Thanks very much to CHIC for this opportunity to share a bit about myself and my work. Joanne Scantlebury Muckart here - Owner/Operator of Mad About Colour – home of Original, Quality, Unique, Whimsical Baby and Kiddie Props handmade by myself with Love and Care. I am a mum, grandmum, step mom, step grandmom and step greatgrandmom, so I know a bit about babies and kiddiesJ. My “retired/retread” Scottish husband and I live on tiny Prince Edward Island (on Canada’s east coast) in our beach house that I designed and built in the woods overlooking the ocean. From my studio loft I find endless inspiration in the ever changing beauty that surrounds us.
I come from a long line of colourful artisans who have made producing and selling their work a lifestyle. We take pride in producing quality custom work, and share our time and talents with our community. Mum taught me early on to knit, hook rugs, design patterns , and sew etc. Dad taught me painting, wood working, designing, people and business skills. In my teen years I added sign manufacturing, jewelry, leatherwork, pottery, spinning and dyeing, taught and led workshops, and started my first business. I am a color theorist, master weaver and tailor.
Over the years I have owned and operated successful fiberarts and graphic businesses. I have been fortunate – my work has won national and international awards , been exhibited and featured in mags, blogs, websites and tv around the world, and is owned by royalty, private collections, galleries, and celebs. Several years ago I started selling my work at farmers markets again and fell into selling my baby and kiddie props online via etsy shop. Now it is a full time love affair
I DO LOVE what I do – and every item I produce is created with quality supplies and my best efforts. I am very aware and always concerned about comfort, practicability, longevity, affordability and safety with baby props, while keeping items playful and fresh. I work hard to supply “rush” product, at no extra charge. I relish Custom Orders! My photographer customers reaffirm my work principles with thanks for producing versatile, lasting product that is most often requested by their clients over the years. I truly feel honoured to play a small part in the excitement of “shooting” babes and kiddies to make “forever memories” for families to cherish.
My etsy shop proudly offers my Newborn, Toddler and Kids Knits and Photo Props. These include Fashionable Hats, Diaper Covers, Eggs, Pouches, Nests, Wraps, Hammocks, Fringe Props, Blankets, Dresses, Skirts, Pants, Headbands etc. I favour Stripes, Textures, Flowers, Rainbows, Neutrals, Tassels, Buttons, Bells, Poms, Fabrics, Quilting, Found medium, Shabby Chic, Ethnic looks etc. I offer my items in most sizes – priced accordingly – in Custom “Pick Your Color” and “Ready to Ship / In Stock” listings. Photographers like that they can purchase a great selection of hard working props in one order. I do my very best for ever customer and I really do aim to please:):)
My very best long selling item is still my 2 color striped long tail “Munchkin” Hat – super for single, twin, triplet, quint etc shoots, and available in unigender, pastel, bright combos in ANY color combo you can dream of – and whose prices for sizes from preemie to adult have not gone up since I first offered them for sale online in 2007:) They are machine wash/ dry. Through the years they always look fresh and are a photographers dream:) You can see my Munchkin Hats from “Quints By Surprise” TV show here https://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Quints-by-Surprise-Family-Photo-Album/4#slideshow
Recently I have added my Shabby Chic sewn bonnets, dresses, pants, sets, etc to my Mad About Colour line. Looking forward I have an unending, steadily growing list of items yet to offer in my shop. There are millions of color combinations yet to try and not enough hours in the day…..:)
Please drop by my shop and feel free to contact me with any questions, requests, comments on my work. I have an opinion on everything when asked:) and share what I know when I can. I will reply back as quickly as humanly possibleJ
Thank you for checking out my first blog! “ Seize the Day – Every Day is a Gift “
Joanne Scantlebury Muckart
Here are 3 MAD ABOUT COLOUR modest tip offerings for shooting with hand knit props.
Tip #1 – for keeping knit props with tassel, fringes, tails etc looking great between Generally photographers are under time constraints when shooting babies and kiddies – working their way thru props and poses.. often props are tossed aside between uses, piled up, dumped into baskets etc until they are next needed. I suggest simply hanging hats, fringed pouches, blankets scarves etc upside down from easily accessible hangers with clothespins. It only takes a minute to clothespin a hat, blanket etc to a hanger so your fancy tails, tassels and fringes are hanging gently down and shake out easily – then place hanger asap on a clothes rack of hangers doing same duty, or hat hooks etc lined in rows on wall etc– props ready to be used again at a moment’s notice with no worry of entanglements or wear and tear – it is easy to sift thru hangers and spot your goodies quickly.
Tip #2 – to make best use of your hat props – you can easily make a “too large” hat down size with a simple, artful tuck in the back of the hat with a good old fashioned safety diaper pin. A couple of pins will easily do a great sneak job on a large hat and do no damage to hat. Works great with other props a well. Keep Pins pinned thru hanger until needed and always put back asap. For multiple baby or family shoots where you use them always make sure number you took off match number you put back.
Tip #3 – Take a second extra and make sure when you are putting prop on baby/child etc, that if there is a seam in prop you are shooting with – hat, cocoon, etc – try to place seam in back or where it will not show in image . Most photographers are not aware of the seams but even the best made seam is often quite obvious to viewer in actual image, especially if a large nursery or family portrait etc. I have begun to sew color coordinated shop labels over any seams on my props to attract attention of photographer when they are placing prop on baby/toddler etc. It saves photoshopping seam out after.
GIFT CARD COUPON CODE – For a limited time I am offering CHIC readers 10% off purchases made directly though my Etsy shop. Enter code CHICSPECIAL2013 on checkout page when placing order. Happy shopping!:)