Friday, April 17, 2009
Bow Me Over Bows: Interview and Giveaway! (CLOSED)
If you ever need to find adorable bows and hair accessories for your daughter look no further than Bow Me Over Bows. This Etsy shop created by Michele Evans has the most adorable selection of bows you can possibly imagine! I love how she has special themed bows that can go well for any occasion or holiday. The great thing about her bows are they are well crafted but so affordable! When I first saw her bows I thought that they worth a lot because of the small details, but the most expensive bow in Bow Me Over Bows will only set you back ten dollars but the majority of the bows are a reasonable six dollars!!! What a great deal! At these great prices you can stock up!
Here is Michele’s interview:
Name of Shop~
Bow Me Over Bows
Favorite item from your shop~
I really love everything I create! Actually I've been known to "throw away" anything that I don't like! Well, actually that only happened once! I must have been having a bad "creative" day! I do have to say though that I am really fond of my bitty bows because the total design started after a request for a "smaller" version of my boutique style bow! I also like my Swarvoski bows, working with the crystals inspires me to make "princess like" pieces!
Tell us a little about yourself~
I'm a stay at home mom, happily married for 10 years with two little girls, one who is 7 and the other who is 3. I have a degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and I taught kindergarten for 7 years before I decided to stay at home with my girls. I've never really had a hard time coming up with creative ideas, I guess that's just the teacher in me, but I never would've thought I'd be making little girl hair bows let alone opening up my own shop on Etsy!
When and what made you want to open your shop~
It all started on day back in August 2008, when I was recruited to make hair bows for my daughter's cheerleading squad. Well, I started researching how to make hair bows on the web, and before you knew it I made my first bow! Well, I thought "That was fun! I'll make another!", and so I made my girls Halloween hair bows, and I haven't stopped making bows since! My loving, very supportive husband even constructed a device to help me hold my ribbon together while tying off each layer for the bow! But don't ask me to see pictures of that, it's a secret! Maybe we'll patent it someday! :)
Tell us a little bit about your creation process~
Well,obviously you can already tell that I LOVE making hairbows! I buy all of my ribbon and embellishments personally and in small amounts to keep a constantly changing inventory! I love to mix and match colors, patterns and prints to come up with the beautiful bows you see in my store! I am a PERFECTIONIST, and all of my products are made with great care and lots of attention to ensure they last and stay beautiful! I've been know to toss one of my girls hair bows in my purse when they decide they may not want to wear it anymore (this is usually my 3 year old) and with minimal refluffing it looks great! Someone who has one of my hairbows even told me that the bow even "accidently" went through the washer and dryer, and all she had to do was reglue the embellishment on and a little refluffing! I actually got the chance to see the bow afterward and was SHOCKED at what it went through, and how GOOD it still looked! That was an awful lot for a little bow to go through though, and I DEFINATELY would NOT recommend it!!! Anyway, when you purchase a hairbow from Bow Me Over Bows rest assured that all the ends of the ribbons used are "heat sealed" and all clippies and bitty bows include a "no slip grip", and all products are made in my "smoke free" home! I gurantee that I will never send out anything that does not meet my high standards!
Where do you draw inspiration for your amazing designs?~
Well, I actually just shop for ribbon and embellishments that I love, and then when I come home I spread everything out and mix and match until I come up with exactly the combination that I like best! Most of the time the creative process happens over a couple of days, I go though all my ribbons and embellishments and decide what few combinations I want to make pairing them up, and then I make the bows later! This way each step gets my "fresh, creative mind"! I can't tell you enough how much I love both parts of the process, picking out the ribbon and embellishments and then the actual construction of the bow, because then I finally get to see what my creative ideas look like completed!
If you could be an animal what would you be and why?
This is a tricky question! I would have to say a kangaroo, because then I could "hop" around quickly doing all the things that I get done during the day!
If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Well, this question is easy! I would love to have the power to grant myself more hours in the day, without feeling tired, to get all the things done that I WANT and NEED to get done! I would name myself "The Fall Girl"! (Get it? Fall back in time so I can get more done!) :)
Michele was kind enough to offer the winner two amazing bows that she has designed especially for our giveaway!! Isn’t she sweet! These bows are bright and beautiful and perfect for spring! This giveaway is a $12 value!
How to Enter:
1) Go to Michele’s etsy shop and comment on your most favourite item for one entry!
2) If you become a new follower you get four more entries
3) If you are currently a follower you get six more entries (Yay for being loyal blog followers!)
4) If you post my button on your blog you get five extra entries
5) If you blog about this contest and include a link you gain five more entries
6) If you buy anything from her shop you get ten additional entries (Make sure you let her know as well as myself!)
7) If you enter any of my current giveaways held on my blog, you can get one entry for each contest you enter! Make sure you let me know which ones you entered!
Wow that’s a lot of entries you can receive! And please have a way for me to contact you!! If your email is on your blog profile that will also work! If you are entering more than once you only have to give me your email in one comment...that way you don't have to put it on all of them, to save you a bit of time! =)
The contest will run until May 3rd!