Designer of the Week - Kippydoodles

Name: Kip

Where do you live: Birmingham, Alabama

How old are you? 29 (almost 30 waaaaah)

Do you have any children, if so what ages? Yes, I have two children! My daughter Kori is 7 and my son Eli is 4. Oh yea, and don't forget my husband, Ty!

Current auctions: kippydoodles

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

I really can't remember a time when I wasn't sewing or creating SOMETHING! I remember making clothes for my baby dolls when I was as young as 6 years old. My biggest mentor is my mom. She has taught me everything I know about clothes construction. She sewed many clothes for me and my sister growing up. She spent countless nights sewing beads on prom dresses and altering cheeleading outfits. I could never repay her enough for all she has taught and done for me!

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 on Ebay in August of 2004. I had many people tell me to give Ebay a try. I was hooked instantly. Before Ebay, My mother and I owned a successful monogramming and sewing boutique together. I made the very difficult decision to give it up to stay at home with my kids. I still sell some of my creations in my mom's boutique. I also have some local customers that I sew for.

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?

I do have a picture of the first outfit I made and sold on Ebay. It was a pair of Farm themed overalls. They sold for $55.00 and I literally jumped for joy when I saw those green numbers pop up! (Everyone knows that wonderful feeling!)

3. How did you decide upon your name?

"Kippydoodles" is just an extension of my short little name! (And for those of you that are wondering "Kip" is not short for anything!)

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 am a member of the "Boutique Belles"! I just got an email invitation one day and when I looked up their auctions I knew it was the place for me! I accepted the invitation almost imediately. What I like most about our group is that we definately keep each other laughing! We also have a wonderful way of feeding off of one anothers ideas and talents. You girls ROCK and I feel so blessed to be a part of such sweet friendships!

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

My favorite things to create ALWAYS involves appliques! I put appliques on anything and everything. My husband says I'd applique the toilet paper if I could get it to work! LOL!

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

I love all the classics! Ginghams, calicos, vintage hankies, chenilles, and hand embroidered pieces of any shape or size! My favorite designers are Michael Miller and Alexander Henry. I also adore the new vintage reproduction prints. Pretty wide range, huh?

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 sew while my daughter is at school and late at night when my kids are in bed. I am deffinately a "night owl"! NO, NO, NO I am not neat while I am sewing! I don't think it's possible to do applique work and not make a total mess! Sometimes I think I should just decopage scraps of fabric to my floor so my mess would just be camoflaged! haha! I usually try to straighten and organize my sewing space at least once a week. It's a must to keep my sanity!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

My husband and I belong to an Off-Road Jeep Club! We love packing a pic-nic and heading for the trails. We also love camping! (Even if it's just in the yard!)

Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity! Thanks also to Dad, Mom, Shawn, and Ty! I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Some past Kippydoodles Designs

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