Friday, October 29, 2010

Meet Lara

Meet Lara over at Bon AppeSweet!

Italian is her favorite food, and Blue is her favorite color... her hobby is anything that she can bake! (Sounds fun!)

Bon AppeSweet is a Lara's specialty cake shoppe! Inspiration came to her during her daughters 4th birthday party. They had a huge family, and lots of friends to share the celebration with that the 'CAKE' had to be the best part! All the bakeries in the area were charging an arm and a leg for the cake that they were looking for, even though it was a very simple cake. Lara's friend knew the person who did her husbands groom cake, and she was the cheapest and best pricce out of all the 25 places they looked at. Upon recieving the cake the night before the party, it was a disaster, the cake was already falling apart and coming to pieces, and it looked like the lady had put pins in the cake, and it was lumpy, and things were missing. The cake didn't look like anything that they were discussing previous to receiving the cake. After the party the cake lasted about 1 1/2 days before it spoiled. Lara wound up throwing away large portions. It was a sad day, and a disaster. Lara was convinced that she could do a better cake, and thus BonAppeSweet was born. Lara found a way to purchase supplies at a very low cost so she may be able to charge customers less without having to sacrifice the taste, quality, or the looks of cakes. Lara has tons of options and lots of ideas!

"Baking your dreams come true" :) Stop on over and join her group here. Website here.  Let her know you saw her on Meet the Boutique!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meet Ashley!

Meet Ashley behind Ashleys Bowtique and More!

Ashley loves Mellowcreme pumpkins (sounds really good), PINK is the color she loves! Crafting, making hairbows, tutu's and anything else that she can think of are her hobbies.

Ashley and a friends started making little bows for their newborn babies over 3 years ago. It started off slow, sold some here and there and it did good. Ashley then decided she would make a facebook page to sell her stuff, which is slowly picking up... she just started it, and would love to have new fans!

Stop on over and say Hello, let her know you saw her on Meet the Boutique!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Meet Diana

Meet Diana from Sweet Marie Designs :)

Chocolate is her favorite food :) (YUM!) Pink, purple, and green is favorite colors. Sewing, reading, and playing with her kids, is her hobbies! :)

Her shop started off pretty slow, but she was looking for something to do at home, and having a shop online was the key, to getting it to work at home. Only problem she saw was that no one would want anything she would or could make. She took a chance, and posted some items on her personal page, and she received a really great response, so she took the chance and started her fan page. Diana does this for her kids and family, she wanted to help her bring in some extra income so they could do more things that were fun and as a family! Diana's shop has since then grown and has been a blessing to her and her family. A BIG-THANK YOU to all her fans for making it possible, you are all very great!

Stop on over at Sweet Marie Designs, and let her know you saw her on Meet the Boutique! :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Meet Jean

Meet Jean she's the creative lady behind Bebe A La Mode! :)

Her favorite food, is of course Ice Cream! :) Pink is the favorite color. Sewing, painting, drawing, and shopping are the best hobbies.

Bebe A La Mode happened a little over a year ago, since her daughter is her inspiration. She started Bebe A La Mode just making the bows for her daugther. It has been Jean's dream to do something big and this was it, she wants her daughter to grow up knowing that her dreams can and will come true! Jean will love her daughter to have an appreciation for art and creativity since Jean is constantly showing it through her work :)
Jean can't wait for Bebe A La Mode to have a physical storefront one day, a big thank you to everyone who appreciates and enjoy's her creations!

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." Stop on in and let her know you saw her on Meet the Boutique! :) Click here, or here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Meet Elizabeth

Meet Elizabeth she's behind Crafty Moms'R'us and EBows!!

Cheddar cheese is her favorite food. (sounds oooh so good!) All kinds of green are her favorite colors. Reading with her kids, making bows, and of course the almighty FACEBOOKIN' (ahahaha, so true for me).

