Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Feature - Aunty Ann Designs & Sock Monkeys

Going to this shop always makes me wish I had grandchildren :) LOVE those sock monkeys! Aunty has them in a wide variety of colors - I'm sure you can find something for your little girl or boy :) She has created a coupon code for anyone interested in making a purchase.
BLOG411 = 11% off!!


*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in California's Bay Area. Married 40+ years with 2 grown adult children and 4 beautiful grandkids. Competed at the State and Local Fair levels, claiming the top award -- Textile Sweepstakes High Point Winner at both twice. Received the Superintendents, Grand Price and most importantly "Peoples Choice" awards.


*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
Aunty Ann has been registered as a business for almost 30 years. The business was started when friends and relatives wanted to buy the clothes that I made for my children. I am currently "retired" from the 9-5 working world, after spending 37 years there.


*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
It's important to me that each item reflect:
1) Quality and Fair Pricing,

2) Uniqueness,
3) Workmanship,
4) Attention to Detail and
5) Wow factor, "have to have this."

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
I am on a constant quest for beautiful colorful fabric, which has taken a 25% increase the past few months. I love laughing and playing with our grandkids, who are a constant source of entertainment. The sock monkey is my favorite item, love making each face come to "life" and make people smile and laugh.

*What keeps you motivated?
I stay motivated by the love of creating and staying busy, helps when there are great sales too!



Do I have any advice?
Do your homework and find something you love to do. Don't try to make an over-saturated or trendy item, in hopes that crowds will flock to "yours."

17 comments:

  1. I am totally in love with these sock monkeys! I will definitely favorite these on Etsy. :-)

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  2. Who can resist a sock monkey .. especially these darling Aunty Ann creations!

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  3. Those are so adorable!! What a great feature.

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  4. Beautiful post....love the sock monkeys!

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  5. Nice interview, great advice and awesome monkeys. I don't think I could ask for anything more. :)

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  6. Love the black and white sock monkey. Too cute!
    My kids are too old for them, however. Great interview!

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  7. such cutie cutie monkeys! so cheerful!

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  8. Her work is ADORABLE, and she seems like such a sweet woman too. That's exactly the type of business I like to support. :-)

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  9. I love the socks monkeys, I use to see them in the BNRs, how cute!!!

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  10. those are the cutest sock monkeys I have ever seen

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  11. The monkeys are so cute! Auntie is very talented! Great interview.

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  12. Auntie has a great shop. I love sock monkeys. My husband still has the second one that his Grandma made for him.

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  13. Adorable sock monkeys and great interview--thanks for introducing me to them! ;>)

    marilyn g
    cigarboxbeads
    suchandsort

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  14. what a wonderful interview and shop

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