Designer of the Week - Bug-a-Boutique

Name: Shannon Lingle

Where do you live: Charlotte, North Carolina

How old are you? 28

Do you have any children, if so what ages? 1 daughter age 3

Current auctions: Bug-a-Boutique

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

I am truly self taught as far as sewing. I love trying new things and researching from books and the internet to learn. I have been sewing children's clothing now for a year and a half. I am absolutely addicted to creating eye catching outfits for my daughter Hailey! I have been creating for as long as I remember……I have tinkered in interior design for 6 years now.

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 been on eBay for just a little over a month now. My website (www.bug-a-boutique.com) is also up and running and has had a good response. Before eBay and my website it was all by word of mouth. You would not believe how many people will stop us when we are out. They would always ask for a business card….so I decided to give it a try. I'll never forget when we were out shopping one day and a couple actually offered money for me to take Hailey's outfit off right there and sell it to them!

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?

I actually listed four the very first time…three sold ranging $70 - $100. Two (Patchwork Princess and MOD Flower Power) were long sleeve t-shirts with the cutest baby doll gather and matching ruffle jeans (of course). The other one (Miss Smarty Pants) was a black cord jumper dress/shirt with a gather of different Mary Engeilbreit fabrics and matching ruffle pants.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

My daughter inspires me every day, so naturally I wanted to incorporate my name from her. She has been called Bug since her first ultrasound. Sometimes she is even called Bug-a-Boo. Hence came forth Bug-a-Boutique!

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 proud member of the Boutique Belles! They are great group of ladies. They are an inspiration not only in design but in daily living, motherhood and friendship. They invited me in and I have been welcomed and made to feel like I have been there all along!

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

HHHHMMMMM……that is a tough one. I love creating and figuring out new things, so it is always changing. I have had great fun with overalls…….but I also love for my Hailey to look like a little sophisticated diva. I also love when someone contacts me with a request and I get to go crazy with it!

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

That is impossible! I love just going through the fabric store and touching everything and just waiting for something to jump! I do feel I have to pay my respect to Amy Butler's G inger Bliss collection from this fall. LOVE IT!

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

All the time! When my daughter is in pre-school and after she goes to bed. I am a little of a neat freak. I can't even start sewing until my thread scissors, seam ripper, and screw driver are to the right of my sewing machine. I know some things are better left secrets! When I really get into creating, the thread and scraps literally fly into the air and on the floor! I never start a new project until everything is neat and tidy again.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

There are things besides sewing!!! I truly adore my husband and my daughter and love spending every moment I can with them! I love interior design, shopping and landscaping.

9. Anything else you would like to add?

I would like to thank all the designer and buyers who have been more than welcoming in my new adventure into the world of eBay! Everyone has been most inviting and encouraging! Thanks!

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