Small Business Highlight: The Prettiest Bow

I recently had the immense privilege of swapping goods with a fellow Etsy shop – The Prettiest Bow. Owner Melissa is extremely kind and her bows are BEAUTIFUL. I usually go for large, twirls and twists of ribbon hair bows for my little girl, but Melissa won me over with her bows.

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I received a collection of hair clips and head bands; with both I was amazed by how detail-oriented every bow was; you can tell that Melissa really makes each bow with a lot of thought and care. I also was so impressed with vibrancy of colors for each bow; I’m a HUGE fan of bold colors, and these bows do not fade, but they aren’t obnoxious either. They are a perfect combination of bold and graceful. Each hair bow was extremely well made. My little girl has a knack for tugging at her hair bows or chewing on them, and these have held up extremely well.

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If you want a great source for uniquely made bows, head over to The Prettiest Bow. Also, be sure to check out The Prettiest Bow on Facebook and Instagram and Blog!

MINI FOX!

Just when I thought my fox plush friends simply couldn’t get any cuter, I meet their mini version. HELLO, EXPLOSIONS OF ADORABLENESS! For such a little guy, he does not lack in the cuteness arena. I’ll be introducing more color options for him soon, but I could not wait to put him in the shop. Grab him quick!

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Meet Our Designer: Karyn of BeBe Dolls

Our “Meet Our Designer” series will give our customers a chance to get to know the Designer behind the product. Today, we introduce you to Karyn of BeBe dolls.
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What inspired you to make your dolls?
I saw these wonderful cloth dolls on a blog, but unfortunately, the etsy store had shut down.  I hunted and hunted for similar dolls for my daughter, but never found ones that were quite right at a price I could justify spending.  In the end I found several different free patterns online and made my own.  Those first two dolls were far from perfect but they were made with lots of love just for her.  The fact that they cost me nothing, since I just used scraps I had on hand, was an added bonus.  A few months later, a close friend told me she was organizing an artisan sale to raise money to bring her daughter home from Ethiopia and I thought about those dolls.  I made a pattern of my own and a dozen or so dolls, all with different skin and hair colors.  When I posted a picture of the dolls on Facebook, orders started pouring in.  I never would have made dolls for anyone but my little one, if not for my friend and her daughter and $5 from every sale goes to help her come home.
Aside from doll-making, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time?  What’s that? Just kidding.  I love to read, cook, craft, throw parties and spend time at the lake.  And most evenings after the girls are in bed, the house is picked up, the laundry’s in the dryer and the lunches are packed, I’m curled up in my own bed watching reality tv.  My husband mocks me, but I can’t stay away!
How do you balance out working and being a mom?
I am blessed in that my work life and home life really do fit together pretty seamlessly.  I am one of the Children’s Directors at our church and it is nice that while I am working, the girls are just down the hall (or sometimes even in the room with me), learning about our God or playing with their friends in our Mother’s Day Out program.  Sewing is another story.  We live in a tiny house with no space for my sewing machine to sit out, so when I’m sewing, we eat at the coffee table.  Sewing for me happens in quick bursts during naptime or after bedtime and occasionally on weekends when the girls can hang out with their daddy!
What is a surprising fact about you?
I have two brothers and inherited a love for a good action flick.  Preferably with Jason Statham.  I’ve seen every Bond movie ever made.
Check out our shop for more of Karyn’s dolls – http://www.lollipopsnthings.etsy.com or http://lollipopsnthings.storenvy.com