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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Little Pea Boutique is another Etsy shop that I  Cathi creates clippies, bows, headbands, flip flops and other accesories. She has something for every woman and girl! This shop is jam-packed with hair goodness! Please show some love visit her shop look around and leave some comments!
Cathi also offers FREE shipping on all domestic orders!



Metallics?
Do you have a princess?


How long have you had your shop?

I actually started about 7 years ago, I was on bed rest with our youngest and bored out of my mind. I mean really, who can stay in bed for 2 months and not me, even with over 200 channels on the TV. I love Law and Order but think I wrapped up 15 years of seasons in the first 2 weeks. I got on the computer one day and made a list for my mom and she kindly went to the craft store and bought everything on my list, for me to make JEWELRY in bed. Yes, jewelry, that's how I started. After the baby I did a few craft shows and landed some regular local clients and was so excited. I made my own lampwork beads and bought beads from other artists as well, I was having a blast. My hubby and family were very supportive and I think that is so important. I was so grateful to have a good support system giving me encouragement. I had been wanting to add something for young girls and babies for sometime but didn't have time to create with my ribbon and such. Several years back, when the economy hit the floor I found the time. Jewelry has now been retired and I have the bows and accessories now, it's been that way for about 3-4 years. My etsy shop has been open for about 4 months or so and it's been great. I opened it to feature my work and make new friends. Etsy is such a wonderful place to find the unique items you just can;t find in the stores.




Beanies

A little animal?


What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Many times you can walk the mall and see a few colors together on a shirt that look great and think "wow something to add to the to-do list" I never leave home without a memo book and pen in my purse. A few times my youngest has dropped an organizer full of beads or ribbon and when they get all mix up you'll see colors mixed together and before you know it you have new ideas. I was at a friends house just a few weeks ago and she had re-decorated her bathroom and I came home and hit the studio because I was inspired by all her animal prints in the new bathroom.



A Punk?


Ready for spring?


How did you learn your craft?
I have purchased many many on-line instruction books and tools. I taught myself using these tools and then as I got better and more confident tried to come up with easier and more productive ways to create my goodies. My hubby actually came up with the adjustable headbands for my daughter, it was a complete accident and will deny it if asked by his friends but I thought it was so neat that he thought of it. He won't make anything to save his life but loves shopping for embellishments and new ideas with me.


Do you have a dancer?

Cute as a kitten?

Wild?


What would you compare your style to?

I really don't know what to compare my style to. I love the simple bitty bows, they are the best seller besides the stretchy headbands and are to me more a simple and traditional bow. But I do love to come up with new "make a statement" items.




What should we watch out for?
What's new, or coming soon?
I just added a ton of the stretchy headbands and hats, that's what's new for January and February. I am currently working on adjustable headbands for the tweens and adults but everytime I get enough made to list my friends and sister-in-laws swipe them, lol. And then there's always my 7th grade daughter in the studio at 6:30am needing one to match her outfit for the day. I am hoping to get them out by the end of February along with some new clippie sets. Also coming in February I will be adding the bow bookmarks and ribbon wrapped pen and pencil sets. They have been a huge hit with the tweens at my duaghters school so that's on the agenda for this month.


Sweet

Sweeter



What do you do in your spare time?

Spare time? What's that? The business keeps me pretty busy, it's difficult to seperate the business time and family time but we are figuring it out and getting close. My hubby and I have a date night every other Friday and with the kids being involved with baseball and softball that pretty much consumes us during the warmer months. The winter months are spent watching football (I need to buy football for dummies) and doing shows. We love to do shows, it's a great way to meet new people and also to get feedback on your work.




Do you have a favorite piece that you've created? If so what is it, and why?

I have so many favorites, that's a hard question. Right now it'd be a toss up between the stretchy headbands (you can clip just about anything to it and they are adorable on the little ones) the clippies because I wear them and it's always fun making things for yourself and the new felt flowers, I can't seem to make enough of these flowers. I am getting excited for warmer weather though so I can get some flip flops done. Those are my summer favorite, I have a pair to match all 3 kids team colors and when they all play on the same day I will wear a pair to the first game and have the other 2 pairs in my bag for the next 2 games. Our toddler and daughter think it's the neatest, our oldest (a HS freshman) not so much, actually he says "mom do you have to wear the bow shows to my game today", the other moms love them though and so do I. I even wear them at Halloween and Christmas, I have a pair of toe socks for every occasion and wear them with my flip flops!


Sweetheart

Fancy Feet


What do you look for when your creating your pieces?

When creating items I try to keep abreast of the popular colors in the stores for kids clothing. And when looking for materials and embellishments I like things that are different but still try to keep it somewhat simple. I like things to be interchangeable so you can get many different looks with just a few pieces.




How would you describe your shop?

I think my shop has a bit of everything for anyone really. The glitter clippies are very popular even with the adults and tweens, especially during the homecoming and prom seasons. The clippie sets are great for gals like me that have bangs that need to be clipped back, not quite long enough to go behind the ear and to long to hang in front. The items for infants and toddlers are endless in my store. There are times when I will schedule a day off but just can't stay away from the studio so before you know it 50 new items are posted. Right now I have over 500 items and wonder if that's too much for gals to look through yet there is no stopping me. If they had a 12 step program for ribbon I would most likely need it.


I try to keep my prices affordable in as inexpensive as possible. We are a family with 3 children and know what it's like to have the good times and hard times so it's important to me that I keep my prices in the affordable range.
Saint Patty's Day

Easter




She offers on-line bow parties! How fun!!

The on-line bow parties are a great and easy way to get free goodies too. I offer 30% of your party sales in free goodies plus a free gift to every customer. So for someone who can't decide between a few different items and has a certain price point to stick to this is a great way to get some of it for free. Not to mention they are super easy to host. I also offer freebies a few times a week on twitter (littlepeabows).




