Designer of the Week - My Lil Pixie

Name: Alicia

Where do you live: Tucson, Az

How old are you? 31

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have 3 total. Terren who is 11. Chase 4 and Miss Baylee 3.

Current auctions: My Lil Pixie

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

I grew up around sewing. My Mom was sewing for the public before I was even born.... I did take a Clothing Class in high school if that counts. I think I made jams and a button back tails shirt..Remember I'm a 80's child..lol. I have to give credit for my abilities to my Mom and to my Clothing teacher Mrs Martin. Although being a south paw I had to totally re-teach myself just backwards from the way they instructed me.

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 work on ebay bout 3 years ago. I have been asked to sell in an Upscale Children's Boutique in Arkansas but I really haven't researched it enough to see if I am physically able to do so at this time. I'm a one women show and sometimes recruit my mom to help and sewing takes time. As far as a web site that is in the works.

Before ebay...I worked sheet metal and rough fit interior for small corporate jets..I worked at Raytheon for 3 years and before that I worked for BFGoodwrench Aerospace Industries where I installed heat shields for the Air Bus planes. And I have sold cars...siding..Did little bartending..and this and that..guess you can say I have been there done that about a lot of things.

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?

Three years ago I listed my first ever custom..a 3 piece muffin hat patriotic set..I took pictures with my video camera so you know they were not top notch pics. I told that set for a whopping $18.79. I don't have a picture wish I did because I know looking back that I have come along way from that day. as far as my designs...my ebay knowledge and photo taking.

3. How did you decide upon your name .

Mylilpixie...it hasn't always been one word..but its easier to look up with out underscores and *'s. Baylee is my pixie..she's cute as can be with a big mean streak. Baylee is 3 years old and tiny that's where the pixie part comes in. She hasn't even graduated fully out of 12 to 18 months on some clothes.

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 am a member of Act1 Boutique....How did I become a member...dont know just fell into place and its a good place for me. I love all the girls i group with. What do I like best..well I like that we are all equal members no one is more important that the next no matter how long you have been in the group weather its a year or just one day. I love that we can laugh, cry and whine to each other,And I will allow them to poke fun at my typos that I have become famous for in my listings.lol. Being a member of a group no matter what group...is something that I feel everyone should do at least once. You will find your life long friends there and its great support for you business wise and personal wise.No body understands an ebay seller better than an Internet friend..lol

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

I loove to applique..I love to sew.. I looove a finished product. I like to applique because you start out with pieces of fabric all shapes, sizes and colors and you sit there with your canvas (jeans, tee, or overalls..ect) and you throw yourself in to something that truly amazes me..with all these little pieces of fabric you create a world of art..for instance Ice cream from off white fat quarter to the topping made from pale yellow wavy chenille sprinkled with chocolate sprinkles made from embroidery floss. Every little satin stitch add character to a set. From whimsy to cool to funky to wow it must have taken you six months to sew all that on. That's why I think applique is my favorite. because of the end result ...from all these what most people would call scrap pieces of fabric..a person that applique's can make it into something unique and original.

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

I really like quilting fabrics the best. They wash nicely they feel great and they aren't thin like other fabrics out there. I'm not picky about the fabric designers. I like them all. As long as they are fun fabrics and speak to me...lol

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 have my own little sewing hole.. and I sew when time allows me too. I'm not a neat person at all while I'm designing but I do clean up after each project is done, that's a promise I gave my husband.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I love spending time with my family.. and besides sewing which I do all the time. I like to watch Crime shows like CSI and American Justice. I could solve crimes by day and sew by night...

9. Anything else you would like to add?

I just want to thank you for allowing me to be on your site..that's so cool. And I would like to say that if it wasn't for all my friends I have met through ebay..I would not be where I am today. And if any one out there is new to the design world..just know that its not always easy..but stay true to your self and your designs..be as original as you can be..and when these dang ebay high's and low's get to you..just back away for a week or so.. don't give up.

Some past My Lil Pixie Designs

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