Monday, August 16, 2010
An Interview with Michelle of Everybody's Hero!
Check out Michelle's websites to order:
1) Where do you live?
We live in the hot, hot South.
2) A little bit about your family.
My husband and I have two beautiful boys, one entering the 6th grade and a two year old and a very patient black lab :) My oldest is very active in sports; lacrosse, football and soccer are his favorites. My youngest is just very active, lol ;) Needless to say, we are very busy running here and there. As a family, we like to go swimming, go camping, visit local parks, spend time with grandparents and other family, and take small road trips.
3) What is your background in? (former job or study in school)
I taught elementary school. My favorite grade to teach is Kindergarten.
4) Did someone special inspire your designs? See answer in number 5.
5) How long have you been making superhero capes?
I started making superhero capes a year ago. When my husband and I found out we were having a baby, we agreed that I should stop teaching and stay home to care for the child. For years my days had been filled either with teaching or finishing my masters in education degree, so it was difficult for me to have nothing to fill my days (besides the usual housework, laundry, shopping, etc.) My mom told me about a program Dave Ramsey had aired about moms working at home and the creative jobs they were doing. One lady made superhero capes and from that point on, all I could think about was making capes for children. Keep in mind, I took Home Economics in the 8th grade and that was the most experience I had with a sewing machine. So, being the studious type, I set out for the library and internet resources and taught myself to sew and created patterns for my capes and emblems. Since I started, I have made over 500 capes for children and adults.
I thank God every day that we are fortunate enough to have the option of letting me be a stay at home mom. My ability to stay home was even more of a blessing when our son was born with medical issues and we had zillions of doctor appointments for the first year of his life. Our little man was diagnosed with a condition known as Neurofibroma type 1 (NF1). During the creation of Everybody’s Hero, my heart went out (and still does) to all the children I met at the Children’s Hospital or similar medical facilities. Those little babies have so much strength and so little understanding of what is going on, that they are all my little heroes. This is why I named my company “Everbody’s Hero™.” In honor of the little heroes closest to my heart, my children, I donate a portion of my proceeds to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, www.ctf.org. :)
6) What exactly is a “Homework Hero”?
A Homework Hero is a cape made to go on a pencil. The cape transforms a normal, ordinary pencil into something fun and exciting. They are designed to help keep the boredom out of doing homework J Plus, I think they are extra special because my oldest son makes them :)
7) What materials are used for your capes?
When making the capes, I use poly-satin material for both sides of the cape, the emblems, and the letters. I also use Velcro for the cape closure.
8) How many hours a day do you devote to creating and making your capes?
I probably spend between 20-30 hours a week on my business.
9) If there were more hours in the day… what would we find you doing?
Hahaha, most likely doing the chores I didn’t get finished while sewing and spending time with my boys.
10) Any dreams of growing Everybody’s Hero?
I do have plans to add a couple of more products, such as baby bibs and burp cloths, by the end of September. My husband has grand visions of Everybody’s Hero growing, but I am happy the way it is for now.