Etsy Spotlight: Wild Things Halloween Costumes & Clothing For Toddlers!

If you haven’t come across Wild Things on Etsy before, prepare to be blown away. With the Halloween season well upon us, I’m so very excited to be offering this giveaway to the Babble readers! It was a darling fox dress that caught my eye a couple of years ago, having made the front page feature on Etsy.

One look and I was hooked. Head over heels. For obvious reasons, as you can see below. Such wonderful, whimsical, original designs! My girl Abby HAD to have one of those dresses. As someone who loves Halloween and really wants to make handmade costumes for my kids each year, all I can seem to muster is the time to make mine and my partner’s costumes. (Except for that one time when I tried to make an owl costume in an hour. But we won’t talk about that.) We take this Halloween business seriously and the night is one of our most memorable date nights each and every year.

Then one has to consider that no matter how much you (okay, me) may want to truss up your adorable ankle-biter in some ornate costume more often than not. Sometimes? Sometimes, they are a just not having it. I know my two, specifically my son, has HATED costumes in the past. No way, no how was I getting him into something too detailed. Anything involving constricted movement or something on his face or over his eyes and it was game over.

I know I’m not alone in this, which is why I adore the costumes and outfits (play teepees too!) that Kirsty Hartley, shop owner, sole creator, and work-at-home mama, makes. As is, or with some simple add-ons, these little numbers will serve as a wonderful Halloween costume that can be worn throughout the year on regular ‘ole days too. That’s part of what makes her designs so genius to me.

I had the honor of conducting a little interview with Kirsty, as a prelude to a big giveaway over on my own blog, (as in $100 value on anything in her store!) she has so kindly offered up to you all! Check it out, as well as a little preview of the types of Wild Things Halloween costumes you may be lucky enough to choose if you win. The interview and peek-book is below and you’ll be directed to the simple giveaway on my personal blog at the end! Have fun looking and dreaming…

  • Learn About The Artist… 1 of 9
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    Discover the Mompreneur and Enter To Win!

  • Meet Kirsty Hartley, The Mom Behind The Business 2 of 9
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    Where in this crazy, beautiful world do you live?

    "I live in the heart of the Lancashire Hills (where it rains a lot), in England, with my partner and 3 young wild things." 

    However did you come up with the idea for your dresses? 

    "A childhood favourite book by Maurice Sendak, and the busy creative minds of my 3 children inspired me to start the label Wild Things Funky Little Dresses. Making clothes with heart and soul which are fun and easy to wear, inspire little minds, and with subtle retro details parents love too."

     

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    On that note, do your kiddos stay home with you during the day? What's your setup? A home studio or...? 

    "I work from a home studio where I'm close to my children, now all at school. I can support their increasing demands without the 9-5 constraints. It's always still like a juggling act though!"

     

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    Where do you draw your inspiration from?

    "I like to work with strong colour, visual imagery, and pattern and translate this into simple shapes in a very hands-on way. I love the creative process of hand-making garments."

    I remember last year you were about to launch boys clothing and rompers, what's on the frontier next?

    "I'm working on a design/make book, due to be published Spring 2015 with loads of cool new styles to make yourself!"

    Uhm. A W E S O M E. Can't wait for that! Thanks for the letting take a peek inside your family and creative process, let's take a look at some of my character play outfits, just perfect for Halloween! Readers, you'll be taken to the super easy giveaway at the end!

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    This is the dress that Abby has. It still fits her this year thanks to the double buttons on the straps!
    See more like this one by visiting Wild Things on Etsy (valued at $60)

  • Mister Fox 6 of 9
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  • Kitty Cat 7 of 9
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  • Brown Bear 8 of 9
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    So adorable, they won't even know they're dressing up!
    See more like this one by visiting Wild Things on Etsy (valued at $60)

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