Friday, July 8, 2011

Talking with Melena from Snuggle Bug Kidz

 Today i start a new tag here " Talking with" where i will interview artisans from all the world, womans that manage to be a wife, mother and business woman at the same time.
We start very well, with Melena who is the owner of Snuggle Bug Kidz Brand, that i meet on Etsy and is helping me a lot there:)
She live in Andover, USA with her husband Steven and her 3 little cuteee kids , Joshua, Eliana and Carissa.
So let's know more about her and her amazing work!
**How did you discover this little word of cute things you made?
"Almost exactly 4 years later my 2nd daughter was born. At birth she had a perfectly round head but over time she developed  Plagiocephaly  which is a cranial abnormality which causes your child's head to be lopsided . With the help of our Dr. we were able to get her fitted for a CranioCap Orthosis to help correct the problem. While having a conversation with her Dr. I realized the huge need for a decorative hat for these orthosis. The CranioCap was a ugly plain white plastic helmet. I couldn't believe there wasn't anything to cover these things !  I began discussing with the Dr. about how we could cover these plastic helmets in a way that makes it fun for the kids and the parents. The Dr. had said many parents won't go in public with the helmets on and therefore the children end up in them for much longer then they need to. This was my " AH-HA moment"...

 **From where you get your inspiration ?
"Being a young mom of 3 has it's challenges and one of those challenges is to find good quality merchandise at a great price. As my kids have grown and their personalities began to shine I wanted to make accessories, and clothing, that matched who they were... FUN...ACTIVE..and PLAYFUL....this is where the Snuggle Bug Adventure began! . With the help of two great friends, Ashley and Rebekah,  I believe we’ve created a brand of clothing and fun accessories that will truly bring a smile to anyone who wears them."

**The materials you like most...
 "I love anything bright and cheerful. I don't have a favorite, because
I love to create from everything that brings me joy."
**What are your future plans?
"Snuggle Bug Kidz was a small hobby that got big really fast.  We are
Currently in over 22 boutique's around the world including Australia, Paris, and here in the United States.
I would Love to expand the business even more to be able to sell in other parts of the world and bring
Joy and happiness to everyone who wears our products."

**The top 5 Etsy Shops in your opinion:

 **Little advices for the ones that are just starting:
1. Find what you're really good at and stick with it.  I think to many people try to make everything to
Make more money, but the key on etsy is to offer what other people don't have.  Make 1 or 2 things
That you're really good at in all different styles and you'll succeed.
2.  " Tag " your listings with multiple words ........Ex.  Baby Toddler Girls ... .Instead of just : Baby
A lot of people don't know you can have up to 3 words per "Tag". This allows up to 39 words
For how people find you instead of 13, that's a HUGE difference.
3.  Don't over price to make more money.  If people like what you have they will be a continuous buyer
Instead of a a one time sale. You will make more money in the long run .
4.  LOVE WHAT YOU DO  !!!  It's not worth doing if you don't love it !"
If you wanna know much more about Melena's work just follow the links:

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