Rachel on Dec 5, 2015
Very cute and well made. The two little girls that will be receiving these for their birthday will love them. Thanks!
Origin and Mission of Happy Walrus
I started sewing when I was a little girl because I saw the amazing costumes my grandmother was making for her fashion show – Marge McLennon’s History of Women’s Fashion – and I wanted to create unique and fabulous fashions for my dolls. What began as doll clothes turned into clothes for myself and then clothes for my daughters. Each of my girls is different, creative, and opinionated. And they love hats. I originally made hats for them as a way to finish off the fabric I bought for their outfits, so each hat went with an outfit, but soon the girls started wearing their hats based on their moods and rarely matched the hat to what they were wearing. They had found a way to express themselves in a way that could be changed as they changed. One day my older daughter will wear a dinosaur hat and the next it is a girly sashed hat then a furry beret. I love it!
I started Happy Walrus as a way to sell the excess of hats I started making and as a response to all the people who kept asking me where I got my girls’ hats from. My hope is to not only give myself a new creative outlet, but also to help other parents enable and encourage their kids to show off their individuality. Society often puts pressure on us to fit a standard mold and go with the flow, but it is important for us to identify who we are as individuals - what drives us, what excites us, what are we passionate about. Wearing a hat with a pattern that we can look at and smile about is such a small, simple way to bring joy and a sense of individuality to the life of a child. That is why I love doing custom orders. When parents tell me what their children love and ask for a hat matching their son’s or daughter’s interest, I feel honored to get to make that hat for them.
Etsy gives me a freedom I need right now. I have a chronic pain condition, but because of how Etsy is structured, I am able to work around it. I sew when my pain level is low and rest when it is high. I am able to be productive and financially contribute to my family, and my pain is not able to take over. Also, because I work from home, every day is “Bring Your Daughters to Work Day”. They watch me sew, help design new hats, model, participate in listing each item, accompany me to the post office to ship orders, and keep track of sales. They are a huge part of my business and are proud of every sale made. I feel very lucky to get to have this form of business to share with my daughters and for them to learn from.
I make my hats and purses to stand up to my own kids, and my girls are very active. Hats and purses get dropped in parking lots, thrown out of trees, and are often used to carry found treasures such as rocks, bark, worms named Cinderella. Scrunch the hats up, stuff them in a purse, leave them in the trunk, then throw them in the wash like a pair of jeans (which I often use as a material for just this reason!).
I grew up in Illinois, but I met my husband while teaching English in Lviv, Ukraine, then we lived in Kyiv (where he grew up). We now live back in IL with our two daughters – blondie is 8 and the brunette is 6. They are learning to sew, too.
You can read more about Happy Walrus at: www.etsy.com/shop/happywalrus/about
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