Designer of the Week - Booga*Lou

Name: Annissa Moncrief

Where do you live: Port Orchard, WA

How old are you? 24

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have two children Braeden 4 and Aislinn 2!

Current auctions: Booga*Lou

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1. When did you get started sewing and creating? Who taught you?

Well, I watched my mom sew for as long as I can remember. She made us all of our special occasion dresses. I played with her machine sewing scraps and such, but never did it seriously until about 3 years ago when I found out that my daughter was on her way.

2. When did you start selling your designs on eBay? Do you sell anywhere else besides eBay, if so where? (example, web site, local boutique) What did you do before eBay?

I started selling my designs on Ebay about 2 years ago when I found there was a market for hand made childrens clothing. I just started marketing my things to local boutiques and hope to expand in that area soon. Before the birth of my daughter I was persuing a degree in Elementary Education. I gave that up to be a stay/work at home mom.

2a. Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay. Do you have a picture? What was it and what did it sell for?

Yes I do, it was terrible hehehe! I had seen boutique overalls on Ebay and thought "Hey, I can do that!" I sold them for $42.00 and thank goodness I can't find a picture!

3. How did you decide upon your name .

I was just throwing around ideas and new I wanted something that represented me as well as why I do what I do, which is my children. Braeden has been called Boogie since the day he was born. Aislinn became Aisie-lulu which was shortened to louie and then lou. So I combined the two nicknames and there it was Booga*lou!

4. Do you belong to any boutique group and if so which one? How did you get started in that group? What do you like most about your particular group?

I'm a not in a boutique group as of right now.

5. What is your favorite thing to create? (example: vintage style dresses, totes, overalls, etc) Why?

I don't have a favorite piece I like to create, but I love new designs. It's hard to make the same thing over and over. So when I get to do a new design that's my favorite!

6. What are your favorite types of fabrics or fabric designers? Why?

I love all fabrics lol! I've found a new addiction to Michael Miller prints and Amy Butler. It's terrible though because it's hard for me to bring myself to cut them!

7. Where and when do you do most of your sewing? Are you neat about it or do you have fabric covering the floor!

I have a designated sewing area where I do my sewing. Mostly while my kids nap or at night while they sleep. I am messy while working on something I'm usually covered in threads, but I cannot start a new project without cleaning up my mess from the last project first.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I love spending time with my family! I also have a serious addiction to shopping, not just for fabric but for everything! I have a love for photography as well so I've been working on doing that professionally also.

9. Anything else you would like to add?

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of my customers, I truly appreciate that you've chosen to make my designs a part of your childs wardrobe! I also want to thank my family/friends who encourage me as well as people I don't know who take the time to email me and tell me that they love one of my designs! That's what keeps me going, so Thank You!

Some past Booga Lou Designs

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