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Featured Contributor & Giveaway: The TomKat Studio

Our dear contributor and woman behind The TomKat Studio Kim Stoegbauer, is taking time to answer some of our curious questions today. We are proud to boast that we knew Kim way back when. Okay, it’s only been less than two years but she’s exploded onto the children’s party scene with her sweet sense of style and highly coveted DIY party printables.

Working from home doing what you love is a dream come true for myself and so many other moms. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of late nights. Kim is an inspiring example of what it takes to manage a household of kids, while making your passion profitable.  Get to know the Kim we’ve all grown to admire. And get a chance to win a $50 shop credit at The TomKat Studio.
We know working from home can be both a dream and a huge challenge. What are the best and worst parts of working from home?
The best part is that I am available when my family needs me. My schedule is flexible, so I can choose when I work. I love being home, working in my comfortable studio, with my iPod playing and cup of coffee in my hand! The hardest part is finding the perfect balance between work time and family time since both parts of my life share the same space. When you are working outside the home, it is much easier to define hours and give your full attention to what’s happening during those hours.



What’s your typical morning look like?
With the help of my wonderful husband, we get the kids showered, fed, lunches made and off to school (Tommy is in Kindergarten and Kate is in Preschool). I get settled in at my desk and start checking email, Facebook & Twitter. I make sure our latest post is ready to go out for our 9:00am email feed.

What are your real work hours these days?
With Tommy starting Kindergarten and Kate in preschool, my work hours have become much more defined, which is great! I have three days of 9am-3pm of uninterrupted focused work time. I definitely can’t get everything done (plus household errands and duties) in 18 hours a week, so I usually also work after everyone is sleeping! I am a night owl so I love designing and blogging at night.

It takes passion, dedication and time to start your own business, all of which you have. How long has it taken for you to make your business profitable?
I have been very lucky with the quick success of my business. I started it about a year and a half ago, and with the lack of overhead it became profitable almost immediately. I am extremely passionate about my business, which makes it so easy to dedicate time to it. I still step back some days and can’t believe how fast it’s grown and that people really love what I am creating!

What or who gave you your big break? In otherwords, how did you get that massive facebook fan following ;)?
Hee! Hee! The Facebook following has really come gradually, rather than one big feature on another site. When I started my fan page, I really started using it right away to not only showcase my own work, but to feature other parties and products that caught my eye. I have been using it more as a community, where my readers can ask me questions directly on my page and I will always answer them. I also ask for my fans to help other fans with ideas for party themes and sources when they are looking for them. It gives the page that welcoming feel that readers respond to. I couldn’t be more esctastic that the page has nearly 10,000 fans!

I have had my share of “big breaks” and it has been thrilling! Of course, Project Nursery has been wonderful for getting my name out to all of our fabulous readers! Features on Martha Stewart, Hostess with the Mostess & Amy Atlas Events have also been wonderful and really huge accomplishments for me! To be featured by the very women who inspire you, is an amazing feeling!

What’s your favorite printable collection thus far?
Great question! My favorite still and probably always will be our Lollipop Collection! I created the party designs for my own daughter’s 2nd birthday, so it holds a special place in my heart. It was really the first collection offered when I opened my shop and got lots of attention! I am in the process of revamping it a bit and will have new fabulous photos to show soon!

What are your future plans for The TomKat Studio?
Who knows where we might go next? The possibilities are endless! I have so many ideas of new projects and products that could expand my business. It is just a matter of exploring all of the options and choosing a direction to go! For now, I will continue creating new designs, have a fabulous time styling them in party settings and blogging all about it!

Can you give us a hint on what you’ll be working on next?
No way….it’s top secret!! :) Well, okay I am working on new blog and shop designs, which will be coming soon! And maybe, just maybe a few new projects that I am so excited about! Stay tuned….

WIN IT! The TomKat Studio is giving one lucky Project Nursery reader a $50 credit towards any purchase within the The TomKat Studio’s Etsy Shop (good for one year). Visit Kim at The TomKat Studio and comment back with either your very favorite collection or share a design idea for future TKS collections!

1. Become a fan of Project Nursery and The TomKat Studio on Facebook  and comment.
2. Follow Project Nursery and The TomKat Studio on Twitter,  tweet about it and comment.
3. Subscribe or let us know you are a subscriber with a comment.
4. Blog it and comment.

