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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

An Interview with Malia of bumbledoo!

With all of this talk about potty learning, it seemed only fitting to have an interview with our newest addition to the Wee Little Changes store! Please join us in welcoming Malia of bumbledoo who makes some of the cutest trainers you will ever lay your eyes on! Check the store over the next few weeks for your chance to buy some of these too! J

A little about you and bumbledoo…..

1. Where do you live?

I live in Fayetteville, NC. This is a city founded around the military. It is medium sized and has lots and lots of babies!

2. A little bit about the family of bumbledoo. (Your personal family or your company sewers)

In my personal family there are four of us. My husband and I have only been married a few years but we have been in a relationship for more than 10 years. My sons are 11 months apart: Kainoa (3yo) and PK (2yo). My husband lays fiber optic cable for AT&T and was formerly in the Air Force. I love graphic design and anything that involves being creative and problem solving. We have lived in and around Fayetteville for almost all of both of our lives and we love it here. My boys love dinosaurs, Thomas the Train and playing outside.

3. What is your background in? (former job or study in school)

I have a degree in communications. I studied photography and graphic design as well but worked in marketing after college. My last job was with a small publishing company in Durham NC.

4. What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

Hm. This is a hard one. Maybe that sewing is not my favorite thing to do. I enjoy small projects but production sewing is very difficult. I am lucky to have a few awesome WAHMs that help me with that part.

5. If there were more hours in the day… what would we find you doing?

It would be a tie, cleaning my house and hanging out with my babies. They like to build train tracks and mommy is not so good at building train tracks. Oh and I would love to spend more time on my business. But for now, getting to spend time with my children before they start school is my number one priority. They grow up so fast. And then I'll really miss them.

6. Where can we find bumbledoo in the next 5 years?

Gosh, 2 years ago I would have had no idea we would be where we are now. I am hoping to move some of my sewing to small local manufacturers who care about products and the moms that are going to be using them. I will NEVER send my work overseas and I always try my best to buy local and spend my money locally. I would like to develop my blog some more and add some new versions of trainers to my product line. Just constantly striving to improve and working hard at it.

7. Anything new or exciting you want to share?

I'm working with wool now. Very expensive. But boy oh boy I love it.

8. Are you surprised at the growth rate of the company and the popularity of cloth diapers over the last few years?

Surprised doesn't even start to describe it. I never thought I would be running anything even as small as my company is now. I always dreamed of it but now it is starting to come true. It is A LOT of hard work though. I work more now than I ever did working for the man. Lol.

9. What misconception about cloth diapering would you love to de-myth?

That it is gross. I hate that people are scared of poop. It takes A LOT to gross me out. And I just think people need to toughen up. If it means a better and healthier life for your child then you should be able to get over a little poop!

10. bumbledoo has so many wonderful products! What are your best sellers?

Our trainers by far. We worked very hard to make them as wonderful as we could get them. So I'm not totally surprised by that. Our Mama Pads next and then probably our cloth wipes.

11. Can we expect more great colors and prints to come out in the future?

I hope so. Fabric sources are hard to find and when I find one I get everything I can right then. But keep your eyes open, we'll see what we can come up with next.

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