Her swim outfit shown above caught my eye first and is one of the reasons I want to share her shop with all of you
KMOF3:What made you start selling on Etsy?
"My cousin was the one that told me about Etsy and Pinterest. I still haven't mastered Pinterest yet, but plan too. I also am on Ebay. My husband is a wiz at computers and programs, so he is the one that helped me to get on and showed me about uploading pictures etc. I tell him he is my business partner."
KMOF3: What dolls do you have?
"I have several dolls that I purchased mainly to model my outfits. I use to participate in selling my doll clothes in a local consignment and craft store in my home town. I have Madame Alexander, Springhill (or Springfield, can't remember) doll, and another 18" doll I purchased from Target. Then I bought 2 used AMG dolls on Ebay. One was VERY LOVED and I don't use her, the other was in great shape. To be honest, I do not know if they are a "name" doll or a JLY doll. I thought it best to have a variety of dolls, to show people my outfits fit all 18" dolls. I now have purchased a new doll from AMG but I wanted a JLY doll. I am now hooked on the AMG dolls and plan to get more."
"I have nothing I prefer to make, as I want to make a variety of outfits. Well, no, I only want to sell current trend outfits. Maybe that's the answer you are looking for. I have made cheerleader outfits that came out very nice, had them monogrammed and everything and sold right away, and was asked "why don't you just sell cheerleader outfits? You seem to do real good with them". But that would get boring. I REALLY enjoy this, and trust me, as slow as I sew, I am not getting paid for my time. I want to enjoy every minute of this. I guess you could say I just want to get paid enough so I can continue this hobby. Ok, a little extra would be nice LOL."
"My favorite fabric is plain "ole" cotton. (There is the south coming out of me). However, I know to be realistic I must sew on many fabrics, as I do. Really not fond of the "formal" type fabric. I need more practice with that type."
"I can say I probably have done best with my cheerleader uniforms. I plan to start back on them closer to the start of Football season. They seem to sell best at that time. I don't care for sports very much except football, that is also why I make them at that time."
KMOF3: Do you have any advice for new Sewers?
"The only advice I have for new sewers, is that you have to really enjoy doing this. Don't just do it for the money, unless you are super good. Way to much competition. Sew for the love of it."
"My last thoughts, are I have met some very, very nice people on Etsy and Ebay. Helpful, supportive and some I have become very good friends with and feel like I have known them my entire life. It's that crafting in us that brings us together. I can't tell you enough how much I am enjoying this whole experience! I may not have had any children to enjoy this with, but I'm playing dolls now LOL!"
Thank you Mindy for sharing a behind the scenes look at your Etsy Shop! Click here to visit MJ's Doll Boutique
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