We have our winner :) Congratulations
Thanks to everyone who entered! :)
Ashley from Tootyfruitymonkeyluv is giving away this fabulous pink glittery hippie style headband to one lucky winner!
But First I want you to meet the artist behind the shop! Please enjoy my interview with Ashley, after which, you will find out how you can enter to win your very own hair piece from Tootyfruitymonkeyluv!
Please tell us a little about yourself and your shop...
Well, my name is Ashley Kolodzek – I am from the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. My husband is an amazing Chef at a local restaurant; I have a wonderful 13 year old step-son Evan, a 7 year old daughter Zoe and 3 year old daughter London. I am also expecting girl around June 23rd :)! We are a crazy busy household and we love it!
My shop is named after my little divas… Zoe is and will always be Tooty Fruity due to her love for that cereal when she was younger (she is totally embarrassed about it now!) and our three year old London, is and will always act like a little Monkey. I guess girl number 3 will need to be Luv!
My shop started with my mother borrowing me her hot glue gun (which I was fairly nervous to use – I am very accident prone – or a hypochondriac - either way lol). I wanted to make these cute paper flower hair clips for my girls (probably saw it somewhere!). I made them and everyone thought they were so adorable so I considered selling them. Well, I brought them to a local restaurant to show my mother and I gained interest with the restaurant manager and servers . That is when I decided to start my own little shop. I have always been creative (crafting, photography, art…) so why not share it with the world?? My long term goal is to incorporate graphic design and my digital photography services as well (once I graduate!).
Where does your inspiration come from?Pretty much everything! Of course, my little girls, but I am also inspired by fashion (was always a tomboy, but over the years I have become pretty addicted to fashion), photography, colors in nature, music – anything! I am a very visual person, so honestly it doesn’t take me long to get inspired by something. I find myself constantly looking online at celebrity fashion (they tend to take more risks), vintage or pin-up style photos, other Etsians or just awesome blogs and wanting to learn and create more! I am very jealous of those who can sew beyond just the basics… maybe next year lol.
Tell us about your favorite piece that you've created? you can show us a pic if you want...
Hmmm – this is hard. I have bridal hair accessories which I am lovin’ right now – they are so fun and special to me and I typically use a vintage embellishment that I have found in a local antique store. The children’s line is super fun too because you can use bright colors, feathers, tulle, butterflies and fun jewels. I guess my favorite pieces are my hippie headbands. They are super popular right now and are a hit locally and online! I love this vintage button hippie headband – I have made maybe four or five of them, but they are all a little different due to the center and flower request.
Besides Etsy, where can your customers find your unique designs?Right now, they are just shown on Etsy, Facebook and Twitter. My plan is to work on my website during my “maternity leave” which will be around June 23rdish to beginning or mid July. I am really picky and haven’t found a web hosting site that allows me to be creative yet provide ease of use for customers. I want people to feel my website is easy to purchase from and allows them to view my current creations for sale. I am also going to be partnering with another awesome local designer/owner (organic children’s line) – more details coming soon (found out today)!
Do you think you work more hours at home, than you would in a regular job outside the home?
I 100% feel and know I put many many (many!) more hours than I ever have into my business. And I LOVE IT! I love being my own boss and feel that I actually put more goals and processes into place when being my own boss. I am very hard on myself, but I take my work very seriously.
I want durable, quality products and the pressure is on because it is my name, and only my name, behind the work. I like that kind of responsibility; it makes me a stronger business woman and person. If you love what you do, it makes a HUGE difference! I feel I am finally starting to do what I have wanted to do since I was maybe 15 or 16 years old!
Other than creating amazing items for your shop, what else do you like to do in your free time?
HAHAHAH – FREE TIME!?!?! Just kidding – I feel that I love what I am doing so much at this time, that my free time is used to better my business or create new hair accessories or take photographs for my portfolio or work on my degree. These are all things that I would be doing for “fun” anyways, but now I can make a few bucks doing it.
I am not a big park person (yes, I know – three kids – you need to be a park person), but I love walking around a lake, fishing, having the kids play in the sprinkler in the back, watching movies or just sitting on the deck with a glass of wine. That is fun to me! I still like to go out once and a while (when I get that terrible itch!), but find relaxing at home with my family is much more fun and rewarding. The past few years I was nervous about getting close to 30, but now with my exciting new business , college degree plan and 4 amazing children (and hubby) I think they will be the best years so far! I have a plan in place – now it is just about implementing, managing and having fun!
Thank you for the lovely interview Ashley! :)
Now for your chance to Win!!!
Now for your chance to Win!!!
Mandatory Entry:Become a follower of this Blog(if you are not already:) mojo3777 through GFC or networked blog and Like Tootyfruitymonkeyluv on Facebook. Then leave one comment below with your email address or etsy shop link (this way we can contact you if you win), saying you did both.
Extra Entries: Please Leave Separate comment for Each :)
1. Visit Tootyfruitymonkeyluv's Etsy Shop and come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item from her shop.
2. Become a Blog Follower of Tootyfruitymonkeyluv Via GFC and come back here and leave a comment saying you did.
3. Like Mojo3777creations on facebook and leave a comment below saying you did.
4. Send a friend to enter and have them leave a comment below with your name and receive one entry.
5. Follow Tootyfruitymonkeyluv on Twitter and come back here and leave comment saying you did.
6. Enter the other current Give Aways featured on this blog (find the links at the top of the page) and receive 3 Entries! Leave 3 separate comments for each entry! For the first Entry post the give away entered, and comments 2-3 post the word "other".
7. Purchase any item from Tootyfruitymonkeyluv on Etsy and receive 5 Entries. Post transaction ID in the first comment below, and leave comments 2-5 with the word "purchase".
The Winner will be randomly selected on July 7, by random.org number generator. If selected, you will have 72 hours to respond to email. Good luck and thank you for participating! Pin It