I found Laura's Etsy shop, IDK Kids, one afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to find that she made dolls that represent various ethnicities, including African American and Asian. Laura is an adoptive mother and also loves the earth (pitter patter goes my heart!).
Q: Tell me about yourself!
My name is Laura Ducommun. For 14 years I worked as a youth pastor at a local church. This last August I quit my job to work full-time as an artist and stay at home mom-a crazy thing to do in this economy! I love being able to stay home, create things, and live a less stressful life. We have a little girl, Baby Z, adopted from Ethiopia in 2008. She is now a healthy, happy, talkative 3-year old. We are currently in the process to adopt again from Ethiopia. Our dossier is in Ethiopia and we are just waiting for “the call.” This time around we have felt led to request a special needs child. It is amazing to me to see how God has taken our lives in a direction we knew nothing about.
Q: What is the name of your Etsy shop? What sorts of things do you make?
I have two ETSY shops. http://www.lkddesigns.etsy.com/ : quilts, recycled fabric items, aprons, reusable bags, headbands, scarves, totes, and other misc. fabric items. http://www.lkdkids.etsy.com/ : quilts, onesies, hair clips, headbands, reusable snack bags, ethnic dolls, plush toys, and lots more!
Q: Why did you open an Esty shop?
I opened my first shop to see if there was an interest in modern Quilts. It has grown from there to include many other products. I love hand-made products. Etsy is an amazing place that is a true community of artists. There is something special about a hand-made item that is unique and one of a kind. Sure you could buy similar products for cheaper at a mass-product store, but it does not come with the human touch that Etsy items have.
Q: What makes your Esty shop unique?
I think there are several things that make my shops unique. First, I donate 5% of all of my sales to an organization called Rapha House (http://www.raphahouse.org/). Rapha House rescues, loves, and rehabilitates children sold into slavery in Asia (the majority of these children are coming out of the sex slave trade).
Second, 100% of the sales of my rag dolls found in my lkdKids shop are currently going toward our adoption expenses. Once we have paid for the adoption, 10% of the sales of these dolls will go toward an organization called “LifeSong for Orphans” (http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/), a non-profit who helps provide grants to adopting families and focusing on giving money to special needs adoptions.
Third, I create several items that are adoption related. In addition to my dolls, I also make onesies and t-shirts for adoptive families.
Finally, I try to use recycled and repurposed fabrics for all of my projects. I love to find old vintage fabrics and use them to create something lovely. My goal is to mix both the old and new to create something fresh and fun. When it comes to living green, I want to be a part of the solution rather than the problem..
GIVEAWAY ITEM: A Rag Doll of the winner's choosing. ($35.00 value)
WAYS TO ENTER:
1: Becoming a blog follower and leave a comment telling me you did so.
2: Post about the giveaway on Facebook and tell me you did so via a comment.
3: Post about the giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
4: Visit Laura's Etsy shop and tell me what your favorite item is.
WHEN, WHERE, and HOW: Enter up to four times on this blog post from now until noon on April the 12th. A winner will be posted on April 10th. The winner is responsible for setting up an Etsy account and contacting Laura to claim her prize. Special thanks to Laura for supporting kids of all colors by making beautiful products, including rag dolls!