The gal behind the Ballyhoo

photo of Luci at Ballyhoo Creations

 My name is Luci and I’m the one-woman-show at Ballyhoo Creations.   It is truly a joy for me to design fun characters and share them with you.

Here’s some funny things you might want to know about me:

  • I’ve been making dolls and soft toys as a hobby since the late 1980s.  It was very trendy back then.
  • My first embroidery machine was purchased around 2005.  You had to put a design card in the machine because USB wasn’t a thing yet.
  • In 2009 I began digitizing dolls for my embroidery machine because nobody else was doing it.  It was just a hobby for me at that time.  I’m still using Embird digitizing software to this day.
  • I spent 15 years in the tech industry as an engineer,  project manager and customer service expert.  
  • Writing technical manuals was good prep for writing sewing tutorials but nothing prepared me for video tutorials – video is so much harder.
  • I love Sci-Fi conventions and Rennaissance fairs.  And costumes.
  • I was a huge NeRd before it was cool.  And also, I love science.
  • Oklahoma City is where I was born and where I live now, but I spent nearly 20 years in the Chicago/Southern Wisconsin area and still visit friends there.
  • I love animals, even when they mess up my house.
  • My daughter also runs a handmade business.  Her style is very different than mine.  
  • Both DuhBe and Ballyhoo Bath were handcrafted businesses I created starting in 2009.  I love the handmade world!
  • Creating cloth characters has carried me through some rough times.  Now I hope my designs can do the same for others.  
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