It all came together for Elizabeth after her first child was a boy and then 10 years later her baby girl came! :) What do mom's do when they are expecting a baby girl? Go shopping for all the cutest things in the world for their precious one! She went to a local boutique and paid $12 for a purple bow attached to a headband. So simple of course, and it of course isn't that hard to make on our own. Elizabeth spent hours on the internet looking for "How-to's" on making bows, headbands and more. It took her about 2 years before she thought they looked good enough to sell. "You should sell these" was heard once again ;). Her daughter had reached 6 months old her husband had an accident at the railroad. They had made a decision before that he had for 8 years to take a job with the railroad, so they could finally afford a 'REAL' home. He was only at the railroad for 3 months training, with probationary period, before he would be in the union. Elizabeth's husband slipped off a ladder on a train car, and she just lost her job when returning from maternity leave in December. He was only a few days away from being in the union when they fired him. Elizabeth thus though she could sell some of her bows, but it seemed that more money was being put into supplies than profit coming in. Elizabeth is cursed with Anxiety, which she didn't feel so comfortable selling to strangers so much, thus she started a Facebook page EBows, which is easy for her to handle her anxiety. She owns another page, which is Crafty Moms'R'us in which she reached 1000 fans the first month. Which helped her with her not being so nervous.

"Treat others as you would have them treat you! And read to your children often."  Stop on by and meet Elizabeth at Craty Moms'R'us! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Meet Samantha

Samantha is the lady behind King's Scentsations!

Snack Cakes are super delicious, and irresistible, that's why it's her favorite!! (YUM!) Purple is her favorite color, and being active is something that she loves to do as her hobby!

She is a single mother of a 14 month old baby boy.. she is very proud of him and he's such a joy! Samantha is a full time student and work part-time, as well as keeping up with King's Scentsations. Samantha started making some extra money that she could use for her son, and then once she started doing it it became an addiction! Samantha loves interacting with all of her  "boutique friends" and of course playing all the comment games, photo tagging, flash games. :) She started selling necklaces which she makes, and now she's working on another page that will have perfume oils, and oils that you roll on just like perfume. Fragrances she'll carry will range from all over a top designer brand, straight down to our favorites like vanilla. She is very excited to gain new friends in the process and of course growing her business with the inspiration of her son.

Her favorite quote, "Everything happens for a reason" :) Stop on over and say Hi! Let her know you saw her on MTB! :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Meet Toni

Toni is the owner behind Handmade Hairbows!

Homemade Mac&Cheese is her favorite food! YUM! :) Blue is her favorite color, and reading and bow making is her hobbies!

It all started by making bows for her daughters. Toni really enjoyed making bows and other stuff for her daughters that she decided she would start making them for others to enjoy as well. Her husband is in the Military and since he deployed most of the time she needs something to keep her occupied. She enjoys making bows and she loves making new ones!! If you have something you might want, see if she'd make a custom order for you!

"I love you, Mommy!" is what she loves to hear! Stop on in and check out Handmade HairBows and let her know you saw her on MTB! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet Debbie

Meet Debbie, she's the lady behind Toadily Handmade by Debbie Hughes!

Ice Cream is her favorite food, and Purple is her favorite color! Making crafts is her favorite thing to do.. :)

Debbie's story may be about financial reasons but her crafting is helping them greatly! Debbie's husband lost his job, and they got tight on money. They went from a very good income to one low income, when with two young teenagers wanting everything that was popular and latest styles they were pressured to find another source of income. When everything started for her starts here.. Debbie's husband came home with a pair of homemade earrings for her and she says he says "everyone has $5.00 to make themselves feel good". Debbie has always made her own cards, scrapbooks, and more. Thus, she would try to make her own jewelry to make some few extra dollars not much, but she found that she could make jewelry. Debbie packed up her a small table and went to the local trade day and sold two items a grand total of $22.00. She went home a little heart broken but she started on looking for something a little bit better, and made bottle cap necklaces, earrings, bows, and bow holders. Sooner rather than later she had received a permanent booth and was asked for by people coming to the trade day, asking "Where is the bottle cap lady?" From that day on, she has been growing, with 245 fans it's wonderful! There is no need to over price just as long as she can make a little extra to pay bills. She loves what she does and she loves her customers for making Toadily Handmade by Debbie Hughes possible!