CONTEST CLOSED – Congrats MKR Creations


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  1. avatar Lisa L says:

    I’m a subscriber. tylerpants{at}

  2. avatar Lisa L says:

    My favorite is the Nautical Crab Birthday Party collection… so summery and fun! tylerpants{at}

  3. avatar trixx says:

    I subscribe to your blog!

  4. avatar trixx says:

    Love the Halloween Collection, such attention to details; love it!

  5. avatar Melanie says:

    I like her Modern Holiday stuff!

  6. avatar jennifer barr says:


  7. avatar jennifer barr says:

    lolipop collection

  8. avatar Meghan says:

    I am asubsrciber.

  9. avatar Meghan says:

    I love the vintage surf collection.

  10. avatar Felicia K. says:

    I subscribed via email!

  11. avatar Felicia K. says:

    I follow you both on Twitter as @pbandjmama

  12. avatar Felicia K. says:

    I like you both on FB as Felicia King.

  13. avatar Felicia K. says:

    I love the Gumballs collection!

  14. avatar Stephanie J says:

    Haha I just found the collection I could have used 2 years ago when planning my sons first Birthday. I love the fire engines.

  15. avatar Anj Am says:

    I like her “Modern Holiday” collection! :)

  16. avatar Sarah Condon says:

    I am a subscriber as well!!

  17. avatar Sarah Condon says:

    I am a fan on facebook!!

  18. avatar Sarah Condon says:

    I love all of her stuff but especially the crab party she did!!

  19. avatar Vicki Wurgler says:

    I like the lollipop party collection

  20. avatar Heidi says:

    I’m a fan :-)

  21. avatar Heidi says:

    I love the Cupcake collection!!

  22. avatar barbg31 says:

    This is such a cute site- I love it!! The Vintage Cowgirl collection is my favorite!

  23. I am a subscriber and would love to win this. My favorites are farries and butterflies and the sweet shop.

  24. avatar Amber R. says:

    I heart the Halloween glam collection! I actually purchased it last week and am planning a fabulous Halloween party thanks to TomKat Studio!

  25. avatar Amber R. says:

    I’m also a fan of both on facebook!

  26. avatar Amber R. says:

    I am subscriber!

  27. avatar Sara says:

    Fan of both on Facebook.

  28. avatar Sara says:

    I am in the process of using the Vintage Circus themed party package and love the collection.

  29. avatar Sara says:

    I am a subscriber of both TomKat and Project Nursery.

  30. avatar sarah b says:

    i am an email subscriber

  31. avatar sarah b says:

    we live close to a fire station and my son just loves watching the firetrucks go by…. i think the firetruck party would be a big hit in our house!

  32. avatar Cindi says:

    I am a subscriber to Project Nursery.
    Merci, Cindi

  33. avatar Cindi says:

    Also, I follow Project Nursery and The TomKat Studio on Twitter.
    “Tweet” ~
    Thanks very much…Cindi

  34. avatar Cindi says:

    I am a Facebook fan of Project Nursery and TomKat Studio…
    Again, many thanks!

  35. avatar Cindi says:

    What lovely party items! One of my favorite collections is her
    “Modern Holiday” Line!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  36. avatar angela m says:

    email subscriber

  37. avatar angela m says:

    fan of Project Nursery and The TomKat Studio on Facebook
    angela m

  38. avatar angela m says:

    my favorite collection is the little ladybug

  39. avatar Josie says:

    email subscriber

  40. avatar Josie says:

    I follow on twitter

  41. avatar Josie says:

    facebook fan

  42. avatar Josie says:

    I love the lolipop collection

  43. avatar Natalie W says:

    I am a TomKat fan and a subscriber to Project Nursery! I love the Lollipop and the Glam Halloween collection!

  44. avatar Ingrid says:

    And im a fan!

  45. avatar Ingrid says:

    Im a subscriber too!

  46. avatar Ingrid says:

    Id have to agree with her, the lolipop collection is adorable.

  47. avatar Corinn says:

    I am a subscriber!!

  48. avatar Nicole says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  49. avatar Nicole says:

    I love the firetruck party! My 2 1/2 year old would love this for his next party!! Who knew firetrucks could look so sophisticated!

  50. avatar Shelby says:

    I’m a PN subscriber!

  51. avatar Shelby says:

    I follow TomKat and PN on FB

  52. avatar Shelby says:

    I would love a pink snowflake themed party on TomKat Studio. I could use it for my daughters 1st birthday on Dec 23!

