Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Interview With Helen Of Missy*Lulu

Where were you born and raised? I grew up in a little country called New Zealand, prior to coming to the US, I lived in Sydney, Australia.

Where do you live now? I live in Buckeye, Arizona

How many children do you have? Names and ages? Between my DH and myself we have 4. We have Devin (boy) who is 3 1/2, Malia (girl) who is 2 1/2 (who is my model). I am also a step mom to Sherelle (girl) who is 19, and Jamar (boy) who is 10

What are your hobbies (besides designing and sewing)? I enjoy painting abstract art - although with two toddlers, and sewing orders - one day I'll get to actually do it again ! When I am not sewing, I enjoy going to the park or just enjoying the outdoors with my family

What is your eBay ID? missy*lulu

Do You Have An Etsy Store? I do have an Etsy store - but I don't actively list new designs there as much as I should. Lately however, my group (BijouCo) has been trying to get more listed. I love going on the site - there are some great artists over there. My store's name is missyluluboutique.

How did you come up with your ID, is there a story behind it? We would often called my 2 1/2 year old, Malia - 'missy' and would sing that song 'loo loo skip to my loo' When I was creating my Ebay ID, I wanted something that reminded me of her (after all she was the reason I 'discovered' the boutique world) and came up with missy*lulu - (I didn't want the word 'loo' because that's the bathroom in New Zealand ;) ) Then on Etsy, I wanted to use something similar - so my ID became missyluluboutique.

Are you a member of a design group? How long have you been a member of that group? I am a member of Bijou&Co. We all sell on both Ebay and Etsy. Search term BijouCo. It is such great group of supportive, creative and just overall wonderful ladies ! I have been a member for about 1 1/2 years

How long have you been selling your designs on eBay? I have been selling my designs on Ebay for about 2 1/2 years

What got you started? Ebay is where I discovered the whole 'custom boutique' world. I was pregnant at the time, just browsing anything 'girl' related. I remembered being amazed that people appreciated handcrafted clothing and thought it would be a perfect way to harness my creativity while staying at home with my toddlers.

Have you noticed a change in your designs from when you first started? Most definately ! When I first started, my designs were pretty basic - kind of embarassing really ;) As I learned different design aspects, I started to incorporate them into my work. Now my designs include applique and a bit of whimsy.

What is your inspiration for your designs? I am inspired by so much. There is no one thing that inspires me. I can draw inspiration from the weirdest things too - like I'll see a tree and like the way it is formed - then think that'd make a great pattern on a dress. Or I'll see fabric and design a set around it.

Is there any other designers you admire? Wow - there are so many Ebay designers. I am always amazed at what some create. Designers that come to mind like Bowznstuff (fabulous work) Janea04 (awesome Euro designer), Cocoloka*Boutique (each of her sets are like works of art). I could list many more because there are such great talent out there.

What is your favorite design you have created? I think it was a set that used bright Euro floral fabrics - I called it 'Joy' because it reminded me of Malia and she brings me joy. It included a tiered dress that alternated with fushia and turquoise floral fabrics. It had ruching on the bodice and a peasant top and capri jeans

Who is your favorite fabric designer? I'd have to say either Hilco or Stenzo - I adore them both. They have the most fun patterns and colors.

What is your favorite custom auction on eBay right now? This set from francoise*studio - from her Fall in Stockholm collection. I love the rich fall colors and old world-looking appliques

If you could max out your credit card at one store, what store would that be? Any art gallery in New Zealand ;) I maybe biased but New Zealand has some great local artists. I would love to buy loads of paintings for my house !

I see most of your designs are either Euro patterns, fabric, or have a Euro theme. Has this always been your passion, or is it a new direction you are going? I adore European patterns and my designs just evolved into more of a 'Euro' look. A 'Euro' look lends itself to use bright bold colors and a touch of whimsy - that's basically my design asthetic

Do you have a favorite pattern you tend to use? What about a favorite brand of patterns? Hands down my favorite brand of pattern is Farbenmix - those ladies are so talented ! My favorite pattern would be the 'Cara' dress - it's so versatile !

What can we expect from you in the future? Lots of applique - it's very addictive :) Unexpected mixings of fabrics, colors

Helen is offering Free Shipping for the month of September, if you mention you read her interview on the Boutique Buyers Blog!


Debbie said...

great interview Helen!!! You know I've always admired your designs!!! :)

Sweet Sunshine Boutique said...

Fabulous interview Helen! I LOVE your designs...have been so lucky to own several!!!! Love your work!!! I loved getting to know you better as well!!


Susan/sweetimaginations said...

Oh my goodness...your designs are super sweet and gorgeous!!!

Ruth said...

Fabulous interview Helen! I LOVE your designs...have been so lucky to own several!!!! Love your work!!! I loved getting to know you better as well!!
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