Favorite Quote and saying is: "God is good all the time and all the time God is good." Stop on in and say Hi! :) Great items, and a Great lady! Let her know you saw her on MTB! Have a great day!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Meet Kerry!

Kerry is the brillance behind "Creations by Kerry"

Kerry loves Purple! Pork Dumplings are her favorite (OOOOOh sounds yummy!)! She loves to paint!

Her childhood changed her when she got a crafting set one Christmas, since then never looked back! (Keep on crafting!!) Kerry's grandmother still has the owl that she constructed out of noodles :). She began sewing ten years ago and fell in love! Kerry has sold her many sewed good to friends, and local shops, but 3 years ago it broke, and couldn't afford one at the time. Kerry channeled her crafting else where a year after that, and started making some headbands and clips for her oldest daughter. Thus, could not afford the supplies so she had to put it behind her. The help and support she recieved from her father was great that he bought her supplies and she began making things again. Kerry has several joint and health issues that crafting is a great way for her to escape from her struggles. Kerry's proud to share her creations with each and every person out there! Thus she has hope and creativity in her hair accessories she would love to one day get back to her sewing machine!

"Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination." Kerry favors the words above.

Stop on in at Creations by Kerry, and let her know you saw her on MTB! :) Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Meet Heather!

Alrighty Heather is the creator behind "Kennakins Bows n Things"

Anything Italian is good, and yummy!! :) PINK is her favorite color!! Most definitely loves to sew and of course make bows in her spare time (coming up with new things!)!

Heather started making bows because she wanted THE "CUTE BIG BOWS" for her daughter and she couldn't find a place anywhere that had exactly what she is looking for! Heather decided she would try and make her own from there and then it "snowballed" [in her words] from there. Of course all her friends started buying [they are your best supporters! or should be!] and then from there that's when Kennakins Bows n Things opened! It is named for her daughter Mckenna! From 6 months ago since, she started, Heather's added tutus, pillowcase dresses to her list. It's more WORK now than just a HOBBY, but guess what Heather LOVES it! She's not complaining!! She would love to say that she "LOVES" all the people who have kept her going!

"If its meant to be, it will be." and that's very true! Just keep at it of course, and "it will be"! Stop on in at Kennakins Bows n Things and let her know you saw her on MTB! :) Thank you for sharing your story Heather!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Meet Jessica!

Jessica is the brilliance behind Jess Fabulous Designs!

Jessica's favorite food is Mexican!! (YUM-O!) Red is her favorite color! Jessica loves to Camping, shopping, and crafts (who doesn't love it!)! :)

Jessica started doing crafts about a year ago, and she started with fun crafts with her daughter and it was Halloween decorations! As they finished it turned out super cute, and so she expanded and made some votive candle holders for family and friends for Christmas. She got the "you should sell this" line from everyone and so she got to work on getting some designs together about a month ago, then found her way to Facebook, and from there it's been fabulous. Jessica has expanded from Votive Candle holders to making vases, and ornaments just to name a few! :) All her products are very original and can me custom made to the customer's liking! Jessica totally loves what she does!

In a month, Jessica has grown! That's splendid! Stop on in and check out Jessica here! Let her know you saw her on MTB! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Meet Melinda

Melinda is the lady behind "Stork Bows Boutique"

Mexican is her favorite food! Orange and Brown is the colors that she loves! Crafting and Interior Designing are where she uses her focus. :)

