Monday, January 18, 2010

Spotlight On: Rebecca of Hoffee and a Nuffin




Welcome back to the latest installment of Stitch'N Love's Spotlight On series. This week, I have the honor of introducing you to Rebecca of Hoffee and a Nuffin. Rebecca and I are teammates of Cafemom Street Team, a group of WAHM that all met through a great global social network for moms! Go check them out if you want! Cafemom

Want to check out the other moms on Etsy? Look for CAFEMOM TEAM
Want to check out other moms on Artfire? Look for CST

Now, on to the interview.......


1. Tell us a little about yourself..... Originally from Southern California, I live in Oregon and have been married for 6 years. I am a mommy of two small boys and think that's the greatest job in the world! I try to find inspiration in everyday things. In life. Sometimes it just happens and sometimes when I'm not even looking for it. I used to read. That was before the great responsibilities of having a family. My favorite is Stephen King. I also enjoy crocheting and have recently learned to knit (it's never too late to learn something new!)

2. What made you decide to get into the crafting boutique business? Crafting has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. My grandmother, Annie, has been the greatest source of encouragement and inspiration for all that I do. Crafting became a business for me when I quit my job to stay home to raise my children. That was the natural thing to do.

3. What do you sell? Sock monkeys, miniature sock monkeys, sock bunnies and other sock creatures, photo cards, polymer clay ornaments, pincushions, felt sock monkey brooches, Hee Pigeons (aka: altered magnetic clothespins,) Little Birdie Buttons, among other little treasures.

4. Where do you sell, online and off? I sell on Etsy. I have sold in the past at bazaars in the Portland area, and at my son's Elementary School, but this year my efforts will be focused on online sales.

5. How do you juggle selling your items and your personal life? It's tough! I have arranged my schedule so that I wake up at 4am, a very quiet time, to get the bulk of my work done. (It's easier to work when the house is sleeping!) After the family is awake and the day goes on, my work gets sprinkled into the gaps of quiet moments if they can be found throughout the day. School time is the time to run errands and my little one (a terrific little helper!) is proud to be in charge of post office duties.

6. What is your favorite thing to create? Sock monkeys, no doubt!

7. What are your long term goals for your creations? I don't have long term goals for my work, it's very personal to me and I'd be disappointed if it ever got out of hand. I am very passionate about what I create and hope to share this little piece of myself with others who appreciate what I do. I suppose that I can only hope to not become bored. That would be a sad day.

8. Any advice for someone just starting out in the creating community? Start with a positive attitude and NEVER, ever give up! If you're doing something that you truly love, keep doing it! It's tough to get started, and you should remember that everybody struggles in the beginning. Document your work with good photographs and experiment with a lot of different styles and lighting until you get a look that works for you. Photographs are important in displaying your work if you're selling online. Help your buyer to see and "feel" what you've created so they'd be more likely to purchase from you.
My links:
www.hoffeeandanuffin.etsy.com
www.sweetestlittlethings.etsy.com
www.hoffeeandanuffin.blogspot.com


Now want to hear the greatest news???? Rebecca has offered to giveaway a Sock Monkey Pincushion to one of my readers!!!!!!!!!!

There are 4 ways to enter:
1. Go take a peak in her shop and/or website and come back here and let us know what your favorite item is!
2. Follow this blog and leave a message. If you are already a follower, just leave a message!
3. Follow her blog! Don't forget to come back here and post about it!
4. Heart her shop and come back and let me know. In your comment, please let me know what your Etsy ID is!

Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner. The winner will be drawn next Sunday, January 24th in the evening. I will contact Rebecca with the winner and you will have 48 hours to get back in touch with her once she contacts you! Of course, I will also post it to the blog too :)

45 comments:

Steph said...

Love Rebecca!! My favorite thing in her shop is her new sock bunnies.
I already have both her shops in my faves. I am now following her blog and this blog. :-)

varunner said...

THose sock monkey clothespins are too cute!

cass said...

i love the pink love me do sock monkey. so girly!!
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cass said...

i follow stitch 'n love.
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cass said...

i <3 hoffeeandanuffin on etsy as amongno
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cass said...

i also follow the blog of hoffeeandanuffin
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KaHolly said...

I just love SOCK BUNNY, a Friend of Sock Monkey and the sock monkey clothespins!

june_spirit2628 said...

I love the Sock Monkey pincusion--also a new fan of the Rabbit, a Friend to Sock Monkey: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38858462.

