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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Sunday, January 6, 2013

CAW January 2013 Winner

Announcing our very FIRST winner from our very FIRST Customer Appreciation Week
***We heard no response from our first winner (please see terms for given time period agreed to on entry form) so we have picked a NEW WINNER!!!


Here are the official results:

There were 200 lines on the entry form. Line one was omitted since it was just the heading. With the range from 2-200, selected #127. 

Congrats Salli!

Please check your email as I'll need to know where to send this wonderful bundle of chevron fabric!

Here is a preview of next month's giveaway for our Feb Customer Appreciation Week!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Customer Appreciation Week - January 2013

Thank you for following Original Stitches!

I have loved to draw since I was a little girl and was the one to always show up at Grandma's house with a handful of pictures. I appreciate this opportunity to create files for you to use with your little ones or your home business. Being able to stay at home with my children is a blessing and I would like to give you a little something in return!

We are starting off 2013 with our Customer Appreciation Week! The first week of each month will feature a new free design (ITH Snowflake) and a new free verse (Lamentations 3:23). Please head on over to the website to download those!

Each customer appreciation week will also feature a giveaway sponsor by yours truly, Original Stitches. 

Right now, I have this lovely fabric bundle sitting here just waiting to be mailed out!

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