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This mother of three boys (Austin -13, Tyler -11, and Fisher-7 in two weeks but she says it’s four if you include her husband) has been married for almost 17 years and her family hit a rough patch in life. Her husband was laid off for almost 18 months and she was determined to help out as much as she could. She started making hair bows and crochet beanies to help but soon realized it wasn’t helping as much as she had hoped for. Her sister-in-law told her about Etsy but she was hesitant to sign up. After her birthday this year – she decided to give it a try because she said she didn’t have anything to lose! She’s now absolutely in love with Etsy (Thank goodness or I wouldn’t be able to druel over her shop 😉 haha) and fell in love with the people and crafts she saw. It doesn’t take much for you to fall in love with her – she wears her heart on her sleeve and she’s definitely here to make others smile. I love her kindness and I hope one day someone returns that kindness back as much as she deserves it!
What got you interested in crafting?
I’d have to say my mom. She is the inspiration for most things in my life. She is a very creative, and imaginative person. She has instilled a love for creating things from something someone else might perceive as junk. She is also, a very loving mother and grandmother, she puts her family first in her life. I can only hope to be 1/2 the mother she was.
What has been your favorite project to make and why?
My nephew was at my house for my son’s birthday, when he saw the cake he said “DD you need to make me a birthday cake for my party”. (he was turning 3 soon after) I of course agreed and then he put in his order, a “Tow Mater” cake. Three weeks later, he had his party. The minute I walked in the door he wanted to know “where is my Tow Mater cake”? I brought out the cake and he was ecstatic! He ran around gathering everyone up to come see his cake I had made.
What’s the secret behind your etsy name?
When my brother was little he couldn’t say Delana so he called me DD. So when he and his wife announced 3 years ago they were preggo I knew immediately what I wanted to be called. It only seemed right that when I opened my shop I name it DDs Darlings, not only are the items I make darling, they are all my darlings. (just like my nephews)
If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?
Well, I kinda already have a “shop” in town. I was lucky enough to have a friend who recently opened a beauty shop and she had an extra room. In exchange for cleaning her shop on Mondays she allows me to us the room to display and sell my darlings. It is of course called DDs Darlings.
What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?
I hope to be established enough to open a real shop of my own and to grow my business both here in town and on Etsy. I love all my customers. They have all quickly become much more, they are now friends.
What inspires you to be crafty?
For me it changes day-to-day. I do so many different crafts that I never know what I’m going to do from one day to the next. Sometimes I feel like the cartoon my youngest loves “Phineas and Ferb“. lol
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?
I think it is the love I put into each one. If I had a daughter to share them with I probably wouldn’t have a shop. 😉
Also, my carefree attitude. I don’t sweat the small stuff. The items I sell are handcrafted one at a time and with that comes some “character” and that “character” creates CHARM. I also try to keep my prices low so everyone can afford the custom look that we all love.
If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?
Models!! Try as I may, I can NOT convince my 3 boys that they would be so cute modeling my bows and dresses.
Check out her GIVEAWAY!!
To earn points in a raffle here is a list of what you need to do!
One point if you like her facebook page here: www.facebook.com/pages/DDs-Darlings/185523948148315 and leave a comment here saying you did.
One point for each person that you refer to her facebook (make sure that they send her a message saying you referred them!)
One point for sharing this blog post to your friends and leaving a comment telling us where to find it!
One point for referring your friends to her shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/DDsDarlings?ref=pr_shop_more
One point for each person that buys something from her shop that you referred!! (Make sure they send a note saying you referred them in the message to the seller!)
One point for telling us what you’d like to win from her store!!!
Who wants to win a prize!!??
If you haven’t already stopped by her store here it is!
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. If you’d like to be on a feature friday – send me a message!