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Vanessa from CUTIFULbaby & CUTIFULmemories

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1. Let us know a bit about yourself

I’m a young mom to a 15 months old baby girl. I studied & work in fashion design. I’m not married but I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost 10 years (already!!!) We have a dog & a rabbit (no, I’m not kidding!). I absolutely love cooking, crafting (of course!) and I think I’m a bit obsessed with my Iphone! Haha! That’s who I am!

 

2. What do you make?

For CUTIFULbaby, I make baby toys & accessories:  soft baby cube, quiet book, headband, hair accessories, pacifier clips, toy strap, baby keepsake & nursery decor…and for CUTIFULmemories, I make custom digital printables for occassions such as birth announcement,  baby shower invitation,  birthday invitation.

3. Where do you find inspiration?

My 2 main sources of inspiration are my daughter & the materials I work with!

When I first started out making soft toys, seeing the smile on my daughter’s face was the best reward of all. Shopping for fabrics also usually gets my creativity going. Sometimes, I come across a lovely fabric and all of a sudden, ideas start pouring in! And I must confess, I’m addicted to Pinterest! Browsing through this website usually gets me in the mood for crafting!

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4. How long has your Etsy shop been open?

My CUTIFULbaby shop has been opened for about 6 months, and I opened CUTIFULmemories in Mid August, so it’s pretty new!

 

5. Do you still have time to make crafts for pleasure while running your online business?

Unfortunately, not much!! I have a few unfinished projects on the side, for example a quilt for my daughter which I started out about…hum…I’d say 6 months ago! Between my full time job in the fashion industry, my full time job as a mom, laundry, dishes & whatnot, as soon as I have a chance to do some crafting, I usually end up working on my listings & custom orders! But I totally enjoy it, don’t get me wrong! 😉

 

6. What inspired you to move your art into an online business?

Mostly comments & feedbacks from friends! I started making soft toys & accessories for my baby girl during mat leave, and there was an instant reaction! The word spread out and I started doing some custom orders for family, friends….and then friends of friends! So I decided to give it a try & opened my 1st shop on Etsy!

 

7. What are your future goals for your shop, and do you have a plan for achieving them?

In my wildest dream, my Etsy shops would be my full time job…a girl can dream, right! But for the moment, I want to focus on getting the word out there, promoting my shops because in July, I learned that I will be losing my job at the end of the year (long story short, the whole design department where I’m working will be relocated in Europe) When I learned the news, I decided to put as much time, efforts & energy as possible on my shops! Opening my 2nd shop offering printables was the 1st big step I took! Hopefully, I’ll get enough success with Etsy to be able to take the plunge and work from home as a freelancer!

 

8. Where can we find more about you online? (web site, social media, etc)

You can follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cutifulshop

or Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vanessa_Giguere

You can also visit my blog & Etsy shops:

http://cutifulbaby.blogspot.ca/

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CUTIFULbaby

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CUTIFULmemories

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