“Maker Moms” is a segment of the Buffalo Moms Blog where we highlight talented mommas and their handmade businesses. We stumbled upon Oh Goodie! on social media and have been obsessing over her convenient and adorable creations ever since.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a rut with what to give as gift favors or stick in kids’ goodie bags before, Dotty of Oh Goodie! is a serious Godsend. She recently put together the most amazing Lorax/movie theater themed goodie bags for my daughter’s birthday party at the Hamburg Palace Theater – and I couldn’t wait to feature her here for this segment!
Take a look at our Q&A session with Dotty below, and be sure to show her the love in the comments!
Tell us a bit about you and your family!
I’m married to Jay, a fellow teacher, and we have two kids – Samson (11) and Grace (8). They keep us pretty busy between their baseball and soccer schedules! In between all the chaos, we love cooking together and having family and friends over for big dinners.
What made you decide to start your own handmade business?
When Samson entered the kid birthday party scene about six years ago, I realized that every kid who goes to a birthday party expects a goodie bag when they leave. My friends were already stressed about all the party planning, food, decorations, and venues… let alone the dang goodie bags! They would run into a Dollar Store and spend gobs of money on crap and throw it in a bag. I realized then that I could utilize my crazy clearance shopping skills, night owl schedule once my whole family was in bed, and hone my creativity to create really fun and personalized goodie bags!
So many of my clients are moms who want the cute things, but don’t have the time to make them. I’m here to help take the stress away and give them more time to tackle the other party planning stuff!
Do you sell your products online as well as locally?
Right now I am really focused on targeting the local market, but I do have some long term goals to expand online.
What are your goals for your shop?
Expanding from birthday goodie bags, to now creating themed gift baskets, custom corporate gifts, sports gift bags, and various wedding lines has been so cool to see. Oh Goodie! has naturally grown to include so many unique and coveted gifts and goodie bags. I’d really like to create additional lines for Realtors with closing gift baskets and work with more great local businesses to create fun goodie bags and gift baskets! There are really SO many holidays and people to help celebrate and EVERYONE loves a goodie bag or gift basket!
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your motherhood journey thus far?
It’s all about balance. I am a mom, wife, teacher, coach, friend, sister, daughter, mentor, and small business owner. There are only so many hours in a day and despite my best efforts to jam in as much as I can, sometimes you just need to slow down and enjoy the little things. My dad always taught me to “let my engine idle” and when I do, my best ideas come out, awesome memories are made, and maybe even a nap/cuddle session is had.
Be sure to follow Oh Goodie! on Facebook and Instagram to discover more “goodies” from this talented Maker Mom. Tell her Buffalo Moms sent you!
WRITTEN BY SAMANTHA JO
Samantha is the founder and owner of BuffaloMoms.com. Her friends call her Sam, Sammi, or Sammi Jo. Her two favorite people call her “Mommy.” Follow along with her ramblings on Twitter and Instagram, or on her personal blog, Kin + Kindling.