Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Naomi, I'm a busy mom of 2 and the weaving fingers behind Babamoon Baby Hats! I started this business last year after my daughter was born, having found myself being constantly inspired to make her things! It is something I had done for a long time for my son yet I had never thought about selling my creations since I was already preoccupied with my altered photo business moonangelnay.etsy.com. I love cute things, nature and bright colors so it almost came naturally for my hats to take the various forms you'll find in my shop, be it flowers, hearts, animals, particularly my popular bunny rabbit hats, there is always some crazy but cute idea that pops into my head now and then that usually ends up being a hat! Outside of work it's kind of rare to me to have a moment to myself but when I do I love to read, knit or crochet something for myself, have lunch with friends in our local organic cafe, enjoy local music, and to cook and bake.
What decade or style inspires you?
I'm not really knowledgeable on fashion as a whole, but I am a fan of amigurumi, anime, cosplay and traditional oriental fashions. But it's mostly an appreciation for things I have seen over the years, as opposed to something I have researched. My ideas mostly came to me just through the things that my children enjoy, but I guess the styling probably does relate somewhat to the fact I love anime.
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I'm a bit of a self confessed workaholic so when things are quiet I tend to focus my attention on what I can do to make the quiet busy again lol! So that generally translates into moderation my shop listings, increasing renewals, buying advertising, planning new hats and taking photos. I seem to function a lot better when I'm busy so for me it's keeping the flow going that tends to keep me out of the creative ruts in the first place.
What's been your most popular item or line to date?
Has to be the bunny hats! I'm quite chuffed to have something that is liked as much as these seem to be. Rather than them only being popular around holdiay seasons like Easter and Halloween like I had expected, they seem to be enjoyed by photographers, parents and their little one's all year round.
What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade to me literally translates in my mind as made with love and care. Which is something you expect to have with childrenswear. Not that commerically made items don't have the expression of love in them as there are lots of things out there made on mass that are pretty amazing. But to think that someone in their home or studio has taken the time and care to individually craft something just for you kind of makes the whole idea of purchasing goods feel extremely special and close to the heart.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
It has to be the blankets I knitted for both of my children before they were born. Although they both don't seem too interested in them now, I'll never forget the times they were tiny and wrapped up warm inside of them. Which is why they are mine now! Lol! :)