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Interview and Giveaway With Tickety Bu

This week’s giveaway is coming from Kristi who owns the Etsy shop Tickety Bu. Kristi hand dyes beautiful blankets, teethers and towels in amazing blends of color. Let’s find out a little more about Kristi.
Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Kristi, fabric artist and owner of Tickety Bu. I live with my husband and three kids in upstate New York, about an hour north of NYC, although we’re originally from the south. We love this area though, so much history, the convenience of the city, but the benefits of rural living as well. It’s our favorite part of the US by far.
What inspires your creations?

My products are born from necessity first. Tickety Bu was started with just one product, cloth prefolds. My second child was a heavy wetter and I loved prefolds, but couldn’t find one that functioned the way I needed. I worked to develop a diaper that fit my needs. Each and every product I make was developed from a need we had in our own home, and they are designed for maximum functionality as well as a superior tactile experience (which is really just a long way of saying I make things that work well and feel great).

My color combinations, or colorways, are developed from pretty much anything I see around me. From colors I see on a hike, to the colors of a fruitcake, I’m always inspired by the world around me. I’m a strong visual thinker, so that part is actually the fun part for me.
What are your favorite materials to use?

Bamboo of course! I mill my fabric in a bamboo, organic cotton blend so that it will be highly functional. I want it to last, to be kind to the earth, and to feel incredible. I love bamboo hemp blends as well, I just haven’t been able to perfect the one I want.

How do you balance you family life with creating?

A schedule. I know it sounds boring and rigid, but a detailed schedule allows me to balance home life with work very well. It also gives my kids regular time with me and still lets me get things done. I have an intense work schedule, so it was key for me to make sure that I had enough time for family too.
How do you keep the inspiration well pumping?

If I feel burnt out, or like I can’t create anything new, I take a break and play with the kids. They are a never ending source of inspiration to me and always renew my spirits.
When did you start creating?

I have been sewing since I was a teen. I am a graduate of North Carolina State University Design School and I’ve been doing something along these lines ever since, so I’d say I’ve always been creating. But Tickety Bu specifically has been around for 4 years.

 

How do you encourage children’s creativity?

That’s easy, I don’t. I know that sounds silly, but my kids never need encouragement. Maybe that’s because they are always surrounded by color and new things. Who knows. We do crafts or art every day in addition to school, so I feel they get a good balance between more tangible education and the expression of their creativity. I also make sure that we experience music daily in some way, whether it be their formal music classes, or just picking some songs to dance silly to. Music is a great way to free conventions and get the creative ideas flowing. And, they take the lead in their school studies, so we are always learning and exploring an area that they have interest in, which helps too.
How did you get started in your craft?

My mother taught me to sew when I was in high school and I studied visual design in college. Marry the two and my craft was instilled at an early age. I am lucky to be able to do something that satisfies both my analytical side as well as my creative side. I know that not everyone can do that, make a career out of something they love, and I’m thankful be able to.

What advice do you have for others, trying to make a business with their craft?

Don’t forget it’s a business. If you take care of the business first, set proper business goals, strategies and tactics, then you have more time to create. So many people just create and don’t think of the business side at all, and then they either burn out or put themselves out of business before they really get started. It’s a two sided coin, you can’t be successful without some business acumen and of course, if you aren’t passionate about your craft, you won’t be able to stick with it either.

What thoughts do you have for parents on the importance of natural toys for creative play?

Natural toys never limit a child’s imagination the way manufactured toys can. Natural toys are limitless and timeless, making them a better value to boot.

 


Tickety Bu will be giving away a ‘Vamp’ Bitty Bu to one lucky participant!

The Bitty Bu™ is a hand holding sized version of the popular Cuddle Blanket™, perfect for chewing, squeezing, loving. Made from two layers of luscious organic bamboo velour, with no trim, edging or piping to get in the way of all that love. Sized approximately 14″ square.

 

Here’s how to enter;
Visit Tickety Bu and leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite item in her shop is.

For additional entries;

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Giveaway is open wordwide.

We will choose a winner randomly on January 19th, 2011. (Please, make sure we have a way to contact you!)

