BabaMoon in Birmingham, England. She is a mom of two beautiful children as well as the owner of two stores on Etsy and a handmade blog.
Babamoon.etsy.com is a big focus for me at the moment which is totally inspired by my kids whom have brought out the girly girl in me! I think it shows in all of my cute designs as I tend to focus on flowers, pet animals, amigurumi and all things bright and colorful as my muse for design ideas. I am generally a crafter and artist by nature but do take my creative side into the realm of digital photography of which you can see more in my store moonangelnay.etsy.com.
Name one thing that not many people know about you.
It's funny you should ask, as I had been thinking about this regarding my blog only the other day. The fact that I go on and on about my job, my kids, my photography, and on and on and on, yet I have never mentioned much about my love for music! Particularly local music to me, classical music, world music, folk and any music that has me in fits of laughter. I actually play some instruments too. My best instrument that I learnt in my childhood is (ahem) the recorder... lol. But I am self taught on the guitar and bass guitar, and can give the didgeridoo a good old toot too. I was even in a band once!
How did you get your start on Etsy?
You know I can't even remember how I found Etsy, I only remember starting with a shop that pretty much contained all of my crafty talents, paintings, leather accessories, baby items, jewelry, macrame stuff... sheesh. If I knew then what I know now LOL. It didn't work, I believe, as it had no consistency. So it then became my photograpy store. And after a long while, my daughter was born and my second shop Babamoon came along soon after.
How did you choose your shop name?
For some crazy reason I thought I would be able to link my photography store and Babamoon together, mostly because I want to eventually go into portraiture, but I have since had to adjust those plans somewhat.
I am known as Moonangelnay in my other shop, so I literally thought... "Babies... Moonangelnay... Babamoon!" It certainly wasn't a stroke of genius lol! Not with the post-birth mom brain I had at the time anyway!
What does a typical day look like for you?
Well, it's very different every day! But that is mostly because I am a full time mum to my kids too. So I pretty much work during the night when they are both asleep as it's the longest run of exclusive time I can dedicate to the store. I do work in the day too though, particularly during busy weeks. Also when my fiance is home off work I get full days of exclusive hat time to enjoy! But there is no typical day I'm afraid.
What's your favorite season of the year and why?
I love the autumn. It's mostly because of the colors, and zipping down the road with giant piles of leaves blowing everywhere. It must be my inner child or something, I just think it's so much fun!
What was the hardest decision you ever had to make?
It may sound odd, but it's a very recent occurence and it was to see my doctor about possibly having Endometriosis.
My mom and I had a very hard time in my childhood trying to get doctors to acknowledge the problem back when it really needed to be looked in to as I suffered a lot and it started very young from when I was 9, but I used to get turned away regularly with ignorant comments like "oh she's just trying to get a few days off school"... It taught me that doctors couldn't be trusted, and it took a LOT for me to even drag myself to who I had considered the nicest doctor I've ever had. But it's something that is finally getting looked at after all these years, which I'm sure my fiance is grateful for... I do feel sorry for him at those times of the month, poor fella LOL! ;-)
What do you consider your best personality trait?
I don't know really, I like to laugh a lot and try to be quite light hearted since I do look at my life and feel quite amused a lot of the time LOL. Possibly that!
What's your birthstone? Do you wish you had a different one?
Ohhh mine is Opal and I LOVE it. The fact that you get such a beautiful spectrum of colors in the stone totally suits my fetish for bright colors! :)
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