Happy New Year everyone! Our featured Etsy seller for the month of January is Maria, the creative artist behind PICKnMATCH BOWTIQUE. Please read all about her here then don't forget to visit her shop. She has such a wonderful array of items for kids, and she has the cutest and most adorable little models! :)
PICKNMATCH BOWTIQUE is a crafters paradise! I offer a variety of affordable styles of flower headbands & clippies for newborns to adults, featuring beautiful handcrafted girl hair accessories. I enjoy making headbands, clips, shabbys, and any style hair bows from the everyday to the special event kind. I have a few rompers and leg warmer sets, as well as pettiskirts with matching headpiece. They are perfectly made for your princess's photo props or birthday outfit!!! I do custom orders as well as specialize in matching bows to your princesses attire. Every princess deserves a PICKNMATCH BOWTIQUE!!!
How did you get started in your line of business?
I am a very busy mom of 4 wonderful children, including 2 amazing, smart beautiful Girls (8y & 2y). I have my hands full with being a full time mommy, and a work at home too!!! I am a nurse by profession but I love crafting. I have been a crafter since I was young. My 2 girls inspired me to do hairpieces. I love to dress them with matching headpieces that match every outfit they have. (That's where my business name was originated!!!) When my lil' Dominique was born in 2011, I started making her and her big sister Mariah hairpieces in my own unique way. It used to be a hobby and eventually became a small business. My friends, family and my husband convinced me to sell on Etsy. I told myself why NOT try it!!! I am very thankful for my wonderful family, new friends, and customers, who allow me to work while still being at home to raise my children.
Describe your creative process
While babysitting my youngest daughter I always feel like I need to do something that makes me happy, use every free time I have to come up with creative designs and at the same time make every momma's princess happy. I love creating neutral & pastel colors with a vintage look design!!!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I am always inspired to come up with a new style whenever my girls have a new outfit or whenever a costumer requested something to match their lil ones photo props or birthday outfit!!! From here, I will start making flowers that matches that outfit they just have. Then, it will become one of my latest creations in my Etsy shop. It has been and will always be my passion and inspiration to create the most creative, stylish, sassy & adorable but affordable hairpiece for every princess in your life!!!!
What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment?
This, I can say my most favorite masterpiece!!! it is so Vintage... so elegant,and classy!!! Pretty much I loved everything I create!!!
How do you promote your work?
Word of Mouth ( Friends, Family & Costumers!!!) and I do facebook promotions, Sales & upload new creations weekly!!!
What is one of your most important lessons you've learned since starting your business?
One of the most important lessons I've learned was to do what makes you happy and at the same make others happy. That makes your whole self feel a lot better. It makes you feel you achieve something.
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
For someone just starting out, I would say just BE YOURSELF. Learn how to share and exchange ideas with other business owners!!! Don't be afraid to ask somebody who can help you whenever you need it.
What are your other sites (facebook, twitter, blog, etc.)?