Etsy Artist Interview and Giveaway: Katie Buller from SoSoHippo {Contest Closed}


Congratulations to Linda R. She’s the winner of our SoSoHippo Giveaway. Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways!

I’d like you to meet my friend, Katie Buller.

Katie is one talented chica. Plus, in the words of my 10-year old, “She’s nice, and she always smiles.”

Katie once whipped up my child’s talent show costume from a 7-year old’s notebook sketch . Another time, she created elaborate Baroque-era costumes for our elementary school’s spring musical. These were gowns complete with corsets, bows, petticoats, and caps for the girls and flared coats, lace ruffles and silky cravats for the boys.

These are the things she does in her spare time. Clearly, she is a “giver” of magnificent proportions, and now she wants to give away one of the designs in her etsy shop (SoSoHippo) on Momscape. Yay!

More specifically, Katie is giving away one of her monster sweatshirts, like this one for girls:

Or this one for boys:

The winner gets to pick the style and size they like best from the available selections in her shop. (Prize value : $75)

I’ll give you the details on our etsy giveaway in a bit. First, let’s get to know Katie:

Etsy Artist Interview

Katie Buller of SoSoHippoTell us a little about yourself.
I am a mother of 10 year old twins, highlight of my existence, married to my husband of 15 years who makes me laugh and whose first big gift to me when we were dating was a Bernina sewing machine (what’s not to love!?)

I can barely figure out anything on the computer or cook a meal but I can whip up a pretty amazing wedding gown in 2 days if need be. I started sewing when I was 11.  I would cut up old pillowcases and towels (indulgent Mom) and hand sew them into dolls and clothes. They were very rudimentary but I thought they were incredible!  I completely fell in love with costumes later that year when I watched Gone with the Wind and My Fair Lady with my Mom.

As luck would have it, we even moved into a new house soon after that had an old pair of velvet drapes in the living room windows which my Mom let me cut up and sew into my first costumes (I imagined myself as Scarlett O’Hara doing the same thing!)

What 3 words best describe you?
Fun, smiley, a bit obsessive  (my son’s description but i think it fits)

Tell us about your etsy shop?
SoSoHippo is filled with wonderfully fun things, which celebrate color, texture, imagination, humor and playfulness in items such as furry monster sweatshirts, adorable colorful stuffed animals, playful clothing, extravagant costumes (these are awaiting photographs but will be posted soon for the halloween season) and who knows what’s coming next.  I sew every spare moment and have about 4-5 years worth of ideas waiting for their turn to be created.  I started the shop as an outlet for all these things I’m dying to make after having spent my sewing time over the years making prom dresses, wedding gowns, home decor, doing alterations and most recently costuming shows locally.  I am mostly self-taught after a summer of lessons from my Aunt Georgeann, who is a full time costume designer.

What 3 words best describe your etsy shop?
Colorful, playful, fun

Tell us how you came up with the name SoSoHippo?
I came up with name of the shop quite by chance after reading the Etsy tutorial about coming up with a memorable name for your shop.  I was in the midst of making a collection of stuffed animals after multiple requests from my children and their friends. I looked around Etsy and found that some of my favorite names of shops didn’t make all that much sense but were fun and memorable so I went with the name that seemed most fun.

When did you start your shop? How did you get started?
I started my shop in February this year after encouragement from friends.  Etsy is an incredible marketplace: it’s secure, easy to use, and packed with truly original things you won’t find anywhere else.  It’s a great alternative for finding things that are made right here with passion and care rather than mass-produced across the world.

What is your top selling item?
My top selling item is the monster sweatshirt, especially locally, because they are soooo cool in person.  Once the kids see them, they fall in love and want one too.  I’ve been able to have some kids by the studio to “design their own” which they really love. They pick their sweatshirt, then their monster, then their fur. It’s so fun!

Tell us about your creative process. (ie. When are you most productive? What (or who) inspires you? How do you keep yourself inspired?)
I tend to notice things I like around me all the time and wonder how I could make something fun with the idea.  This fall, when I was in Mountain Wave getting snowbaords for my kids, I was struck by all the supercool graphics on all the boards and decided to make the stuffed animal collection that was fun like those snowboards.  And I’m always asking the kids and their friends what they like. The overwhelming response usually involves COLOR. Kids love it! Most kids have a favorite color, so they love to have special things that capture that.  I’m also a fabric junkie.  I LOOOOOVVVVEEEEE fabric, color and texture!  My favorite bargain fabric is from great thrift stores in their bedding and drapery sections (I know!! once again, the draperies!!) but they are especially good for costumes.  Mostly though, I order and buy fabric like everyone else and I can spend 8 hours in a fabric store with no trouble at all.

What advice do you have for other Etsy sellers?
I’m just starting out so I don’t feel like I have a lot of sound advice except to encourage everyone to pursue their passions and don’t be afraid to hand over some old pillowcases and towels to your kids to pursue theirs!


Now, here’s how to register to win! There are multiple ways to enter, but you must comment below after you’ve done these items because that’s how we’ll choose a winner (at random).You needn’t leave a separate comment for each thing. Just tell me which of the items you did in a single comment.


1. Visit SoSoHippo and tell us in the comments section below what your favorite item(s) are in the shop: 1 entry

2. Heart SoSoHippo on etsy: 1 entry (To heart an item or shop you must be signed in to your Etsy account. Then click the link that says Add this to favorites (in the right sidebar on a shop or item page.)

3. Blog about this giveaway on your own blog: 1 entry

4. Subscribe to Momscape’s RSS feed: 1 entry

5. Follow Momscape on Twitter: 1 entry

6. Post this giveaway on a giveaway site. 1 entry

7. Like Momscape on Facebook: 1 entry

8. Tweet about this contest with hashtag “#momscape” : 1 entry
( You can even RT this one: New #Momscape #Giveaway: Win a Kids’ Monster Hoodie from SoSoHippo! )

One winner will be drawn on July 13, 2011 using and will have 48 hours to respond to email notification, after which a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is sponsored by and will be shipped by SoSoHippo. *No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest open to US Residents only, 18 and over. Official contest rules are here.