Designer of the Week - TaDa!Creations

This week get to know Angel of TaDa!Creations. She lives in in Eden Prairie, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis with her husband and 2 little girls, Emily and Allison. They are 2-1/2 years old.

See her current eBay auctions: TaDa!Creations

JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

ANGEL: I have always been a creative person. My first loves were drawing, painting and needlework. As far as sewing went, I hadn’t made much more than curtains for my home. It wasn’t until my girls were born that I stumbled upon the Boutique world, and I am so glad I did. I feel like I have finally found the perfect outlet for my creativity, and it’s very rewarding personally. I grew up watching my adopted-Mom sew and I learned the basics from her. Thanks Mom! My birth-Mom had also sewn a ton for me until she passed away when I was 6. Now that I have girls of my own, I am also finding that this is a way to help me feel closer to her and to kind of pick up where she left off. Sewing for me is a true labor of love and I hope that my girls appreciate what I am doing for them as they get older. My hope is that they will sew for their little ones too someday.

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay?

ANGEL:Before eBay, my favorite job was working at Eddie Bauer in college. When I left I had reached my goal of Assistant Manager. I loved the customer service and merchandising aspects of that job. I’ve been in customer service ever since. Now, I am so thankful to my hubby for making it possible for me to be a stay-at-home-Mom. I love that job most of all!

After my girls were born, I happened upon a M2MG Boutique listing on eBay while searching for Gymbo clothes. When I saw the search terms she used and entered “Custom Boutique” this whole world opened up for me. I was a kid in a candy store and wanted it all! But I also knew it wasn’t in our budget so I spent the next year figuring out how and what to make. I listed my first set in Aug of 2006 and TaDa! Creations was born. I love dressing my girls to coordinate, not match, so I usually end up with multiple coordinating pieces to offer. I sell mainly on eBay and to a few people locally. I also have my appliquéd overall designs available on my friend Kori’s web-site www.cutiepiescouture.com

JM: Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay?

ANGEL:I do remember my first outfit, it’s still one of my favorites. It was a pair of appliquéd overalls, my first airplane design for boys. We went to the annual Air Show here and I had Emily model it which was great fun (shhhh don’t tell her). I think it sold for about $40. I was thrilled beyond belief. I designed it for a 1st Birthday gift for my friend’s son. He’s the cute little red-head at the bottom of my ME page.

JM: How did come up with your name, TaDa!Creations?

ANGEL:I ran several other names past my friends, but TaDa! kept coming back to me because it’s what I always say to myself after I finish a project. I wish it was more clever, but this one just feels like me.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

ANGEL:I am a member of the fabulous group Boutique Hugs & Kisses (search Boutique XOXO). I have been with these talented ladies since May of 2007. I love how well our personalities mesh and the support we give each other. We just have a great time together. Love you girls!

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

ANGEL:Honestly, it’s whatever project I am currently working on. But my first love would have to be appliqué. I free-hand draw all of my appliqué patterns and that’s probably the part I love the most. Sometimes I sit for hours drawing up outfits that I never actually bring to life. I have also recently started doing a lot more hand embroidery which allows me more time away from my sewing desk. This is fast becoming a favorite as well. I love creating sweet little dresses too. I can’t make enough of those for my Emily who always asks to wear her “pretty dress” that Mommy made. Note to self, I need to make more coordinating dresses so Allison can wear them too.

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

ANGEL: Well, really it should be how to be more business minded, because I focus too much on just the creative side. I love photography and would like to learn how to take better indoor photos because our outdoor opportunities are limited in MN. And I still need to figure out everything about my brand new camera. As far as sewing goes, I try to teach myself something new with every set I make, to keep adding to my skill level and keep it challenging. Zippers are still on my to-do list and I have a box of patterns just calling my name. I love needlework and would also like to learn smocking as well. Wow, that’s a long list, I’m exhausted already!

