SPRING 2012 Vendor Feature: ADORA BELLISIMA BOUTIQUE

Adora Bellisima Boutique
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My name is Kathy. I have been married to my best friend for 13 years and have 4 great kids.  I started creating hair bows and flowers for my daughter. Then later, realized that I loved creating these beautiful pieces to compliment every outfit she wore. Adora Bellisima Boutique was born.  Adora Bellisima Boutique specializes in hand-crafted bows, flowers and other beautiful accessories.  From each pedal in every flower, to the multiple layers of ribbon used on a layered hair bow are hand cut, sewn, heat-sealed or stiffened for lasting durability. We offer a perfect hair bow to compliment your little princess, hair flower for a teen, a beautiful hair piece for a bridesmaids or bride, or a stunning sash for the soon-to-be mom.

Get To Know Kathy of Adora Bellisima Boutique

What’s the #1 played song on your iPod? I have a lot of #1’s but Jesus Culture “How He Loves” is hands down my favorite right now.

What is one of your favorite quotes, song lyrics or Bible verses? I read this quote not too long ago and Loved it.  ” Don’t judge me by my past.  I don’t live there anymore”.  I feel is speaks volumes.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would LOVE to sew..I am in the process.  I have the sewing machine ;o)

What are you most looking forward to about the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace? So many things really..I love meeting new people.  I am looking forward to sharing what I can offer to people and experiencing being a vendor for the first time.

What’s your favorite thing about summer in Florida? Being able to spend more time with my kids.  Grilling, pool parties, and we frequent Blizzard Beach, St. Petersburg,  and the beaches a lot. 

What’s the last great movie you saw? Book you read? A book by Kristen Hannah “Winter Garden”.

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Visit Adora Bellisima Boutique and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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SPRING 2012 Vendor Feature: Daddy’s Button Shirt

Daddy’s Button Shirt

After being an elementary school media specialist for 35 years, I am enjoying retirement and working on projects that I always wanted to make. I focus on reusing items such as men’s shirts and wool sweaters, making them into bags, scarves, stuffed animals and children’s clothing. My husband works on a tugboat and our 2 children are grown, so it is usually just the dog and me at home. I enjoy learning new techniques and staying busy with my projects. I can’t wait for the show since this is my first time as a vendor!

Get To Know Susan of Daddy’s Button Shirt

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? I read at least a book a week.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play the piano or banjo.

If you had to only work on one project for the next year, what would it be? Probably a major knitting project like an afghan made with gorgeous koigu yarn.

What’s something you’ve done that you think no other vendor has done? Visited Japan for 3 weeks on a Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund educational scholarship.

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Spring 2012 Vendor Feature: SNUGGLEBUG COLLECTION

Snugglebug Collection
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I’m the mother of three amazing little ones, and my husband and I couldn’t be happier. I love being creative! I opened my shop in October 2009 after several moms asked where they could get a baby sling of their own. I decided I needed to create a local marketplace for other moms. I began to grow my collection with my favorite test market: my own babies. I love providing other parents with stylish products that are practical and durable. It’s all about quality, style, and convenience ~ baby products that are as beautiful and unique as your little one.

Get To Know Christin of Snugglebug Collection

What is the #1 played song on your iPod? I love anything by Jesus Culture! I have a playlist called “Fav Christian” and it consists mainly of their songs. I love filling my house with worship music, and my little ones are starting to sing along now.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Having a child is to forever watch your heart walk around outside of your body” – so true!!

What are you most looking forward to about this spring’s Homespun Chic Marketplace? I love the crowd this show draws. We get to meet our wonderful customers face-to-face. The interaction is so much fun.

What’s your favorite Central Florida sight? Being a growing family, my husband and I always try to find inexpensive or free activities that our little ones will love. We enjoy taking them to Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. The kids enjoy playing by the fountain, running around on the grass, and making new friends. Each night, there is a fountain show that is choreographed to lights and music. This park attracts a lot of young families, and the kids have a blast. The best part – it’s absolutely free!

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Visit Snugglebug Collection and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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SPRING 2012 Vendor Feature: HAPPY HANDMADE (BY JESS)

Happy Handmade (by Jess)
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Happy Handmade (by Jess) is the home of “unbelievadorable” crocheted creatures, or amigurumi. I have made over a hundred different amigurumi while running my Etsy shop and crafting blog, www.happy-handmade.com.  I love to watch lovable, squishy, adorable animals develop from a ball of yarn. I love that no matter how hard I try to make two identical creatures, somehow each one has its own personality. And I love finding fun ways to photograph them as much as I love making them! I hope my Happy Handmade creations make other people as happy a I feel having made them.

Get To Know Jess of Happy Handmade (by Jess)

What’s the #1 played song on your iPod? The Story by Brandi Carlisle

What’s your favorite crafting snack? It’s tricky to snack while crafting! No salty or sticky fingers on my yarn! Sometimes I do have to take little snack breaks…especially if there are salt and vinegar kettle chips nearby.

