Saturday, August 13, 2011

One Year Giveaway: The WINNERS!

So, I started with the 19 on the blog and added the 33 from the comments which is how I picked the winners to the giveaway (just so you all know how I counted!)

Random.org drew these numbers- #30, #16, #24

The winner of TWO satin flower clips is: JESSICA GILCES!

The winner of the headband is: RONEE APPLEBY!

**And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the $25 gift cerificate (who has been a fan for a long time and has never won anything, so I was SO excited to see her name!): ELIZABETH JOHNSON MCTARSNEY!**

Congratulations to the winners and THANK YOU ALL for making this past year unbelievable and unforgettable!

I truely love and appreciate all of our fans!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

BreezyBug BIG one year celebration!

A year ago this month I got this crazy idea. I thought, "Gosh, I really wish I had headbands to match ALL of my daughters outfits!" She was 11 months at the time, (I know, almost 2 now..sad face!) and I was staying at home with just her after deciding to not go back to teaching for now to focus on her. I wanted to make affordable hair accessories that I could not find at the store. I started off wanting to do some lined alligator clips, because that is what she was wearing at the time. I loved doing it so much, I started a facebook page.  For a while, just friends and family were buying things from me (I love you guys), but soon I decided to expand and make headbands. I made silk flowers on the crochet headbands...you know, the normal ones you see every day (which I still like!).

I then added my sister to the mix. We learned together how to do rosettes, satin flowers, and other techniques that are different than what you can find in a store.  She is a FABULOUS sewer and has made all of the pillowcase dresses, pacifier clips, and wraps you all love. I also learned tutus and lots of other cute ways to make hair pretties. I found some amazing photographers that help me take amazing pics of our pretties, and  I can't thank them enough! (Traci-Ryant Photography, Sarah-Beth Photography, LaneyBug Photography, J. Photography, Photochyck Photography, etc...) We are planning to continue to learn and grow this business. I have some big hopes and dreams people! :)

Me and my Aubree (breezybug was named after her!)

My sister and her Charlee :) (She is also having a little boy, Jensen, in September!)

Because of all of YOU we now have nearly 2000 fans! TWO THOUSAND! Last year I did a week long giveaway and had 4 people apply. This year I did a 24 hour giveaway and had nearly 90 people apply! That is insane! This business has become a HUGE part of our lives, and all of you make it possible. We could not have got to where we are now if not for our incredible fans.

So what can we do to repay you all for your kindness?

Well, I will tell you.

We will give ONE person their choice of TWO colors of our most popular satin flowers! (I wear these almost every single day!)



ONE person will get the famous headband everyone loves!



And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will get a $25 gift certificate to use for Breezybug! WOAH! Yeah, you saw that correctly....TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS! (That is the most we have given by far!) You can spend it on whatever you would like!

How do you enter?

All you have to do is comment on this blog telling me your favorite item from BreezyBug OR something you would like to see in our shop!

IF you comment a second time giving a link (make sure you unblock the post if your profile is private) of a facebook status sharing this giveaway, you will get a second entry.

PLEASE no other posts! If you post more than the two alloted entries, your post will be deleted to keep it fair to the other participants!

You have until MIDNIGHT of Friday, August 12th to complete your entries! Winners will be drawn Saturday!

Good luck and THANK YOU for making this past year unforgettable and amazing! We love our fans!

<3 Courtney and Chelsie-Co-owners of BreezyBug Boutique




Monday, April 18, 2011

Needs to be said!

First, let me start by saying I LOVE all our fans. Truly and honestly, I have made a few really great friendships and have some very loyal customers due to BreezyBug!

That being said, there are a few things that need to be thrown out there. I hope to put this in the nicest way possible, but these are things weighing heavily on me at the moment.

I started BreezyBug back in August. I looked at all of my Breezy's clips and headbands and STILL could not find something to match 'that' outfit. Why not make them myself?! I was a teacher...creative and crafty at heart. Now I stay home with her and need an outlet for my crafty side. What better thing to do?