Such cute items--thanks for the chance to win!

Marci
june_spirit2628 at hotmail.com

june_spirit2628 said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Marci
june_spirit2628 at hotmail.com

Abby said...

I absolutely adore sock monkeys. I have sock monkey sheets and a sock monkey ironing board cover.

I love your handmade, classic sock monkey! And of course, the pincushion.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Abby
abstoner (at) comcast (dot) net

~ Cee ~ said...

Christmas is past, of course, but I really like the Christmas Inspired HEE PIGEONS-Altered Magnetic Clothespins - what a great idea! Thank you so much for this giveaway :)
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Camille said...

I follow your blog! :)

Wehaf said...

I love the Street Urchin Sock Monkey Card. The sepia tone is perfect!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Lily said...

The Miniature Super Hero Sock Monkey is ever so cute!

SassyBelle said...

Love Me Do is extra sassy in her scarf so I will pick her as my favorite!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37718619

sassybellewares@verizon.net

SassyBelle said...

I hearted Rebecca's shop

my Etsy ID is sassybellewares:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sassybellewares

SassyBelle said...

following Rebecca's blog...love the mini sock monkeys:)

Kate and Oli said...

i follow your blog!

katie
kateandoli@gmail.com

Kate and Oli said...

i follow her blog!

katie
kateandoli@gmail.com

Kate and Oli said...

Love me do is my fave monkey in her shop! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37718619

katie

kateandoli@gmail.com

Kate and Oli said...

i hearted her shop, my etsy id is ichbinseins.

katie
kateandoli@gmail.com

Nature Manipulated said...

I really like the miniature sock monkeys. I love everything monkeys.

naturemanipulated[at]hotmail[dot]com

~Miss Judy Bloom~ said...

super cute!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36743943

bird buttons!

please enter me :)
thanks for the giveaway!!!!

judy bloom flowers at hotmail dot com

the Lost Earring said...

Love the Miniature Super Hero Sock Monkey!

Thanks for the chance!
Kelly @ TLE
thelostearring at yahoo dot com

Annie Shaw said...

I love the mini super hero sock monkey too! My little boy would have thought that was amazing. lol.

Annie Shaw said...

I follow your blog!

mrsannieshaw@yahoo.com

Annie Shaw said...

I hearted Hoffee and Nuffin! What a fun shop!!!

My etsy id is abbiejunesmom

mrsannieshaw@yahoo.com

minishoes1 said...

What a great giveaway! I love the sock monkey cards and the sock monkey clothespins. Thanks!jacquecurl1@gmail.com

minishoes1 said...

I follow Stitch n love. jacquecurl1@gmail.com

minishoes1 said...

I follow hoffee and nuffin. jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Linda Kish said...

I like sock monkey number 377.. the sweet little red argyle one.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

rose said...

The clothespins are so funny! I would've never thought about makeing clothespins. Great idea, ambrerose@aol.com

bison61 said...

I like the SOCK MONKEY-From Me to You

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

TiLT said...

What great sock monkeys! I love the Sock Monkey Street Urchin card here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=26667346

contact: tiltcreations.etsy.com

TiLT said...

I follow this blog also :)

TiLT said...

I hearted her etsy shops...under tilttoo...ut I think i had alrady hearted the hoffeeandanuffin shop under tiltcreations a while back.

TiLT said...

I follow Hoffee and a Nuffin's blog also

jakiesmom said...

i like her sock monkey card..the great bunny race
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tina kelly said...

I love the sock bunny. love!

tina kelly said...

I'm a follower!

tina kelly said...

I voted for you on baby blogs. At least I think I voted for you. I clicked your link from that page and I think that counts as voting. :)

twiliyte said...

I love her sock monkeys and the "pigeons"! twiliyte.etsy.com

mamaslittlemonkeys said...

OMG I Loooooove Becca! She is my sock monkey Yoda and everything she makes is awesome!

Right now my fave (other than the monkeys) are the Muppets Hee Pigeons because I LOOOOOVE the Muppets ;)

What a great write up!
Ya'll know where to find me :)
Cafemommers RULE!

SewSweetStitches said...

My favorite is the sock bunny, my little girl would go crazy over that!

Melissa
sewsweetstitches_on_etsy@yahoo.com

Michelle Hrin said...

Following your blog, Rebecca's stuff is too cute:

Michelle Hrin
michelle.hrin@gmail.com