My WAHM Adventure

Hello, In April 2010 I decided to start my own home-based business making handmade hats for small children. Two years, two Etsy shops and 400 sales later, I am feeling awesome! What started as a small idea has turned out to be more successful that I ever expected. Surprisingly, the satisfaction I get in making something I love, has been the true "success" of this whole adventure.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


This is NOT a real giveaway but simply an experiment on using Rafflecopeter.  Thanks.

Please login to Facebook using your PERSONAL page before entering this giveaway. 

REQUIRED ENTRY: You must "like" all of the vendors on Facebook.  Become a fan on their Facebook page through the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post.  To do this, simply sign into the widget and click the "+1 - DO IT" next to each vendor in Rafflecopter widget (once you do this a LIKE button will appear)... click on that and you're all set.  You must do this for each vendor.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Earth Day 2012

I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of the great DIY "green" recipes that I love!
Basic Laundry Detergent:
1 bar Sunlight soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
Mix all together in a container. Use 1 tbsp per normal load. The more finely grated the Sunlight soap bar, the colder the water you can use. I used this recipe for a couple of years until we replaced our old washer with a HE-washer. Apparently I can use this same detergent (as they claim it is low-sudsing) but I haven't tested it with my new washer yet :)
Basic Hair Shampoo:
1/4 cup Castile Soap
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp oil (suggested: jojoba, avocado)
Mix together in a bottle, shake before each use. FYI - you only need to use a small amount.
Window Cleaner:
Club Soda
Spray and wipe just like Windex.
~ Two NEW Recipes I will try this year ~
Dishwasher Soap:
1 part borax
1 part washing soda
Mix in a container and use in place of commercial detergent. If you live in a hard-water area, you may have to adjust the proportions to avoid formation of soap film on the dishes - try adding a bit more soda if there is a film residue.
1/2 cup water
2 tsp baking soda
2 drop tea tree oil (food grade)
2 drops peppermint oil (food grade)
Mix together in a container. Shake before using.
Feel free to share your "green" recipes!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

This month's sale item will not be one single item but my entire Newsboy Hat line!

For the month of April, $6 off! While quantities last.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January SALE item!

With the new year, I've start something new at kiddo designs. Every month I will be choosing one item from my shop and reducing it's price for a few days. Be sure to like my FB page to be informed of my monthly sale item!

January's SALE item is:

Reg. price $28, SALE price $20.


Monday, August 8, 2011

I hate to say it...

but winter is coming! 

Normally I wouldn't be too excited by this but I do get excited about adding back my winter hats to my Etsy shop kiddo designs

Now last year I did my business under my first Etsy shop GurlyStuff... and more! and it was my first year of having an Etsy shop, so I don't have alot of experience to base this statement on buuuuuttttt... Fall has so far been my busiest time of the year!  I'm hoping the same happens this year with my newest Etsy shop.

I have begun to add some winter hats to my Etsy shop and will continue to do so over the month of August.  In the interim, here is a sneak peek at some of my winter hats.

If you want to take a peek at all my winter hats, you can see them on my Facebook Page.  Remember that I love to do custom orders and there are tons of colors available in addition to the ones I have photos of!  I think that 25% of my hat purchases last year were custom colors and color combinations.  It is so much fun to see what my customers comes up with!

Lastly, I'm excited to be working with Jenna Rae Photography who will be photographing some brand new winter hats that I will be adding to my shop this year!  Looking forward to seeing your photos Jenna!

kiddo designs

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Children's Wall Art is now available!

As promised, several wall art listings have been added to my shop kiddo designs.  They are introductory priced at $16-20.  As always I'm happy to offer a 10% discount, use coupon code weddingbells10 at time of checkout.