Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bella Bleu Embroidery : January Business Spotlight


This week's guest is Corena Lipkowitz of Bella Blue Embroidery.
Please read on as Corena tells us a little bit about herself, her business, and her inspiration.

Merged design with Itch 2 Stitch's #s.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself. 
A: I am a mother of three daughters, Katarina, Calysta and Darrian. They are my inspiration to fun and funky items I make. I live with my husband in Michigan. during the day I work for four charter schools in Detroit where I am in marketing and admissions for each school. I am the face of the school in the public.

Q: How did you get started using an embroidery machine? 
A: I started embroidering when my oldest daughter, Katarina, was born. I did this because it was next to impossible to find anything with her name on it unless I went to Germany or Russian where it was popular. I have fiddled with digitizing for over 10 years making creations live inside my laptop and never sharing.

Q: How long have you been sewing?
A: I have been sewing since I was 9 years old with my Grandmother, Edra's, help. Barbie was my first model and wearing of my experimental over the top clothing. I learned how to sew the old fashioned way by french seams as a finish...that's what I get for living in a small town I guess. I discovered the serger and absolutely can't live without it!!! I tried to learn the secret to quilting however, I can make the top piece but putting all 3 layers together I cannot do so I hire that out!! lol

Q: What is your favorite item to make?
A: I love to make pieces that really make people happy. I love getting feedback on items I give people because even though I embroider I don't always give it as a gift. When I do people are surprised that I spent time on them and gave them my work. 

Q: What is your shop name?
A: Etsy: CreationsbyBellaBleu (aka Littlechaz)
facebook: Bella Bleu Embroidery & Designs
Brick and Mortar stores: Uniquely Yours, Lake Orion, MI
Location: Michigan
Merged design with Band to Bow's faces.
Q: What type of items do you create and sell?
A: I sell mostly embroidered items and very little boutique clothing anymore. When I create my unique children's clothing you will find me art juried art shows with it. I don't put it up online. 

Bella Bleu Embroidery Designs

Q: Do you have a bestselling item?
A: My Snowman Chenille Jumper

Q: In all of your years of embroidering, what is the best tip you've heard and would like to pass on?
A: In all my years of embroidery the thing I have learned the most is to hit the stop button before I stick my hand into or near the needle of my monster machine. I cracked a bone in my hand by not doing so.

Paw Prints by Bella Bleu.

Q: Any closing words of wisdom?
A: A personalized gift is a thoughtful gift.

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1 comment:

  1. I didn't see a way to email you so I'm posting this here.
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog award. As you can read, it's for blogs with less than 200 followers. I couldn't find eleven blogs to pass it on, so I just went with a few I know. It takes time to do, but it could help you to get more followers. If you can't do it, then don't worry about it.
    Shirley Clark (I follow you on FB too.)