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Friday, August 7, 2009

Member Artisan Profile: Butterflies & Rainbows

Butterflies and Rainbows features handmade custom clothing for babies and toddlers (even adults too). Artist and owner Candice has been creating for years, but was really inspired by the birth of her first child five years ago. She now has two children and loves dressing them in her incredible, one-of-a-kind outfits. “I love creating new outfits for my children and I love when they are excited about wearing them,” she explains.

Candice’s favorite materials include cotton and cotton blends, but “any beautiful fabric will do and I probably have most of them,” she says. Candice jokes, “buying fabric is a sickness for me.”

She cites her family’s support as a key component to her success. “I have a great husband that supports me greatly in this endeavor of my life and two wonderful children that make me so proud to be their mother,” she says.

Her biggest obstacle, however, are time constraints. “Being a stay at home mom to a beautiful girl and a rambunctious little boy, it is hard to find time to fill orders and make new things to offer,” she explains. Occasionally, Candice will put her Etsy and Artfire shops on a brief hiatus while she fulfills orders and develops new product lines.

One of the favorite aspects of her craft is the time alone that she needs to release her creative juices and make extra income for her family. Candice is currently working a new fall line, in addition to creating items for adults to enjoy as well as children.

Her favorite piece of advice for other sellers is: “Do your best and you will shine!” When asked what skill she’d like to learn, Candice replied that she’d like to design her own patterns.

Although she moved to Birmingham, Alabama two years ago because of her husband’s employment, Candice’s local connections run deep: she’s originally from Lafayette. “Louisiana is dear to my heart,” she explains, “because it is where I grew up and it is such a diverse place.”

Candice’s creations can be found on Etsy (http://www.brkids.etsy.com/) and on Artfire (http://www.brkids.artfire.com/). She also sells offline to friends and family or by word of mouth. Most of her items are custom made, so if you see something you like, she invites you to ask. She can make almost anything!

To learn more about Butterflies and Rainbows, visit her ...
on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cdoucet1
on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cdoucet1229
on her blog: http://www.brkidsonetsy.blogspot.com/
and on: http://picasaweb.google.com/candice.doucet

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