Monday, August 24, 2009

Hall of Fame {Kitty Baby Love}

Hello everyone! You're in for a real treat today. For the first time, I'm not interviewing an individual, but a talented couple who work together on their craft. I'm so excited to introduce them to you!

Meet Sara and Ben, the work-at-home parents and fellow cat-lovers behind Kitty Baby Love. They have a beautiful son, Mikah, born in May of this year. Their business is a family effort and their wish is "to pass good spirits from our home into yours with something made with love and care."

Read on to discover how Kitty Baby Love came about, their inspiration, a look at their products, and just who is Lulu, Vasia, and Blaquan.

Tell us a little about yourselves.
We are a crafty family with 3 cats. We love self-sustainability from growing your own garden to buying handmade, and making your own music. Creativity inspires our lives. With the addition of our new family member, a baby boy, creativity has reached new heights that inspire our engagement with him as he grows and develops.
We both met each other in San Francisco, where we finished art school and had our son at a home water birth. We recently moved to Portland, Oregon where we hope to continue to build our business and raise our new family.
What inspires you?
We are both inspired by the innate spirit of creating. We love the feeling of being in a 'flow' or getting lost in a body of work we embark on- whether that be Kitty Baby Love stuff, or side hobbies such as making music, drawing, and painting. We want to be examples for our son to show that with determination and hard work, one can achieve carving their own path in life to follow and that he doesn't necessarily have to follow a predetermined path. Some specific inspirations include,
Ben: Francis Bacon, Van Gogh, dub reggae music, his 10 year old cat Lulu (who he has had since she was a kitten), Sara, Mikah, Portland, and being around people who are filled with love
Sara: Bjork, Kiki Smith, hand-crafted textiles, weaving, Ben & Mikah, percussion (such as Taiko), nature, and natural processes
Where do you call home? Are you from there originally?
Our home is in Portland, Oregon. We are originally from Hawaii and San Diego, respectively. Having our own son especially releases us from the ties of our original homes so that we can truly call Portland our home.

Name something unique to where you live.
There is a calm and somewhat retro feeling to Portland that gives it a lot of character. The people here are generally friendlier than other cities we have lived, there is a huge support of buying local, and plenty of trees (which we missed while living in San Francisco!). Also there is no sales tax and it is illegal to pump your own gas!
Share an interesting fact about yourselves.
Ben: I have traveled to hundreds of major cities in over 21 different countries (including Brazil, Japan, England, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru) but am really glad to finally be settled down in Portland, my favorite place out of everywhere I have been.
Sara: Even though I have a form of dyslexia with numbers called dyscalculia, I remain in charge of both our finances!
If you had to describe yourself in a word, what would that word be?
Sara: Independent
Ben: Unpredictable

What made you decide to open up shop?
Financial desperation! We were both recently graduated from Art school, had no luck in finding a job, and were expecting our first baby. We decided to make our own fortune instead of waiting for it to happen for us, and so Kitty Baby Love was born.
How did you come up with the name Kitty Baby Love? Any special significance?
We were brainstorming one night and were thinking about what we loved most in the world, which were our cats and this new baby who was about to be born. Thus Kitty Baby Love was most apropos.

Name your favorite thing about selling handmade.
Sara: I love how much more intimate the interaction between customer and business can be. Hearing stories and feedback from our customers always brightens my day.
Ben: The fact that I play a major part in turning something raw into a finished product. Being able to offer that to the world is very rewarding.
Do you have a day job or sell on Etsy full-time?
We are currently working on Kitty Baby Love full-time. Unfortunately we are not selling enough on etsy to make ends meet so we have expanded to selling on our own website as well as wholesale and doing local craft shows. Sometimes we sell random house things on eBay or, but have no other "real" job.

Give us a little glimpse into what a typical day in your life looks like.
Morning Time is rough for us. Mikah or the cats usually wake us up around 7am and we deal with house and family things like feeding everyone, showering, and just organizing our thoughts!