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? I love some of the lakeside parks, especially Lake Eola and Lake Lily on a beautiful day. I’m also a sucker for a trip to Disney World – my other passion besides crafting. 

What’s your favorite Central Florida Food Truck? I love them all, but my favorite might have to be Big Wheel Provisions with The Batter Bowl Truck a close second. I had one of the best breakfasts of my life from the Big Wheel Truck!

If you had to only work on one project for the next year, what would it be? I would love to have the time to crochet a huge landscape scene complete with smiling trees, puffy clouds, flying birds and balloons, and picnicking foxes, raccoons, and bears. Then I’d photograph it!

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Visit Happy Handmade (by Jess) and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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SPRING 2012 Vendor Feature: CANDYLAND BOWTIQUE

Candyland Bowtique
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In 2009, God entrusted another precious child to me,  my daughter. I was thrown into a world of dresses, tights, pink things and BOWS! Candyland Bowtique grew out of my need to find something unique for my little girl to wear in her hair, not just a store-bought bow. It awakened the part of me I had somewhat lost during everyday motherhood. In August of 2009, Candyland Bowtique was born. Not only do I make your traditional bows, I specialize in creating sculpted bows. I think every little girl should be able to pick something fun and beautiful to put in their hair.

Get To Know Candy of Candyland Bowtique

What’s the #1 played song on your iPod? Book of Love by Peter Gabriel!  I was introduced to this song when the finale of Scrubs aired.  I listened to it every night while I fed my daughter at 2am and have loved it ever since.

What is one of your favorite quotes, song lyrics or Bible verses? One of my favorite passages in the Bible is about the Proverbs 31 Woman.  I have always called her Ruby.  It ties in 10 virtues: faith, marriage, mothering, health, service, finances, industry, time and beauty. Some days, I feel as if I strike out on all of them.  Other days, I see it as an attainable goal!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would love to learn to play the piano. Something past that little ditty you can play with your knuckles.

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight?  I would be lying if I didn’t say Disney.  I consider myself lucky to live so close to such a fun place.  Experiencing it through the eyes of my kids is amazing. It’s not always my kids racing to get in the lines. And now I cannot get the picture of Clark Griswold running to Wally World out of my head.

What are you most looking forward to about this spring’s Homespun Chic Marketplace?  Meeting the other vendors who are in the same realm as I am, stretched thin but loving it.  I also cannot wait to see some of my regular customers and meet new ones!

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Visit Candyland Bowtique and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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SPRING 2012 Vendor Feature: DRESS IT UP BOUTIQUE

Dress It Up Boutique
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My name is Eve. I have always been crafty, creating beauty with found pieces of fabric, accenting items with ribbons and buttons. Realizing I could highlight any outfit with custom hair accessories, I began making items for myself, friends, and family. Soon, people requested custom headbands for special events. Dress It Up Boutique was launched. Dress It Up Boutique provides unique designs for newborns to adults, helping to dress up every moment of the day, from casual happenings to formal occasions. Our hair bows and headbands are hand-crafted and sewn with quality grosgrain ribbon. All ends are heat-sealed to prevent fraying. Dress It Up Boutique custom designs items for special requests, believing every moment is a moment to celebrate. Dress it up!

Get To Know Eve of Dress It Up Boutique

What’s your favorite crafting snack? Trail Mix. I usually like to make my own with nuts, raisins and M&Ms.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would love to learn to paint with oils.

 If you had to only work on one project for the next year, what would it be? I would like to redecorate our laundry room.

What are you most looking forward to about the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace? I am very excited about being a part of Homespun Chic Marketplace. I enjoy talking with the other vendors and meeting new people.

What’s your favorite Central Florida Food Truck? I like the chips from Crooked Spoon.

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? I like many places, especially if I am with my family. My favorites include the Disney theme parks.

 What’s something you’ve done that you think no other vendor has done? I think I might be the youngest vendor to participate in Homespun Chic Marketplace.

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Visit Dress It Up Boutique and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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Spring 2012 Vendor Feature: SWEET SUMMER BABY

Sweet Summer Baby
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I’ve been in the business of creating since I was a little girl. I’ve always found time to sew and try new crafty things like woodburning, jewelry-making, and painting. When I left my job in publishing after my daughter was born, I took a leap and decided to make a go at selling my handmade children’s clothing and accessories online. Everything I make is inspired by my family, and I love sharing my creative style with other kids and their families. I hope to meet a lot of new people at the Homespun Chic Marketplace and share the creative energy!

Get To Know Lisa of Sweet Summer Baby

What’s the #1 played song on your iPod? Rainbow Connection, the Sarah McLachlan version.

What is one of your favorite quotes, song lyrics or Bible verses? Live the life you’ve always imagined.

