Today - instead of re-capping the weekend - I'm bringing you a tale of a great independent business that I'm really excited about. I hope you enjoy ♥
When my niece Pepper Jo was born in April I went a little bit posting crazy here, on Twitter and Instagram. But, when a newborn baby is introduced into your life - especially when you're related to her and she'll be in your life forever - it's hard to keep quiet.
When she was born, you all were so kind and sweet. Lovely comments were left. I loved the companionship our little online world can offer. One reader, Courtney, went above and beyond and sent me a lovely blanket and matching burp rags as a congratulations for my sister.
Seriously, how sweet is that?
And they were some of the nicest baby linens I'd ever seen. My mom and aunt and sister ooed and ahhed over them. They were soft, yet sturdy. And totally cute. Plus, you can tell they're made with love.
Because I was so impressed with Courtney's work, I wanted to share her story with you guys today. So grab a cup of coffee and let me introduce you to this wonderful lady blogger:
1. Why did you start Bubby's?//What's the story behind the business?
I started Bubby's Blankets because every time I went to a baby shower someone would ask me "Do you sell your blankets?" after seeing the mother-to-be open my blanket for their unborn child. My reply to them was always, "No, sewing's just something I do for fun." Then they would say, "Well you should definitely think about selling them on Etsy or something." And I'd never given much thought to the idea because I am not the entrepreneur type, however I started small to test the waters and made a page connected to my Facebook page to put pictures up of my blankets and advertise them that way. I named the page Bubby's Blankets because Bubby was my childhood nickname growing up and it sounded good because it started with a "B" and went with blankets and burp rags, which I make as well.
2. How long have you been making blankets?
My mother-in-law bought me my Singer sewing machine about 6 years ago before my husband and I were married. She is an avid sewer herself and knew that I wanted to learn. She taught me the basics about my machine and how to use it, but the rest I've pretty much taught myself. I've also gotten a lot of help from trial and error and by asking questions, especially to our neighbor next door who makes quilts, aprons, and burp rags that she sells at bazaars.
3. Why baby blankets?
I had two friends that were having babies about 4 years ago and I wanted to make them something unique. So I chose to make them a handmade baby blanket, but I had never sewed anything bigger than a few squares together. I should have gone the easy route and just chose two pieces of fabric to sew together, but of course I wanted to make the nicer, more complicated quilt. So I did. It took me all day just to make one blanket and I messed up a few times in the process, but the blanket didn't turn out half bad. So I figured that practice makes perfect and just kept sewing them as friends, family and co-workers I knew got pregnant. Plus, who wouldn't want a one of a kind baby blanket with matching burp rags? It beats buying something off their registry and it costs about the same, but the time and thought you put into it means more than anything store bought.
4. Do you make anything else?
Yes, I make burp rags that match the baby blankets. A few different kinds of blankets; no sew blankets for baby's, kids, and adults, bigger versions of my patchwork baby quilts for adults, and fleece blankets.
I also made cute reversible hand bags for a baby shower I threw to give the gifts in. And baby car seat covers with Velcro handles to put over your car seat when carrying it out in the cold.
5. Besides making blankets, what else do you do?
I read, A LOT,mostly Children's Literature and YA fiction since I took my one and only Children's Literature course during undergrad in 2003, teach Kindergarten at a Montessori daycare center, hang out with my friends and family, watch my nephew's baseball games and spend time with my husband and our two dogs.
We just had a new house built and moved this past July 2011, so keeping up with the cleaning and maintaining of our new house usually keeps us busy most weekends.
6. Anything else you want to add about yourself?
Sewing is special to me for a number of reasons:
- My grandmother used to sew my sisters and I nightgowns when we were little girls and she even made Halloween costumes for us once which was amazing, although my costume of choice was a bright orange pumpkin, which is SO not flattering to look back at now for obvious reasons.
- My mother in law grew up sewing and has made beautiful blankets for all her grandchildren and they are truly one of a kind and special, and I feel like sewing blankets is her legacy that she is giving to me, which makes us feel connected.
- Once anyone knows you sew, they will be asking you to sew/fix things for them. My husband's best friend asked me to hem his jeans last week and all the kids at work ask me to sew the ripped seams of their stuffed animals at school. I've given many a toy "stitches" this past year.