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Mom-Owned Business – Brittny Creates

I’ve had so much fun featuring local mom-owned businesses on my blog.  This will be the last feature post for Christmas, but I will occasionally feature other businesses throughout the year.  The directory will be updated continually, though, so please continue to submit businesses for that!

Today’s mom-owned business is Brittny Creates.  Brittny is a Stampin’ Up consultant, and creates fun and unique cards, party invitations, and so much more.  I really love Stampin’ Up products and the versatile projects that can be created with them, and I think Brittny’s work is exceptional!

Brittny Creates

How did you get started with Stampin Up?

I was pregnant with my first son and wanted to find something I could do that would make some extra cash while I stayed at home when he was born.  I don’t even remember how I found Stampin’ Up! but I did and couldn’t have been happier!
What’s the most rewarding part of selling your creations?
Cards and gifts are given all the time for different occasions.  It’s so much better when you get a response from someone when they realize it’s a handmade creation.  The person just seems to appreciate it more knowing that you spent your time and effort on what you are giving them!
What’s your favorite kind of product to create?
I love making things that require more than one project.  For example, I’ve begun to get in to making invitations, thank you notes, décor, etc for birthday parties and other events.  I just love to take a theme and show different things you can do with our products!  I also love making treats to send my kids to school for their friends and teachers.
How old are your kids?  How do you balance your business with family life?
DJ is 4 and Cameron is 2.  My husband is a big help when it comes to running my business with family life.  I make a calendar 3 months in advance to schedule for available dates that I can have a party at nights and weekends.  We coordinate those dates so he is aware then I work on filling those dates.  We also plan family days that I do not work on my business at all.  This keeps us all happy!!

How can readers view more products and submit orders?

My website to place orders is http://brittnysmith.stampinup.net  (You will need to click on Shop Now under the Products tab) You can also find the classes that I teach as well as available dates for parties at this site.
I also have a blog that I try to stay up to date but have been falling behind on and that’s my new year’s resolution for my business is to stay up to date on the blog.  There I show examples with pictures and directions how I make the project.  The site is http://brittnycreates.blogspot.com
Facebook is another tool that I use daily with my business.  Like my page at http://facebook.com/BrittnyCreates
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Mom-Owned Business – Itty Bitty Heart Creations

This mother-daughter duo creates customized clothing and accessories for the special little ones in our lives!

Itty Bitty Heart Creations

 

What made you decide to Itty Bitty Heart Creations?

In December 2012 I was going stir crazy from quitting my full time job in November because our son was very ill.  I talked my mom into starting the business together.  She had owned a wearable arts business when I was young.

Do you have a favorite product that you create?

Because I have two boys I love doing girly birthday outfits, but we really do enjoy making boy shirts because as a mom of boys I know how cute stuff for boys can be hard to find.

How old are your kids?  How do you balance your business with family?

My boys are Nate, 2 (finalized his adotion last week :)))and Brody, 2.5. We are also expecting a little girl in February and then my mom has me and my 30 yr old brother. We work a lot during my kids’ nap time and at night after they go to bed.

How can readers view more products and submit orders?

Www.facebook.com/ittybittyheartcreations or www.ittybittyheartcreat.etsy.com

When should orders be submitted in order to be ready by Christmas?

To guarantee Christmas delivery, orders should be submitted by Dec 15.

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Mom-Owned Business – Tutus by Jen

Today’s business, Tutus by Jen, creates sweet outfits and accessories for the little ladies in our lives!  She is having a big sale on Black Friday, so check out her Facebook page for a good deal.

Tutus by Jen

How did you get started making tutus? Do you sell products other than tutus?

It all started when I was looking for a tutu for my daughter 1st birthday and decided to watch a youtube video and I learned how to make them myself.  I started out making them for friends and family and that is how I got into selling my creations! I sell tutus, applique shirts, legwarmers, headbands, pony holders, high chair tutus, wreaths etc!!!

What’s the most rewarding part of selling your creations?

The most rewarding part is when my customer sends me a photo of their little one wearing the creation/outfit that I had made for them!

