Designer of the Week - Kandy Kisses

Name: Laurie Cummings

Where do you live: Central Coast… California

How old are you? 42

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have 5 children ages 19, 16, 12, 10 & 2

Current auctions: kandy*kisses*

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

I started sewing when I was 9 years old. My mother enrolled me in 4-H, and it was one of my first projects. I`ve been designing and sewing ever since….33 years. Though I had several different sewing instructors in 4-H….my mother deserves credit for teaching and inspiring me. As a mother of 5 girls herself , she spent hours of her time sewing adorable matching outfits for my sisters and myself. She was and still is an incredibly talented and creative person.

2. When did you start selling your designs on eBay? Do you sell anywhere else besides eBay, if so where? (example, web site, local boutique) What did you do before eBay?

I started selling my designs in September of 2004….only about 9 months ago. For now I am only selling on e-bay but I do hope to venture into other avenues to sell my designs. There has been so much to learn….I`m finding that the sewing is actually the easy part!

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 a little top and Capri set I called Euro Funk Beads and Ruffles. It sold for $100. I do have a picture!

3. How did you decide upon your name?

I wanted a name that was catchy and sweet. Kandy Kisses was the first thing that came to mind.

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 the Boutique YaYas. I received an invitation from them a few months ago. I can`t say enough about this group of ladies. They are so incredibly supportive. The whole group philosophy is summed up with these words….Faith, Fun and Friendship!!! Soooo true! I am honored to belong and am truly inspired each and every day by these ladies!

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

I love to create things that are Stunning and Unique….and I love to incorporate that into all styles. I really hate to limit myself….I think you`ll find that each of my creations is different from the others. I love dresses, overalls, halters and capris, vintage embroidery, heirloom designs….the list is neverending!!!

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

My favorite designers are Michael Miller, A Henry, J. Sassamon….so many! I love working with all types of fabrics…..to fully take advantage of creativity you need to try it all!

7. Where and when do you do most of your sewing? Are you neat about it or do you have fabric covering the floor!

Because my youngest is quite demanding, I don`t sew when she is awake. I try and sew when she naps, but I usually end up sewing late at night. While I`m creating….fabric flies and buttons roll! In between designs I tidy up and get ready for the next adventure!!!!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I love spending time with my family. My children are all involved in various sports and activities, so that takes up a lot of my time. I love volunteering …and you can always find me working a football concession stand…taking stats at wrestling meets…or building displays for fair projects. I give of my time where ever my children have interests! As a family we enjoy beach fun , boating and camping….though as my oldest become more independent its challenging to find free time where we can ALL go do something together!! Occasionally I find time to play with photography or paint….and I love ALL types of arts and crafts.

9. Anything else you would like to add?

Our worlds are all so incredibly busy….and I would like to thank those who took time to give me guidance, advice and support as I began this venture into the boutique world! There are so many wonderful designers out there….but to me the truly talented ones are those who give of their hearts along with their talents. Thank You!!!!!

Some past Kandy Kisses Designs

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