theenchantedcupboard is offering a free giveaway in support of the Queer Team!
The winner will receive their choice of an amazing wedding cake topper or family doll set, uniquely handmade by theenchantedcupboard. In order to enter, check out theenchantedcupboard's shop and leave a comment with contact information. You can also get an extra entry for tweeting, posting on facebook, and creating a blog post about the interview/giveaway. The giveaway will run until Friday April 30th, 2010.
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Interview with Beccijo aka theenchantedcupboard
What sorts of things do you offer in your shop?
I started 2008 creating wooden toys and then moved into Cake Toppers. I started making these for my own children when all the information about the dangers of plastic worried me. It was hard but we got ride of all the plastic playsets they loved but I wanted them to still have the same enchanting fun. My toys were created out of a need for affordable natural toys. My toy lines such as The Fairy Ring, Mermaid Tales, Max in Space, and others were developed from my childhood memories or creations I made for my own children.
In 2009 I made my first set of Wedding Cake Toppers and then developed ones for birthday, etc.
When did you start selling on etsy? Can people buy your work anywhere else?
I started in the end of 2008 I was a buyer and then tried my hand at selling. I do wholesale to a local toy store and have a few other online shops but Etsy is my first love!
What inspired you to begin making wedding cake toppers?
These dolls started out with a request from someone my husband works with. At the time I hesitated because my only option was to make the female doll in a dress to look like a man with really wide leg pants. I started looking for someone who could make the male doll for me and the result was too rough. The rough male doll only proved itself to be good for pirates.
I was feeling defeated when all the stars in the heavens lined up and someone was offering them unfinished male doll on Etsy. I was on the phone calling all my supplies trying to find who was making these. At long last I had uncovered the secret and about a month later they were mine as well!
Do you consider yourself a LGBTQIQ supporter?
es, I have 2 gay brothers who have struggled with stepping out and being who they are. As a mother I work hard to make sure my children grow up to be excepting and respectful of others. In researching and making my Same-Sex Family Dolls as well as the Same-Sex Cake Toppers we got a chance to talk about how families can be different and how they are the same. It was great to see that they understood that it didn't matter the combination of the dolls just that there was love that connected them.
What are the future plans The Enchanted Cupboard?
I want to keep expanding my toy line and add more natural toys for boys. As my family grows so will my time to devote to my business but I most want to keep a health balance.