Today’s feature is with Armelle, of PurePixie. Enjoy!
Tell us little about yourself!
I’m an eco-conscious Mom of two little boys and the aunt of… 8 little girls. I could be busy just sewing for them 😀
I been living in the San Francisco bay area in California for the last ten years. Before that I used to live in Brittany, in the western part of France.
What do you make, & how long have you been creating?
I make organic kids’ clothing: bathrobes, sleep sacks, caps, pants, tops… for little girls and little boys. I’m also starting to design organic fabrics.
I have been sewing since I was a child with my Mom and my Grand’ma both professional seamstresses. An old friend of mine reminded me a few weeks ago that I made my first hooded towel twenty five years ago for her daughter. She saved it all these years and just pull it out her closet for her grand-daughter to be. I couldn’t believe it!
What inspires you?
I love hiking in regional and national parks and always come back with new ideas. I also love vintage drawing and traditional kid’s clothing. They are such a great source of inspiration… in particular for little boys. It is so difficult to find cute outfits for them that don’t look too serious and grown up. I’m developing a new line of clothing for them in the coming months. Don’t forget to come back and check what’s new in my store! 🙂
What got you started sewing Kid’s clothing?
I really got into sewing when I got my first child. The first item I made for him was a pair of linen pants. Because I couldn’t find what I was looking for in stores, I decided to make them myself. Later I started to make sleep sacks and this is when my friends started to push me to make some for sale. And as you can see, they succeeded!
How long have you been on Etsy, & how has it been for you so far?
I’ve been on Etsy for a little bit more than a year now. Promotion is way more labor intensive than I thought it would be, but it’s a lot of fun!
What advice would you have for other Etsians?
Renew, renew, renew. You will appear at the top of the lists and it will help you get into a lot more treasuries and even sometimes make it to the Etsy Finds!
What do you hope to learn/gain/contribute from being part of the Natural Kids group?
This is a great team with a lot of active members. They are always ready to help and have so many great promotion ideas! I love also all the inspiring blogs they publish. I’m doing a giveaway in November and hope to contribute more and more in the months to come.
What thoughts do you have for parents on the importance of natural toys for creative play?
This is very important to me. My kids have a few electronic toys but they are by far not their favorites simply because those toys don’t allow them much inventiveness. However they spend hours playing with their wooden toys (trains, blocks, cars, etc.) They make up all kinds of stories and build really interesting buildings. This is what childhood should be about, shouldn’t it? What I also love it that most of the time these toys can be repaired with a piece of a dowel and/or some glue and start a new life after an “accident”. I’ll be happy to pass them onto other kids when mine will be done with them.