I went through a couple of giveaways where NO one did them. I was discouraged because why wouldn't people just simply comment to have a chance to win something for free! I kept at it. I researched. I tried new things. I failed at some. I watched tutorials and joined crafting blogs. I added my sister to the mix, and she brought a ton of new and exciting ideas. I sponsored many, many giveaways and I spent a countless amount of money on giveaways building my fan base. I spent HOURS AND HOURS making an Etsy page and retaking pictures of our products. I re-did facebook and all my albums. I spent more hours just making things the way I know I'd like to see them if I were a paying customer. We got tags and business cards. We *tried* to learn the best ways to ship our stuff. We had a party! We.did.a.lot.

Here is the point of telling you that. I did all of that on my own. I never once went on a more established page and promoted myself. Again, I spent a lot of money and a lot of time, and so do other pages. It is so easy to go on a page with 1000+ fans and just post on there, "hey, come check out my business everyone!" I give you MAJOR props for starting a business. It's hard, I know! I wish you the most success. But PLEASE respect that this is my business...it's my baby. I could have tried doing it the easy way, but that is not respectful to others who had worked hard to get to where they were. And when you have a business that is similar to mine, please understand that although I am sure your work is beautiful, you are still competitive to us. You wouldn't go in Verizon and see AT&T brochures, correct? Seriously, I do wish you luck. I hope you understand where I am coming from... *There are pages meant to JUST promote your business as well, by the way!!*

Finally, if you are a boutique (especially if you sell bows), please please please understand that we are all creative. We all make our own stuff. However, I could easily say aside from maybe fabrics, pretty much nothing is original. I, more than anyone, don't want to see my stuff get copied. But guess what? It happens, and will continue to happen! Even when i make something and say "goodness, this is really cool, I have never seen anything like this!" I really don't know that! There are a millllllion hair accessory boutiques. They are all unique in their own way. They all do things their own way. And if you think someone copied, even if it's hard to feel this way, take that as a good thing...you are inspiring!

****BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN BUSINESS! BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR PRODUCTS! DO NOT WORRY ABOUT OTHER BOUTIQUES AND SHOPS! JUST DO YOUR THING AND DO IT WELL! I PROMISE IT IS NOT WORTH THE WORRY AND STRESS!

(Please remind me of this from time to time!) :)

I really hope I didn't come off as rude or mean, that was not my intention! It was just something that had to be said!

Thanks for reading!
<3 Courtney

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I still can't believe the support and love shown in the four short days this auction went on. People paid $20 for a headband I charge $8.50 for. People paid $120 and $70 for a photo session with some amazing photographers. We made at LEAST retail price on almost everything, if not over retail! I could go on and on.

First off, I want to thank EVERYONE who donated to the cause. Seriously, I could NOT have made this possible if not for you guys. BreezyBug was just a small contributer compared to the generosity of the other shops and people who donated. Here is a breakdown.

BreezyBug Boutique- $55 (And thank you Ashley for your extra donation as well!!!)
Blissful Booty- $24
Bowtastic Bows- $4
Crochet Medley- $22
I Heart Rock n Roll (and my crafty things too) $15
Knot Just Bows- $9
Rachel Richard Photography- $120
Heaven Scent ღஜღflameless candlesღஜღ ~Ronee Appleby~ $15 (plus a donation of an extra $5 from the winner Christine!)
Sabtisdesigns (Etsy)- $13
Kara Boone Designs- $23
Dawling Couture-$23
Vintage Flower Farm (Etsy)- $56
LaneyBug Photography- $70
Mary Kay (Melody Gayle)- $20
Janet Lambert- $17 (Starbucks gift card and Pasta Boat)
Nikki Wolfley- $3 (handmade ribbon bow!)
Kypress Designs- $5
Lil' Sweeties Designs- $7
Emily Troville- $10 donation

Grand Total- $520!!!!!!! AMAZING!

