Designer of the Week - BeccaBoo Boutique

This week get to know Nicole of BeccaBoo Boutique. She lives in Antelope, California with her husband and four children, Andrew (9 yrs), Benjamin (5 yrs), Rebecca (Becca) (3 yrs), and my newest addition Sarah (4 months).

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JM: Nicole, when did you get started sewing and creating?

NICOLE: I started sewing when I was about 10 or 11 yo. We moved from the city to a very rural area near Yosemite National Park. When we moved, I joined 4-h. My Grandmother, Myrtle Allen and my mom, Shari Allen, were sewing teachers in 4-h for my sister, friends and I. I started right away sewing and creating my own clothing and wearing them proudly.

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

NICOLE: I started selling my designs on ebay in the late spring of 2003. I remember coming across one of Sranns auctions about 4 or so years ago when I was looking for vintage chenille to make Ben baby blankets with. Her little one was just tiny and the pictures were taken on the beach. It was just gorgeous!!! I thought "When I have a girl I am going to make her things like that!!!" When I had Becca, I remembered the auction and started creating.

I sell on Blossom Street in the Pavilion and also have a website that is in a perpetual state of construction. It is www.beccabooboutique.com. I have managed to sell a few things from it though.heehee I hope to have my fabric website www.fabrichound.com open at the start of the new year.

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

NICOLE: I do remember the first outfit I sold and have a picture. It was a chenille and vintage fabric halter shimmy dress. Becca had just started walking and had hardly any hair but still looked absolutely adorable in it. I started it at $39.99 and it sold for $52.00. Needless to say I was HOOKED!!heehee

JM: How did come up with your name, BeccaBoo Boutique?

NICOLE: My business name is from my first daughter- Rebecca. Her nickname is BeccaBoo. I thought it was adorable for clothing and there wasn't anything close to that on ebay at the time. I added the Boutique - Viola BeccaBoo Boutique. I didn't switch my ebay id to beccabooboutique for almost another year.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

NICOLE: I belong to the Not so Plain Jaynes. I was invited to join not too long after they formed. I had been in a group previous with talented Michele of Little Urchin Designs and I believe she recommended me.

I love being a Jayne. It is different than any other group I have belonged in. I feel like the Jaynes truly care about me. They are sweet enough to pat your back when you do well or commiserate with you when the kiddos are acting up. I am not sure I would still be doing ebay if it weren't for these ladies! I also love the innovative designs these awesome ladies come up with. So much diversity and creative talent in one place is cool!!

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

NICOLE: I love making overalls and appliques. I think that it goes with my love of puzzles. I love nothing more than doing a great 1000 piece or more puzzle. Appliques are like that- finding all the pieces putting it together and seeing how they turn out. I like to add a little bit of whimsy to my designs, something a little different too. Like my Monster Shopping O'alls or Hang loose Santa. As far as outfits go I do love the vintage patterns and chenille. When the cloche came back onto ebay I was excited!! I love that style on the little ones.

JM: What are your favorite types of fabrics or fabric designers?

NICOLE: I of course love working with good quality quilting fabric. It just sews up so nicely and makes really great appliques. Moda makes some great dots and swirl fabrics that work well in appliques too. I love Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett as far as designers go. I have recently been bitten buy the knit bug and have sewn with some MunkiMunki and Baby Nay knits that were great. We use those for personal use :)

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

NICOLE: I love spending time with my family. My kids are wonderful and bring me lots of joy. Also puzzles, reading novels, crocheting, knitting and cross stitch when I have extra time, which not a lot right now with a new baby. We also homeschool so that takes up a lot of extra time with the playgroups, park days and field trips galore.

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

NICOLE:Just a quick Thank you to Amy. I love your site and enjoy reading all the articles. Keep up the stellar work!!

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Comments

| Monday, November 14, 2005 1:00 AM | flag
Nicole- you are an inspiration! Your designs and quality are the best! We look forward to more of your creations. Keep up the Great job! Hugs, my*little*love*bug

| Saturday, November 12, 2005 11:16 PM | flag
Hi Nicole! :) Great interview! I love what you said about applique being like puzzles...sooo true! Lol! I love that first picture too! Ousa Peapod*Babies

| Saturday, November 12, 2005 6:27 PM | flag
Great picture of the first design, lol!

Vicky Kerns | Friday, November 11, 2005 7:44 PM | flag
Nikki - I love the picture of you and your mom! It brings back happy memories of you and your family! You have such talent...you're down-right inspiring! Hugs

| Thursday, November 10, 2005 11:03 PM | flag
This designer is truly gifted and just seems to get better and better.

| Thursday, November 10, 2005 9:23 PM | flag
My daughter sewed first in 4H as well. Great memories for us both.

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