Designer of the Week - Bowznstuff

This week get to know Cree of Bowznstuff. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and little man Loughie who is 7 and her "bubbie" Henrietta who is 2 and a half.

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

CREE: Throughout my childhood and into my early 20's I first learned and then taught ballet, tap and jazz. That's what got me started sewing, all those costumes first of all for me and then for my students. Lots of sewing and lots and lots of sequins!!!! My mum is an awarded seamstress and we've always worked together :)

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

CREE: I started selling on ebay just over a year ago - first on ebay Australia and then late last year on US ebay. I am also a very proud resident of Blossom St. I began in the Pavilion and was recently lucky enough to be invited by Mel of precious_toes_boutique to share her Main Shoppe. I also supply 2 boutiques here in Australia. I got started on ebay after my little girl was born, before that I was a lecturer in teaching German as a foreign language at Monash University here in Australia. I just got my PhD before Hettie was born. With all the lovely new German ladies on ebay I'm finding my German is coming in handy all over again!

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

CREE:Yes it was a Euro Twirl with every inset ruffle and piece of decoration I could squeeze onto it, it sold for 49.99 to a lady with twins who wanted two - I was sooooo excited!

JM: How did come up with your name, Bowznstuff?

CREE:Ugh I really don't like my name that much! It was great for when I started coz I used to sell bows and some other 'stuff' - I keep thinking I'll change but I never do!

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group and if so which one?

CREE: I currently don't belong to a design group but I do hang out with a specialised group of crazy appliquers Rockin' Bobbin. Recently I've really enjoy getting together with girls from all different groups and doing fun mini-launches. I love meeting new people and trying different things.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

CREE: I love to create complete 'looks' with lots of frills - I love to have an idea of the way something should look and then go about constructing all the different bits and pieces - I am a bit of an accessory girl - so little touches like gloves, hair accessories, interesting decorations.

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

CREE: I'd love to learn to be an interpreter, I can speak other languages, I can write them, I can translate but simultaneous interpretation that is SUCH a skill. I'd also like to learn to keep my house tidy and do my washing (laundry) before it grows to the size of a small country.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

CREE:I enjoy jogging (well I tell myself I do), I do love to read and I love having a good old chat with my girlfriends over coffee (and cake).

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

CREE: Thanks so much Amy for having me as designer of the week -I always thought oooo one day that might me be! I'm just thrilled. Journal Modiste is always such a smashing read and I'd love to say a big G'day from Downunder to all my friends on ebay!

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jorjacbell | Sunday, August 6, 2006 7:02 AM | flag
Love to see an Aussie girl out there awesome!

Vanessa | Saturday, August 5, 2006 3:28 AM | flag
Hi Cree and congratulations on the recognition that you sooooo deserve.

| Friday, August 4, 2006 9:33 PM | flag
Hi Cree, congratulations on appearing on Journal Modiste ! Regards, Alanna

Zlata ( bucketsandspades) | Friday, August 4, 2006 8:08 PM | flag
Well done Cree :) Love your work so is the customers in my store :) Hope to see u soon :)

Jeramie | Friday, August 4, 2006 7:24 PM | flag
I always LOVE to see what Cree comes up with! Such fun sets!

Melinda ( funky*faiths*fashions ) | Friday, August 4, 2006 6:59 PM | flag
Congrats CREE ...Love your stuff! :) Melinda

Jamie | Friday, August 4, 2006 3:20 PM | flag
I love CREE's deisgns. Not only do they have wonderful detailed accents, she co-ordinates just the right accessories.

Melissa (aka poshpunkins) | Friday, August 4, 2006 11:51 AM | flag
Oh Cree, I'm so proud of you!!!! You're an awesome designer and deserve this recognition - way to go sweetie!!!

| Thursday, August 3, 2006 2:25 PM | flag
You picked a wonderful designer and a wonderful lady to interview this week. I have several designs from Cree and I only buy my bows from her and they are all perfect not a stitch out of place and the bows My daughter always always get so many compliements on them. Cree your the best sweetie:) Johnett

gyl | Thursday, August 3, 2006 9:09 AM | flag
Whooo hoo Cree! It is fun reading about eachother! Such a multi talented woman!! :D

Pam (Black Sheep Designs) | Thursday, August 3, 2006 8:22 AM | flag
Your work is absolutely stunning, Cree - I love your use of color and eye for detail! Congrats on the feature!

| Thursday, August 3, 2006 7:49 AM | flag
Cree! Congrats on the feature! I loved learning more about you! You know I love your designs! You are going places! :) Misty

Nancy | Thursday, August 3, 2006 7:36 AM | flag
Congratulations, Cree, on the recognition! You are a stand-out talent with such depth and range in skill and style. Every piece a of yours is a beautiful childhood experience to treasure. Plus, you're such a fun-loving, spirited lady (a tap-dancing/german-speaking/Aussie designer! How many of those can you find? OOAKs: Both you and your work!)! It is such a joy to know and to work with you, mate! Gl´┐Żckwunsch! -Nancy (sT)

| Thursday, August 3, 2006 6:29 AM | flag
AMAZING talent! Love your style !! :)xoxotanya-xoxotova

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