I love what I do and have so much fun doing it, without it I would be bored out of my mind. It's nice that my kids know if they are sick or need something during the day that I'm only a phone call away. I feel privileged that I have the opportunity to see all their events, games and experiences.




Could it get any better than that? She is such a sweet lady with some amazing talent! Her prices are a steal if you ask me, and they are great quality too!
Share some comment love and check out her Etsy shop!


I am giving away a $15 Gift Card to Little Pea Boutique!

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Little Pea Boutique look around and come back leave a comment telling me your faves!
Must be a follower of Ma21cuteboy
{Mandatory Entry MUST be done for other entries to count}

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Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win- I would hate to pick another winner!
Good Luck!
I will choose a winner on March 9, 2010.

*Legal Schmegal*
I was not compensated for this review or giveaway, I love this Etsy shop and wanted share the love with my readers. The opinions are solely my own. Others' opinions may be different from mine.








                             



                                                            


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44 comments:

Joe @ 20 To Life February 23, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

OOOOOH!! They have some seriously cute things - I'm sticking them on my faves for etsy, thanks for the post :D

Elsie,  February 23, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

These couldn't be cuter, couldn't be sweeter!

I adore the Itty Bitty Boutique Bows Starter Set - Pastels - Set of 6....

pumpkinlady430yahoo.com

Jus and Kat February 24, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

I love all the beanie hats and all the stretchy headbands. My favorite is the Black and White Zebra Print Interchangeable Stretch Headband with Black Boutique Bow. All cute stuff!

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog February 24, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

Oh, I am SO wanting to win this!

Ok, entry #1, I LOVE all of her felted flowers for the hair. The zebra print one is something my daughter would adore...

Joe @ 20 to Life February 26, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

Ok - wow! SO I saw this hat and FELL IN LOVE!! It's the "Maroon Crochet Beanie Hat with Navy, Ivory and Maroon Felt Flower - Size Large"
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!!

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Joe @ 20 To Life February 26, 2010 at 2:43 AM  

I have your button :D
http://twentytolifeblog.blogspot.com

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Misty February 26, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

wow, i love the variety of colors and designs. wonderful shop!
my favorites are
Black White Pink Itty Bitty Boutique Bows - Set of 3
Shocking Pink Bling Initial Tuxedo Bow - Large

oh there are so many more... gonna have to place an order if i dont win! :)
mommy2skie at yahoo dot com

Misty February 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

follow chacoy aguayo on twitter; mommy2skie

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Misty February 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

got your button
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Christina February 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the Black Crochet Beanie With Shocking Pink Peony ($8.50), the Zebra Print and Black Felt Flower Clippie ($3.50), and the Maroon Pink and Ivory Flower Clippie With Faux Pearl Center ($3.50), and that's what I would get with the $15 Gift Certificate if I won!

Merrie L. February 26, 2010 at 8:45 PM  

I'm a follower! One of my favorites (besides the sparkly clippies) are the Pink Ballet Shoes Tuxedo Bowtie Hair Bows.
lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

Merrie L. February 26, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

I follow you on twitter. Username: mjl6mom2
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Anonymous,  February 27, 2010 at 5:27 AM  

My fave is the White Stretchy Headband with White Peony Flower

Sarah
untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

Michele P. February 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

I like the Brown and Pink Glitter and Bling Flowers Clippie Set and the the cute flip flops!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Michele P. February 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

tweeted http://twitter.com/micaela6955/status/9740136966

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Lizzie February 27, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

Love the starter sets - what a great idea and great deals on great bows!

I love the ribbon wrapped headbands too.

smrtmouse at yahoo dot com

mframe February 27, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

I love the Brown and Pinks Camoflauge and Striped Bowtie Hair Bows. And I am a follower
mframe00@yahoo.com

momtoem February 28, 2010 at 5:23 AM  

I like the Hot Pink Crochet Beanie Hat with Pinks and Ivory Felt Flower

lejn05@yahoo.com

Anonymous,  February 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

I am definetely a follower, and I LOVE the Ballerina Tutus.

Dee
dbyrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

ChristinaAileen February 28, 2010 at 5:24 PM  

Her stuff is TOO cute! I love the itty bitty boutique bows starter set in the basic colors and the interchangeable headbands with felt flowers!

christinaaileenf at gmail dot com

Meghan March 1, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

I love the hot pink crochet beanie hat with the pink and brown felt flower - so sweet! Also love the hot pink and apple green flowers clippie set. So many fun items!

meghancorrigan at hotmail dot com

Meghan March 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

I follow you on twitter (4finney4)

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picnut1512 March 2, 2010 at 7:07 PM  

I love, love, love the Pink Easter Bunny Bling Hair Clippie....so cute!
picnut1512@yahoo.com

Meli_Mama March 4, 2010 at 8:03 PM  

I like the Pastel Colors Boutique Butterfly Bling Clippies - Set of 5 and LOVE the
Hot Pink Bling Princess Crown Tiara Tuxedo Bow - Large

polly March 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

i like the zebra print cotton beanie hat and the large pink bow.
polly
cherubpk@aol.com

Amanda March 5, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

My favorite item is the
Red and Black Swiss Dots Bowtie Hair Bow. So cute! I follow on google friend connect.

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda March 5, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

I follow you on twitter.
@monteefamily

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Tylerpants March 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM  

I'm a follower. I love the fun Fairy Clippie Set and Mini Bow Clippies - Pink and Shocking Pink! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

{Erlinda} March 9, 2010 at 2:49 PM  

Little pea boutique is too cute...I'm loving her flower clippies, headbands and hats. The itty bitty bows are precious!