Hi. My name is Erin and I'm a craftaholic...and possibly a fabric hoarder. Wait...I can explain!
By day I'm a single mom of two wonderful little bugs and I work full time as a marketing specialist helping local small businesses grow. But by night, I'm a right-brained web-based entrepreneur with a passion for making ALL the pretty things.
I started as a happy middle school STEM teacher, and then later also a wife, who loved to make jewelry and sew to help augment my teacher's salary. In 2011 Bugabaloo, Inc. was officially born when I turned my passion for creating into a small, but growing business and I couldn't have been more excited!
A few years after I started Bugabaloo, my first little bug was born, and then before I knew it along came my second! All the joys and responsibilities of being a mom of two, a wife, and a teacher while trying to keep up with my happy side-hustle meant that Bugabaloo needed to be pushed to the back burner for a while.
After my divorce, I made a few terrifying but necessary decisions that would allow my little bugs and I to have a much happier life - I quit my job, sold our house, moved back to my hometown to be closer to family, and started a completely new career in marketing with my family's marketing agency (and no grading!)
A little over a year after we moved I started sewing and making again and even exhibited at a few local craft shows, but The Fates had other plans for us all. When The Pandemic hit, I started working remotely from home full time while helping both little bugs with remote schooling. I needed to put my Bugabaloo shop on hold once more, but like many other makers across the globe, I raided my fabric stash and was able to make well over 200 cloth masks for family, friends, and front line workers in the early months of the outbreak when the demand for PPE far outweighed the supply.
Now that the dust has once again settled (mostly), I have been able to focus more on Bugabaloo and I am so excited to be making again! It really is all about the little things that make you happy. I enjoy using bright, cheerful colors and prints in each of my creations and I love to challenge myself with each new piece. What truly makes me happiest of all is seeing the joy my work can bring to others. You can't buy happiness, but you can buy handmade, and that's pretty much the same thing, right?
**Potential Pet Allergy Warning**
Many of our items are made in a pet-friendly environment. We have a wonderful rescue GSP who moonlights as an office dog, security officer, and package inspector. While great care is taken to ensure that pet fur and dander does not come in direct contact with our supplies or final products, indirect exposure of our items in our pet-friendly environment could still be cause for concern for those with extreme allergies.