Do you have an all-time favorite product that you created?

I love everything that I make. I spend a lot of time on each piece and try to make it very special for that person. I am starting to learn to embroider and make dresses as well!

How old are your kids? How do you balance your business with family life?

My daughter is 15 months.  I am also a nurse and work only a few times a month.  I make my creations during Sofia’s naps and when she goes to bed at night!  The majority of my time I spend being a mommy and a wife:)

How can readers view more products and submit orders?

Readers can send me a private message regarding what they would like to order.  My photos are organized into albums to make it easier to look for ideas when placing orders.  I also have several sales a week, occasional giveaways and daily specials. I will be having a big Black Friday sale!

When do orders need to be submitted in order to be ready in time for Christmas?

I will take orders up until 1 week before Christmas.

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Mom-Owned Business – Budget Blossoms by Jilliann

Today’s featured business is Budget Blossoms by Jillian.  I love Jillian’s story and her work is stunning!  Make sure you “like” her Facebook page for upcoming holiday promotions.

Budget Blossoms by Jilliann

What made you decide to start Budget Blossoms by Jilliann?

I decided to start the business when I was laid off by my employer of 10 years. I was 9 months pregnant and had never been able to stay at home with any of my boys. I worked as a Human Resources Director for a large company and was pretty burnt out. I had done some floral deign work in High School and college and did the occasional wedding for a family member and always loved it. I decided to try and get some weddings… the first year I had maybe 5, the second year I had 20 or so and I have almost 50 booked in 2014!

I decided to go the budget way of doing flowers because I remember  getting quotes for my flowers back in 2000, and being totally shell shocked by the costs.  Every Bride deserves flowers.  I love trying to come up with a plan for someone who is on a tight budget and seeing her relief and joy that she will have something beautiful.  And I love working on the huge weddings and hearing that I came in $2000 less than the other local florists! 

Do you have a favorite product that you create?

My favorite product by far is the Bridal bouquet. I love getting pictures of the bride’s dress ahead of time and pictures of what she loves. The night before when I am working on her bouquet, I imagine her holding it. I love buying the perfect ribbon, pearls and  bling to make it spectacular.  I pride myself on being totally unique and artistic.

How old are your kids?  How do you balance your business with family?

 I have 4 sons! Mitchell is 11 and in 6th grade at Jefferson Middle School in Mt. Lebanon, Owen is 8 and in 3rd grade at Lincoln Elementary, Patrick is 6 and in first grade and Collin is 2. I’m not going to lie, it’s hard! I get caught up with emailing brides, looking for inspiration pictures and ordering and then I’ll look up and see that half of the day is gone. I started telling myself that my boys will only be this young once and I am really trying to slow down and spend time with each of them, kind of taking mental pictures along the way. Fridays and Saturdays are crazy, but it’s a thrilling craziness that is over the minute you deliver or set up the last arrangement. My husband is an Architect at a local firm and he is also busy but we work together to make sure that the boys get to swimming, boy scouts, soccer, haha, it’s never ending. He’s my biggest supporter. We’ve been married for 13 years and I could not be doing this with out him. I also have wonderful female cousins who pitch in and make my Saturdays easier!

How can readers view more products and submit orders?

People can like my Facebook page to see my work along the way and I will be posting pictures of available Holiday arrangements. My website is BudgetBlossomsbyJilliann.org and I can be reached through there or at BudgetBlossomsbyJilliann@aol.com

When should orders be submitted in order to be ready by Christmas?

I can do arrangements with 2 days notice!

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Origami Owl Promotion

I am so excited for today’s post, which is a promotion brought to South Hills Mom Blog readers from Kristin at Origami Owl.

Origami Owl

If you aren’t familiar with Origami Owl, it is a unique jewelry line that allows you to create customizable necklaces and bracelets to have a personalized product that is meaningful to you!  Their Living Lockets are not only customizable, but you can change the charms inside the lockets as desired, so you can have a new product as often as you’d like.  (It’s a great option for families that are still growing; you can always add on elements for a new member of the family!)  The Tagged line offers inspirational tags (“believe,” “Namaste,” “hope,” etc.) as well as accents like crystals or initials to create a one-of-a-kind look.

