Changing pad clutch with wipes holder
Diaper clutch which folds out into a waterproof changing pad, and has a pouch to hold diapers and wipe case. This item comes with a matching wipes case. details »
Circle Bangles Set
These argentium sterling silver bangles are accentuated with fused circular hoops. A sleek modern design to dress up the plain everyday bangle. This set includes all three circle bangles. details »
Fused Glass and Silver Necklace – Emerald Green
A handcrafted fused glass piece in vibrant emerald green is the focal point of this silver teardrop necklace.
Please let me introduce you to Mika and her line of children’s clothing and accessories.
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I primarily make childrens clothing, but I also tend to have a bit of crafters ADD so I sew anything that catches my eye-key fobs, rice bags, cloth diapers and wipes, unpaper towels, mama cloth and so much more!
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
When I was a child my grandmother sewed, and tried to teach me but I wasn’t really interested. After she passed, I found the passion and taught myself to sew. I’ve never worked in another creative arena other than music which is a whole different realm.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I make 100% of the items I offer. My husband is the “muscle” behind the Froggy Girl-he lugs boxes, show setup equipment, machines, etc. for me and he is my #1 cheerleader. I frequently ask for opinions and critiques from my family and friends-constructive criticism is the key to moving forward.
I like to say that my fabric speaks to me. I see a piece of fabric, and it tells me what it wants to be. I then build around that piece.
Finding a work/life balance is hard for anyone, but I think most especially work at home moms. I find myself all to frequently pulled in 100 directions, and making sure that my husband and children are the first direction I go to is definitely a challenge, and something I’m working on doing better in 2010.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
Right now you can find my work primarily at www.froggygirldesigns.etsy.com, although I also maintain a storefront at www.hyenacart.com/froggygirldesigns and I’m starting to explore Store Envy as well. From about March or April onward, I try to do at least one show or fair per month. The only brick and mortar store carrying my items so far is Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana. They carry a selection of my monogrammed badge reels.
What do you wish I had asked you?
I wish you had asked how you (I) overcome fears and get out of your comfort zone to get your work out there. I think that’s something that everyone faces starting out, and it’s something that I’m definitely tackling in 2010.
You have to take a deep breath, and go outside of your comfort zone. Submit your work to blogs to be reviewed, take your things to local stores and talk to the owners/buyers. Have faith in yourself and your product.
Fantastic advice, Mika, thank you! And if you would like to be interviewed next, just fill out the application.
Recycled by Hyena: My work is infused with my ethic and each of my creations is the result of passion and dedication. My clothes are made from scratch but not from new materials. They are made with fabric from clothes I purchased in Goodwill stores and non-profit thrift stores.
I “believe” in the craft revolution and I think it is our future. The handmade and eco-friendly life is the only alternative to the consumerism destroying our planet and the living beings surrounding us.
500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form
“Contemporary and unique, these handmade creations range from representational to abstract, from skillful realism to provocative surrealism—and they’re made from every conceivable material, including beads, gourds, and polymer clay. Juror Akira Blount, a pioneer in the “art doll” movement, incorporates vines, twigs, and carved wood in her fabric dolls; with their expressionless faces and closed eyes, they appear absorbed by inner worlds. Dutch artist Marlaine Verhelst’s porcelain designs seem to have sprung straight from a medieval painting. Chris Chomick’s strange and slightly scary figures feature amazing detail and elaborate costumes. Dollmakers, crafters, collectors, and anyone who loves beautiful objects will love the amazing diversity showcased here.” → more info
Summer is the perfect time to hit the hiking trails and reconnect with the great outdoors. Find the nearest forest preserve or “hike” an urban landscape and get to know a new area near your home. Whether it’s a beautiful view or a building you never noticed before, when you explore on foot, you’ll be surprised at what you discover.
The key to a successful hike is the right gear. These lightweight and loose fitting denim shorts from Rachel Jane NYC will keep you cool and looking cute no matter where you go. The large pockets are perfect for storing any interesting found objects you may pick up along the way.
This navy blue and white striped tank from ET AL., ETC. is the perfect versatile summer piece. It’s casual enough to wear on the hiking trails, but stylish enough to set you apart from the other urban hikers. Made of breathable cotton fabric, this top is the perfect way to beat the heat along the trail.
You never know what Mother Nature will have in store. Make sure that you’re prepared, come rain or cold weather with this pink and black cotton zip up jacket by kitco. Stylish and functional, the large collar can be pulled around your neck to keep you warm if the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
You’ll need to carry a few essentials with you while you’re on your hike. This cute cotton hip pouch, a more stylish version of the fanny pack, by LMcreation is the perfect solution. It’s big enough to fit a cell phone, a few snacks and anything else you may need; plus, it will keep you hands free. Best of all, it comes in a variety of colors to match every outfit.
Start your weekend off with an adventure! Hit the trails or the sidewalk, whatever it may be, and see what you discover right in your own backyard.