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? I’m a Martha want-to-be. I love cooking, doing home improvement projects, and working in my garden, especially in my vegetable garden.

What’s your favorite Central Florida Food Truck? Sweet by Good Golly Miss Holly.

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? I love the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. There’s always a good crowd, and I usually wind up buying something I hadn’t planned on.

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Visit Sweet Summer Baby and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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Holiday 2011 Vendor Feature: TWO FLORIDA GIRLS

Two Florida Girls
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We are two sisters, born and raised in the Sunshine State. We love our God, our family and our home state. 🙂 We hope you find something that makes you smile and think of sun-filled days! Our items are great as fun, affordable gifts for family, friends, kids, coworkers, teachers, coaches…or heck, even yourself!

We opened our shop almost three years ago after Kati (the sewer) made Amy (the computer girl) a coffee cozy for her birthday. Amy said, “I love these! We could sell them!” And the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, we’ve developed new products and have expanded beyond the coffee cozy. In addition to our first item, we now create gadget cozies, bean bags, onesies, shirts and hair clips. And, see that adorable little blond up there? She’s sporting our newest product–messy ruffle headbands!

We’ve participated in Homespun Chic Marketplace since the first show last fall and we’re now coordinating the show. We’re excited to see you there and look forward to meeting everyone!

Get To Know Kati of Two Florida Girls

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play the violin. 🙂

What’s your favorite Central Florida Food Truck? So far, Yum Yum Truck! I can’t wait to try more though!

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? Disney World! I love how magical it is. It is even better now going there with my children. 🙂

What’s your favorite crafting snack? Anything that is easy to eat and not messy. Usually I only “snack” on Dr Pepper while crafting though!

Get To Know Amy of Two Florida Girls

What’s the #1 played song on your iPod? iTunes doesn’t lie and it says I’ve played “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne 77 times, making that the #1 song in my iTunes. 🙂

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? Spend time with my family and friends; Spoil my “favorites” (my niece & nephew); Bake; Train for running races

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? The beach…and more specifically, our family’s beach house! Disney comes in a close second. 🙂

What’s something you’ve done that you think no other vendor has done? Competed on Nickelodeon’s Family Double Dare and Guts! 

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Visit Two Florida Girls and see what you have to look forward to at the Fall Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, December 4.

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Holiday 2011 Vendor Feature: ISABELLABOO & SOPHIA’S CIRCUS

isabellaboo
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Sophia’s Circus
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isabellaboo is the place to go when you’re looking for unique, custom, baby onesies and toddler shirts. Whether using an initial or birthday number, these handmade, one-of-a-kind tops will make any occassion extra special. Excellent craftmanship & durable quality will allow your little isabellaboo shirts to be worn for a holiday celebration, special photo shoot, birthday party or everyday fun.

Sophia’s Circus is where you will find fun & funky household decor & accessories.

Being a stay at  home mom of 3 year old Isabella & 9mo old Sophia has allowed me to creatively express myself through my two shops & I couldn’t be more blessed! I pray that all I do gives glory to God.

Get To Know Lisa of isabellaboo & Sophia’s Circus

What is one of your favorite quotes, song lyrics or Bible verses? Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

If you had to only work on one project for the next year, what would it be? decorating my beach house from bare walls (which I hope to have on Tybee Island someday!)

What’s your favorite holiday beverage at Starbucks? (And, are you a fan of the red cups?!) LOVE me some red cups! My drink is tchai, no water, no foam, non fat, extra hot & yes, Bella can rattle that whole thing off without missing a beat!

What’s something you’ve done that you think no other vendor has done? Painted vintage suitcases in fun, funky colors! perfect for a dress up suitcase, photography prop, going to grandma suitcase or even cute travel makeup case!

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Visit isabellaboo and Sophia’s Circus and see what you have to look forward to at the Fall Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, December 4.

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Holiday 2011 Vendor Feature: THE SPUNKY STORK

the Spunky Stork
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With no children of her own, Aliya Jiwa started a baby clothing company called the Spunky Stork out of the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment. Yes, thekitchen. Why? In short, she was getting tired of buying pastel-hued, butterfly-slash-teddy bear-riddled baby shower presents for her friends… all of whom are emphatically anti-pastel anything. Two years later, she still has no children, but she quit her job as a hospitality executive and now operates her online organic clothing business in a proper studio. So, what makes a childless, spicy-food eating, cowboy boot-wearing, British Indian an expert on kid’s clothing? Nothing. But visit her site to see her ridiculously adorable designs!

Get To Know Aliya of the Spunky Stork

What’s the #1 played song on your iPod? Anything Ray LaMontagne

What is one of your favorite quotes, song lyrics or Bible verses? “I’ve learned so much from my mistakes… I’m thinking of making a few more” ~anonymous

What’s your favorite crafting snack? Swedish Fish 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would love to learn karate!

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Visit the Spunky Stork and see what you have to look forward to at the Homespun Chic Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, December 4.

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