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Kristin has graciously offered to host an online catalog party for South Hills Mom Blog readers.  The online parties are easy to navigate; you click on the party’s link, here, and create a piece of jewelry that you love.  Typically the hostess earns rewards based on the sales her party brings in, but in this case Kristin will be raffling off $40 of Hoot Loot to someone who places an order!  Online orders will be accepted until Dec. 9th, at which point Kristin will randomly select an order to win the Hoot Loot.  The Hoot Loot will be $40 worth of merchandise credit the winner can select to add on to their order.  It’s a great opportunity to create an entirely new piece of jewelry for someone on your shopping list, or add charms and add-ons to the piece you already created.  Thank you so much, Kristin!!

Again, the party’s link is here, and orders will be accepted until December 9th.  Happy shopping!

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Mom-Owned Business – Totally2TooCute

The name of today’s featured business pretty much sums it up – Totally2TooCute!  With ribbons, bows, and tulle galore, this mom of all BOYS has something for the little men in your life, too.

Totally2TooCute

1. What made you decide to start T2TC (Totally2TooCute)?
My love for tulle started about 5 years ago and hasn’t stopped. However, T2TC did not come about until March of 2011. I started making tutus for family and friends,then decided to turn my hobby into a business. I feel as if T2TC has sky rocketed since then.
2. Do you have a favorite product that you make?
It is hard to pick a favorite item when all of my creations are custom made and filled with an equal amount of love. IF I had to pick one item to be my favorite right now, I would have to say my tie tees for the boys. They still make me chuckle each and every time I see a little one wearing them. A close second would be the birthday sets. They are totally fun to create!
3.What’s the most rewarding part of selling your creations?
The most rewarding part of selling my creations is the enjoyment in the childs face; wether I am able to see it in person or  through a photo. My heart is just full of joy at that very moment.  I also love running in to customers of mine in public wearing items made by T2TC. That is by far one of the coolest feelings ever!
4. How old are your kids? How do you balance your business with family?
I have two wonderful boys, yes BOYS, ages 11 and 8. Can we say T2TC is my girl fix?  For the most part, I work when my children are at school and my husband is at work. However, I am usally working in the evening hours as well since thats when my brain comes up with crazy ideas. Like my one friend has always told me, “I would love to be able to pick your brain apart and see what you are thinking of next.”
5. How can readers view more products and submit orders?
 
Readers can view my page via Facebook by clicking here.  Please “like” my page so  you can be up to date on all new products and deals.
Viewers can order from my facebook page by sending me a private message OR by sending me an email to: totally2toocute@gmail.com
 
6. When should orders be submitted in order to be ready by Christmas?
As of right now, T2TC is on about a 2-3 week turn around. IF you need an order done prior to that time frame, please contact me to discuss a rush fee.
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Mom-Owned Business – Bling Jewelry

I am excited to be featuring Bling Jewelry today!  Several friends of mine have pieces of Anita’s jewelry, and they are stunning pieces that make an everyday outfit special.  Of course they would also really glam up a special occasion, too!

Bling Jewelry

What made you decide to start Bling Jewelry? 

I have always loved Swarovski Crystal and blingy, sparkly things…I really enjoying putting the colors together….I have a lot of fun doing it!

Do you have a favorite product that you create? 

I love making pieces that have sentimental value….jewelry for a special day or gift. I do a lot of Bridal and Bridal Party Jewelry and it’s so nice to be a small part of someone’s special day.

What’s the most rewarding part of selling your creations?

Meeting great people…I have made some great friends through my business. And mostly, helping my family…I work hard at this to help support them and provide for my kids.

How old are your kids? How do you balance your business with family?

I have 2 teenage boys, soon to be 18 and 16. Where does the time go?  I also work full-time…so I work a lot..so I don’t always have all the time I long for.

How can readers view more products and submit orders?

