Designer of the Week - Wild By Design

Name: MaryBeth Steinberger

Where do you live: North Ridgeville, Ohio

How old are you? 30

Do you have any children, if so what ages? Melanie 3 ½, Ryan 2, Ashlee 1 and #4 is due January 6, 2006

Current auctions: wildbydesign

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

I learned how to sew when I was a teenager through home ec classes at school and by watching my mother. She used to make most of my and my sisters’ clothes when we were little. I learned how to sew on her 35 year old Singer sewing machine and I still have it!

2. When did you start selling your designs on eBay? Do you sell anywhere else besides eBay?

I started selling purses on eBay in February of this year. I didn’t offer my first boutique dress set until April and I was hooked instantly! Before ebay, I used to do a lot of craft shows but just being a mom to my 3 AWESOME kiddos has always kept me busy.

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?

The first outfit I sold on ebay was so cute! It was a rainbow striped seersucker dress and pants set with a flower appliqué on the bodice and I offered to monogram it for the winner. I was elated because it sold for $86 and has been one of my BEST sellers so far!

3. How did you decide upon your name .

Well, I have been told that my taste in fabric combos is a little wild-hehe! And I figured if that was what made my outfits wild then they must be WildByDesign! My AWESOME friend Holly came up with it!

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 belong to a small but EXTREMELY talented group of girls. Our group is called The Village on the Bay, where the buyers love to shop! We got started in this group after we met in another group that split up. We were really trying to create something different than everyone else so we decided to create a group that catered to the BUYERS. We teamed up with a WONDERFUL group of buyers for our first launch and based every idea for our outfits on their ideas! We want other buyers to feel comfortable “shopping” with us and our guest designers because they have all been recommend as high quality designers by other buyers!

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

By far, I’d have to say patchwork and ruffles!! I love the look that is created and all of the fabric colors that can be brought into the outfit without looking too “wild”-hehe!.

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

Fabrics that are inspiring! Fabrics that tell me what they want to be made into! I LOOOOVE Michael Miller fabrics!

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 all day every day! I have a sewing room just off the family room where my kiddos can run in and out all day and I can keep an eye on them! Neat? With 3 kids? LOL. Nope the place is a disater area.. .Just don’t tell anyone or they may never want to buy from me!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

HEHE! Anything that involves watching my kiddos. They are getting so big so fast and I love to just watch their minds in action.

9.Anything else you would like to add?

I would like to thank my husband for encouraging me to be creative and to let my creativity show through ebay. He is so happy to see that I have an outlet for my talents beyond motherhood. Without him, and all of his hard work, none of this would be possible! And, definitely let me thank my new best friend from New Mexico!! I met Holly through ebay and we have become instant friends! Our constant competition and genuine concern for each other’s business is our key to success on ebay. She is so much more than just a group mate. She is a confidant, a shoulder to cry on and just the best friend ever! Love ya girl!

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