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."


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

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

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

  4. Beautiful the sock monkeys!

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

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

  7. such cutie cutie monkeys! so cheerful!

  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. :-)

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

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

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

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

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

    marilyn g

  14. what a wonderful interview and shop


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