  53. avatar Sarah W says:

    I subscribe to Project Nursery!

  54. avatar Sarah W says:

    I love the Lollipop invitations!

  55. avatar Jenn S. says:

    I like the Fairy Garden Birthday Party Collection the best.

  56. avatar Katie Bourke says:

    I am a facebook fan for Project Nursery and TomKat.

  57. avatar sara says:

    I like the new lollipop collection.

  58. avatar Christy Johnson says:

    I subscribed to Project Nursery!

  59. avatar Christy Johnson says:

    I follow Project Nursery and TomKat on twitter and tweeted this giveaway!

  60. avatar Christy Johnson says:

    I’m a fan of Project Nursery and TomKat on Facebook!

  61. avatar Christy Johnson says:

    I absolutely LOVE Tom Kat! Their Vintage Firetruck collection would be perfect for my son’s first birthday party!

  62. avatar Mel says:

    Since I became a fan of the TomKat Studio, I’ve been obsessed with her work. Everything is so pretty!!! But my favorite is her SPA collection, the one she inspired on the Barbie party. I love it!!!!!!!

  63. avatar Crystal says:


  64. avatar Crystal says:

    Facebook fan for both.

  65. avatar Crystal says:

    I love the Halloween collections!

  66. avatar Carmenpol says:

    Too hard to answer ! I am often visiting Tomkastudio’s blog and I always find some new brilliant idea, some wonderful item to craft, organize parties….. I love it all.

  67. avatar Marichelle says:

    I love those lovely invites!

  68. avatar Monique Rizzo says:

    I like the Ladybug party.
    Thanks for the chance.

  69. avatar bdaiss says:

    I love TomKat! I’m planning a surprise party for November and am considering a few designs! I’d love to see a peony design in the future!

  70. avatar Sarah says:

    Love them all but since I am planning a bee party for my twins I would say the bee stuff

  71. avatar Lora Joy says:

    I love the Alice in Wonderland and Bubblegum Collection!!!

  72. avatar Christina says:

    I already follow both on twitter! (@sociablextina) :)

  73. avatar Christina says:

    I am a fan of both on facebook already. :)

  74. avatar Christina says:

    I loveeee the ladybug collection!! We used it for my daughter’s birthday party!

  75. avatar Jas says:

    Oh my gosh! I love, love, love, LOVEEEEEEE everything by the TomKat Studio and am a huge fan!!!! :)
    I follow the blog and love looking at all of the pictures :)

  76. avatar Pooh! says:

    The ladybug is my favorite

  77. avatar Samone says:

    I’m already a TomKat FB Fan, soon to be Project nursery Fan.
    I love Alice in Wonderland and a suggestion would be something musical for my 5yo son
    And a quick thankyou for all the wonderful ideas from both of your blogs

  78. What I like most about Kim, printables is that they are made with good cheer and optimism and this is reflected a lot on her designs. You almost can feel the party when having all the gorgeous pretty designs on your table.

    I loved the SPA collection which is very sophisticated and I would love to see similar collection on her shop. I’m also following Kim and Project Nursery on Twitter and Facebook, and I also subscribed to the Project Nursery newsletter.

  79. avatar Sherylle says:

    I am a subscriber

  80. avatar Sherylle says:

    I am a fan for both!

  81. avatar Andri Laouri says:

    Love tomkat’s alice in wonderland collection!

  82. We are 3 sister that admire TomKat and Love Project Nursery! We just bought TomKat’s Glam Halloween Design!

  83. avatar Rosanne says:

    I am a new subscriber to Project Nursery!

  84. avatar Amy says:

    I follow TomKat on Twitter.

  85. avatar Amy says:

    I follow Project Nursery on Twitter.

  86. avatar Amy says:

    I “like” TomKat on Facebook.

  87. avatar Amy says:

    I “like” Project Nursery on Facebook.

  88. avatar Amy says:

    The “Sweet Cupcake Birthday Collection” is so pretty and is definitely a favorite.

  89. avatar Megan says:

    Subscribed to the newsletter.

  90. avatar Megan says:

    Fan of PN and TKS on Facebook!

  91. avatar Megan says:

    Love them all, but the bubblegum one is super cute. And, of course, I love the lollipop one.

  92. Love the ladybug party! It would be perfect for my niece!

  93. avatar Michelle Moncure says:

    I’m just starting my photography business and LOVE your birthday party stuff!!!!!

