Bella Blu Designs

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bunny hop stationery

Happy Sunday! It's been a productive weekend around here - hot, but productive. Yesterday I visited the Austin Farmer's Market with my friend Meredith and her adorable 2-year old son Silas. I can't believe I've lived here 7 years and have never been! It was a warm July morning but we had a great time perusing the stalls of local farmers and vendors. We also checked out the baby store Wee in Austin's Second Street District - Really cute stuff and I scored some neat baby gifts for my friend Shane's upcoming shower in Atlanta.

Today I am finally getting around to listing some new stationery I've had in the works for a couple of weeks. Check out this new set of ten personalized gingham bunny notecards:

I've set them up so you can pick the color for your ink/envelopes. They're so cute!

I'm so excited to once again be featured in the Poppytalk Handmade market! My "virtual booth" will be up mid-August through January 2010. It will rotate with each new monthly theme. Jan & Earl, the Poppytalk editors, are so fabulous to work with and I feel honored to be included. More to come when I am all set up in the next market...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

bambino goodies

After the long and stressful day I had trying to decide how to rename my onesies one-piece bodysuits, I was delighted to receive a note from Lucy at bambino goodies. She featured my wiener dog one-piece body suit in her collection of hot trends: dachshunds. She's got some great wiener dog items so check the adorable site (it's the biggest blog/site of its kind in the UK and in the top 50 of baby sites visited in the UK!).

I've also got somethign cooking with another dog magazine but I'll save that tidbit til I know it's a done-deal. I'd better get to work as the editor needs updated photos by the morning... yikes!

What's in a name? A lot.

Quick update... I will now be selling baby "one-pieces," "bodysuits," "rompers," and similar such pseudonyms. But not Onesies®, which I was informed this morning is a name that belongs exclusively to Gerber (and they don't want to share). So sorry for the confusion and think twice next time you call that thing you blow your nose with a "Kleenex®" -- it's probably safer to call it a facial tissue ;)

Quick update: Etsy has now removed the "Onesies®" sub category from their Children/Baby section. So if you're shopping for babies (and I don't know why you would want to go further than my shop ;) you can now find all Onesies®-inspired items under the Bodysuit section.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Treasure trove of whimsy

Thanks so much to Lauren from Artistique who has featured my new Bunny hop shortall romper in her lovely treasury!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Bunny Hop onesie

Spring is a distant memory here in Austin but I can't help but think of cooler, fresher times with this new bunny hop onesie:

The gal I worked with on Martha recently had an adorable baby girl named Avery so I'm sending her a few goodies. She had a request for a bunny onesie and I love this little design.

I am having a hard time getting going this morning (afternoon?) so I hope my triple latte kicks in pretty soon. Lots of orders to fill and feels like it's going to be another scorcher here in Austin. I suppose I should cancel my 10 mile run ;)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

2,000 sales!

It's been a wild ride since I set up shop two years ago. My first sale was on June 23, 2007 and my, how things have changed. It seems like only yesterday that I reached the 1,000 sale mark but today I am thrilled to celebrate another Etsy milestone - 2,000 sales! It's been a serious labor of love but not a day goes by that I don't stop and reflect with gratitude. I've met so many amazing people and I look forward to all that lies ahead.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Little feet

Happy Hump Day!

I have several pregnant friends at the moment and I've been shopping around for gifts. I just can't get enough of all of the adorable handmade baby shoes on Etsy. Some of these are rather intricate designs -- precious!

Violets are Blue - Brown Damask Mary Janes
by Gracious May ($30.99:

Organic Baby Boots. Leaf Green
by Infusion ($34):

Red Barn Daisy - Baby booties mary janes by Barr-etzz ($23.50):

Lavender Green Tea Baby Booties
by Pleasantly Plump Knits ($25):

Soft felted wool baby shoes/slippers
by Katt Paws ($14):

Wool Baby slippers, Blue by Handknit Hugs ($16):

Monday, July 13, 2009

Blossom Portaiture Art

I am always amazed at the "inquiries" I get through my online business. Some of them are rather odd solicitations but every now and again I meet some really incredible people. Recently I was contacted by the very talented Suymey Benson of Blossom Portraiture Art in Dallas and I thrilled to reveal the results of our partnership. She recently employed her absolutely adorable models to showcase some of my creations and I could not be more thrilled with her work. Suymey was so professional and responsive (and patient with me as it took weeks - maybe even a month?- to send her all of my samples).

I just love, love, love how Suymey styled all of these shots. Her little models are precious and I am so proud to see them in my creations. Check out my Etsy shop to see the rest of the shots and read Suymey's blog for more information on her work. I highly recommend Blossom Portraiture Art for all of your personal or commercial photography needs!

I plan to send her more stuff in August so check back to see more of her great work in my shop later this summer!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

More wall panels

More new wall panels are up in the shop:

Personalized black lab wall panel:

Lab appliqued wall panel in blue plaid:

New black lab wall panel

It's the weekend - yippee! Yesterday we had a new a/c system installed and it could not have come soon enough. Our old system was on its last leg and we had all fingers crossed that it would hold on until they could get the new unit installed. It's so quiet and cool! Probably not what we would have chosen to spend the money on, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

I've been working on some new wall panels and just got this one listed with the two black labs:

More to come later today...I'd better get to work!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pillow talk

It must be the sheer exhaustion from watching all of the Michael Jackson (R.I.P.) coverage, but I cannot seem to wake up today. It's nearly 9:30 p.m. and I feel like I never really got my day off the ground. Just in time for bed!

While I contemplate whether it's too early to hit the hay, enjoy some of my favorite pillows:

Lovely Blooms no4 - One of a kind hand block stamped pillow by NestaHome ($20):

House Pillow, My lovely dressoir, no2 by LeiLiLaloo ($39):

My English Garden Pillow Cover Collection by Mod Baby ($40 - On sale!):

Appliqued cotton pillow, sassy flowers, natural muslin, No. 22
by Tracy B Designs ($19):

Safari pure silk cushion cover by Be Still ($50):

Coriander Pillow by Norajane ($21):

Twitter Bird by Craftsquatch ($17.99):
Pair of 16" handmade floral pillow covers by Maries Cosy Cushions ($20):

Sweet Letter 'L' Pillow Monogrammed with Pink Buttons by Letter Perfect Designs ($36):

French Rose Linen Pillow by dedeetsyshop ($32):

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