Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Featured Etsy Designer -- Mouse House Creations!

We want you to meet a little someone special.
Meet Hayley....the absolutely wonderful designer of Mouse House Creations.
We are so thrilled and behind excited to share this wonderful gal (and shop too!) with you.

{1} Tell us a little about yourself & your Etsy shop.

My name is Hayley and I am 31 years old with 2 adorable children, Ethan (4) and Ainsley (almost 2). I am married to an amazing guy that I met in the 8th grade and we love to laugh and enjoy life. Before children, I was a teacher and a part-time drug rehab counselor, but LOVE that I now get to be a stay at home/work at home mother. I am very lucky to have the best of both worlds.

{2} When did you realize you wanted to open a shop on Etsy?

I have always had a love of sewing and various crafts, but I didn't have an outlet for it. When my son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2, I knew that I needed desperately to have a place for my creative abilities. I felt so immersed and involved in his therapies and hospital visits and I was losing myself. I started researching and creating and posting on my blog and friends and strangers kept telling me to start an etsy store. So I did.

{cupcakeMAG fave: round neck dress or shirt, $28}
...the detail is perfection....

{3} When did you begin to sew?

Sewing is in my blood. My Great-Grandmother taught my Mum how to sew when she was a young child and in turn, my Mum taught me when I was a young girl. Some of my fondest memories as a child are going to the fabric store and dreaming of all the projects that my Mum and I could create together in our sewing room. We would make pillows, dresses for my dolls, little blankets, and clothing for me, all on our vintage Singer sewing machine. I would watch my Mum create bedding and curtains and I just knew I would want to do that one day.

{4} When you aren't sewing what can we find you doing?

When I am not sewing or doing my other crafts (which I am doing all the time lately!), I am playing with my kids, remodeling/redecorating my house (check out my blog!), refinishing furniture, and trying to relax with my husband, while we listen to some music (Jack Johnson or Led Zeppelin are bands of choice!)

{we LOVE: Custom Apron Knot Dress, $38}

{5} What are some of your favorite Etsy shops?

Oh, I have so many! If I HAD to choose just a handful, it would be (in no particular order):
{a little something pretty for your home too!}
{6} What is up next for your shop?

I have another etsy shop where I sell vintage patterns and vintage items, plus fabric and paper remnants. I hope that I have more time to devote to that in the near future because it is so fun to run my fingers through all my old patterns. I have so many more to list!

I have recently had some medical issues and I will be limiting the number of custom orders I take per month, but hopefully that will change soon (as long as my health issues clear up, fingers crossed!)

My long term goal is to continue branding my shop and one day, it can be my full-time job (after both kids are in school, of course!) I love what I do and I couldn't be happier about the success I have encountered. I am very, very lucky and so extremely proud.
{Editors' Note} We are keeping Hayley in our prayers during this time and hope all health issues resolve quickly. In the mean time, make sure you shop now as she will be closing her shop for a period time during the month of August while she takes care of herself. Hayley, we wish you all of the best!  

{shop now!}
{Facebook too!}
{We truly thank Hayley so much for sending the beautiful dress for review.
It truly is one of our favorites in our Littles wardrobe. Big thanks to Hayley!
We are so happy to have you as an Etsy Feature Designer}

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for featuring me. It was wonderful working with you and I love the pictures of Sadie in the Mouse House Creations dress!


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