Take a Peek at Maggie Overby Studios

Monday, February 15, 2010

Maggie Overby Studios is hosting this week's prize giveaway. Maggie owns a wonderful shop on Etsy specializing in beautiful custom pillows, flower headbands and hair clips, and Soldier "Daddy Dolls".

Maggie is an Army wife and a native of New Orleans. She graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the LSU school of Architecture. Continue reading the interview below for more interesting facts about this very talented artist.

How did you come up with your shop name?

I have a degree in architecture, I love interior design, I sew, I paint, I scrapbook and in general just like to get creative. I didn’t want to choose a name that would limit my designs, so what better way to express my own creations than using my own name, Maggie Overby Studios.

How did you get started selling online?
I started my career in architecture but when my husband decided the Army would be his career, and the first move was on the horizon, I knew I needed a change. I had to get creative (a little pun intended.) I wanted to stay at home with my kids but still have a little extra money coming in. I started off sewing for the new house and then for other people’s houses. Before you know it I’m making pillows, drapes, bedding, slipcovers, whatever is needed.

This year I met up with an entrepreneurial mom who allowed me a steady income working from home sewing her hand bag line. She started her business from home and still runs it out of her home making a very good income. I CAN DO THAT! At least I think I can, so here I am on Etsy.

What do you want customers to know about your products?
I am very A.D.D. I don’t like to make the same thing twice so everything I make is a little bit different. I am constantly thinking of new things to make, build, or sew. I am hoping I can pass those things along to my customers. You never know I just might come up with the next big thing. So stay tuned.

What other hobbies or passions do you have?
I guess I just love to create. I have always said my house is my hobby and I am constantly renovating, rearranging , redecorating, and changing the layers. I love to build things, refinish and repurpose furniture. I also started scrapbooking a few years ago at the insistence of a friend and I have really grown to love it. I think because it is another way to layer color and textures. I sometimes think of my pillows as a scrapbook page when I am putting them together.

Do you have a blog? Twitter? Facebook? Website?
I am not a blogger, YET, but I could fill a thousand blogs with all the ideas that bubble up in my head. I do have a personal account on Facebook with a link to my Etsy store but that’s about it right now. I would love to have a website soon but I’ve only just begun.

Anything else you want us to know about yourself?
I can make just about anything. I opened my store on Etsy 3 months ago so my inventory is still growing so if you need something but don’t see it in my store feel free to make a request. If anyone needs a sewing project done, especially home decor items, just send me an e-mail and I can whip it up for you.

What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
Oh, I love fabric. I could spend hours in a fabric store looking at the colors, patterns, trims, and buttons. I’m like a kid in a candy shop. Sometimes I buy fabric just because I love it and other times a fabric just tells me what it wants to be.

What motivates or inspires you to create?
I really am inspired by fashion and home décor. I think both are great examples of how color, textures and layers working together in the right way can create something really beautiful. I go shopping and an inspiration is around every corner.

If you enjoyed this interview please comment below. All comments will be entered in a drawing to win a flower headband of the winners choice from Maggie Overby Studios. Good Luck to everyone!
Nikki said...

The pillows are so pretty!

Kelsey said...

Gorgeous designs!

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

Tooooooo pretty! Very nice interview and thank you for sharing.

Michelle said...

The bows would look so cute in my daughter's hair!

Charlene said...

Great interview, such beautiful pillows, especially the first one, love it :)

Blue & White Wear said...

Great post and lovely designs! I am following your blog!

Blooming Crafts (Judit) said...

The pillows are so lovly and great to look at love the your blog

Laci Jo said...

love that pillow!