Designer of the Week - Baby Sunshine

Name: Tracy and Chuck Thompson

Where do you live: LaGrange, GA (60 miles south of Atlanta)

How old are you? Tracy- 26, Chuck-27

Do you have any children, if so what ages? ? We have 2 girls....Gabrielle Victoria (Brielle)- 3 1/2 years old and Lillian Isabella (Lily), 21 months old

Current auctions: Baby Sunshine

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

My husband, Chuck started sewing about 3 years ago. He taught himself how to sew...he had never even touched a sewing machine before ...After Brielle was born..I saw a pillowcase dress on ebay when they were real popular and I said to Chuck (halfway playing) "Could you make this?" and he said "yea" and he wasn't joking mom gave him her old sewing machine and he started sewing...its like its what he was born to do. After a while..he got a new sewing machine and a serger and ever since then, he's been sewing up a storm. Chuck works a full time job (8-5) *and* goes to school 2 nights a week ...he sews on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun....he's a busy man as you can see lol. Most of the time I design the outfits and then he sews 'em up :) I love working as a team.

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?

Well, I started selling my bows a few months before Chuck started sewing...but we started selling our clothing designs on ebay in April 2002. We sold to a Boutique in Newnan, GA for a little while but it proved to be too much on Chuck with all he has going on and trying to keep up with ebay so we had to stop. I do sell my hairbows to a local childrens shop here in town though. Before ebay ...I worked at Claire's boutique as an assistant manager and Chuck worked the job he's worked at since before we got married and still works at. I'm happy to stay at home making bows and spending time with my gals. :)

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?

Yes, it was an orange and white plaid pillowcase dress made from a real pillowcase from walmart (new) had white grosgrain ribbons that tied at the shoulders and I made a headband bow to match it. It sold for $41 and we were so excited!

3. How did you decide upon your name?

Chuck's step-father always called Brielle "baby sunshine" when she was a baby so thats how the name came about :)

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?

We are members of the Boutique YaYas, We've been with them since they started and I love it there. Everyone is very friendly, supportive and talented!

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

Well- since my husband and I are a team...I guess I'll give my answer and then his answer cause we don't always My favorite thing to design is things with ruffles ruffles ruffles *and* funky mod/retro sets...Chuck would rather not do all the ruffles since he's the one doing the sewing LOL ...his favorite thing to make is overalls.

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

My favorite fabric designers are Amy Butler, Michael Miller, Alexander Henry, Hoffman, and the new fab "Mirabella shower curtains" hee hee!

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

Chuck sews on Tues, Wed, & Fri nights, all day on Saturdays and Sunday after church. Between Chuck and I sharing the sewing room (him sewing and me making bows)...there is fabric and ribbon EVERYWHERE! lol We really need to get more organized!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

We both enjoy spending time with our girls and family. We enjoy church activities. Chuck enjoys watching wrestling and CSI , I sneak in his sewing room sometimes to see if he's working if I don't hear the sewing machine running and he's turned around in his sewing chair watching his shows! LOL! I enjoy watching my soap operas during the day (As the world turns and Guiding Light) , Yes I am a soap opera junkie LOL!

9. Anything else you would like to add?

I appreciate each and every one of our customers (new and old)....its because of them that we have made it this far.

Some past Baby Sunshine Designs

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