I met Rachel, the owner of Huggermugger, through Busy Moms of Etsy Team that we both belong to. I am so glad to feature this multi-talented Mom!! As you can see in her shop, she offers a variety of handmade goodness! Rachel told me the word "huggermugger" means "jumble," and she describes her store as a jumbled assortment of different items, which is why she chose that for her store name. Trust me, her store holds something for everyone! She has a variety of items to choose from such as patterns, crocheted hats & purses, sachets, journals, & crocheted finger puppets(so cute!) and I must add some GREAT gift options for Mother's Day! I talked with Rachel (she's awesome!) and she gave me the inside scoop on running her own business and being a very busy mom!
Here is what Rachel had to say!
1.Tell us a little about the person behind Huggermugger? My name is Rachel Kovaciny, and I'm a 29-year-old stay-at-home mom. I live in Connecticut with my husband and our 18-month-old son.
2.How long have you been creating, and what inspired you to start doing this? I've been crafty all my life, and love coming up with new ideas for projects. I make up a lot of my own patterns/designs, and sometimes it takes me several tries to get them right, but I'm stubborn that way :-D My craftiness comes from my mom who taught me to crochet, sew, knit, and do just about everything else. As for how I got started on Etsy, a dear friend of mine has a shop -- Knitsational -- and she encouraged me to start one too. In turn, I got my mom started on Etsy; her store is called TheSquareGrammy.
3.What is your favorite item to create and why? I adore making my collaged journal covers. I started doing them in college, and I dig the challenge of finding just the right-sized pieces for each collage. Plus, I get to incorporate another of my passions: words and writing. And I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing the finished collages come together. It's also lots of fun doing custom collages for people, because I can focus on their particular interests and make something I know they will enjoy.
4.Being a Busy Mom and Business owner, what is the most challenging aspect of it all, and do you have any tips for other business owners/busy moms? I'd say time is my biggest challenge. I can knit or crochet with my son around, but collages and most sewing projects have to wait until he's either asleep or playing with his daddy. As for tips for other busy moms, I guess the best thing I can say is learn to multitask! :-D
You can also find Rachel in the Blogosphere here. She posts all kinds of things on her blog, from new items in her shop to recipes, to cool things from other Etsy sellers. She says she tries to update it at least 3 times a week, though being a busy mom, that doesn't always happen. I know exactly what she means!! :)
Rachel has so graciously offered to giveaway to one of our readers her favorite item to make...A BEAUTIFUL Collaged Journal(pictured to the left and below)! To win Rachels Off the Beaten Track (ONE-OF-A-KIND) Journal go on over and check out her shop Huggermugger. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item or items! That is good for 1 entry and is a must to enter.
As always I will give you some more opportunities to win!!
1. Follow(or already follow) Rachels Blog...Huggermugger... for an extra entry
2. Follow(or already follow) Ozark Scents Blog for an extra entry
3. Follow(or already follow) Busy Moms of Etsy Blog for an extra entry
4. Tweet or blog about this giveaway and leave us the link for 3 extra entries (leave 3 comments for this one)
5. Make a purchase from Huggermugger and receive 5 extra entries (will be verified, leave 5 comments)
Please make sure your email address is in your comment or your blogger account so we can contact you if you win. Contest open to everyone and ends May 6 at 7pm CST.
Thank You Rachel for a wonderful feature and sponsoring this fabulous giveaway!!
Have Fun & Good Luck Everyone!!