 

Julie Hunter is a wife and mama, raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.

79 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway With Tickety Bu

  1. I like the bitey bu!

  2. I’ve been a fan of Tickety Bu for a long time and have been stalking your listings on Hyena Cart ever since I became a mom! One of my kids is a thumb sucker who likes to rub soft stuff under his nose as a calming technique. He would LOVE to have a lovey like this! I also really love the blankets and the Happy colorway is AWESOME!
    ~Elya

  3. I am already a fan on facebook 🙂

    1. And I shared it on my wall

  4. We are a Tickety bu family here! My son has two cuddle blankets and 4 bitty bu loveys and they go everywhere with him. We especially love our cuddle blankets though, they are the perfect size to love on.

  5. The best super soft wipes! I would love to try some of those prefolds!!!

  6. Blogged about the giveaway on http://elfimka.wordpress.com/

  7. Following Natural Kids blog

  8. I love the super soft wipes from Tickety Bu. I still use them, even though my kids are not in diapers anymore. Some day soon I’m hoping I can get on of those super soft cuddle blankets.

  9. I follow the Natural Kids blog.

  10. And I follow Tickety Bu on Facebook.

  11. I am so exited to buy a few new blankets for our nb even though I have at least 6 if not more:)
    They are addictive!

  12. My favorite item is the Bamboo Terry Hooded Bath Towel in China Blue by Tickety Bu; it looks so cozy, and so warm and inviting!

  13. My favorite thing in your etsy shop (at the moment) is the Verdigris reef cuddle blanket. Beautiful!

  14. I love the daffodil cuddle blanket! Such a beautiful mix of yellow and gold!

  15. I already like Tickety Bu on FB! We adore her products 🙂

  16. Love the cuddle blankets! But that is because I don’t have a cuddle throw. 🙂 We also love to use the wipes as washclothes. 🙂 Love everything Tickety Bu!

  17. I love the cadara bu! I bought one for each of my two boys! It’s the only blanket they can use without sweating terribly!

  18. I absolutely love the cuddle blanket! So soft and comforting! It’s like chicken soup for the skin 🙂

  19. I love everything. I’ve had TB stuff for at least 3 years now. Loving our Cadara Bu for swaddling our NB. Love our bug throw for the cold nights. Perfection.

  20. I like the cuddle blanket in Midnight Rider!

    1. Allison, You’re the winner of the Tickety Bu giveaway! Please contact me right away with your mailing address. thiscosylife at yahoo dot com

  21. I like Tickety Bu on facebook 🙂

  22. Bought my first 2 tickety bu blankets a few weeks ago – in LOVE – and since then, I have been eyeing anything in verdigris reef, but especially the hooded towel 😀

  23. like the Bamboo Terry Hooded Bath Towel in Paradise Lost… the colours are so nice1

  24. I Like on facebook!

  25. I also follow the natural kids blog!

  26. I love the bamboo velour baby blankets. I wanted one when I had my wee one, but they were so hard to get!

  27. I love the orange spice cuddle blanket!

  28. Shared on fb

  29. I liked Tickety Bu on fb

  30. I love the Apple Cuddle Blanket

  31. I liked Tickety Bu on Facebook

  32. I love the swaddling blankets

  33. I am a fan on facebook!

  34. Fave item in her etsy shop right now is the Bamboo Velour Teether, the Bitey Bu, in Tumbling Ocean

  35. Long time TB FB fan!!

  36. Love the cuddle blankets! Perfect for newborn babies, so soft 🙂

  37. The cuddle blanket is my fave!

  38. Like tickety bu

  39. Shared!

  40. my favorite tickety bu item is the Bamboo Interlock Swaddling Blanket

  41. like natural kids on FB

  42. I love the bamboo velour teether!

  43. liked thickety bu on facebook

  44. I love the cuddle throw!!

  45. I love the Paradise lost colorway. The hooded towel is fabulous.

  46. The cuddle throws look lovely! I want one in my size 🙂

    And my boy loves the bright orange colors. Thanks for sharing!

