a venue to showcase what we can make, and have made. We wanted our customers to have an online storefront they could visit.
4. How did you decide on a shop name?
All of my mother in law's grandkids call her MiMi. So far, she has four grandsons and loves every one of them to pieces. They will always be her babies, so we thought the name MiMi's Babies would be appropriate.
5. What is your favourite item to create and why?
My favourite item to create would probably be dishcloths. They are so addictive and I love the sense of accomplishment when I finish one. I also love that they are so useful. Everyone can use a dishcloth and hand knit dishcloths are amazing. My family requests them all the time.
Debbie loves to monogram and applique. Two of my favorite items that she makes is the Christmas ornament bib and the Christmas ornament onesie.
6. What venues do you use to promote your work?
The online world has so much to offer and we enjoy using social media sites to promote our handmade items. Some of our favourites include the following:
Etsy D List Team
Twitter is one of my favourites because I love that I can chat with new people and then begin chatting with the people they know. I also enjoy that Facebook allows me to share pictures with people who know me. One of the hardest parts of having a craft business is getting the word out about what you make.
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years concerning your crafting business?
Five years from now, I hope that we are well known in the online world for a quality handmade product at affordable prices. I also hope that we are able to be a blessing to those crafters trying to make it and sell their products online.
8. Is there any other information you'd like to share with us?
Advice for newbie's - Don't get discouraged! If you have a great product with good pictures, get your name out there. Start a blog. Reach out to other sellers and ask for advice. Find Etsy teams that have active members to join. If you have questions, feel free to send us a convo, we would be happy to help you in any way that we can.
9. Name a few of your favourite things!
Yarn, yarn, yarn and did I mention yarn? I also love the Scrabble Pendants at Story Bird Designs. They are so cute!
10. If you had a super power, what would it be and why?
Well, my middle son always tells me that he is a super hero and that his super power is running really fast. But for me, I think that my super power would be moving things with my mind. Then I could just think of the dishes getting into the dishwasher, the laundry folding itself, and the toys picking themselves up. Then I would sit down and crochet!
Facebook, fanning their Twitter, and of course, checking out all the other work listed on MiMi's Babies on Etsy - you won't be disappointed! And of course, feel free to comment as all Etsians love feedback!