Atelier Spatz has been selling on Etsy since October 2013 (almost a year), they sell a real assortment of beautiful items for kids. From dress up outfits (perfect for Halloween!) to everyday clothing, play mats and bibs! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.
What motivated you to start your shop?
My grand-mothers and mother have been great crafters, so making things by hand has been a family passion. I got a child's sewing machine when I was about 10 years old and all my Christmas presents were hand made until I was 18. I knitted my way through university and making things by hand balanced out my desk job career. Eventually, I started knitting for family and friends, for my own kids, and just people who had seen my creations.
Starting an Etsy shop was a natural extension.
What is the story behind your shop name?
"Spatz" is the German word for Sparrow. In the South of Germany - where I am originally from - we use it as a term of endearment for little kids.
What is your favourite creations from your shop?
I love making children's costumes. The Bird Cape and the Native American outfit are amongst my favourites and I would love to make another bird cape in African wax print fabrics of blue and yellow hues. But I just finished a great pirate outfit and am working on an astronaut, so... the list of favourites gets ever larger.
What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
Creating childhood treasures!
My work is all about making the life of kids and their parents more joyful. May this be through a baby play quilt that becomes an heirloom and gets passed through generations, a simple little changing mat that brings joy to the ever recurring task of nappy changing or a stunning costume that creates an unforgettable memory.
What do you do when you aren't working?
I enjoy being a mother!
Please tell us a little about the children's items market / handmade movement in your Country?
In the UK, parents are increasingly keen to enjoy handmade items of good quality / organic materials. There are more and more classes to learn crafts available and people remember the joys and value of hand made items.
Watch out for Atelier Spatz anniversary discount code in October to be published on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/atelierspatz