Mia, did you always know you wanted to be in the toy business?
When I was very small I wanted to sell balloons at the zoo. I didn't want to make toys but I have always loved making things. I baked muffins for a bakery, made and sold jewelry to local stores, embroidered guitar straps and blue jean skirts, burned designs into wooden cigar boxes--I was very busy.
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eeBoo is such a fun name, where does it come from?
When my husband Saxton and I thought up the name we were thinking of the French word "hibou" but we thought people would say "HI BOO" so we adjusted it to eeBoo and made the B a capitol. We liked it because it sounded like "peek-a-boo" or "EEK! Boo!."
How do you get your ideas for your games?
I get many of my ideas from flea markets but I also learned a lot looking for things for my own children. When my kids were small there weren't so many good looking or meaningful educational toys. In the past 15 years there has been an explosion of small, creative toy companies. For the most part I made the things I could not find or things I thought I could make better.
What's the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is when I really have a strong image of something I want to make. I usually can see the whole finished product in my head before I start. I see the illustration, the size of the box, the materials, the basic design--and then I get to start calling other people and start the creative collaboration.
You make such great games and puzzles. What were your favorites growing up?
When I was little I didn't really play games. I mostly liked building with blocks, making things and playing around with my best friend Julie. I had a fairly big imagination so I could play with almost anything--I didn't even mind playing alone.
What's your favorite ice cream?
Hard ice cream- Vanilla Swiss Almond. Soft ice cream- Chocolate
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