Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Feature Shop: Sillygeese Designs

Got a silly goose in your house? Team member Shannon opened her shop, Sillygeese Designs, because she was inspired by her own three silly geese. Her colorful crochet creations are sure to make the silliest kid smile! Plus, between today and Sunday, Dec. 11, you can save in her shop with coupon code FEATURE30. - Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

What is your name?

Where are you located?
Just outside of Austin, TX

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a stay-at-home mom to three sillygeese, three pomeranians, and two ragdolls. I enjoy creating for my kids and being my own boss. I just love creating and designing. It has brought tons of joy to my life. I love meeting and conversing with new people and anytime I get to talk crafting with fellow crafters or just those that appreciate it.

Soft Crochet Doll Set -- Molly and Megan

What type of merchandise will shoppers find in your shop?
Mostly hand-crocheted items: scarves, purses, and other fun items.

How/why did you get started?
I always have a project in my hands, and people started buy things from me right off the hook, so to speak, so I looked around and sold on Ebay for a bit then found Etsy. I took a few years off as life got very busy, but when I got pregnant last year and had to slow way way down, people started buying off my hook again, and I reopened my store.

Crochet Boutique Owl and Little Birdie Drawstring Purse

How long have you been crafting?
Since I was a small child, my mom would do craft fairs during the holidays, and all her kids would pitch in to get enough completed to make money for Christmas.

What is your favorite thing to make?
Anything new. I recreate popular items all the time, but I really enjoy being creative and making something for the first time and seeing what I envisioned come to life.

What are your favorite materials to work with?
Well yarn :D But more specifically, I like to embelish so I like funfur and beads, too.

Boutique Pink Fun Fur Glitzy Bobby Pins

What inspires you to create?
My kids. I have a range from 10 to 9 months, and they are always inspiring me. My slogan has always been "Hand crocheted with your sillygoose in mind." That is because all my items where inspired by my own sillygeese.

What is one thing you need to have with you while you craft?
Scissors. I can really get stumped and stopped by a lack of scissors. I've taught kids to knit with pencils, so really it's the scissors.

How do you balance mothering and running a small business?
Well, the kids come first -- I am a SAHM mom. Thankfully I have two that are a huge help around the house and with the baby. They also think my business is cool and like to see stuff head out the door to someone else to enjoy.

Boutique Crochet Wild Pink Zebra Eyelash Fashion Scarf

What is your favorite thing to browse Etsy for?
Sewing patterns and things for the kids.

When you're not crafting, what are you doing?
Reading, anything soccer related, and taking care of a busy household.

Soft Crochet Purple/Brown/Blue Boy Doll -- Aaron

Where can we find you? 
My store is, and my blog is

What is your favorite shop (not yours) on Etsy currently?
Fluffygirlboutique: Not only does she sew beautiful stuff, but she is super nice too!

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