Sunday, December 13, 2009

Waltzing through with Talent: Karen from MooBeeTees

Did you have fun with the last giveaway? I know I did. Space Invaders was one of my favourite games when I was little and I still play it now! *blush*

But today is the day we come back from the days of Retro gamings. Today we come back to the present and I have yet another treat for you. This time we have a little something for the kiddies!

Karen is another fellow DUSTer. I know I talk about the DUST team a lot, but how can I help it when they are all so awesome people? Karen is a fellow Melbournite, and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her while on a hot chocolate date with some of the Melbourne DUSTers, giving me first hand experience on how sweet Karen really is!

Who are you and what do you sell?

If only this question was as simple as it sounds!! I am Karen the owner of MooBeeTees, an Australian online shop that sells little designs for BIG imaginations. My specialty is appliqued t-shirts for children, but I have recently been trying to clothe and accessorise the rest of the child as well! I'm also doing my best to move into their environments (bedrooms and playrooms in particular)- I create lovely handmade bunting which can be personalised.

What are your inspirations and muses?

Now that is easy - my two children! MooBee and Hamster are my greatest inspirations and my biggest critics - nothing goes up for sale unless those two have approved the design first. I also have a desire to dress children as children rather than small adults, so I'm trying to create lovely clothes that parents want to put on their children and that children can wear without too much fuss.

Number Bunting - 1 to 10 in all Colours of the Rainbow

How does your creative space look like?

Hmm. Not sure I should reveal this. Where as most of my life is quite orderly, my sewing room is a Brett Whitely painting!! An explosion of colour, fabric, clothes, designs, patterns, buttons - you name it I have it close at hand (and usually out of it's container!!). I love it.

Tell us a little about what makes you, you.

My other life revolves around professional development. I have been in the learning and development field for the past 20 years and have only recently moved to part time hours enabling me to indulge in a sewing frenzy! My family and friends are a constant source of enjoyment to me and are my most ardent fans and critics - bless them! Moving MooBeeTees to a full time passion is what is really making me tick at the moment and it's certainly keeping me very busy.

The Tree Tee - featuring Little Hoot - Limited Edition

What are you most proud of in your crafting/art life and your personal best achievement?

I think that having the courage to sew again after quite some time away is what I am most proud of. A little tee that I made for MooBee - it will never see the light of day - turned my world upside down. My personal best achievement? MooBee and Hamster :-)

Complete these sentences:

* I cream (with ice magic on top).
* I cannot live family.
* I smile at least once every day for the rest of my life :-)
* When I grow up...I still want to be a bit childish!

What do you like best about the crafting/art world?

I think the sense of community amongst crafters/artisans is what has struck me the most. I have been involved in many online and 'real life' communities and interest groups, but I have found the friendliness and helpful attitudes of crafters/artisans to be quite refreshing - particularly through Etsy.

Where can we get more goodies from you?

You can, of course pop in and visit my shop My latest designs and blog bits can also be followed on:

Want the little one of yours to have a little bit of MooBeeTees in their wardrobe? Well then, here's your chance to grab at one!

Karen has been very generous to offer to Little Waltz's readers a free choice of one of her fabulous Tremendous Tees. Shown below is one of the shirts you can win or you can choose your own!

How to win?

Winners will be judged with the best answers to this question:

What design should be on the next MooBeeTee Tee?

The winner not only gets to walk away with the a free shirt, they will also have their design made and named after them!

So why wait, let's get cracking on those designs now!

There are no limits, so enter however many times you want,
just remember to leave a seperate comment for each design you come up with!

Have fun!

This giveaway will end on the 12th January 2010: 10am Melbourne time. The winner will be announced with the next Waltzing through with Talent feature.

Would you like to be considered for this feature? Send me anemail at petite.valse (at) and tell me why you'd like to be inthe feature!

And the winner of the last Waltzing through with Talent is:

Congratulations to Aik!
We'll be in touch shortly!

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