I am SO incredibly amazed by you guys! Even if you did not win, your bid means the world to me. I know Danielle has expressed so many times how appreciative she is to all of you.

Danielle has continued to amaze me with her strength, faith, and love. She stays at home with this little cutie...


Her husband had to take some time off of work to help take care of Capri, Danielle, and family, so I KNOW your donations will help!

I just wanted to share a couple of pics if you have not seen these...




These were taken of little Boston by the amazing Lane of LaneyBug Photos, who not only donated a photo session, but also bid on several of the items. Check her out, thank her, show her love!

Also, Heaven Scent ღஜღflameless candlesღஜღ ~Ronee Appleby~ ran her own fundraiser for Boston! She is donating all her commission made on these sales! Thank you Ronee!! <3

Show all the donators love if you have not already. They deserve it!

Donators, bidders, winners, givers, people who offered their prayers...ALL is appreciated!

ALSO I will put together a giveaway for hitting the goal of $500+! You should see it in the next day or so. I PROMISE it will be awesome. IF you bid, even if you did not win, you will get an extra entry in the giveaway! :)

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Baby Boston Benefit

I know that in times of tragedy, people come together. Well I hope people come together in this time. I feel the pull of God on my heart telling me to do something. I know I have the means to help, and I hope you can all help me.

My friend Danielle and her husband just had to suffer the tragic loss of their precious son Boston. Baby Boston was born April 1st, and went to Heaven that same day. He was 3lbs 12oz. of perfection. My heart breaks for her and her family. I just can NOT imagine having to deal with that. It's so easy to say it is not fair for such an amazing family, followers in Christ, loving parents to an amazing girl, Capri...to have to go through this. It's.just.not.fair.  But He does have a purpose for everything, and Danielle's faith is still stronger than ever, which is so encouraging. Here she is, mourning the most tragic loss possible, giving her friends and family words of encouragement and love.  I don't know if I could ever be that strong.  It is truly amazing to me. It makes my faith in God grow even more. That He can give her comfort in this time of sadness...

I would like to put together an online auction to help their family out with food, home, her daughter Capri, other expenses they might encounter in this time. I have this incredible business that will allow me to put this together, and I pray that other business' will come together and help out. I will put any item donated together with BreezyBug items, and give all proceeds to their family.

I made a donation fund through paypal as well (at the bottom of this blog) for those who do not want to buy anything, or just want to help the family.

If you would like to donate anything, PLEASE e-mail me at Breezy_Boutique@yahoo.com.  Send me a picture of the item you would like to donate, normal price you sell the item for, and a short description. The bidding will start on Monday, April 11th at 10am, and go through Thursday, April 14th at 8pm EST. I can't tell you how much I would appreciate your help and support. I know that if I were in her shoes, I would so appreciate help, love, and encouragement in any way possible.  Even if it's just a prayer for Danielle, her husband, Capri, and baby Boston.







Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I am in love...with a T3i....

So I have ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted to do some sort of photography. Always. I mean it's been sorta a passion. Plus it comes in handy to have great pictures when you run your business, right?

So I have been saving and saving like I did when I was like 6 to get this baby doll that was the coolest baby doll you could buy. But my new doll is not quite as cheap as the one at 6 years old.  Saturday, hubby calls me and tells me to go to the store, buy my camera I want, give him what I had saved, and he'd take care of the rest. AWESOME! :) I love him...

And now I LOVE my new Canon t3i! Love.love.love. Anyways, I have taken some pics of some pretties as well as my pretty little Breezy girl (and "B" my little model 6 month old cutie I babysit!) Thought I would share some of them...






Oh yeah...I had to add this as a side...because I love it. :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BreezyBug's Crazy Workspace!

Ooookay. So my workplace is definitely the definition of organized chaos. I know where everything is, but I don't think anyone else would...which is weird, because I have my degree in elementary ed, where you HAVE to be organized. I also keep my house super organized. But my creativity gets loose, and my small kitchen workshop goes crazy!!

