Tell us about your business.I actualy started making babies only because I needed a birthady present for my youngest daughter. After that first one, I was hooked. I had to make more. Most of my first dolls were practice dolls as I wasn't very good. But in time I developed my skill and I began selling my babies. Once I developed the technique of laying my pattern out, cutting, sewing, stuffing, stringing together, sculpting and shading, I was set. But there is so much more that goes into making these babies than sitting behind my sewing machne.I do alot of marketing plus keeping up with all the different sites Lollipop Babies is on. At some point I would like to see my babies in a chain of stores. But to be truthful, I really dont know how it would be possible and still keep them handmade. The moment I decided to make my babies into a serious business is after my first baby sold. That put the idea in my head that I could create these small wonders and that they would be something that people would want.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I have used many different work spaces, from my bedroom to the dinningroom to a small closet. Then recently we bought a house. One of the things we looked for when looking at a house was space for my sewing studio. So now my studio which was once a 2-car garage is now my sanctuary. I practically live in there. I have 6 cabinets/sewing desks, 2 sewing machines, a serger and all the space I need for storing my supplies. I even have a area that is designated for photographing my babies.
What inspires you?My inspiration comes from each baby I complete. While I'm constructing, I call this my "birthing" process, it sort of eggs me on. I get so excited as I finish one part and start on the next that I can barley contain my excitement.When that baby is finished, I cant wait to start on the next.
What makes your business stand out?My babies are original. The faces and body structures alone are one of a kind. You won't find a duplicate or simular baby anywhere. Theres alot of time, patients and love in each baby. I make sure each of my customers are competely satisfied. During shipping, I package each baby carefully and I always send free add-ons to the perspective mommies.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Never give up! Practice makes perfect. It takes a lot of time amd patients making a product, but it also takes the same amount of time and patients to market your product and to get your name out there.
What does American Made mean to you?To me American Made is our legacy as Americans. Its the American dream! It means quality, pride, hardwork and tradition.
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