Hi everybody! I am Guna – a founder of Forkids.love. I am also a wife to my husband and mom of two kids – 6 years old daughter and 1 year old son. Besides, I am also a woman. Since I remember myself, I have had a passion for writing and crafts. When I was a teen girl, I wrote a diary. I trusted my thoughts, my doubts and my emotions to the leaves of the diary because I knew it will stay between us two. Now I am a grown up woman and I start a blog. Today my goal is completely different than before. I would be glad to provide a content my audience likes and engages with. Hopefully each post will give you useful take away. I will write about everything what might be useful for parents – for example, how to grow up happy kids, how to entertain and educate them, how not to loose yourself in plenty of daily duties, how to balance between all various women’s roles. That is why, the title of blog is #Parenting. I keep this space open for every parent, I will be glad for comments as well as for quest bloggers. If you feel you would like to become a quest blogger, feel free to contact me.
How did I start handmade?
My first touch with crafts was already since childhood – I remember I was “sewing” dresses for my “dolls”. As my childhood was during Soviet times (and it means empty shelves of shops) I was happy to have small doll (called as пупсик in Russian). My mom had various small cloths I was let to use and cut. And I with pleasure did it, so my pupsik had fashion show almost each day 🙂 Later on there started housekeeping lessons in school, believe it or not, I was taught knitting, crocheting, sewing and even macrame. I had never tried any of these activities before but I got very excited. Afterwards I did my first apron, scarf, sweater, mittens and skirts. I remember even my dad and mom wore my hats, scarfs and even sweaters! Then teenage years started and I grew very tall. Still Soviet times were present and no comfortable clothing was available in shops for girls of my size. Then I started to sew for myself just to have something I feel comfortable and in my size. And so it started. I even tried leather crafts. Many notepads, some bags and belts were crafted. Then I started studies in university as well as full time work and there remained less and less time for crafts. During the same time Latvia became independent again and step by step goods returned in the shelves of shops.
Do I still handmade anything?
After 15 years when I was expecting my first kid, I crocheted newborn booties for her. Funny, but my daughter wore these newborn booties only for couple days, because she got born with 4.2 kg (148.2 oz) weight, besides, it was hot Latvian summer. Then my next try to return to crafts was when my daughter was 5-6 months old, but it was fiasco. As she was poorly slept during nights, I tried to have day nap together with her when it was possible. At least I was not able to knit and at the same time have baby around me. Couple times it ended up with pulled out needle and with total crush of my motivation. Next time came when she was almost two years old, I decides to knit a jacket for her. And I did it!!! But I did a fantastic mistake as well! I put it to wash into washing machine just before button attaching. So my daughter’s teddy bear got a knitted jacket 🙂 And then I realized that choice of proper washing and ironing mode is important as well. As a mom, who cannot imagine my life without washing machine (however, I remember my childhood without it), I started to pay attention that some knitwear does maintain shape and look after being washed in washing machine, while other should be thrown out immediately. Unbelievable, but completely new world discovered to me – various fibers and as a result various treatments and different prices, too.
So I got here where I am now! Of course, there have been some more or less successful tries to take knitting or crocheting needles, I have sewed some masks for my daughter to participate in several occasions held in kindergarten as well. I have even graduated sewing courses and got a diploma I am a professional dressmaker!
Marketplace for handmade
An idea about marketplace for handmade was in my head already long, long time (even before Etsy was born). It came and then went away. And so it happened for several times. When I was expecting my second kid I got a feeling – now or never! So, I decided – now! More you can read in Forkids.love webpage’s section About us.
See this video – Forkids.love in cooperation with E-commerce queen bee, where I share my experience with other e-commerce moms.