Designer of the Week - Love Lea Designs

Name: Heather

Where do you live: Minnesota

How old are you? 24

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have two sweeties: Preston 4 and Brooke 2.

Current auctions: Love Lea Designs

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

I started sewing about 3 years ago. I have always been enthralled with clothing designs and shopping!! I had just found out I was having a baby girl when I discovered ebay. I immediately started buying boutique custom clothing. Soon after I taught myself how to sew. I absolutely love coming up with new designs!!

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 have selling on ebay since the summer of 2003. Right now I only sell my designs on Ebay. Before and currently I am a part time hairstylist with a licensed salon right in my home.

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 set I sold on ebay is actually still one of my favorites. It was a halter dress, pants, and hat set with white chenille and black & white polka dots. The pants had a ruffle bum and the big floppy hat had a big hot pink flower pin. It sold for a whopping $33.99 to sweet little Chaislyn.

3. How did you decide upon your name .

My husband came up with when I had done a local craft show. My middle name is Lea pronounced like Lee. And it just sort of stuck.

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 group, The Hollywood Dolls. We are all really great friends and help each other out tremendously through good times and bad. They are always encouraging me in designing new things.

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

My favorite sets to create are the patchwork dresses. They are my favorite style on my daughter and she loves to wear them!! I love combining the fabrics for each set.

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

I love all fabric!! It is so difficult to pick a favorite. I love the Amy Butler cottons, Moda, and I love the sweet designs of Michael Miller.

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 do most of my sewing at night when the kids are sleeping. And sometimes I am neat but most of the time my sewing area is a disaster!! To me chaos=creating!! But right now we are selling our house so it has to be pristine all the time.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I love to spend the whole summer outdoors playing with kids. Summers are way too short in Minnesota so we have to cherish every minute. I also love to travel, exercise, and golf with my husband.

9. Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks so much for interviewing me. I love this website. Also it has been such a great time getting to know others in the boutique community!!

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