Her name is Melinda, she's married to the love of her life, who happens to serve in the United States Army, They have 2 beautiful little girls, Avah, and Bryanna! Stork Bows Boutique started when she was pregnant with her first daughter, she bought tons of head bands and clips from the store. Once her daughter was born, clips did NOT stay in her hair and she did not like wearing the headbands, so Melinda got to work looking online to buying some, but they were just sooooo expensive! She spent so much money on them, and decided to just try and make them herself, and it was like a second nature to her, because she LOVED it! It was a great way to end her days after caring for a newborn all day and a great stress reliever, which she has been doing for almost 4 years now! (WOW!!)  Growing up she had one best friend that she's been BEST of Friends with since they were 6 months old, and they are STILL BEST FRIENDs to this very day! Coming up with the name "Stork Bows" was based off that, her friend was very short, and Melinda is very tall, and she used to be very tall and very skinny, with long legs, so her friend would call her Stork! Thus, it was a name and something different that was associated with babies, so Stork stuck! :)

Stop on in and check her out! Check out her facebook here, and her shop here. Let her know you saw her on MTB! :) Have a great day all!! Thank you, Melinda for your cute story!! :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Meet Kelly :)

Kelly is the owner behind Mia Sue Minerals :)

Green is definitely her favorite color, as her whole FORM was in green!! :)) (lol) Homemade Italian is the favorite food!! (YUM!) She loves working on Jigsaw puzzles, Word search puzzles. Loves doing some Kayaking, Fishing & Camping as well!

Kelly got started with another Mineral Make-up Company which owner wasn't much help, but when orders are in it takes 3 weeks to fill. Kelly was getting tired of the horrible customer service, and it was draining her customers having to wait so long! Kelly decided to take on the reigns and start her own Mineral-Makeup Company! The name Mia Sue Minerals came from the inspiration of her mother. Kelly and her business partner were thinking of a name for the business early January 2010, when her mother went into emergency surgery to remove a "males fist sized" tumor out of her brain. Kelly's mother is doing great but still fighting her aggressive brain cancer. The name came to be as her mother and her would call each other "Mama Mia" and "Sue" when she was a little girl. :) Naming the company between the two came as Mia Sue! :)

Stop on in at "Mia Sue" and let her know you saw her on MTB :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Meet Tonya Holsey!

Tonya is the owner behind KadyBug Boutique!

Tonya's favorite colors are all the shades of PINK! :) Favorite food (which I have to agree with!) TEXAS CHEESE CHILI FRIES from Chili's (YUM-O!) Her favorite hobby is to Graphic Design! (Mine too!) :)

Tonya's little girl has definitely been her inspiration in her KadyBug Boutique! Tonya starting creating things and has to ask herself first "Would Kailyn wear this?" and if she can answer yes, than she knows she will sell it! (Cute!) Kailyn loves fashion and especially accessories, she also helps her mom pick out colors and embellishments! Tonya loves to know what her daughter thinks is exciting to her, and what "KAILYN" would love to see! By the way the little Diva is THREE! (Mommy's little helper!) Tonya started this company 4 years ago while she was preparing for Kailyn to make her entrance. Researching DAY and NIGHT and bought every single tutorial she could! Tonya wanted Kailyn to have the cutest thing of everything and wanted them to be perfect! Of course 4 years later Kailyn is definitely her business partner! YAY!

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
— Marilyn Monroe

Stop on in her boutique, let her know you saw her on MTB!! :) Have a wonderful day all!!
I will be posting a question M-F now, if you could all give feedback, I will start posting discussions in the blog soon :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Meet Monica!

Monica is the wonderful and brilliant person behind the "Cutsie Bowtique"!

Monica's food of choice would have to have ANYTHING chicken in it!! (SOUNDS GOOD!) Hobbies consist of anything Crafting, Photography, Painting, Drawing, and of course SHOPPING (Don't we all do it!?)!!

Cutsie Bowtique started as a way to make some extra money and stay home with her baby! She couldn't let her daughter go to a babysitter or daycare so that she may work because her daughter just had open heart surgery in March. The doctor advised her to stay home with her, to reduce the chance of her getting sick or getting an infection. Almost 7 months have passed since her surgery and Monica now is able to go back to work, but doesn't need to. ALL of her WONDERFL customers have allowed her to stay home with the kids. Monica can't express how much IT means to her, she enjoys making all the things, and hoping that it shows in her products. She would love to extend a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL HER CUSTOMERS AND FANS!

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." -- Judy Garland (I love that quote!)

