Meet Lisa Savage from Petite Tuques http://www.etsy.com/shop/petitetuques designer, Etsy Shop owner extraordinaire! She makes hats, scarfs and mittens. We are doing this giveaway just in time for Fall and Winter for all of you! Lisa is a mother of two boys, 5 and 3. She says, "We live 'in the country' about 30 minutes away from the Vermont border. I played flute in high school and I met my husband in the high school band." Well, looks like I have a lot in common with Lisa! I live 20 minutes from the VT border as well in MA and I am a musician as well (singer). :) Lisa sounds like what happened to me. When I had kids, they kept me to busy to be able to go sing at different jazz venues at night or to be in a musical with all the rehearsals. My creativity morphed into something else that kept me still true to myself, but I was there for my kids as well.
Lisa started creating her designs when she was pregnant and she wanted to make everything for her boys. She first knitted a sweater. Wow, talk about ambition! I love the saying "that where there is fear there is no creativity"( Christopher Lowell), Lisa had no fear to start with such an ambitious project like knitting a sweater! When she started to sell online, she decided she should make smaller items as well like hat and mitten sets. I guess once you master a sweater you can make anything! I asked her what inspires her designs and she said, "My books inspire me, my children, colors I see in our clothes, pretty much everything."
The name of Lisa's shop is so unique and posh. I asked her why Petite Toques and she said, "I live in a french community. I knew that if I were to get really big, I’d have to stay within the laws so I looked for a French name, that English people could still relate to. We call hats “toques” and “tuques” is just the French version of it." She loves being on Etsy because she likes the traffic to her shop and she enjoys the community on Etsy. http://petitetuques.com/
As we all know, being a mom is hard enough to juggle without also being a business owner and designer. I asked Lisa how she juggles it all: "It’s always changing! Luckily my oldest is in school now. I just have the one boy at home and my hubby has days off during the week. I am pretty lucky that there are days that I can get all the mailing done without hauling the kids around, or go get supplies alone too!"
I asked her if she had any favorite Etsy Kids shops and she said she liked Baby Swank
I had a few of my own questions I wanted to ask Lisa. When I asked her if she spoke French at home she said, "I learned French in school, but I never became bilingual. I can have small conversations in french, and it does get complicated at craft shows! No, we don’t speak it at home. Although with my big boy in school, I’ll be learning along with him" I always thought French was so sexy and posh. I have got to learn it myself!
I wondered if Lisa got Carpal Tunnel knitting so much. I suffer from it in both hands and I don't even knit. :) She told me, "I don’t have carpal tunnel yet.. but I do get pain in my left hand ring finger when I knit too much. I usually just stop – I have to stop and massage my fingers and that’s usually at the end of the day. The next day I’ll be fine." Careful girlie!
"Lisa, If I were to travel to Canada for the first time...which we will this year sometime, what would be the number one place you would tell me to go to and why?" I said. She responded, "I’d tell you to go to LaRonde (Montreal), the amusement park. Late in the summer they have fireworks displays and fireworks competitions.. I’ve never been, but I’ve heard that they are really beautiful."
I may just have to go up and visit her sometime soon! :)
How would you like to win this adorable lil girls hat?!!! This hat is for a size 3-6 months. This would make an awesome gift or a sweet hat to warm your lil ones head! Here is how the giveaway will work...as always, please follow my blog to participate and come back and post when you have completed a task so we can tally up entries. Random.org will choose a winner. Each task will be equal to one entry.
1. Like Petite Tuques on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PetiteTuques and if you have not already, like my shop on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lil-Lollipops-Designs/114328484791
2. Heart her shop and your favorite item in her Etsy shop then come back and tell us which item you hearted. http://www.etsy.com/shop/petitetuques
3. Add me and her on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/petitetuques
4. Go to her website (which is great by the way) and tell us what you liked about the website. http://petitetuques.com/
(is it user friendly, do you like the colors, to you like the sections, do you like the projects, etc).
Do all 4 tasks for a total of 4 entries into the giveaway which ends Friday, Oct. 14, 11 at 10pm Eastern Time. Good luck!