Afternoons we spend cleaning the house, taking care of Mikah, and running errands like going to the Post Office or picking up supplies. If we don't have errands to run we will still try to get out of the house and go to our local coffee shop or park to hang out for a couple of hours. This time is also sometimes used for Ben to work on making Kitty Baby Love stuff while Sara & Mikah breastfeed and nap.

Evening time is focused on dinner and laying Mikah down to bed. Sometimes this can be an involved process- we nicknamed sundown "fussy time" for Mikah as he sometimes has a hard time falling asleep. Once he does sleep however, he is down for the night.

Night time is business hours for us. We spend the majority of our time organizing and creating for our business between the hours of 9pm-4am. It is the only time we have to focus on a task without needing to be focused on Mikah.
List a few of your most favorite pastimes.
Ben: playing guitar and other instruments, walking through the neighborhood, petting stray cats, spending time with Sara & Mikah, working on building a home recording studio, meditating, reading (when there is an opportunity to do so)
Sara: looking at beautiful images from blogs or magazines, playing taiko drums (I took classes with SF Taiko Dojo for 3 years but have since quit due to having a baby and moving), origami, breastfeeding, finding reading material
Need I ask what your favorite animal is? Do you have any cats of your own?
We have 3 cats. When we first met, Ben had 2 cats and Sara had 1 cat.
Lulu is the oldest cat who Ben has cared for 10 years. She is very extroverted and spends a lot of time sunbathing and cleaning herself. Ben absolutely adores her.
Vasia is a beautiful 6 year old creamy white cat with blue eyes. She is the most difficult and often spends her time being mischievous (like dropping socks into the toilet or chewing on bits of string). We sometimes spend just as much time catching her in the act of something and running after her as we pay attention to Mikah!
Blaquan is the baby of the bunch and is an all black 4 year old princess. She is very skittish and spends most of her time hiding under couches. When she feels safe, she spends a lot of time begging for human affection and meowing around the house like she lost something (meow? meow?).
Read any good books lately?
Ben: Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire by Alan Axelrod
Sara: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

What is your most prized possession?
Ben: I don't know
Sara: a box of letters from old friends, acquaintances, my mom, and some even from Ben
What are three of your favorite foods?
We both love sushi, and our personal all-time favorites are lasagna (Ben), and chocolate cake (Sara).

What would you like to learn to do?
Ben: Play the drums
Sara: the art of Parkour

What are you listening to right now?
Ben: the album East of the River Nile by Augustus Pablo
Sara: the Vespertine album by Bjork
Name one place you must visit in your lifetime and why.
Ben: India; because there is so much rich spiritual history that I am inspired by and would like to experience there.
Sara: Iceland; the landscape in Iceland seems beautiful, unique, and most important, mostly untouched. I love nature but want to experience something more unique than the typical picturesque Hawaii sunset.

Thank you so much, Ben and Sara, for sharing with us. You are an inspiration not only in the handmade community, but to all!

It was really hard to choose just a few of Sara and Ben's product photos, so please stop by their flickr to peruse more of their work and amazing photos.

Don't forget to visit Kitty Baby Love's official website to sign up for their e-Newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on new products! Stop by their blog for other inspiring posts. You can also follow them on twitter here.

Time for a giveaway!
{and another special something!}

Sara and Ben will give a 6-pack kitty egg crayon set in custom colors to 1 winner! How cool is that?!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what colors you would choose if you win! That's SIX colors! Be sure to include your name and email address or Etsy username

They are also generously offering an exclusive offer to The Sunshine Studio blog readers! Receive a 20% discount if you mention 'sunshinestudio blog' at checkout in 'notes to seller' at their etsy shop.

For extra entries you can:
Tweet this giveaway: 2 additional entries
Follow my blog and/or KBL's blog : 5 additional entries
Blog about this interview/contest: 7 additional entries
Purchase from Kitty Baby Love : 10 additional entries

(Please include this info, if applicable, with your comment for additional entries. You do not need to leave separate comments for additional entries. Important: Don't forget to include your name and contact info!)