Whats better than your Keurig right next to your glue gun to start the day?? :)

Addressed and ready to ship pile!

Box cutter, scissors, marker, clohespin...essential in bow making :)

Ahhhh! Buttons, pearls, beads...can't get enough! :)

This, my friends, is what I use most! My plethera of satin!

Fabric, broadcloth, satin...love.

Annnnd this is usually how is ends up after a day of bow making! :)

My lovely basket of business card, headbands, and feathers...sigh...I really do try to keep things organized!

All of my stuff is on top of my washer and dryer until I need it. I create in my kitchen. We have a spare room I could use, but since I have a little one and I watch another little one during the day, I have to stay near them. (Although sometimes I want to close myself in a room all by myself!) :) :)

So there you have it! This is my BreezyBug workspace!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Power of Creation

I often have people ask me why I create.  Why do I do what I do?

Obviously, my first response is my beautiful daughter, my amazing inspiration. I love her more than words can express.  I have had a bazillion hair things for her since she was in my belly.  I spent lots of money finding the perfect hair thing to match her outfits.  One day I decided that maybe...just maybe...I can make this stuff myself.  I took a quick trip to Hobby Lobby, and I have been hooked ever since! BreezyBug Boutique has been such a blessing to me since August, and I am so happy to be growing and getting better at this craft.  I am always striving to learn new things and I love getting new ideas!

My second response would be, making hair pretties is a passion!  It gets me pumped up every time I start on something new.  In a lot of ways it is a release.  It makes me forget about bad days.  I get so excited to hear good reviews.  I love getting orders.  I don't need to make millions, I just LOVE doing this.

I am lucky to have such an amazing husband.  One that will tell me a million times a day that "that is so cute!" even if he has no idea or does not really care so much about hair accessories.  One that helped me with the money to start this passion turned business. I am lucky to have such a BEAUTIFUL inspiration of a daughter. I am just.plain.lucky.

I can't begin to tell anyone enough how much I love this little business called BreezyBug Boutique. Days I get discouraged, I just have to continue to remind myself that this is what I love to do, and to have fun with it! Remind myself that I do it for my own little BreezyBug, as well as my sanity! :)

So...what is your inspiration? Why do you do what you do?
Here is my pretty 17 month old inspiration :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Maddie's Bow Donations







I have made a paypal donation button in which I will donate all to SIDS research. (http://www.sids.org/index.htm) Although they are not sure that is what happened with Maddie, she was healthy up until the day she left this earth. If you have not seen her story, please visit her blog. 

Here she is, in all her beauty...


kandjstaats.blogspot.com

I, like other great boutiques, am making a "Maddie" bow.  It will be $5-$4 of which will go to the donation in Maddie's name.  The other dollar will be used for packaging and shipping.  I would also like to invite you to send me pictures of you or your daughter in your bow and I will send them all to her to honor her precious angel.




I used bright colors to reperesent how many lives she has brightened. Her mom said she loved big bows, and her favorite color was pink, so I integrated those. I also put 4 small ribbons for her 4 months on earth, as well as a big pink bow in the center for her huge heart! Even in the four short months, she has made such a huge impact on SO many people! If you buy one of these, please purchase as a gift so the paypal fees are not taken out.  I know her family will really appreciate all the help they can get.

My e-mail to purchase a bow or to share pictures is Breezy_Boutique@yahoo.com

This story really makes me heart hurt for this family, and I would love to help in figuring out more ways to prevent SIDS from happening.



Monday, February 21, 2011

Giveaway Winner Is.....

Thanks again to both sponsors for helping BreezyBug with this GREAT giveaway!

***I know that Kara went off to the Labor and Delivery tonight well before her due date (pray that her and baby boone are okay!), so your leg warmies may be shipped a little later.***

I counted up all enteries and headed over to random.org to pick a winner.  I am so grateful for all of our new fans and everyone that entered this contest!

So the winner......is.........