  47. I just loved the Cadera Bu for when DS was tiny and it worked as long as he needed swaddled- much longer than regular swaddle blankets. Plus, I loved the stretch! I also love the Cuddle Bu- perfect size and it’s so soft!

  48. “Liked” on Facebook.

  49. Thought I posted this already, but don’t see it… My favorite Bu product from your Etsy store is the Cuddle Bu- it’s our favorite Bu product at our house!

  50. Awesome post and Giveaway! Kristi is wonderful!

  51. I love the blue hooded bamboo bath towel! Beautiful!

  52. We liked Tickety Bu on Facebook!

  53. Now following the NaturalKids blog!

  54. Shared on facebook, also!

  55. I am already a fan on FB. Love Tickety Bu!

  56. I am also already a fan on FB.

  57. The super soft wipes look great.

  58. My favorite item in the shop right now is the Cuddle Blanket, in Enchanted Forest – but it’s so hard to pick just one item! =)

  59. I also “like” Tickety Bu on facebook.

  60. shared on facebook

  61. Already a fan on Tickety Bu fb page…”Like”

  62. Love the Bitty Bu! My granddaughter loves the one we got her.

    1. Hi there,
      We’ve had to draw another winner and it’s you! Please contact me asap with your mailing address. thiscosylife at yahoo dot com

  63. A fan of Tickety Bu on facebook.

  64. I like the daffodil blanket. Makes me think of spring! 🙂

  65. I follow the naturalkids blog. I also like the china blue cuddle blanket, love, love that color!

  66. I’ve just discovered Tickety Bu and absolutely love the colors of the cloths and can only just imagine how soft they are. The bitty Bu and the teether are my favorites because I have a four month old son who would love to hold and chew them. And I would know they were safe for him & that they were building his sense of touch & sight at the same time by being of natural fibers & beautiful colours. What beautiful work, Kristi!

  67. I like the hooded towel called ‘sassy

  68. shared on fb 🙂

  69. I follow the natural kids blog 🙂

  70. Liked on fb 🙂

  71. Bamboo Velour Baby Blanket, the Cuddle Blanket, in Orange Spice is AMAZING!!!!!!

  72. Shared 🙂

  73. liked on fb

  74. […] winner of the Tickety Bu giveaway […]

  75. The cuddle throws are so warm,soft and beautiful colors. I have fibromyalgia and the warmth and softness pampers the disese along with the beautiful colors that feeds the soul. The cuddle blankets are great for the little ones, for they have the affect of the mother’s warmth and softness and the amazing colors keeps thei imagination thriving. Also I love the bitty bu’s, another way for of Tickety Bu sharing love thru it’s produckt. The wooden ring for holding, the amazing colors for adoring and chewing and catching drooling from the mouth of babes. This is just one of the many baby soothies. The prefold diapers are so soft to that smooth gentle baby’s bottom and keeps mositure off of babiy’s bottom, needless to say, these all are saffe for the earth and hand made by a loving mother that wants the best for children so the can be warm, dry, and comfortable. Last but not least, the hooded towel are great for drying the hair after bath time and the beach towels with the hood in the middle are awesome, they stick their little heads in them and wrap each side around them and the wetness is disappearing right away, and they love it becasue the can just act as if they are beautiful butterflys or soaring birds of many colors, soaring away while they run around with their hoodie towels. And if you get a chance, just try out those pillowcases, oh what a sweet nap or good nites sleep from the softness and the great feeling of snuggling into that pillow. I just can’t say enough about Tickety Bu, it’s a business that just keeps on giving and sharing love wheither you’re a new born, teenager (my teenager loves her throw) an older person or a person with health issues and your body depends on softness so it doesn’t break down or cripple up. Thanks to you Kristi and your love of giving of yourself,creative talent for helping the body be comfortable, and adding the touch of beauty with your amazing colors, and giving back to the earth by keeping it safe with the bamboo cloth that you use. Your customers and family are truly blessed to have such a loving and talented woman to call, mommy, daughter, sister, sisiter-in-law, aunt, and wife. Best wishes to you and Tickety Bu !! I love all of it, I can’t pick just one !!!!

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