Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Feature & GIVEAWAY: Boogity Boogity Boo

It's been a long while since I've done a Friday Feature post.  I slowed down on the giveaways for the summer months.  With summer coming to an end (my kids start school next week), I'm now going all out with the August giveaways here at 2justByou!  This one is a really special treat, because it's one for the kiddos in our lives.
Meet Karen, owner of Boogity Boogity Boo - and don't let the name scare you away, because Karen's items are full of bright colors and fun designs!  Adorable hats and newly added hand-etched baby onesies are available in her shop, and Karen is multi-talented (she knits, crochets, and more).  Read our Q&A session and learn more about Karen's story.  Please remember that ALL are clickable.




How did Karen start selling on Etsy?
Here's here answer:
Prior to 2005 I was an elementary school teacher & I LOVED IT! Everyday was a new opportunity to touch the lives of children & guide them on their journey. Just pure joy.
But, on April 1st of that year I was involved in a car accident on my way to work & life was changed forever.
After several surgeries & a lot of rehab I regained some function of my left hand & most of my right but the back injuries continue to haunt me even to this day. I was not able to return to teaching & was really quite lost.
Then my grand-daughter was born & it seemed so was I. Being around the little one brought back that feeling of connectedness & purpose I once felt in the classroom.
I've always enjoyed crafting but got sidetracked with all the medical issues & physical limitations.
My grand-daughter is a fair skinned red-head- needless to say- being out in the sun is a big concern.
One day my daughter-in-law was complaining that there just weren't any cute hats out there- very few stores even carried them.
I felt compelled to find the perfect hat- but nothing- at least something affordable & so the quest began. I would make my sweet angel a hat!!!




Problem was I had absolutely no sewing experience & wanted it to be a surprise!!!!
Don't really want to re-live that disaster but finally after dozens of tries- a wearable creation emerged.
Upon presenting it to my sweet angel- she asked if it had a name- it's a hat- a name????
And as if by magic I just blurted out- "BOOGITYBOOGITYBOO"!!!
Well- the rest is the story thus far- everyone- everywhere- saying you need to make more & sell them!!!
Where to begin? ETSY seemed like the right fit. Handmade items created from ingenuity & passion.
And though the process is literally quite painful for me physically- the joy is worth it!! (I will attach a few appreciation pics)
I have really been humbled by the patience exhibited by my customers in wait time for custom orders- which is about 1-2 weeks depending on orders.




What inspires her designs?
Children & nature are my motivators but usually not spot on. I get what I call visions- peeks, glimpses- windows- if you will. Sometimes they come in dreams- the middle of a shower or while driving in the car. I can usually track back to where I may have seen the color combination or a feeling connected with an experience that I want to re-live through my piece but sometimes they are just an illusive gift!!!
My customers are also very involved in the process from my FaceBook fans to Etsy followers or fellow Tweeters- I often look to them for guidance, inspiration & advice!!!!!


Does she have a favorite color/fabric/design that she likes to use when she creates?  Here's what she said:
As I mentioned before- I LOVE COLOR- unusual tones- mixing textures, designs & styles. I tend to be quite diversified from vintage motifs to novelty prints- depending on my mood & what i find striking & out of the box. I've run into a bit of difficulty with using so many patterns- sometimes there is concern over how to match the item with other wardrobe pieces so I am currently working on building an array of items that easily coordinate & can be bundled for additional savings to the customer.

My vision for the future is to offer a vast array of wearable art of a unique nature. I have a multitude of projects on the horizon.
I will be releasing more onesies- tutu's- specialty bibs- headbands- diaper covers- & various crochet items in the months to come!!!!


Where can you find Karen on the web?

Etsy shop
Facebook
Twitter
website
Storenvy


Boogity Boogity Boo is giving one lucky 2justByou Blog reader the prize of a custom-made hat (winner's choice), a $32 value!  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Saturday night, August 24th at midnight, EST.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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30 comments :

Memories for Life said...

I absolutely love her News Boy Hats!
This one could go with every outfit!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/155743737/kids-boys-hat-newsboy-handmade-childs?ref=shop_home_active

Isobel Morrell said...

Lovely shop - and so glad Karen has found something she's not only good at, but enjoys doing. Good luck to her. Have visited the shop and favourited it.

Been a long time since I visited and commented on your blog too - but malignant computers and other stuff has intervened. Trying to return to some sort of regular visits from now on.

Maegan Morin said...

I really love the Boo Bling Girls Black Rhinestone Hat!! Would look sooo adorable on my daughter!

Handmade Cuties said...

Good for Karen. Her hats are just adorable! Have a nice weekend Kim!
Jayne

Debbi Huntington said...

awww, those hats are so cute!
Debbi
-yankeeburrow

Erica D said...

That name is so funny! it reminds me of osh kosh when I was a kiddy.

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Marieken Hoefnagel said...

The romper is adorable!

Lanas Art Studio lanasart said...

Love the boys hat! ... anything with black and white trim get my attention:) Very pretty!

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

These are so darn cute! Love the onesie - it's my favourite colour!

Wishing you a lovely day.
xoxo

trillina palemi said...

nice shop
i love this
http://www.etsy.com/listing/157644437/baby-onesie-hand-etched-little-monkey?ref=shop_home_active

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I love this Girls Sun Hat

http://www.etsy.com/listing/152457261/girls-sun-hat-precious-infant-toddler?ref=shop_home_active

Mossy Jojo said...

what a great giveaway! I somehow cannot find the rafflecopter form. Maybe I'm a little too late..

Lisa said...

Love the girls news boys hat. Would look adorable on my niece :)

mama-aya said...

Love the boy's newsboy hat! So cute without being silly or macho. Just fun and appropriate boy wear!

jakiesmom said...

i like the shabby chic vintage fabric hat

Brandon Nelson said...

love the newsboys hats

KORTNEY

gardenofmoi said...

What an inspiring story, and her hats are beautiful!

Elizabeth Turner said...

Love the little girls CandyLoo shabby chic hat!

elizabethglassturner (at) gmail (dot) com

Mary Preston said...

So many gorgeous hats to choose from.

Oksana V. said...

I like and hearted ButterCup Girls Hat New 2013 Girls Cotton Brimmed SunHat w/HandCrafted Flower (oksana2372 on Etsy)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/155367680/buttercup-girls-hat-new-2013-girls

Thank you for the chance!

ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

EverythingSarah said...

I LOVE the Buttercup hat
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courtney gibson said...

i love the boys hat http://www.etsy.com/listing/155743737/kids-boys-hat-newsboy-handmade-childs?ref=shop_home_active

My heart is here said...

I like the the Boo Bling Girls Black Rhinestone Hat :)
Jenna O
mmyheartishere@gmail.com

gustosa giveaways said...

your hats are awesome

Lyudmila said...

Liked your hats
Fav item: http://www.etsy.com/ru/listing/155360744/sale-adorable-girls-hat-in-bubblegum?ref=shop_home_feat
lusizova at gmail.com

Kathy Davis said...

Cute hats... my favorite is: Little Girls Hat CandyLoo Shabby Chic Cotton with Flower
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Ilaria Falco said...

nice shop
i like this: http://www.etsy.com/it/listing/155366692/heavensent-organic-cotton-girls-cuffed?ref=shop_home_active

rusty said...

I love this hat: http://www.etsy.com/listing/155367680/buttercup-girls-hat-new-2013-girls?ref=shop_home_active

It's wonderful!

Tammy Hoffa said...

I like the Song Bird Girls Cap

Gloria la borsa di mary poppins said...

beautiful!:)
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