Name: Holly Keller
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Kid: Julian, aka Beeper, 6 crazy years old
Something about Holly's blog leaves us feeling purely blissed out. It's not just her brilliant toy designs or her rich photos or her mouth-watering recipes. It's her complete lack of pretension. You'd swear there were 4 or 5 of her running around behind the scenes making it look so easy to balance work, home, family, and creativity, and, yet, you never once get the feeling that you've been beaten over the head by a facade of domestic perfection.
What makes Chez Beeper Bebe so warm and welcoming is her generosity. She creates the most amazing craft designs, and then treats readers to tutorials that are absolutely professional-looking. And as readily as she reveals her craftmanship secrets, she just as happily shares the spotlight with other creative bloggers in her "Projects Found Elsewhere You Should See" feature. The result is a blog that overflows with energy, community, and crafty eye candy.
When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging a little over two years ago. I really started my blog as a way to journal the things that were inspiring to me, as well as to document and share everything I was making. I am passionate about creating and making toys and it is good to connect with a community of people who appreciate that--because, honestly, I know my friends could give a rip that I just designed a little chicken plushie or whatever.
Tell us a little bit about your blog and your favorite topics to post on.
My blog is really centered around creating plushies and toys--often from recycled materials, sharing downloadable projects (whether that be a craft or a recipe), and my family life and what is inspiring to me (other blogs, other projects from other crafters, crafting materials, etc). Over time my blog has evolved to include many more project downloads for my readers--just because I love to design new toys and other stuff more than anything, and it is lovely to be able to put those designs out there for others to use. I love to see how people customize my designs and make them their own. I wish I could do nothing but design stuff all day long--my current list of ideas for things to design could probably sustain me for 2 years or something if I was left undisturbed by a 6-year-old boy, uber-nice husband and keeping house to just create. Oh yeah, there is that pesky day-job I have too.
Where do you go on the internet for inspiration?
Kickcan and Conkers: the mixture of vintage and modern objects on this blog and all its color always makes me smile and yields inspiration
Made by Joel: Joel is geyser of creative ideas for kids. And his design aesthetic rocks my world.
Tollipop: Aside from Tollipop's designs (which I love), the blog writing is some of the best out there--clever, funny, charming and just a pleasure to sit back with a glass of wine and read at the end of a day. I doubledog dare you not to have a blog crush on Tollipop for the clever writing alone?
Sweet Sweet Life: love the happy, colorful objects always featured here, but also for how real and courageous Amy is in all she shares in her blog. Her honesty is inspiring.
Elsie Marley: I love Meg's design sensibility and also her authenticity. Great kids clothing design, as well as real ideas for decorating and crafting that are not overblown or require too many supplies (I think Meg may be the anti-me in that regard).
Whip Up: This is where I go to get plugged into the pulse of who is making what in the crafting world. There is so much out there and Kathreen makes it easy to find what is good.
What kind of design projects are you working on currently?
I am fortunate to have A LOT going on right now. I am going to be in an upcoming holiday issue of Woman's Day coming out at the end of this month, I believe, and have been asked to contribute to two crafting books that will be released in the next year or so. For my own shop, I am also working on a new rag baby doll design, a set of story stuffies (little embroidered plushies you can use to create stories), a tote bag designed specifically for library use, some new animal plushies made from mostly recycled materials, a set of patterns for babies, a series of first sewing projects for kids, AND in my spare time, I am building my own time machine so I can keep turning back the clock in order to have more time to make even more.