Designer of the Week - Mimowha

This week get to know Kelly of Mimowha.

She lives in Knoxville, TN (originally from Chicago) with her husband and five children, 5 children, their oldest daughter is 12, oldest son is 5, next a 2 year old daughter and last but certainly not least they have one year old twin boys!

See Kelly's current eBay auctions: Mimowha

JM: Kelly, when did your interest in making hair accessories start?

KELLY: It started when I wanted to try to put just a regular bow clippie in my youngest daughters hair. I had a store bought one and thought I can do this!!! I had already been selling on ebay but I was selling handmade totes and purses, so I thought I would give hair accessories a try. Now I primarily make bows and head bands and such, but you will still occasionally see a tote or two!!

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay and do you sell anywhere else besides eBay?

KELLY:I started selling hair accessories a little over a year ago, but have been selling on ebay for over 2 years. I currently only sell on ebay but have been looking into designing my own website.

JM: Where did come up with your name?

KELLY: Mimowha is a variation of my 3 older childrens names. Amelia our 2 year old has the nickname of Mimi, then Owen is the ow and last is our oldest Haley for the ha. Preston and Wyatt weren't around when I decided on my name but I don't want to change it now!!!!!

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

KELLY: My very first design group that I was ever invited to was Adorable Creations Boutique Designs (ACBD). I absolutely love how our group is so close and supportive of each other!!!!! All the designers are fantastic to work with and create really beautiful items!!!!

JM: What are your favorite materials to work with?

KELLY: Ribbon, ribbon and more ribbon!!!!! I especially love pink polka dots!!!!! Actually I love anything pink!!!! There are so many great materials to use for bows and so many fantastic centers out there for bows, you just have to be creative and look!!!!

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

KELLY: I would love to be able to make clothing. I do sew but I am not very patient when it comes to following patterns. The totes I make are all ones I designed, I just figured out how to make them and that was it. I would love to be able to dress Amelia up in all my creations!!!!

JM:If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

KELLY:Machias, Maine ~ Why? you may ask, because I was born there, left when I was one and have never been back. I hear they have a fantastic blueberry festival in August!

JM: What other things do you enjoy outside of designing?

KELLY: Really just spending time with my husband & 5 children!!! With 5 kids and a bow business I don't have much time for anything else!!! I have always enjoyed reading but since the arrival of the twins I hardly have time to clean let alone sit down to a good book!!!!

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

KELLY:Just that I would love to thank The Journal Modiste so much for choosing to learn a little more about me and my bow business, it was quite a surprise and honor to hear from you!!!!

Do you have a question that you are dying to ask Kelly? Comment about something she said or designed? Post it here and she will answer it!

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Shawnta (MamiGirlBoutique) | Tuesday, January 29, 2008 7:32 AM | flag
Love your things! Congrats on the feature! It is a small world! I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN! :)

Tracy - Little Hip Chicks | Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:23 PM | flag
Congrats!! What an honor! You work and beautiful!!

Brenda ~ Expressions-Studio | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 6:22 PM | flag
Congratulations! Your bows are awesome. JM made a great choice of designers when they chose you! Way to go!

Brandi~ *Kadie*Bug*Kouture* | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 4:48 PM | flag
Wo0t Wo0t!!! What an awesome Honor! Congrats girlie! You're more than deserving of this!!!! *dances for Kelly* YaY

Stephanie sweet*bean*designs | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:31 AM | flag
Kelly! No one is more deserving of this honor. WTG!

Kassie~ Bella*Sera*Boutique | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 9:06 AM | flag
Congatulations Kelly! You are the most talented bow maker I know! Your designs are beautiful! I loved reading your interview! I never knew how you came up with your id, but I love it! You such a nice person and great designer! The perfect feature here!

Kelly | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 8:44 AM | flag
Thank you girls for all the wonderful messages!!!! I love ya all!!!!

Adrienne~*Adrienne*s*Adorables* | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 7:18 AM | flag
Oh Kelly, congrats!!! Your bows are so awesome & you're so wonderful to work with! Abby is always super excited when she gets a package with "Miss Kelly's" bows!!! Good for you, you deserve this!!!

Mary Beth~ creationsbymegboutique | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 6:46 AM | flag
Congrats on your feature Kelly! You are so deserving! My daughter stays in fashion with your hairbows! Keep up the great job!

Sarah ~ Windyday Jewelry Boutique | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 5:15 AM | flag
Congrats Kelly !! Great interview. Love your bows !!

Carol~ Sew Adorable Designs | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 4:28 AM | flag
This lady is an "awesome" designer! I just love your fantastic totes and those precious hair bows!

Amy ~ StudioChicBoutique | Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:45 PM | flag
Congrats to one of my favorite bow designers on Ebay! I love the way your bows always match my clothing designs perfectly! Keep up the awesome job! Big Hugs!

Christa | Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:22 PM | flag
Congrats on this feature, Kelly! Your bows are FABULOUS!!!!

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