You can contact me through my Facebook page, my email: manfredanitak@aol.com, or cell…412-334-9860. You can visit me at many local shows or shop at my home. I can ship anywhere also. I do home-parties too….contact me to schedule and get free Bling!

Are you accepting custom orders at this time? If so, when should orders be submitted in order to be ready by Christmas?

I am accepting custom orders always, and will do my best to accommodate all holiday orders.

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Mom-Owned Business – Doodle Butt Diapers

For an attractive, affordable, and sustainable option to disposable diapers, check out Doodle Butt Diapers!

Doodle Butt Diapers

How did you get started with Doodle Butt Diapers?

I was introduced to cloth diapers by a girlfriend and I couldn’t be more grateful. My son has terrible skin allergies to a lot of the chemicals and fragrances that you find in disposables, and I had been told that going cloth could really help. We were spending over $100 every month on diapers and we just couldn’t do it anymore. So, I started sewing and couldn’t stop! I actually drew my first pattern on the blank side of wrapping paper, and after 8 alterations I ended up with something I thought was really great! My friends and family saw what I was doing and helped to provide me with the confidence I needed to put myself, and my creations out there. My son is my Doodle Butt and my inspiration, and I’m happy to say he has been rash free since we went cloth.

What’s the most rewarding part of selling your creations? Do you have a favorite product/pattern that you create?

The most rewarding part of selling my creations has to be that I know I’m sending people a quality product that at one point in my day received all of my love and attention. When something is made with that kind of care, I think you feel really good about your purchase. As far as having favorites, I live in a house full of boys, trucks and dinosaurs, so I definitely enjoy my feminine print All-in-One diapers!

How old are your kids? How do you balance your business with family life?

My son is almost 2 ½ years old and he is a funny little guy! I am a stay at home mom in conjunction with operating my business. I definitely don’t balance it all on my own, my family and friends provide me with a lot of helping hands. Whether it’s my husband coming home from his work and immediately allowing me to get back to mine, or my mom taking my son to the library for a few hours, I get a lot of help. I sew during naptime and bedtime, and any time I can in between! If I’m being honest, finding the balance is really hard, but I have the best people around me helping me keep all the balls in the air.

How can readers view more products and submit orders?

The best place to see and order Doodle Butt products is on the website www.doodlebuttdiapers.com. To stay up to date on all of our sales and specials, our Facebook page is the best resource. For all my local Pittsburghers, you can contact me at doodlebuttdiapers@gmail.com to place a local order if you would rather pick up your diapers then have them shipped.

When should orders be submitted in order to be fulfilled by Christmas?

To make sure you receive your order by December 23rd (I will not be doing business on the 24th or 25th) you need to have your order placed by December 10th.  Anything after the 10th will not be guaranteed to be ready by Christmas, but as always, contact me to see what production time is looking like and if I can make it work.

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Mom-Owned Business – Sarah’s Shirts

For all the big moments in our little ones lives, Sarah’s Shirts is here to make birthdays, holidays, and special occasions even more special!

Sarah’s Shirts

What made you decide to start Sarah’s shirts?

I loved purchasing customized clothing for my own girls and decided I was spending enough on different shirts that I should learn how to do it myself!  I started creating for my 2 girls and then my friends began to order.  I’ve been slowly growing via word of mouth!

Do you have a favorite product that you create?

I love to create first birthday shirts because I know how special of an event that is for a child.  I also really enjoy creating shirts to visit Disney.  They make for the best family photos!

What’s the most rewarding part of selling your creations?

The most rewarding part of selling my creations is when a customer sends a picture to me or posts a picture of their child/family wearing the shirts.  I love to see those captured memories and to see the product again at its final destination.

How old are your kids?  How do you balance your business with family?

I have two girls and then a boy – Ages 5, 4, and almost 2.  I balance the business with family just as any other mom – My kids come first and then I work when I can. I’m fortunate enough to have a side job that allows me to be present with my family and do my work as I can.  That being said, Preschool time = Sewing time!

How can readers view more products and submit orders?