Contest ends Sunday, August 30th at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by traditional drawing and will be announced Monday, August 31st.


Jacky said...

Oh, I'm first! Those are adorable crayons. =D I would want pink, spring green, baby blue, dark brown, black, pale yellow, and gray. Maybe. I love color, so who knows?!

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Heather said...

Oh son would love these. For colors I'd do kelly green, ocean blue, eggplant purple, cherry red, sunshine yellow, and bright orange.


Ave said...

These are so cool! I would like blue, green, red, pink, black, yellow.

I follow your blog.


jengd said...

How cute are those?! I'd have to go with blue, sky blue, purple, lavender, hot pink and sea green.

moriah said...

how cute! i would take red, bright pink, black, grey, blue-green, dark brown

Lily said...

I would pick purple, light blue, dark blue, green, teal, and magenta.

Suzanne said...

The colors I would choose would be: hot pink; purple; red; lime green; blue; and yellow.

Suzanne said...

I tweeted.

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I tweeted.

Suzanne said...

I follow this blog.
I follow KBL's blog.

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous giveaway I love cats and love the draw,scribble beautiful crayons awaken my creativity.I would like the colors green,red,yellow,blue ,pink,purple .thanks Marian

Aik said...

Those are so beautiful! I'd choose pink, purple, blue, orange, light green, yellow. Thanks!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I tweeted.

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Aik said...

I'm a follower.

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Aik said...

I follow KBL's blog.

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I blogged.

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Anonymous said...

I would choose, Pink , Grape, Yellow, sky, Choco, and Lime.
Too cute!

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Sherry said...

I like green, purple,pink,red, orange, blue

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I am new follower

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Lim Family said...

I would love Red, green, yellow, purple, blue and orange and am now a HUGE FAN!

f.sarah said...

i would love pastel shades

etsy name fsarah

i follow you!

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Anonymous said...

These crayons are darling! I would choose bright pink, orange, sunshine yellow, grass green, ocean blue, and violet :)

Etsy Shop: SwaddleBabies

Anonymous said...

-Following your blog and KBL's blog

-Tweeted giveaway

Twitter ID: SwaddleBabies
Etsy Shop: SwaddleBabies

rhaindropz said...

wow.. cute crayons =) i love kittens and cats too

six colors..
1. blue
2. green
3. yellow
4. pink
5. red
6. purple

i am your 172nd follower

and i blogged your giveaway here:

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Rachael said...

Too cute!!! I would leave the color choice to Ben or Sara. They promised in the listing the color choices would be cute and looking at their store, I absolutely trust them!!! :D

I'm just dying of cuteness over the kitty bowling set!

Rachael said...

oops! forgot to leave my name!

(aka Roscata,

Rachael said...

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Rachael said...

I follow both Sunshine Studio and the KBL blog! :D

(aka Roscata,

rosa said...

Wow Thanks for the chance at all your candy I follow and have linked you all up
sorry for my english spero di vincere un saluto dall'Italia bye bye rosa

colors:pink, blue, purple, red, orange, green

TopHat said...

I would get a deep purple, turquoise, forest green, bright yellow, magenta, and a yellow-orange. Etsy name: TopHat

Anonymous said...

I'd choose Teal, Magenta, Kelly Green, Marigold Orange, Lemon Yellow, and Violet

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The3Maries said...

Following the blog.

Purple, red, blue, yellow, orange, ang green would be my choices!

Sydney said...

What a great shop!! I'd pick, Fuschia, Lime Green, Bright Yellow, Sky Blue, Fire Engine Red,and Bright Orange.


**I follow your blog**

Tj and Amy said...

I would love pink, fuschia, yellow, sky blue, red, lime green.

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Kimberly said...

So cute! Thank you for the chance to win these crayons!

I would like these colors if possible:

fuschia pink
cobalt blue
bright yellow
fire engine red
kelly green

kimberly.yates at gmail dot com

Tj and Amy said...

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One Happy Family said...

