Friday, October 7, 2011

Designer Focus - Chris Anderson of Curby's Closet & Giveaway!

Our Designer Focus this month is Chris Anderson of Curby's Closet!  Chris is best known for her quilted baby shoe patterns - see them all on our website here.  Curby's Closet had one of the most adorable websites we've ever seen!  Take a look here.

Here is what Chris had to say about Curby's Closet:

I am a wife and mother who according to my sons “has always been selling or making something” their whole life. I am a big lover of vintage and Shabby Chic-style items as well as dolls, quilts, tea sets, English china and baby clothing. I have always been a pretty creative person and have enjoyed sewing and designing as an outlet for expressing myself, ever since I was a little girl making doll clothes for my baby dolls. I really enjoy planting flowers and gardening with my husband. I love to decorate our home, plan parties or design tablescapes for special family dinners. Inside or outside I seem to like to bring that comfortable, soft vintage feel into every thing I do.
For the past several years I have collected vintage baby clothes, mostly dresses as a little hobby. Being a mother of 2 boys I just loved how sweet and precious the dresses were. A couple of years ago my mother was given back a doll she had shared with her sister in the 1930’s, from a cousin of mine. Since I am the doll collector in the family, they both wanted me to have the doll. I thought this doll was so beautiful and was just amazed at the wonderful condition she was in and I wanted her to have authentic clothing from that time period. So I headed to Ebay to see what was available. After purchasing many pieces I realized that I had way too many clothes for this doll and that maybe I should sell the extra ones I didn’t need. I wanted them to be in the best condition I could, so I began restoring and refurbishing these precious little baby clothes. I also began shopping each weekend at estate and garage sales to find more wonderful and lovely gems. So began my little business of selling vintage baby clothes and that is how “Curby’s Closet” got started.

Then as my love and knowledge of vintage baby clothing grew, I got the idea to design and make my own baby shoes to go with them. My customers really wanted a complete outfit to purchase. I have always loved quilting and so I decided to make them from lovely, fun quilted fabrics. The baby shoes were quite a success and moms and babies seem to really love them!
Soon after that, I was encouraged by a friend and my sister to make the baby shoes into a pattern. Now any one can enjoy the thrill of making these easy, sweet little shoes for themselves. They are “Too cute to kick off!” We currently have 9 Quilted Shoe patterns available both for baby boys and baby girls, a Bug Bag Purse pattern for toddler girls and 2 darling quilt patterns designed by my sister Cindi Hatch. We are in over 300 quilt shops across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Great Britain and South Africa.
All this has been a very exciting and unexpected journey for me, but so very rewarding. My husband Roger and I work at it full time and we really do have fun! We get a kick out of seeing sweet little babies wearing our baby shoes or cuddled in one of our quilts! And it is so fun to hear customers tell us of how much fun they are having making them! So for us at Curby’s Closet… “Life is good!”
What does the future hold?  Oh gosh! Who knows! This little business has taken so many twists and turns that I never dreamed of, but I do see many more years ahead of wonderful patterns, projects and new fun things for babies and of course, many more years associating with our wonderful friends at Shabby Fabrics!!

Thank you so much for being our guest, Chris! 
 
You can view all of the Curby's Closet products we carry at our special Featured Designer category on our website.
 
Her newest design, Quilted Baby Ankle Strap, is now available!
 
 
 
GIVEAWAY!
We are having a giveaway in honor of Curby's Closet.  Two lucky winners will receive each receive on of the pairs of quilted baby shoes, shown below.  The Quilted Baby Ankle Strap is on the left, while the Quilted Baby High Top is shown on the right.
 

To enter, leave a comment below about this post.  What do you like about Curby's Closet?  Which baby shoe is your favorite?  Enter until October 31st, 2011.

49 comments:

  1. These are so cute. I love the black and white pair. I will have to share Chris' site with my daughter. She has two little girls.

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  2. Curby's Closet is a great shop. I love the shoes, the patterns and the dresses were fun to see. The high tops are darling.

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  3. Both the baby shoes are so cute, but I think my fave is the high tops.
    I visited Curbys Closet, what a lovely place to browse, did you see those baby cowboy boots, how cute are those.

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  4. I love the boy and the girl cowboy boots! Afterall I am in Texas :)

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  5. I have never tried making any of these, but the ankle strap shoes are sooo cute!

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  6. they are so cute, my grandchild was born on wednesday they would look beautiful on her xxx

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  7. TOO CUTE!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!
    HAPPY STITCHING ALL!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  8. I have grandbabies galore!! they would look adorable on any of the three little tiny ones! I love the cowboy boots (being from Texas and all) tamaraboatright at gmail dot com.

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  9. I love the black and white pair with the bow. These would be perfect for my brand new niece, although since they live in Texas, my brother my prefer the cowboy boots.