  94. avatar mollys says:

    I follow via Google!

  95. avatar mollys says:

    the firetruck collection is cute without being “cutesy”. Perfect for my son’s 1st birthday!

  96. avatar Stephanie says:

    I am a fan of TomKat and Project Nursery on Facebook!!!

  97. avatar Stephanie says:

    I absolutely LOVE the Glam Halloween collection! I just purchased it for myself!!

  98. avatar Janelle says:

    I am a daily fan of Tom Kat Studio and also a fan of Project Nursery. My favorite collection is the Halloween Glam!

  99. avatar Kylie says:

    I love the Fairy party set. I also became a fan of both TomKat and PN on Facebook today.

  100. avatar jennfier says:

    i’m a fan of both!

  101. avatar Cherie B says:

    I’m a subscriber of your blog.
    Hoping I win!

  102. avatar Cherie B says:

    I would have to say my favorites are the Pizza Party and the new Halloween collection.
    LOVE them both!

  103. avatar Cherie B says:

    I am a fan of you and Kim on facebook!

  104. avatar Alatiel says:

    I LOOOOOOVE the Rainbow Party collection!

  105. avatar hminnesota says:

    fan of both :Heta S

  106. avatar Cindy says:

    already a subscriber

  107. avatar Cindy says:

    already a fan of PN on FB~

  108. avatar Elizabeth says:

    fan of both on FB

  109. avatar Elizabeth says:

    I love the lollipop party – would love to do it for my baby’s 1st birthday this year!

  110. avatar Brandi says:

    Haha.. you know.. project NURSERY. :) Auto-pilot there.

  111. avatar Brandi says:

    I’m a fan of Project Runway on facebook.

  112. avatar Olga says:

    I follow TomKat & PN on FB and i absolutely love the fairy garden collection as well as the alice collection

  113. avatar Brandi says:

    I LOVE the Halloween Glam collection!

  114. my favorite is the alice tea party, hands down!

  115. avatar Laura says:

    Following both TomKat & PN on Twitter and just tweeted about the giveaway – @addtoheart

  116. avatar Danielle says:

    I follow PN on Facebook.

  117. avatar Laura says:

    I’m a FB fan of both TomKat and Project Nursery

  118. avatar Laura says:

    I just subscribed to the PN newsletter

  119. avatar Laura says:

    I love the Kate’s Fairy Garden Party soooo adorable!

  120. avatar hminnesota says:

    I love IceCream Shoppe collection.

  121. avatar melissa says:

    I subscribe to pn newsletter

  122. avatar melissa says:

    Im a fan of tomkat studio on facebook

  123. avatar melissa says:

    Im a fan of pn on facebook..

  124. avatar melissa says:

    I am in love with both the alice tea party collection and the sassy witch collection

  125. avatar Andrea says:

    I follow you both on Twitter, I tweeted about this give away here @andreaworley

  126. avatar Kayla says:

    Tomkat fb fan

  127. avatar Andrea says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  128. avatar Andrea says:

    I’m a fan of PN on FB too!

  129. avatar Kristen says:

    I subscribe!

  130. avatar Andrea says:

    I’m a Fan of TKS on FB!

  131. like the tomcat studio on facebook

  132. fan of project nursery

  133. I love the sweet cupcake birthday collection!

  134. I love the Vintage Firetruck Birthday Party Collection!

  135. avatar Kim says:

    Love the boys ice cream shop theme!

  136. avatar Kim says:

    Already a subscriber!

  137. avatar Katie says:

    I’m a PN Subscriber!

  138. avatar Katie says:

    Fan of TomKat Studio on FB!

  139. avatar Katie says:

    I love all of Kim’s things and I love the sneak peek she gave of the princess party. That is sure to be my favorite!

  140. avatar Karen says:

    I follow Project Nursery on Twitter! (m19s99u)

  141. avatar Karen says:

    I follow TomKat on Twitter! (m19s99u)

  142. avatar Karen says:

    I’m a fan of TomKat on Facebook!

  143. avatar Karen says:

    I’m a fan of Project Nursery on Facebook!

  144. avatar Paula says:

    I am a PN subscriber!

  145. avatar Melissa V says:

    Fan of both

  146. avatar Paula says:

    I am a fan of The TomKat Studio on FB!

  147. avatar Paula says:

    I am a PN fan on FB!