Thank you, Monica for sharing your story! Stop on over and let her know that you saw her on MTB!
Have a great day everyone!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Meet Beverly or Bev :)))

Meet Beverly or Bev :)) She's the designer behind ButterBeans&ChicPeas :)

Click above for her Etsy Shoppe!
ALL-things PINK is the color she prefers!! Favorite food is Cold PIZZA (omggggg I forgot that I LOVED THAT TOO!! (= ) She loves to sip on lattes (YUM!), and she's in the south so SWEET TEA is what she drinks!! According to her grandmother her hobby is the computer.. (LOL). Beverly is into BLOGGIN', a little bit too addicted to Etsy, Facebook and more. (She had a Facebook, before Facebook was cool! That thing called "Myspace" lol) {ME TOO! i love the internet!} She OBVIOUSLY loves love loves loves LOVES SEWING!! She does -like- to cook and bake with my little sweetie Emma (The youngest of 3, but the only girl! :) ).

 Super sweet lady, her inspiration for her Boutique was simple it started out with a FABRIC addiction! (I've sewed before -little things-, but I'm impatient and I have stubby fingers to be messing with needle and thread period!) She honestly loves what she does, and what she does she LOVES. Beverly loves to whip up things (custom orders) and try new patterns out! She prides herself on HOW quick can get things done, but it's probably because she doesn't get out of her Office/Studio/Sewing room much, implanting her laptop and sewing machine to each side of her hips... other than that, it a REAL joy to know that she made someone's day! After listing many items in her Etsy shop and only having the support of friends, she finally took off by doing lots of custom orders. Her creations have been in at least 5 weddings, and it's pretty NEAT to be a small part of someone's BIG DAY!

Beverly's loves being able to offer Boutique Styles at MOM approved prices for all of her customers and of course tweaking things just a bit to make that special item truly OOAK (ONE OF A KIND!)

Her sayings are forever changing  but at this moment she's been saying "Glad to hear it!" or "mmmHmmm" which works to answer so many things...

Stop on in and let Beverly know you saw her on MTB :) Have a great day!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Meet Victoria Armijo

Victoria Armijo is the face behind ABC Creative Learning :)

Click above for their store!
Her color is and has to be HOT PINK! :) (LOVEs it!!) Favorite Hobbies are made up of reading, baking free allergy food for her daughter, and weekly Stroller Stride Classes with her daughter of course! (Who wants to push an empty stroller, we all need those biceps right?!?!) Must have FOOD is Mexican!! (yum-o!)

Behind ABC CREATIVE LEARNING is Victoria a great teacher!! Her inspiration for ABC Creative Learning was all her fellow teachers, and of course the students in the classroom (where would teachers be with no students? lol)! Victoria, 3 years later, her inspiration is her 1 year old beautiful little girl! She did not go back to being a teacher, she is now considered a Stay At Home Mom, well who also works from home, of course. (Victoria stays home to take care of her daughter who has several severe food allergies and Victoria has to make her food from scratch!) Her hubby, and her decided it was best she stay home, to take care of her daughter and run the business full time! (AWESOME!)

Victoria's goal is to be able to provide excellent customer service and amazing products to let children's imagination grow with creativity (that's definitely needed)! Now, ABC Creative Learning is not your average "learning" it is wayyyyyy more than that it's IMAGINATION tied in! She wanted to make it easy for teachers, and parents to find "learning" and "resources" for at school, or home for affordable prices, they also including some custom make dresses and outfits for both girls and boys. Victoria being a teacher for many years and a first time mom, she knew what children need in early development, so she is definitely more than willing to help you find your perfect toy, while helping them develop different skills through creative play!

"Play is the beginning of knowledge." George Dorsey

I think this is wonderful, and I really wish I had some of these awesome toys, when I was growing up! I loved playing kitchen, and making "pretend" sandwiches! :) Stop on in at ABC Creative Learning here, here, and here! Let her know you saw her on MTB! :) Thank you Victoria for sharing your "CREATIVE" story!