Have a Happy Hoot Day and shop away!

545 Sales


Have a Happy Hoot Day and shop away!

545 Sales On Etsy since 2010

0 out of 5 stars

TheHappyHoot is taking a short break


Note from shop owner The Happy Hoot is on vacation indefinitely...message me for details about reopening.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 10, 2015

The Happy Hoot is on vacation indefinitely...message me for details about reopening.

Kirstin and Kathy

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Kirstin and Kathy


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Lori Patch

Lori Patch on Oct 24, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Very cute pin!! It is larger than I imagined and will work well for my daughter's birthday!

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Re-defining success while staying at home.

I opened my etsy shop when I was 7 months pregnant. I had just graduated from grad school and as a theatre actress with a prominent baby belly I found myself without prospects of work until well after baby was born. So to pass the time I started planning my baby's future nursery. Since I didn't know the sex of the baby I wanted to focus my energy on a theme to help get me through the uncertainty of waiting to learn the sex.
I immediately got attached to the idea of owls as I had found a sudden obsession with everything owl. But I was having a hard time finding owl products appropriate for a baby room which is why I started making my own things. And once I started making these items people kept telling me..."people would buy this Kirstin" and thats when I decided it couldn't hurt to see if they weren't right.
Turns out they were right! I never imagined so many people would want to buy my things. But I get a burst of pride with every sale I make.
About 6 months after my son was born I talked my crafty creative mother-in-law into joining me in my etsy adventure. I'd always admired her skills on a sewing machine and knew her crafts and vintage pieces would make an excellent addition to my shop.
I've always considered myself an artist and have always hated working mundane jobs that don't allow room for my creative juices to flow. So I made a vow to myself to make creativity my full time job.
Someone once said "Success is doing what you love with the people you love" and that is why I believe my business is a success. I get to be with my son every day, I get to collaborate with my mother in law...I get to do what I love, with the people I love. That is success to me!

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Shop members

  • Kirstin

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Master Crafter

    My name is Kirstin and I am the owner and designer of The Happy Hoot. I mostly operate the business from my home in North Chicago while caring for my son Gunnar and juggling various theatre gigs. Life is never dull.

  • Kathy

    Designer, Curator, Master Quilter And Vintage Curator

    Kathy is Kirstin's Mother-in-law and Grandma to Gunnar...she has been quilting most of her adult life and loves searching for unique vintage pieces. If you purchase one of Kathy's items it will be coming to you from her home in Minneapolis!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 12, 2013
Hello and thank you for shopping at the Happy Hoot.
We sell vintage and handmade goods.
Remember handmade means it is being lovingly made by an actual human being (me or my mother-in-law Kathy) and humans aren't perfect and neither are the things they make....what makes them special is that they were made with LOVE by an actual human...not a machine.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
All items marked "Ready to Ship Today!" will ship within 1-3 business days.
All items are shipped USPS first class or priority mail.
Within the U.S. first class packages take anywhere from 2-6 business days to arrive.
Refunds and Exchanges
If a handmade item arrives damaged it can be returned for a full refund, exchanged or fixed, whichever the buyer prefers. Vintage sales are Final. No returns or exchanges on Vintage items.
Additional policies and FAQs
It is my policy not to start any custom work until payment is received.