Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Some of you might be noticing some holiday displays up in the stores already, and many of us have uttered, "and it's only September!" But in the boutique world, the Christmas frenzy is already in full swing.
Posted by Kristen at Thursday, September 11, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
So we're back into our routine again. Well, sort of. Mark has left the office environment and is working from home now, so things will change a little. I'll have a clean kitchen each day (courtesy of him!) and a stocked kitchen. Lucky for me, he loves to cook, and he doesn't mind the grocery store! And I won't worry so much when I have a doctor's appointment and have to get home in time for the bus. He'll be around to help with the little things. Life is good.
Posted by Kristen at Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
If you look closely, Julia's eyes are closed as she's swinging at this softball...but wouldn't you know, she nails it!
Julia and Sara have begged me for "their own website" so I finally agreed and helped them open their very own Etsy Shop. It's called JaydeeMayDesigns, named for both of them. Julia has always been called JaydeeBug (JD for her initials) and Sara's middle name is May- we call her May a little more than we call her by her first name. So JaydeeMayDesigns is born. Julia has worn her fingers out making button ponytail holders over the last day or so, and Sara put together some simple Czech glass earrings today. They've inherited the crafty gene. Take a peek, and add them to your favorites- they get silly when they see that others like their things.
We're sensing an end to the summer. Swim lessons end this week, and we leave next week for our last vacation- to our family cabin in Maine. Enjoy the last lazy days of summer!
Posted by Kristen at Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Each school year thousands of memories are created. Some of them are saved in a folder, journal or scrapbook. But one of the most important memories you will look back on in the years to come will be your child’s school picture. You of course will want everything to be perfect. Bijou & Co. can help you create the perfect memory that will last a lifetime.
Bijou & Co presents Create Your Own School Picture. From July 24 – 31, our talented group of designers will be listing amazing back to school outfits. Perfect for the first day or school, or school picture day! Not only will you receive a one-of-a-kind boutique outfit, but you will also receive an original 11x17 artist portrait of your child wearing her custom boutique design.
What could be better?! The perfect outfit and the perfect photo. Two memories rolled into one. After all a picture is worth a thousand words and in this case a thousand memories.
Posted by Kristen at Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Posted by Kristen at Thursday, June 19, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I promised a picture of what I made last week- here it is! I haven't taken a picture of Julia's dress yet, but here's a Ginger Blossom halter I made a few nights ago. I had a little bit of the Ginger Blossom fabric left, so I took Sara's measurements and made the dress to fit a size smaller than she is. I'm going to save it and give it to my little niece, Isabella.
Speaking of Etsy, I do list there even though my website keeps me busy enough. Orders placed through my website are all made to order, so I am usually backlogged about 3 weeks. I ship 4 or 5 orders a day, so that gives you an idea of how little sleep I get!
But I do find time each day to make something new, and listing on Etsy is a great creative outlet (as if I need another one) so I list one-of-a-kind items there. I have some fun button bracelets and snap clips there.
Check out the recently listed items on the Etsy home page- it's fun to sit and watch the interesting new things that pop up.
Have a great Father's Day weekend!
Posted by Kristen at Thursday, June 12, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I received pictures last night from Beth O Photography- I am just amazed at the quality of her photos. The model is striking- her name is Emma. I wouldn't hesitate to have her model for me in the future. Beth was so easy to work with. The bows and outfit are listed this week on eBay. The outfit is by Cassi of Princess Tiger Lily Boutique and is OOAK for a one-of-a-kind spicy girl in a size 4/5/6. The bows were a remake of my original skull/punk style, with some denim ribbon added in to match Cassi's set. Here are my favorite pictures from the photo shoot.
Posted by Kristen at Sunday, June 08, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Life is busy around here as usual. The ABSD Sisboom launch was great fun and I met several designers who have already planned new collaborations with me. I still have a few things up my sleeve for the Etsy portion of the launch on June 12. If you love Sis Boom fabrics as much as I do, check out our launch by searching ABSD Sisboom on Etsy next week.
Posted by Kristen at Saturday, June 07, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Posted by Kristen at Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Here's a fun group that I'm guesting with this week. Sis Boom's Jennifer Paganelli has designed this beautiful line of fabrics- I'm using the newest line called Bell Bottoms in my designs. The designers and guests of Adagio Bleu are using fabrics from her other recent lines too, so it's bound to be a colorful launch. Here are some sneaks. You can find us by searching ABSD SisBoom on eBay from 5/29 to 6/8. I have collaborations with several designers for this launch. It has been so much fun! The little pink fabric clips in the photo are mine, and are just a taste of what I've made for the launch!
