I’ve got a little girl who is very creative and loves to draw pictures. She is forever taking paper from my office and colouring her own unique “masterpieces” and then proudly displaying them all over the house. I am always buying her art stuff and always on the lookout for products that I think might be appealing to her.
Goose Hill Designs is owned by mompreneur Marianne Solt and they sell mainly Crayon Creations which are molded crayons of many shapes, designs and colours that would be on the wish list of many children. I know Bridget wanted some when I showed her the pictures! She specializes in creating custom sets for birthday favours as well as creating personalized sets with your child’s name which I think would make a really cool gift. She also has scrabble tile pendants which are also pretty.
Goose Hill Designs opened up shop last April so this month is their one year anniversary! To honour this occasion, they are offering a 10% discount on all orders for the month of April!
I had a chance to interview Marianne and find out more about herself and her business and here’s what she had to say…
Please tell me about yourself.
Shortly after my husband and I were married in 2001, he was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. We spent much of the first few years of our marriage apart. I am very proud of the time I spent as a U.S Navy Wife. I will always have a soft spot for military families because I know what a difficult life it can be. Today I am a stay-at-home Mompreneur to our 3.5 yr old son, Noah. In my “free” time (between the hours of 9pm-5am) I am so lucky to be able to express my creativity through my business. My passion is creating quality handcrafted gifts for Moms, babies and toddlers.
Please tell me about your business.
I have always been a creative person but never really put any time into a particular craft. In March 2008 I purchased a shopping cart cover on ebay. When it arrived I was so disappointed by the quality. Suddenly I had a light bulb moment and I knew I could do better. Within a matter of days I purchased my first sewing machine and Goose Hill Designs was born! I literally watched the DVD my machine came with which taught me how to thread it and sew a few basic stitches. I sold my first cart cover on Ebay one week later. Nine months and 105 cart covers after that I retired to pursue a few new crafts. Everything I do is self-taught. If I see something that I would like to use, or that I would like to buy for my son I know it will be worthwhile to create. There are many new products that I look forward to creating as time allows in the future. I currently sell Scrabble Tile Pendants, Baby Washcloth Gift Sets, and Molded Crayons. I specialize in creating custom crayon favor sets. If there is a specific shape, color or quantity you are looking for just ask!
Who is your typical customer?
My customers are typically Moms with young children like myself. Occasionally I meet a Grandmother or Aunt looking for gifts for the little ones in their lives. A majority of my customers however are women who have children under the age of 5.
Goose Hill Designs would like to give a $25 gift certificate to her shop to one lucky reader.