Nantz24 or April Terry Nantz!!!!



Please send me a message at Breezy_Boutique@yahoo.com with the color choices for the 4 clips. Again, we have white, ivory, black, brown, silver, hot pink, light pink, turquois, coral, and red to choose from. Also include your address.

You will also have to contact Ronee at roneeappleby@gmail.com to let her know which Scentsy scents you would like. Also include your address.

I will send Kara your address so she can ship it whenever she is healthy!

You will have 1 week to claim your prizes.

Congrats to you, and thanks again for everyones participation! We really appreciate it, and we are so glad to have been a part of this!

(And isn't it a bummer when you don't win...if you entered, you may receive 10% off your next purchase through BreezyBug as a thanks!)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Giveaway! Giveaway! Giveaway!

Happy Valentines Day!

I know I have been talking about this for a while, but it is now time! Are you excited?? I have teamed up with two other AMAZING shops and AMAZING mama's and we have decided to give you guys a ton of REALLY awesome items!

Here is how you enter:  First off, like all three of our pages! You will get an entry for each page you like. Second, you must post the link to this blog on your facebook page. Once you do that, post the link to your page on this blog.  You must do this step in order to qualify! (Make sure to unlock just that post so everyone can see it if your profile is set to private.)

So what do you post in a comment in this blog?: The pages you liked, and the link to your facebook showing that you posted this blog on your page. This is a potential FOUR entries.

First one is of course BreezyBug Boutique! If you don't already, "like" our page!
http://www.facebook.com/#!/breebugboutique

Here is what you will win from us!

Four...thats right FOUR of these cute clips.  Good for kids or adults! That is a $20 value! You pick the colors! Ivory, white, black, brown, blue, turquois, hot pink, light pink, light green, coral, or silver!

This beanie! Cute, right?? It's one of my favorites, so I figured I'd share it with someone! :) $10 value!

That is $30 of free products from BreezyBug!



Next, head on over to Kara Boone Designs and "like" her if you don't already!
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=153205284695388&aid=58661#!/pages/Kara-Boone-Designs/117012685027948

Here is what you will win from her adorable shop...

These fabulous leg warmies! One size fits most!
*Newborn - slightly bunched from hip to ankle
*Infant - from hip to ankle
*Toddler - from above the knee to ankle
*Adult - from below the knee to ankle
*Adult - as arm warmers or for layered look under shirt

She is also throwing in a 20% coupon code to the rest of the items in her shop! She has a ton of leg warmies, hair things, jewelry, and much more! Here is her website too...check it out! http://hyenacart.com/KaraBooneDesigns/index.php?c=41

Excited yet?? :)

One more! Last, but most certainly not least! I KNOW you have all heard of Scentsy! Well, Mrs. Ronee Appleby decided to be VERY kind and participate in this giveaway! Like her page!

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=153205284695388&aid=58661#!/pages/Heaven-Scent-flameless-candles-Ronee-Appleby/175528209139259

Here is what she is giving away......

AHHHH! This is over $40 worth of stuff! A full size scentsy system PLUS three bars of your choice!

Here is her website, check it out! https://isababy.scentsy.us/Buy/ProductDetails/MP-SS13

Okay, if you are not excited, I don't know what will excite you! This is about $100 worth of goodies! Please let me know if you have any questions about the contest.  You can contact me through this blog or facebook (Courtney Venable).

Giveaway will go for one full week! (02/14-02/21) We will count them up Monday night (ends at 6pm) and let the winner know on Tuesday! Good Luck!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I promise to do this more!!

We have been so super busy keeping up with orders, facebook, pictures, our new Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/breezybugboutique), and now we just joined Promotional Frenzy team through Etsy, which will require some blogging and promoting! I will have to do a giveaway through the blog in order to get some followers! :) We have a ton of new stuff out! Here are a few of my favorites...





Love? Me too! :)

Thanks for stopping by! I promise to do this more!! Check it out for some plugs for our Promotional Frenzy friends!