Posted by Kristen at Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
What an exciting week! Weeks like this are what make me tick. I've had so many bows and clips go out in the past weeks for collaborations with various designers that my head spins! But it's all so worth it when I see my bows in action like in these pics...
Posted by Kristen at Friday, May 09, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I'll be listing this Mouse-Inspired Bow Bouquet starting at 99 cents with no reserve!
Search BijouCo all this week!
Posted by Kristen at Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
My house is a bow explosion. One would think that a bowmaker would have a fancy solution to bow storage, but to be honest, we have bows coming out of every crevice in our house. The main "hub" for our bows is a wooden cabinet- the girls take their bows out and throw them into a basket on top of this cabinet. Once in a while, we'll go through the basket and sort everything into color-coordinated plastic drawers inside the cabinet. It's definitely not fancy, and it's terribly frustrating trying to find things when we're rushing out the door to meet the school bus.
If your house is bow explosion too, check out Bambina Ballerina. Trisha makes these gorgeous bow holders with flowing ribbon and tulle. You can have one custom made to match her bedroom decor.
They make beautiful gifts, too. Imagine giving one to a little girl on her first birthday, or for an expectant mom who's having her first little girl.
Visit http://www.bambinaballerina.com/ to see her wonderful work!
Posted by Kristen at Sunday, April 20, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Once in a while I close my website to catch up, and it spurs some extra creativity that I typically can't get to when I'm bogged down with orders. I get refreshed this way and I can jump back into my website sales with a clearer head. This week I made this fabric headband set for a Bijou & Company member to match a dress. I've seen the dress, but I can't wait to see the total ensemble in pictures next week.
I have three other sets made for my Bijou friends, too- so I'll post a link here next week when the items are all launched. Bijou is celebrating their one-year anniversary with a launch called "Sentiments." There are some fabulous designers involved, and it will be exciting to see everything next week.
Thank you for the emails asking about new Gymbo line bows. I'll have Cherry Baby items made up for my reopening next week!
Posted by Kristen at Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Okay, I've figured out the silly little details of posting, so here's my first official one.
I'm Kristen, mom to Julia, Sara and Adam, wife to Mark, and owner of http://www.ladybugbowtique.com/.
I'll explain things in order of importance, or so I see it.
Mark and I have been married for ten years. It will be eleven years this October. He's my best friend, and good thing- because he had no idea ten years ago that I'd have the absolute disaster of a mess in my bow space downstairs that I have today. I've never asked him if he would change his mind, knowing now what he didn't know then. I think I'll save that question for when I've cleaned up my ribbon scraps.
And then there are the kids. Julia is 7. Sara is 6. Adam is 4. I'll save a whole page of bragging, but I'll tell you that they're all very sweet, and they're great kids. They do have love/hate relationships with each other, which makes our household quite unbearable at times. We didn't plan to have 3 children in 3 years. But it happened that way, and we consider ourselves quite blessed, since Julia was a gift through IVF, and Sara and Adam surprised us naturally after that.
We live in a quiet area of northern Massachusetts. Quiet- meaning I have to travel 45 minutes to most everything. Yes, we have a Walmart, gas station and bowling alley, but not much more.
My daily routine includes getting the girls off to school, and Adam to preschool and back. I'm a Daisy Girl Scout leader and I help with the Brownie troop as well. I find a little time to clean up the kitchen sink each day while they're all in school, but most of my day is filled with ribbon.
I started out selling on eBay about six years ago, when I was pregnant with Sara. At the time, I was a bank officer, and managed a local bank branch. When Sara was due, I decided to stay home with both girls. I started selling on eBay. When they were a bit older, I started making bows for them, and listed a few on eBay. I was surprised at how well they did, and after three years and over a thousand bow sales, I decided it was time to venture out and open my website. I had no idea at the time where this would bring me. My website has been so fun and exciting, and exhausting at the same time.
I make mostly made-to-match (M2M) Gymboree and Janie and Jack bows & accessories, but also fit in some GAP, Hanna, Naartjie, Boden and some others. I make bows, clips, headbands, necklaces, and so much more.
So, that's me.
Here's my first attempt at adding important info about me. We'll see if it works.