Meet Heidi Ferguson of Honeybear Lane, a crafty mom from Mesa, Arizona who makes and sells clothes, clippies and nursery decor.
We've got a serious Etsy habit going on here at The Stir, but while we're drooling, moms like Heidi are finding time to make some seriously cute crafts. We track down one mom every week to give you a look at what it means to buy Mom-Made.
Tell us the story behind Honeybear Lane:
It first started when I started following people's blogs and saw some cute simple skirt patterns that I wanted to try. I hadn't sewn in years, but I have always felt that if I put my mind to it, I can figure things out. They turned out so cute, and I had a blast picking out the fabrics and adding my own element of design to them. I didn't have any daughters, so I made them for others who did. Gaining confidence in my sewing skills, I then offered to make my best friend a puff quilt for her new baby on the way. I successfully made the quilt, and she absolutely loved it!
Taking things to next level, I began to consider making things for other people and listing them on a little Etsy shop. It took me awhile to get going at first, trying to figure things out, but once I finally did it just clicked and I have had a blast with it ever since!
I honestly and truly love what I do, and I always knew that once I found my calling, I would never want to give it up. I have always abhorred working for other people, always wanting the freedom to do what I want, when I want and not have to deal with office politics. This has been a perfect job for me and I can't wait to see where it will go! I have big plans for the future.
Heidi Ferguson and son Will. Credit: Honeybear Lane
How many children do you have?
I have one little boy, almost two, named Will. I am also eight months pregnant and having my second boy in less than six weeks!
How much time do you spend crafting every week?
For my Etsy shop, I probably pull an average of 30-40 hours a week. Some weeks are busier than others, of course, but during the slower times, I try to work on new designs or craft just for me!
How do you make the time to craft while being a parent?
I recently read an interview with another Etsy mom, and she said that the biggest thing that suffers is housework. I felt so much better after reading that because that's so true with me too! It is hard to balance every role I have: work, mom, wife, homemaker, so I'd have to say it's something I'm always working on. But I try really hard to give my son frequent personal attention as well as getting out for fun activities/play dates a few times a week. I leave most of my crafting/sewing at night unless I'm really busy, and then I just let my son sit next to me and play with all the buttons I have (which he calls "butt-ies."). And is it totally horrible if I confess that Yo Gabba Gabba is on frequently at my house?
Do you have your own craft room or do you share space with your kids?
Ha! I am the wife of a dental student and so we live in a smallish two-bedroom apartment. My "craft room" doubles as the dining room. But we recently gave it a makeover, which has made it a LOT better. I dream of the day when I can have my own craft room. BIG plans for that.
What are your favorite craft blogs and/or shops?
Wow, there are so many I subscribe to on Google Reader...but I love MADE by Dana; she has exquisite taste. I also get a lot of good ideas from Design*Sponge. I have a blog/Etsy buddy named Rebecca who does Better Life Bags, and she does some pretty amazing stuff too.
Brooklyn Apron Skirt ($20)