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

ANGEL:Any place that has a gorgeous pool, palm trees and an ocean nearby would fit the bill. But I will definitely settle for countless trips to Disney World as our kids get older. We’ve been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit before having kids (Cuba, Israel, Italy…) so I think we’ll save places like Ireland and Paris for much much later. I can’t imagine leaving my kids for that long and taking them with doesn’t sound fun yet either.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

ANGEL:I love spending time with my family, worshiping God at our Church, and hosting our Bible study group. I love entertaining and wish we could do more of that. I’m also a home body and love just about anything that allows me to be creative at home: scrapbooking, decorating, baking, and gardening (the flower variety, Hubby does the vegetables). Oh and just enjoy in general? Root beer floats, going barefoot, HGTV, trips to the Zoo, camping and chasing my girls. Wow! How’s that for an answer?

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

ANGEL:? Thank you so much Amy for this opportunity. I was blown away that you would feature little ol’ me. I thank God every day for blessing me with my adorable little girls who are truly my inspiration and for my husband Dave who is so supportive of my endeavors. Thank you!

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Comments

Angel | Monday, March 17, 2008 8:55 AM | flag
Cassi, send me an e-mail. I don't think I know you. I'd love to meet an other MN designer. :)

Cassi | Sunday, March 16, 2008 9:24 PM | flag
Wow, another MN designer, there is so few of us it's nice to meet a new one. Congrats on being featured.

Angel | Sunday, March 16, 2008 12:05 PM | flag
You are all so sweet! Thank you. :)

Michelle (Emmas*Smile) | Friday, March 14, 2008 8:14 PM | flag
Hi Chickie! You know how much I LOVE your stuff! Can't wait until we get our new sets! You make me want to sew even more. Congrats on the feature. Hugs! Michelle

Cassie (olivia*kate) | Friday, March 14, 2008 1:54 PM | flag
Congratulations on your feature Angel!!!! I loved reading your interview and you deserve it, your designs are amazing!!!! :) Cassie

Lesa | Friday, March 14, 2008 9:54 AM | flag
Congrats Angel! You are an amazing designer, love your work! Very cool interview, it was great to learn more about you! Lesa

Kiki | Friday, March 14, 2008 9:41 AM | flag
I love your sincere heart and your fresh, pure, beautifully executed designs! And I am just blown away by your models!

Christy3778 | Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:05 PM | flag
So nice to learn more about the woman behind the precious outfits! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and a little bit about yourself. HUGS! Christy & Abigail

Jona | Thursday, March 13, 2008 3:19 PM | flag
Way to go Angel!! Great interview and gorgeous creations!! Woohoo!

| Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:12 PM | flag
Angel I love your designs congrats on your feature! Brooke

Angel | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 3:43 PM | flag
Thank you so much girls! You are making me blush. :) Allison, you goofball. LOL Love ya!

| Wednesday, March 12, 2008 2:59 PM | flag
LOVE you ANGEL! your designs are amazing AND I always love seeing the girls! xoxo's tanya

Laurie | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:40 AM | flag
Angel we love you too, girl! I feel lucky to have you as a friend and a group mate...your talent shows in everything you do. :)

April | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:31 AM | flag
Angel is the best, so deserving of this feature, congrats girlie!!

| Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:14 AM | flag
Angel, you are so talented. I am so happy to have you in our group. You are such an inspiration! This was a great interview. Congratulations Hon, you deserve it! -Bridgette

Jessica | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:11 AM | flag
Congrats on the feature, Angel!!! You are such a talented designer! I enjoyed reading more about you.

Allison | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 6:01 AM | flag
Yikes ANGEL (not D), don't let me post late at night anymore! Love ya!

Christine (genmarie) | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 5:29 AM | flag
Congratulations Angel! It was awesome to learn more about you.

Allison | Tuesday, March 11, 2008 9:38 PM | flag
Yea Debbie! You are such an awesome designer! So glad to ready more about you too!

Angel | Tuesday, March 11, 2008 9:38 PM | flag
Awe, thanks ladies!!! And thank you again JM for the feature. :)

Kelly | Tuesday, March 11, 2008 9:29 PM | flag
Angel, what an amazing interview, I learned even more about you!! You are such an inspiration :)

Two Monkeys Designs | Tuesday, March 11, 2008 8:54 PM | flag
Loved reading your story and really admire your work. Best wishes to you.

| Tuesday, March 11, 2008 7:54 PM | flag
Congrats on your feature Angel, your designs are as amazing as you are! Love ya girly!!! Debbie

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