How fun! I'd go with: kelly green, ocean blue, eggplant purple, cherry red, sunshine yellow, and bright orange. -Becca
leccalave at yahoo dot com

Salad for Breakfast said...

i'd love lime green, pink, red, tru blu, black, and canary!

saladforbreakfast AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

5---I am a follower of your blog now:)

5---follower of kittybabylove too:)

2---tweet about it:)

7---Blog this


Anonymous said...

in some reasons i cant follow kittybabylove's blog:)

kindly neglect my entry about following kittybabylove

thank you so much..

Wow this shop amazingly have lot of cute stuff. cool

Joanna said...

I saw this on etsy the other day and absolutely loved them! So cute! I would choose the following colors: pink, brown, red, purple, green and blue.

I can be contacted at and at my blog

Thanks for the chance to win!


Soy Pea said...

I love the kitty beeswax candles the best. So cute!

Soy Pea said...

I tweeted the giveaway:

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I'm already following you blog, and now I'm following theirs too.

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NeeNee said...

Hi, I would choose aqua, pale yellow, pale pink, light grey, spring green and lilac.


TZel said...

I would choose rainbow colors like those shown in the photo: yellow, green, blue, purple, red and orange

JennTRC said...

I would pick.. blue, purple, red, green, yellow, orange.

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JennTRC said...

I follow your blog! :)

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Lizzie said...

I would choose: red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple - boring & basic!

I'm following your blog!

I'm following Kitty Baby Love!

smrtmouse at yahoo dot com

Stephanie Nelson Castaneda-Clark said...

Okay, I can't believe I was not already listed as a follower of your blog, but I'm very slow, so I apologize!
I am now a follower of your blog (5 entries)
I am also now a follower of KittyBabyLove's blog (5 more entries).

I would choose sea foam green, robin's egg blue, a light pale yellow, a darker greenish blue, a light pale pink, and a carnation pink

lil miss' mama said...

The colors I would pick would be: light pink, sea foam, periwinkle, pale yellow, purple and rose!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I would pick grass green, navy blue, sunshine yellow, deep purple, fire engine red, and beige.

Alice said...

Those are so cute. I would pick orange, green, pink, sky blue, yellow, and red.

kirkandalice at gmail dot com

Alice said...

I follow your blog and KBL.

babalisme said...

She is one serious cat lover!! 6 colors? mm, bright red - sunshine yellow - orange - sky blue - pink - grass green.

babalisme said...

I'm your blog follower!

Nova said..., yellow, orange, green, blue and violet.

elsiee said...

I blogged for I couldn't help myself - already follow your blog too! Colors: red, true blue, grape, yellow, lime and orange.

off to explore their shop!

Bombtastic Belle said...

These are too adorable! :) I've got two cats and and a dog, and they're our loves as well.

I'd actually let the them pick the colors - I'd just want something bright and different! It'd be for my niece and nephew. :)

JLR Designs said... about lilac, spring green, sunshine yellow, birdie blue, magenta, and old-school m&m brown (remember that light brown one?)

Also, I'm following both blogs. Thanks for the giveaway!!

rokkyrob said...

Oh you have a lovely website and a lovely family! I love all colors, but if I had to choose they would be red, orange, goldenrod yellow, lime green, lilac, and Robin Egg Blue . . .

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chance I would take: lime, sunny yellow, baby blue, baby pink, peach and orange

Carapace said...

I love the kitty crayons! I'd love them in Growing Things colors-- fresh leaf green, buttercup yellow, sunflower orange, cactus green, cherry blossom pink, mountain laurel purlpe!

Or, you know, things like that:D.


ConnieK said...

Love this shop! As a cat person (we have 4 resident felines and my mum has 7- ALL rescues!) this shop just glows with love! I would pick a sky blue, a pumpkin orange, a sunshine yellow, a lime green, a plum purple, and a brick red!

jewelryvixen said...

i have the beeswax candles hearted in my faves! if chosen, i'd love these colors:

rose pink
pumpkin orange
robin's egg blue
lemon meringue yellow
chocolate brown

thanks for featuring my necklace up in the creative corner, by the way! :)

Sarah said...

