Monday, October 19, 2009

Member Interview - Baeumig

Today's interview is with Corina of Baeumig

"How did you choose the name of your shop and how long have you been a member of

My shop name is my label name at the same time. „bäumig“ is a Swiss-German word which means something like „great“ or „fantastic“ and it is the adjective of „Baum“ which means „tree“. Therefore I have a tree in my logo :). The cute owl is the symbol for my love for animals. I joined Etsy in April 2009 as a buyer. In Europe we don't have such a huge and beautiful fabric choice, so I mostly buy my fabrics at Etsy stores or in the US in general. I wasn't sure if I had success with my articels overseas, so I listed my first two bags in July.

"What kinds of items do you sell in your shop and what inspired you to start
creating them?"

I am sewing addicted since March 2009 and I love sewing small cosmetic bags, pencil-, eyeglass- and cellphone cases of colorful, happy colors and motives on it. The daily grind is grey enough, isn't it? All the patterns I use are my own ones and when I have enough time I like to invent new designs and products. My newest invention is the oilcloth raincoat for your bicycle basket ;). The idea was born when I was cycling around with my handbag in my bike basket. At the traffic light a nasty guy in a car tried to grab my bag out of the basket. How lucky I was to notice that just in time! But from now on, my bag lies safely in its basket.

"Do you donate to any charities or do any volunteer work?"

Yes, I do. In Germany there is a very committed society called "die Tierfreunde". They are all vegans and it's awesome how they (try to) help for instance the farm animals. From my sales I donate 10 % to them. Since some time me and some vegan friends are about to establish a "Vegan Society Switzerland" to make Veganism more popular in a country where everybody believes that the cows would burst if they don't get milked...

"Do you sell your items outside of etsy, either online or in retail shops?"

I have a DaWanda-Shop and a Guzuu-Shop too. DaWanda is the "European Etsy" and mostly in the hands of German sellers ;). Guzuu is a very young Swiss platform for handmade products. Yay! I am very happy and proud to sell my products at a fabulous shop in Zurich, which sells cute 50ies style clothes and accessoires. The owner found me thanks to facebook.

"Have you been featured anywhere?"

My bike-basket-raincoat has been featured at the DaWanda-Frontpage :)

"What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have?"

Along with sewing? Eating of course!! :D I love to eat and cook vegan dishes. We also have some very good veg restaurants in Zurich. For good vegan food I do almost everything ;). Else I like travelling, going to the cinema, playing piano and sports.

"Do you have any animal companions?"

Miouwww =^.^=. Two cats, their names are Mimi & Flash and I rescued them from a mean farmer who wanted to shoot them 8 years ago.

"Do you have any websites besides your shop that you would like to tell us

Sure :). I run a blog where I write about my crafts and my life in German and English. Don't hesitate to write some comments, I love to read comments and I also answer to them. -->

"How long have you been vegan and what made you go vegan?"

I am a vegan because I hate plants... ;) No, that's not the reason. I went vegan in 2006 because some vegan people in a web forum convinced me quite fast with good arguments. As a vegetarian I always thought to have a clean slate concerning the animals. But when I heard and saw for instance that millions of male chicks are killed for the egg-industry each day and that baby cows have to die because humans want to drink their mother's milk I instantly wanted to become a vegan. By and by I also came to know that the vegan nutrition is the healthiest diet and so I could also convince my mom to go vegan (she went vegan with 65 years) :)

"What are your favorite foods?"

you can always catch me with all kind of Italian food: Pasta, Lasagne, Tortellini, Spaghetti....I have to stop now or else I get very very hungry!

"Is there anything else you would like to add or share?"

I want to thank Crafty Panties who has chosen me as member of the week, I really appreciate it! Else I want to thank all the members of the Vegan Etsy Team for their great inspiration they spread with their crafts in their beautiful shops. It makes me very happy to know such compassionate and creative people :)


Pennie said...

Corina does beautiful work and I love the fabric selections, so fresh and vibrant looking :)

bäumig said...

Thank you Pennie :*

and I love your jewelry!


melissa bastian. said...

Such cuteness! Just might be a good way to introduce some happy color into what I'm afraid is going to be a long dreary winter...

VeganCraftastic said...

Ha, Melissa stole my comment, I was just about to say "such cuteness" :) But your shop is so adorable it can be repeated, so Such Cuteness!

bäumig said...

:) that's a nice birthday present to hear that....

thanks again :D