This giveaway begins MONDAY, JUNE 1st and will end on MONDAY, JUNE 15th. The winner will be drawn and announced on THURSDAY JUNE 18TH! Check out her interview with Love Designs and the wonderful pics of her FEATURE GIVEAWAY which you can enter in the next two weeks to win a set of her featured Wedding Dolls handpainted and crafted by Beccijo and featured in her online stores listed at the end of the interview. You could also have a chance to win a pair of our exclusive Crystal Silver Wedding Earrings designed by Love Designs. The rules for entering this giveaway are also listed at the end of this interview!
1. How long have you been designing and creating wooden dolls?
Since Winter of 2008, I started making them for my kids and then started
selling them on Etsy.
2. What inspired you to start creating these dolls?
My kids were my inspiration, and later on, my customers would request custom
orders which pushed me to create things I didn't think I could do.
3. How long have you been selling your craft?
I opened my shop in Sept. of 2008 but didn't start listing right away. I
sold my first item in Jan. of 2009
4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mostly my childhood, I have always had a big imagination. Stories just come
to me, so everything has a story line not just a name or description.
5. What role does your family play in your art?
Well, my art is my release. I am a homeschooling mom of 4, and I needed an
outlet. Getting to make these little dolls keeps me laughing, and the fact
that it may one day be a way to support my family is a double blessing.
6. Do you find it challenging to be a work at home Mom, juggling family
life with your passion?
Everything about being a mom is challenging; it is just about finding a
balance. And to do that I have to be flexible with my family and their
needs. I am lucky to have a very supportive husband, who when needed, will
do more than his share. We have always said that a marriage is 100%!
Sometimes we are both 50%; other times one may only be able to give 20% and
then the other has to give 80%. As long as you can be flexible and do some
give and take your marriage will thrive.
7. Do you have any tips for stay at home Moms who are considering starting
a business from home?
Set a schedule, and have a goal but be flexible to give and take with it..
You can't have everything all at the same time. It is like when a toddler
first learns they can hold more then one thing. They take the first item,
then the second, but become fustrated and confussed when offered a third,
they just have not learned to let one thing go. And that letting go does not
mean it is lost to them. Well, moms are the same way, we want to do
everything but don't know how to let go.
8. How many children do you have?
We have 4.
9. How long have you been married? Does your husband support your passion?
This August will be 12 wonderful years for us. We are so in love, still like
newlyweds! We really cherish each other and hold each others heart's as if
they were precious jewels. My husband supports me and really becomes Mr. Mom
when he gets home. We believe in attachment parenting and are very devoted
to our family!
10. Where do you live and what is your hometown like?
We live in Central NJ, but my heart belongs to PA. Central NJ is great that
it is about a hour or less from Philly, NYC and the Jersey Shore.
11. How long have you been selling your craft on Etsy?
Etsy is really where I started. Before that I only made things for others,
I have sold a few water colors, before but not my crafts. I have been
selling on Etsy since January of this year.
12. Do you have any other online stores?
Yes, on 1000 Markets. I love the look and feel of that shop!
13. What the best advice you can think of to help other crafters?
Get online and read the fourm and know what you are doing because the making
of your craft is just a small part of what you have to do to have a shop or
sell at shows. Ask others and get knowledge!
14. What is your most treasured set in your store?
My fairies are really a part of my heart. Each doll will have her own
playbox! They will also have story books that will tell their tale.
15. What are you featuring in your giveaway and what is the inspiration
behind it? Tell us a little about it.
I am offering a set of my Wedding Dolls for my collection called, Tying the
Knot. This sweet couple will be custom made for the winner in their
likeness. I started making these out of a request from a family friend who
is getting married this year. The collection will also have a smaller set
that can be given at the reception as the favors and a Flower Girl Playbox.
Couples can also add smaller dolls of a beloved pet or children in blended
16. How long will you be featuring this special giveaway?
The giveaway can run for a month or 2 weeks how ever long you see fit. I
would like them to go view the 1000 Markets shop or one on Etsy and say what
they like most also to blog or tweet about the giveaway or my shop.
To enter this giveaway you must make a comment about this blog article. Visit any one of Beccijo's online stores and mention one of her items in the store (aside from the Wedding Dolls) and you will receive an additional entry.
Follow her blog (be sure to leave a comment for credit)and you will be added for another entry! If you in turn follow Love Designs blog and visit one of our online stores (mention one of our items listed), you will be entered in for a chance to win a pair of earrings designed exclusively by Love Designs! It's a win win situation!
Follow beccijo and Love Designs on Twitter and receive an additional chance to win-be sure to leave a Direct Message to receive credit on the giveaway!
Finally! Re-Tweet our tweets on Twitter about this giveaway @LoveDesigns and be entered for a final chance to win Beccijo's dolls!
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