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  10. I have made quite a few...and love them all. I am partial to the cowboy boot....such a hoot!!! Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  11. I just love the ankle strap! Curby's Closet makes cute shoes!

    Laurie
    l@jandle.com

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  12. a friend just found out 'it's a girl'...these would make a great gift for her vintage theme baby shower!

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  13. The booties are adorable - love the cowboy boots!!

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  14. Would it suffice to say that Everything is adorable? I really like the pink ballet shoes at the moment, but maybe that's because we are having a girl. If you are talking about the two pairs pictured I like the ankle strap shoes. I haven't tried one of these patterns yet, but hopefully soon.

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  15. The Curby's Closet website is so cute. I love the quilted shoes. I really like the quilted baby high-tops. Keep up the good work and inspirations.

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  16. I love all the baby shoes. It is hard to pick a favorite, but the ankle strap is what I would pick first.

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  17. I love those cute shoes. My favorite is the black and white. so so precious! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. I love them and I have a little granddaughter who would look lovely in a pair of these.

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  19. The cute little dresses are my favorite on the site. And I LOVE the Ankle Strap on the left. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

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  20. My favorite shoe is the Ankle strap black and white floral.

    The button Dots are unique!

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  21. That's great that she and her husband can work on the business together!
    And I love the Butterflies Booties!

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  22. I love the shoes the best! We have a new great niece in the family and those hightops are so cute.

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  23. I love the Quilted Baby High Tops!
    Thanks :)
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  24. What a darling site. You are so creative and bring the "mother" out in me. I love the polka dots but actually love them all.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    Mary
    www.lambscrib.blogspot.com

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  25. Those shoes are the cutest things! I love the black and white ones. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. These baby shoes are just too cute! I really love the boots (since I'm a misplace Texan). Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. I love the little yellow and blue shoe. I have thought about trying fabric baby shoes for quite some time. These designs are so fun. I have a little granddaughter that would look so cute in these.

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  28. The Quilted Baby High Top is my choice. I love the thirties look of the fabric. Still wish I had my first doll. But two granddaughters will benefit from the dolls that I've collected. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. Oh boy, how do I pick a favorite? They are all just so sweet. I don't have babies anymore, but the grandchildren are starting to trickle in! :) I would be proud to have them wear those cute shoes.

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  30. i love the quilted baby cowboy boots! so sweet! love her shop. thanks!

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  31. I love the quilted baby ankle-strap shoes, they're irresistible. just so cute.

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  32. The high-tops are so cute! If I don't win I am going to have to check out her patterns to see if I can make them. Completely adorable!

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  33. Oh I love the Curby's Closet shoes!! So vintage!! I like the high tops the best! Joanna Peck (cherishedroses@hotmail.com)

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  34. What a sweet idea! Baby's feet grow soo fast and these are so practical. I love them all but have to join the group in liking the ankle strap black and white pair best.

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  35. These shoes are just adorable, I love them all.
    I have a 2 month old Great grandaughter they would look so sweet on her. My favorite is the T strap and ankle strap but they are all adorable.

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  36. What's not to like about any of these darling patterns. This grandma needs to make some pronto - babies grow so fast! Love the high top for our newest grandson. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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  37. I love the high-tops - so sweet.

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  38. My favorite is the Quilted Baby Ankle Strap!

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  39. These shoes are so precious. The quilted pink T-Straps with roses are my favorite. So girly and cute.

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  40. The high tops are my favorite, thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  41. I love them all. I have friends who are having babies. There is a style for every friend. The shoes are just adorable.
    Corinne demoncori@aol.com

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  42. It was so nice to hear about who started "Curby's Closet" I have noticed her avatar over on Etsy's Cottage Style and wondered about the "creation" of her business. I personally like the "sweetheart" line of the Ankle Shoe. Keep up the great work on bringing new designers to your site Jennifer. I love learning all about them and how they got started. It keeps me inspired and plugging along with my little business. Have a great day and we will chat again soon. Linda Poole Cranberry Cottage 52

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  43. The little Western boots are my favorite yet think my three baby grandnieces 9 mos and under would love the little quilted Baby Ankle Strap shoes (well their Moms would). Thanks for the introduction to these cute shoes / shop.

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  44. I just lurv those cute little blue shoes. So shabby chique-y:)!!
    grace(at)amnet(dot)net(dot au

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  45. I really love the saddle oxfords - so many versions and varieties available for that cute pattern!

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  46. I love Chris and Curby's Closet! She is so talented! I love to give her shoes as gifts, and I loved them for my own girls when they were babies. I wished she had these when my boys were babies. My favorites are the saddle shoe ones. But all the designs are so adorable!

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  47. I heart the saddle shoes! THey are all so adorable! My baby girl, I mean I would LOVE them! treasuresofhope (at) juno (dot) come

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  48. I love everything Chris makes! She is sooooooo talented. I cant decide which ones I like better and I will need a pair for my new grandbaby next year..... :)

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