January 24, 2010


Welcome to another addition of...
Spotlight Moments!

This week Etsy Fort Worth Shines a SpotLight on member Joycelyn Bowdre.
Owner of a fantsatic shop called
MaKayla Creations

Take some time today to learn a bit about Joycelyn, and why she has chosen to dedicate herself full time to creating heirloom quality little girl dresses.

Tell us a bit about yourself
(name, location, affiliations, and personal stuff).
Joycelyn Bowdre, located in Watauga, Ft. Worth. Besides Etsy Ft. Worth, that about it. Originally from New Orleans, I've been here since 9/01. I have two teen daughters, a spoiled, active boxer.

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand?
How and why did you make it?
My mother sewed most of my clothes when I was little. I would take the scrap fabric and make clothes for my Barbie dolls. I guess that's when I was bitten with the handmade movement. In my teen years, one of my friends made most of her clothes and she encouraged me to make a dress. Looking back, it was horrible, but I wore it with pride.

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I get some of my inspiration from TV and movies. I like to adjust some of the adult fashions to fit a child. I also like to look at vintage and collector dolls. Aren't little girls like dressing a baby doll?

What are your favorite materials?

Light weight fabrics for spring/summer and rich, luxurious fabrics like velvet and wool for fall/winter.

Any tips for selling handmade stuff?
Be patient and promote, promote and promote some more. I read a forum that said, " this shit is hard". I think that sums it up quite nicely.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Is there anything else beside creating something? I may not be making clothes or bags, but I do a lot of cooking. I also love music, movies and TV.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

I made a little red cape for my first daughter when she was 2. I still have it and I will probably pass it on if/when she has a daughter.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Be patient and promote, promote, promote.

How do you promote your work?
Being a techie is not my niche. So I read, read and read some more. I started a blog, pass out business cards, participate on facebook often, reach out to other Etsy seller to see if I can feature them on my blog and encourage them to follow and comment, follow and comment on other blog with my shop and blog in my signature, get in the forums and chat rooms and participate, ask for a shop critique (even though I have worked up the nerve to do this yet).

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.

I have tons of notions, like ribbon, ribbon roses, pearls, beads, paint, lace, beaded trim, etc. So I look at my inventory and see what I can do with what I have. Then I look at sale ads from craft/fabric store to see if there is something I may need to make my vision come alive. I have a huge binder full of pictures of dolls and clothes that I can tweak to make it my own. To be honest, most of my ideals come to me in my sleep or while I'm in the shower. So I have a pad/pencil on my night stand and a dry erase maker in the bathroom so I can write on the mirror. Am I the only one that does this?????

What first made you want to become an artist?
I have always thought I was TOO talented and gifted to be working for someone else. I have been working on my own business for the past 8 years, do little by little, here and there, but never really going all out. Then I was a laid off and thought it was no better time than the present to do what I feel I as put here to do.

Your shop announcement describes your work and style perfect....
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS.....We are detail oriented with out being over the top. Even little girls can have a simple sophistication.
On the other hand, with our designs, we want to bring back the style of old. We love the look of dresses with petticoats, matching panties, and socks with all the details that make you look and say AAHHH!!!! We love using soft fabrics in pastel colors for the spring/summer and rich and luxurious for the fall/winter. Cottons, seersucker, linen, taffeta, shantung, organza, velvet and wool are staples in our studio. We take the ordinary to extraordinary with details....ribbon, buttons, roses, trim and piping. I hope you enjoy your visit, come back and tell your friends. Look for our NEW COLLECTION great for EASTER. We are bringing back some old favorites

" Feminine, whimsical, out-of-the-ordinary clothing for little girls. I see the Shirley Temple in every little girl, and these dresses remind me of her also. Let your little doll have a dress that she can be lady like in and pass down to future generations.
Joycelyn, thank you so very much for taking the time to tell us more about you and your work." flowerbedhead.com

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See you next week for another Spotlight Moment!

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