OBTlove creates handmade headbands and accessories for little humans. We interviewed owner, Madison, to learn more about her small Ohio-made business. Meet OBTlove at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!
Tell us about your business.
OBTlove (Our Baby Thompson Love), started in Hilton Head, SC while preparing to move back home to Cincinnati, OH. I started OBTlove when my first daughter was a few months old. We opted to not find out our baby’s gender during the pregnancy and referred to the baby as “Our Baby Thompson”. As soon as our (bald) daughter was born I wanted to accessorize her, but found such limited options that were mostly tacky and not my style. I started creating my own headbands for her to wear and had extra supplies so I began selling the designs, which led to a small, handmade business- OBTlove!
What drew you to your craft?
The need for unique, trendy, versatile, and stylish headbands for my baby girl that also didn’t cost me a fortune!
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
I honestly love every piece I’ve made! Each new design is inspired by my daughters and what I want and need for them! As they change and grow, so have my designs.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up I wanted to be a special education teacher, which I was for several years before recently becoming a stay at home mom-boss and finally getting to focus more on OBTlove!
What is your creative process?
My creative process doesn’t exist with three kids under 4. I have a feel for what’s trendy and then design products that I love for my kids. My husband and I work on making the products several nights a week after bedtime, while watching TV shows!
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
There are GREAT plans for you. You can’t always see the big picture, so live each day purposefully without trying to gain control, because what’s in store is so much better than you can even imagine.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
By shopping locally you are allowing people to live out their dreams! You know where the items came from and that they were genuinely made with love and passion.
Why do you love doing what you do?
One of my favorite things is seeing photographs of beautiful children wearing the headbands that I made! I think because I know how much I love and cherish the images of my children, it makes me feel so honored to see that someone chose my product for their child to wear!
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
The best advice I have is... GO FOR IT! Why not at least try and see what happens? The worst case is you might be out a few dollars and a little time, but at least you tried.
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
Ohio is so great! It is the best place to live and has the best people that live here! Ohio Explored highlights that and builds a community of people!
Meet OBTlove at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!