TSM: When did you start making baby goods?
I started making my products really during my husbands first deployment in 2008. My son was a newborn and at night found myself bored and even a little lonely. I LOVED baby things and started making things for my son and it just blossomed from there.
TSM: It so helps to have a hobby or something to keep you busy at night when the husband is out of town and the kids are sleeping. For me, it’s the blog.
TSM: When did you start selling?
I opened my Etsy shop in Sept 2008 but found during that time that I hadn’t found my niche or wasn’t in the zone. From Nov 2008 to March 2009 I really didn’t have any products available. It wasn’t until after relaunching in March, that I have found I’ve had some better interest and the creative juices are now flowing.
TSM: What is the inspiration behind your work?
It’s a complicated answer, as I said before, I LOVE baby things. At one time in my life I managed the children’s department at Nordstrom, and found myself falling in love with all the boutique baby items. I also have a deep love for vintage and keepsake items and, of course, a love for my son. All three together have formed my shop and my ideas.
TSM: What is your favorite item to make/and or sell?
I Love it all. I don’t make anything that I isn’t my favorite at the time I make it. I have to say right now, the tattoo baby mini blanket though is pretty fab. I have a feeling this may be the direction I will be heading to more.
TSM: What is the Best part of owning your own business?
It’s really two fold: the ability to make my own hours (working 50-60 hours a week with no weekends or holidays off for years kind of made me jaded and once my son was born the shift in priorities was instantaneous) and all the creative license is a huge benefit. I am able to use some of that creative juice that I couldn’t use in the corporate world.
TSM: How long have you/your husband been in the military?
Well I feel like I’ve been in it my whole life. I grew up with my father as a Lt. Col in the Army reserves and my uncle as a Brigadier General in the Army. I often think it was growing up with them that made me have this idea of what my perfect man is. My dad always wanted me to join the service, but I loved fashion and as I told the recruiter who he had call me throughout high school, “I don’t think you have a job for me.”
My husband has been in the Air Force for almost 8 years now and we’ve been married now for almost 3 and it has been amazing.
TSM: What is your favorite thing about being a “military mom”?
I’ve really had to think about this one. Really the excitement at the experience my child(ren) will have…meeting other military moms…having that common connection…the larger family…how proud I am when my husband takes my son with him…and shows him his plane…even though my son has NO idea what it is yet….I guess the morals, values and ethics that come along with being a part of the military…even in my role…
TSM: What is the biggest adjustment to military life?
Having to change my idea of the perfect marriage. My husband flies…a lot…and is deployed 2 times a year for 77 days each time so adapting to that.
Lesley’s husband just deployed last Wednesday. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts.
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