I am currently in the process of finalizing a website that is expected to launch shortly!! In the meantime, customers can view my work at www.facebook.com/sarahsshirts.  It’s public, so even those without a facebook account can access it.  You can order by messaging me on FB or emailing me at SarahVierra@hotmail.com.  Once the website is up and running I’ll be doing all orders through the site. 

When should orders be submitted in order to be ready by Christmas?

My current turnaround time is 2 weeks!  If you need it shipped sooner, ask me about rush fees (I usually have space for a few but holidays may be hectic). 

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Mom-Owned Business – Jaszy Jewels Bowtique

I first heard about Mandy and Jaszy Jewels Bowtique through a mutual friend.  I clicked her Facebook page and scrolled through all the different styles of bows (any of which would be adorable on my little girl’s head) until I came to THE BOW we had to have…an ELMO bow!  Like many toddlers, my little one loves that furry red monster, so I knew we just had to have it.  I also loved the turkey bow Mandy makes, so I added that to our order as well.  (The bows on Facebook are available immediately; I checked and Elmo isn’t there so if you are interested in an Elmo bow it will need to be specially ordered by sending Mandy a message.)

Mandy and I met up at a Starbucks, and I quickly tucked the Elmo bow away for Christmas, but as soon as my little girl saw the turkey bow she wanted it in her hair.  I clipped it in, and she turned around grinning and gazing at herself in the window.  What a GIRL!  Watching her face light up and being so excited to find such a perfect product for my little girl handmade close to home launched the idea for this series.  I knew there had to be other moms like Mandy who make and sell products that would be of interest to families like mine.

So naturally, I have to begin my feature posts series with the business that inspired the idea…Jaszy Jewels Bowtique!  For each feature post I will share an interview with the mom who runs the business and pics of their products.  You can click on the blue title to be taken directly to their websites for ordering.

Jaszy Jewels Bowtique

1.  The bows you make are so sweet!  What prompted you to decide to start Jaszy Jewels Bowtique?

I began my bow journey about 2 years ago when I kept seeing all these adorable bows and I thought to myself, I bet I can make those! I researched different tutorials and began my attempt at bow making. I initially thought I would just make a few but that soon turned into 100 + bows.  People were always coming up to me asking where I got them and I would tell them I made them, their response to me was “you should sell them.”  So about two months ago I thought I would give it a try, so I set up a shop on Facebook and have been attending a few craft shows as well.

2.  What is the most rewarding part of selling your creations?

The most rewarding part is the excitement on a child’s face when they see their favorite princess, cartoon character or colors, and they just have to have it!  One hard part I have found is that my 4yr old doesn’t always like mommy selling them, she wants to keep them all!

3.  Do you have a favorite bow that you make?  What are the most popular ones you sell?

It is hard to pick one favorite for I tend to make all of them just a little different than the next, unless otherwise requested.

4.  How old are your kids?  How do you balance being a mom and running Jaszy Jewels Bowtique?

I have 3 children, 2girls ages 7 and 4 and a son age 2.  Juggling life in general is tough but it’s a lot easier with a supportive husband and children who like to help.  Creating each bow is a enjoyable and relaxing past time for me. I usually sit down once the children are in bed and allow the creative juices to flow.

5.  How can readers view more products and submit order?

Readers can come visit my page on Facebook and make sure you ” like” us so you can see all the latest creations.  All contact information will be there.

5.  When do orders need to be submitted to be guaranteed to be ready in time for Christmas?

All the bows posted on my site I have for immediate availability.  For custom orders I would allow for a week to week and a half especially if I need to order a special ribbon in.

I am hoping to start a new trend of having play date bow parties where a group of moms can get together for their play dates at a destination of their choosing, and I can come with my displays of bows for purchase. Beforehand I can take requests for certain characters, designs, colors etc. that way they can be available at the time of playdate.  I’m hoping this idea takes off, I think it would be a great way for adults and children alike to meet new people and enjoy a great afternoon.  Please contact me if you are interested at mguenther123@gmail.com.

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