In 2005 when my daughter was 5 yrs old, she said to my husband, "Daddy, I think I want to be a cheerleader." He said, "OK honey, we need to find you someplace for you to do that. Well we did and we have never looked back.
Throughout the years we have purchased all kinds of bows but I've always been a bit crafty so I thought... how hard can it be? So off to the fabric store we went. I have to admit that my first attempts were quite..well..let's just say...not that great but I kept trying.
In November 2012, I finally had a few bows that I thought might sell and opened my Etsy store. It was a little slow going at first but I just kept researching the craft and investing in new fabrics. Before I knew it, I had quite a little business going.
By the summer for 2013, I was either at my full-time job as an Operations Manager for an insurance company, at cheer with my daughter or making bows. As scary as it was, when I was laid off in September 2013, it was actually a blessing. By Christmas, I had so many orders I was working 12 hour days. In 2014, I was able to actually make a living of doing something I love so to me it's really not working.
Since then BlingNBoutique has sold more bows that we can count. We are in All Star gyms, Schools, Pro Shops across the country and worldwide...not to mention crowning the heads of thousands of cheerleaders.
So the two things I would like you to know about me. First, I'm a perfectionist. Your order will not go out of my door if it's not perfect. I'm not saying that I'm perfect and I do make mistakes but I do my utmost to make sure what leaves my shop is perfect in every way.
Second, I just love what I do. There is nothing that I enjoy more than seeing someone happy with their purchase. It warms my heart when I see a girl's face when she sees her bow for the first time... to see her get so excited. How can you not love that?
So that's me and I hope you enjoy the BlingNBoutique website.