What is your name?
My name is Lang
Where are you located?
I am located in Schaumburg, IL
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Vietnam. I am married to an Irish man, and we have two girls. I graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago, class 1997, with a concentration in Accounting. I had worked many years in the corporate accounting field before becoming a full-time stay home mom in 2005.
What type of merchandise will shoppers find in your shop?
I sell handmade clothes and shoes for 18" dolls like American Girl dolls.
How long have you been crafting?
My mom taught me how to sew since I was a young girl in elementary school. She also sent me to sewing school in my teens. In college, I tried some clothes designing classes but had no interest to be in the volatile world of fashion design. Most of my sewing background was on women's and children's clothes. I had also done a few bride maid dresses for weddings and my own wedding dress. Sewing 18" doll clothes is relatively a new interest for me. In fact, I did not know or hear about AG dolls until my oldest daughter turned 4.
|American Girl Dolls 18" Dolls Sandals -Italic Gold|
Why did you decide to make clothing for this size doll?
I love the sweet and innocent image of girls that the 18" dolls represent! Looking at them I can really relate to my own girls.
What is your favorite thing to make?
Right now, I am into making doll shoes. I love shoes in general, so it is a perfect place for me to be.
|American Girl Doll 18 Inch Dolls Dress Handmade 3 PC Set|
What inspires you to create?
Knowing that the things I make help brighten someone's day.
What is one thing you need to have with you while you craft?
My cup of coffee is a must, sometimes soft music, most of the time I prefer to work in quietness.
|American Girl 18" Dolls Bow Sandals Handmade - Lemons and Limes|
How do you balance mothering and running a small business?
I used to think that working from home is an easy thing but not anymore. It has been a challenge trying to keep up with everything when you have children at home. It has been tough to balance everything but deep in my heart I know that there is nothing else I would rather do.
What is your favorite thing to browse Etsy for?
I love looking at cute art works that have short funny sayings that make me giggle.
|American Girl 18" Dolls Sandals Handmade - Bow Style|
When you're not crafting, what are you doing?
House cleaning, time with girls, and gardening.
Where can we find you?
|18" Doll Tank Tunic-Dress 3 pc Set|
What is your favorite shop (not yours) on Etsy currently?
I came across this art shop the other day, http://www.etsy.com/people/hjmart and love it. I like the whimsical, cheerful color compositions.
|Lang's craft space. Raise your hand if you're jealous!|