I love all of the kitties!! I just wish I had the money to buy everything!
If I bought the crayons, I'd definitely get the baby blue, black, pink, both the light and dark purple, and the red.
Everything is adorable! <3


Rachel said...

What cute crayons! I think my kitties MaGraw and Harley would be all over these :) I would take Brick Red, Turqouise, Kelley Green, Orange, Black, Brown!

rvelder at yahoo

WondrousStrange said...

I absolutely love these crayons and color choices...such an inspiring couple!!!
rose pink
pumpkin orange
robin's egg blue
lemon meringue yellow
chocolate brown

sarah said...

I love these.

Hot Pink
Ruby red
Burnt orange

Jessica said...

I love those! I would pick Red, Tru Blu, Forest, Choco, Gray, and Black

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I just love those crayons! I'd pick turquoise, pink, yellow, a springy green, red, and light orange! A lovely rainbow of kitties!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

Funny, I completely forgot we get extra entries for making a purchase...but I did, indeed, just make a purchase! Yay me! :)

fındıkfaresi said...

I would choose pink, gray, yellow, green, red, orange:)

I am also a follower.

Kate & Oli said...

Hi, I am following both of your blogs and i would choose spring green, sky blue, plum, tangerine, saffron and bubble gum.

jdeemarie said...

I would choose a rainbow of bright primary colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Gale said...

I would choose primary red, blue, and green, then a midnight blue, black, and a chocholate brown.

My kids would love these!

ecaria at hotmail dot com

mint said...

wow they're so cute!
i'll definately pick the rainbow colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.


Indie Craft Corner Editor said...

super cute!

light pink, red, navy blue, orange, green, yellow

Indie Craft Corner Editor said...

following both blogs :)

bison61 said...

I picked red, tru blu, forest, burgundy, orange, and yellow
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trixpixel said...

How adorable!!! I'd love red, orange, tru blu, forest, grape and yellow please! trixpixel(at)

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Kara said...

I'd pick, light green, dark green, dark blue, purple, red and orange. I am so glad I found this etsy shop. it's awesome!

Kara said...

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Laura said...

I enjoyed reading this interview. What cute kitty things!

I like these colors: light green, gray, black, purple, light blue, dark blue


Tylerpants said...

What a fun shop! I'd love red, tru blu, yellow, orange, black & choco!

Tylerpants said...

I follow your blog and KBL's blog!

Shop with Me Mama said...

I would choose:

blue,red, yellow, orange, black and green! Thanks :)

thelittlereddoor said...

raving red, amazing aqua, cherry pink, lime green, sunshine yellow, and lovely lavender!

tweeted this here

thanks so much for hosting this great contest!

Zo-Be Designs said...

Oh I would so love to win these! For my kids, yeah, that's it, for my kids.

I'd love aqua, lemon yellow, orange, purple, grass green and dark brown

I also tweeted about the giveaway!

Lynsi said...

Love the crayons ! I must say the Boo Boo Kittyies are my absolute favorite item in the store though.
I had my wisdom teeth taken out this week and those would feel REALLY good about now!!

I twittered about the contest:

I also joined/followed your page using my LynsiF gmail account.

Kitties are my favorite. Its so wonderful to other people so inspired by kitties and truly having them as part of their family. Our two cats, Dodo and Beau have truly been taking care of me over the past week!

Thanks so much,


MidnightCrafter said...

How ADORable - my daughter goes on and on about wanting a green Kitty, so I think I know where I can look for some Green Kitty crayons! --unless you want to PICK ME! :-) Green, 6 shades, and maybe some brown and black and white like our very own kitties?
Very inspirational interview - I hope business picks up for you!
Happy Crafting!

torinem said...

Kelly green, ocean blue, eggplant purple, cherry red, sunshine yellow, and hot pink. These are so cute!


Dean Grey said...

Those crayons are the most original thing I've seen!

So creative and so damn cute!!!