Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Member Spotlight - KittyBBLove
Name: Sara & Ben
Age: Sara 24, Ben 34
Location: Portland, OR
What kind of things do you make?
We make functionally cute things. Our favorite item are "kitty egg" crayons. We also make beeswax candles, cards, and bowling sets.
How long have you been doing your craft?
We've been making crayons and silicone molds for almost 2 years now. We both have BFA art degrees- one in Drawing & Painting, and one in Apparel design & manufacturing. We're also pretty capable in other crafting arenas like photography, graphic design, woodworking, knitting/crocheting, paper arts, screen printing, etc.
When did you start selling and what inspired you to start selling?
Sara found out she was pregnant late 2008 and as recent college graduates in the down turned economy, finding work was not easy... in fact it never happened. We knew we had talent to put to work, so instead of hoping for someone to see that, we decided to do something for ourselves. Our main inspiration was our unborn son and the "children" we already were taking care of... our cats.
And so in early January 2009, Kitty Baby Love was born!
Is this your full time job?
It is and it isn't. Kitty Baby Love is definitely a significant source of our income, but we also supplement with a part-time job at a local fabric manufacturer- not to mention being full-time parents!
What are your hobbies?
Ben has had a life-long affair with painting & music and is currently playing around with home modified vintage recording equipment. Currently Sara is focused on being a mommy and in her spare time enjoys reading about children education & parenting philosophies. She hopes to one day be a midwife.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite color combination?
We both like a lighter blue against a deep red/orange.
Which colors do you use most in your work?
It always feels like we're trying to find or peel more yellow crayons.
What is your number 1 tip for success?
Find out what your core values are and build your business around that.
What do you think is the most fun way to promote?
Collaborating with other artisans and bloggers.