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Willows Garden

American Made Since 2011

Katina Tompkins

Ithaca , New York
Willowsgarden is a home-based business selling crochet newborn photo props and gifts. I specialize in whimsical, fun props for babies.
New York

Tell us about your business.

I am a stay at home mom to a sweet 2 yr old boy. When he was born a photography friend of mine asked me if I would be willing to make her some newborn props. I had learned how to crochet from my Great Grandmother when I was 8, so I decided to give it a try and made her a bear hat and cocoon and a few other hats. We used my son as one of her first models to try out the new props. I liked the way they turned out and decided to add them to my etsy shop (I had been on etsy for awhile trying to sell other homemade items, but didnt have much luck). It was a success. My business has been growing rapidly ever month. I am hoping to continue to grow and add more items monthly. I am also hoping to add some ready to ship items, since right now everything is made to order. I love making memories for families and using my hands everyday to make something unique....

What makes your business stand out?

I specialize in whimsical, fun and colorful newborn props. I especially love to make animal sets. I pay very close attention to detail and I make sure to obtain great custom service. I want my customers to be completely satisfied and happy they purchased from me...

What's the best business advice you've received?

Follow your heart..... Always make the customer happy....
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