I am proud to say I know the uber talented mama behind this Etsy shop personally. She was one of the first editors I ever brought on to help bring awesome content to you all. Not only is she super talented and creative, she’s smart and sweet so it is only fitting her Etsy shop is called, Sweet Mama Makes. I absolutely adore Kate’s shop and know you will, too. Her latest creation of handmade swaddle blankets are to.die.for. Love! I menionted she is sweet and she is so sweet she is offering a giveaway of any product in her shop – amazing. I am jealous but you all ENJOY!
My name is Kate Miley and I write over on sweetmamak.com. I have two little girls, ages 3 and 17mos. We recently moved to the country and live in an old house on a couple of acres. Inspired by this move and looking for a direct outlet to express my creativity, I opened up shop just a few months ago.
1) What inspired you to start your business?
We recently moved our family of four into an old house (think renovated one-room school house) in a small town. As I began to decorate this house, I found myself creating some unique pieces to fit in with my new decorating style. As the pieces came together, I began to receive requests for my work. The seeds were planted and with the encouragement from some trusted friends and family, I opened up shop in August.
I knew that I wanted to create and sell a variety of things to prevent myself from getting stale or bored. I am introducing new items on a monthly basis and will eventually phase out the ones that aren’t favorites. So far I have done custom house paintings and illustrations, state string art plaques, and new this month are swaddle blankets (similar to the best-selling boutique ones, but with some fun twists)
2) How do you balance running a business with being a mom (or how will you, if you are expecting)?
This is one of the hardest things for me as I am a very scheduled person and I already had my days wound pretty tightly. But I have found that waking up before my girls in the morning (even if it’s just half an hour to an hour) gives me an extra edge on the day. I work exclusively on the shop during nap and bed times. My husband has been a huge support and I don’t think I could keep up with everything without him!
3) What is one baby product you couldn’t live without?
Well you can see my top 6 here but not included on that list would probably be the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets. They are so generously big, airy and lightweight; so multipurpose. I love all of their products too; they are definitely innovators in the baby world. When I found myself giving their swaddle blankets to many new moms and moms-to-be, I set out to recreate them in my own personal style 😉
The giveaway for any item in Sweet Mama Makes shop starts today, October 11th and ends Friday, Octover 17th at 5pm CST. The winner will be chosen at random, contacted via email and have five days to claim their prize before another winner is selected.
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