Sweet As April Bonnets : Next Release October 27th at 6pm EST


@its_april_again

Hi guys! It's Carrie, the mama behind Sweet As April. First, I'll tell you a bit about my mission with this bonnet business, and then I will continue the post a with question and answer style conversation with you all.
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This business started in a desperate attempt to stay home with my children. It was born in my living room the week we found out my then 3-year-old son at the time, Elliot, had autism. Leia was about 6 months old at the time. I owned a gallery for 7 years, a brick and mortar store showcasing 55 local artists work in Shelburne Falls MA. When we learned that Elliot would need therapy and it required for one of us to be home with him, we quickly made the very hard decision to close my "first born", my dearly loved shop that I had worked so hard for. I had no idea what I was going to do. I had worked for myself for 7 years, it's so hard to go back to just being "a mom" (although that's a huge job!) When you have a creative mind it's hard to shut it down. So, where do these bonnets come in to play? We had decided to go camping and take some time off before we plunged into our new life, me at home and my husband working part-time. But Leia had no sun hat. One hour before we had to leave I decided I'd just make one! Out came my vintage sheets from my grandma's house, I traced one of her knit bonnets and popped a brim on it and we were ready to go. She wore the bonnet the whole trip and after numerous compliments, I figured "Hey, let's try this!" So, here we are, a little over a year later and this is my full-time gig while staying home with Elliot. I get to be a mom to a wonderfully different autistic boy, a darling baby girl and I'm designing bonnets late into the night.
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@little_lady_leia
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What's the name all about?
There's nothing more to it than Elliot is my first born, he was born in April, and nothing will be sweeter than that.
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@kelsiekaykay
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Where do you find your fabrics?
Everywhere! I am always looking for "fabric" wherever I go. I make about 80% of my bonnets from preloved clothing and vintage materials. Sometimes I even go bonnet fabric shopping in my own closet! This country has such TERRIBLE textile waste, I'm trying my best to save this earth from it #onebonnetatatime.
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Whoa, hold up, I've seen the fabric you use in the fabric stores?
Well, I cannot sustain this business entirely using preloved clothing and vintage materials, I wouldn't be able to make enough bonnets to adorn all the baby noggins out there. So most of my trims are store-bought, but some are yardage I find while thrifting. Some fabric arrives at my doorstep from customers, neighbors, friends. They all know my mission and want to help fund it in the way of donated fabric. If I do buy fabric from a store it's to trim the bonnets or from the remnant bin because if that doesn't sell it'll go to waste.  
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@michellewannemacher
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What are your measurements for sizing & how do I wash my bonnet?
Measurements:
First measure from jawbone up around the head (above the forehead) and back down to the other side, then the second measurement from one temple to around the back of the head to the other temple. If you are in between sizes I recommend sizing up.
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Newborn 11.5" and 10" (this size is meant for a fresh outta the oven baby, the tiniest of tiny bonnets)
0-3 months 13.5" and 12.25"
3-6 months 14" and 12.5"
6-12 months 14.5" and 14
12-18 months 16" and 14.5"
18-24 months 16.5" and 15.25"
2t-4t 18.5 and 16
(recommend sizing up in the ruffle brimmed bonnets)
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Care Instructions:
This bonnet must be hand washed, hung to dry. Cool iron if needed.
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When is your next bonnet release?
The best way to stay updated is to follow me on Instagram to stay updated. It's there that I promote sales, giveaways, show the new bonnets (and on Leia's Instagram) and I post daily about what's happening in our lives. If you care to follow our daily life you can follow my personal account, mainly just photos of my house because I rarely go anywhere! 
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@idahomeliving
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I'm a maker as well, how can I do what you've done?
My advice is this: work really hard and be kind. Those little squares on Instagram are cropped, edited, those captions are thought out and the whole thing is curated. There is a lot that goes into businesses like mine and it takes a huge amount of support to make it go. Make friends, be kind, giving and caring. The main thing that I tell people is that when there is a will, there is a way. If you love it enough and want to succeed, you will. Heck, if I can do it then so can you. 
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@sweet_as_april
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That's it, I think... That is who I am, what I do, why I do it and what to expect from me all in one concise blog post! Once the new bonnets are designed this post will change to the bonnet drop details. Behind the scenes here I have me, my mom who trims the bonnets, Arleen who sews the bonnets, and my husband who prepares all the shipping and deals with the finances. They are all part of my team helping me make this bonnet business a reality, oh and Leia plays a big part in it, too. As do the numerous people on Instagram that work with me. It's the best job I could ever have and I feel so lucky to have you all along for the journey.
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Love and bonnets guys
xo,
Carrie