Archive for December, 2011

Meet Our Team!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

We are so proud of our team here at Carousel Designs. Diverse, experienced, passionate, talented and perfection-seeking … those are just a few words that come to mind when we think of the folks who work so hard to create the absolute best baby bedding in the industry! Okay, we are obviously biased, but we think you’ll agree as you learn more about the people behind our products – Carousel Designs employees are pretty special.

Our workers hail from all over the world but all of them have made Douglasville, Georgia their home. It’s important to all of us that every item we manufacture is made right here in our factory in the U.S. We’ve been in business for more than 23 years and some of our employees have been with us right from the very start! We keep adding to the team with talented new hires as the business grows, but – experienced or new – the one thing all Carousel Designs employees have in common is passion … passion for quality, for beautiful designs and for creating the very best baby bedding for your little one!

Now, in the spirit of getting to know the people of Carousel Designs, we’d like to introduce you to our mechanic supervisor, Gus!

Where are you from originally?

I grew up in Clint, Texas – 25 miles east of El Paso.

How did you get your start in the industry?

I’ve been in the sewing industry for most of my career. As a young man, I served in the U.S. Navy, but for the past almost-40 years I’ve worked for companies that make garments (shirts and slacks), adult bedspreads and now baby bedding. My specific area of expertise is mechanical. They call me the “sewing machine ninja” around here!

How long have you been with Carousel Designs?

I’ve been with Carousel for three years.

What’s your job title?

I am the lead mechanic at Carousel Designs.

What does that mean, exactly?

I troubleshoot, fix and maintain our sewing machines here at the plant. As you would expect, whenever one of our operators has a mechanical problem, it can lead to a productivity issue for the business. My job is to get in there and get the machine running again as quickly as possible.

I also spend a good amount of time working on upgrading our equipment, trying to make it better than it was when I got here.

What’s the best part of your job?

I’m a tinkerer and I love working with my hands. My job doesn’t feel like work because it’s fun for me. I also enjoy the teaching aspect of my job. There are several young employees who I train and mentor, because they are the next generation of sewing machine mechanics, which is a pretty rare job specialty in this country. I feel good about passing on my knowledge … with so much of the sewing industry having been outsourced overseas, it’s hard to find experienced sewers and mechanics like myself.

What’s the toughest part of your job?

I honestly can’t think of anything tough. This is a good place to be. I enjoy a good rapport with every member of the Carousel Designs team. We have a good team environment and we all work well together.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I have three sons and one daughter, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I love to spend time with my family and fix things for them too!

Complete this sentence: If I weren’t working here, I would be …

Doing nothing! I’d be retired. But I already came out of retirement for this job after I got too bored. If you enjoy what you do, it just doesn’t feel like work.

How to Decorate Your Baby’s Nursery for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Last year, I asked my then three-year-old what color she would like us to paint her room. Her response, “Colorful.” On the one hand, trying to explain that “colorful” was not an actual color was an exercise in futility; but on the other hand, we were fortunate she did not respond with a request for hot pink or neon yellow. Ultimately, we painted her room in the latest Benjamin Moore beige and decorated with colorful drapes, pictures, and other accessories. Little did we know we had an interior decorator in the making.

This year, that little three-year-old is now four, going on opinionated, and telling us how to decorate the Christmas tree, where to place each colorful bulb and ornament; in fact she notices with excitement and comments on most every detail of each holiday decoration we put up inside and outside the house.

The apple does not fall far from the tree, I guess, because one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the color and warmth it brings into the home, the front yard, the department stores, almost every where you look. The reds, blues, greens and silver – all the colorful accents and décor add excitement to the holiday season. Without a lot of time or expense, you can add a few touches to the nursery so it’s not the only room without a little holiday cheer and color! Here are a few ideas…

Holiday Books. The classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman are not just claymation TV shows. Accompany these classic and other holiday stories with holiday bookends for a bright display. Start reading to your little one early and they will surely feel your excitement.

Snow Globes. Kids love snow globes … they are cute, entertaining, age appropriate. You could even use a small plastic one to keep a squirming baby occupied while changing. Just be sure the glass breakable ones are out of your little ones reach.

Splash of Color or Festive Designs.  Think merry and bright!  Who says holiday cheer has to be only red and green?  Check out this joyful chevron design for your bedding or just incorporate a few pieces.  I love the warm silver gray in our new Gray and White Dots and Stripes collection – it’s festive, yet beautiful any time of the year.

Homemade Garland. Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah can be strung across a wall in the nursery. Let your child’s imagination run free with cut outs of snowflakes, mittens, or whatever they can dream up. In addition to its decorative appeal, making garland can be a fun and engaging activity in which older siblings, grandparents, even dad can partake and will get the whole family in the holiday mood.

The holidays are a special time of year, even more so with small children adding to the happiness of the season. Why not add a little holiday color to your baby’s nursery?  I am sure this is the tip of the iceberg for ways to bring holiday cheer into your nursery, please share any of your thoughts or ideas!