Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Welcome Wednesday with Not Your Average Bow-tique and a GIVEAWAY

Thank you all for joining me for my first Welcome Wednesday where I will be featuring a fellow handmade artisan. Read along and discover just a bit more about the creations and the artists!

Please help me welcome Samone and her Etsy shop Not Your Average Bow-tique!!!

Samone offers bows beyond your wildest dreams! She is also offering one of her spectacular creations as a GIVEAWAY!!! Please find all of the details at the end of the please say "HELLO" to Samone! 

Pink Elephant Bow
What is the first creative memory you have?

As a child, when I wasn't putting on my own dramatic theatre productions (for myself), I spent most of my time drawing. I dreampt of being an artist when I grew up. I remember I loved Winnie the Pooh and one day when I couldn't have been more then 4, I spent a whole evening drawing this replica of classic pooh standing on a chair, attempting to reach his infamous honey jar. I loved that drawing and will always remember it as my first masterpiece! lol! I cherish the picture to this day! 

What or whom inspired you to begin creating your craft? 

My love of bows began when I married the man of my dreams and found the bow of of my dreams for the flower girls to wear at our wedding. From that day fourth, I promised to love, honor and cherish bows (and the tutus that complete them) all the days of my life! 

How did you come up with your shop name?

I spent most of my life trying to find ways to fit in. It took me growing up and really learning to follow God's word to learn that my purpose in life was not to fit in but to stand out! Now I want to show the rest of God's children that they too are meant to shine! So, I named the shop Not Your Average Bow-tique because when I began making bows I didn't want to make them look just like everybody else's "average joe selection". I wanted to make items that were as unique as the little angels that would adorn them...and that's just what I did!

Detail of Post Poodle Petti Tutu Dress

Describe your creations 

Not Your Average Bow-tique specializes in stacked and over the top bows, none of the "average joe" selection here. I make over the top bows, bow ties, tutus, tea hats, and stay tuned for dresses. My style is anything but ordinary and always original. My designs are inspired by my children, so every bow is destined to be as unique and whimsical as the crown of the angel it adorns. These are bows beyond your wildest dreams because I love love to help you design accessories that let your imagination run wild!

What inspires you?

My whimsical style is a reflection of my children. With three under six (two girls and one boy) my life is filled with enough excitement to inspire fairytale's and legends. So when it's time for crafting I have enough imagination to make any little darlings wildest dreams come true! 

What do you listen to or watch while creating? 

Although I love music my "business hours" are usually set within the wee hours of the morning and with three little ones at home and a tired husband, I can't take the chance that the music might wake them up. So, I usually watch tv. I love to watch Everybody Love's Raymond, Seinfeld, King of Queens, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Anything that can make me laugh till ribbon spills out my nose is welcome!

Please share a favorite recipe 
Tea Time Hat

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (I got this recipe from food I love Chef John and thank him for making me a better cook).
Ingredients for 16 Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls: 
(I used a deep 13 x 9 baking dish)
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes 

For the dough: 
1 package of dry yeast 
1/4 cup very warm water (about 100-105 degrees F.) 
1/2 tsp white sugar 
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 
1/4 cup heavy cream (can sub milk, but cream is better) 
1 tsp fine salt 
1/4 cup melted butter 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 tsp allspice) 
1 large egg 
1/4 cup granulated sugar 
3 to 4 cups all purpose flour (divided), as needed 
(add enough flour to mixer so that dough just barely pulls away from sides, and a very soft, slightly sticky dough is formed) 
*knead for at least 6-7 minutes 
For the filling: 
5 tbsp melted butter, brushed on rolled dough 
3/4 cup packed brown sugar 
1/4 cup of granulated sugar 
2 tbsp ground cinnamon 
*For the glaze: 
1/4 cup room temperature cream cheese 
1 cup powdered sugar 
1/4 cup milk, or as needed 
1/4 tsp vanilla extract, optional 
*adjust glaze by adding more powdered sugar or milk to achieve desired consistency 
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds to garnish 

What is one thing you cannot live without? 

I can't live without my family! My whole family has always been my source of love, faith, encouragement, and inspiration, and I would'nt be here with out them!-O and lots and lots of GOLDEN OREO COOKIES!

Where can we find you? 

My Shop: 
Facebook Page: 
Instagram: @notyouraveragebow
Twitter: Samone Burge @notyoaveragebow 

And now let's see what one lucky winner will get!!!
*Shipping is INCLUDED

Pink and Lime Over the Top Bow

Please click on the photo caption to see all of the details of the bow.

NOW TO ENTER...please remember you do not have to do all of the entries...but the more you do the more chances you have at winning :) Good luck!

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  1. My favorite item is the somewhere over the rainbow tutu dress and bow:)

    1. That IS adorable! Thank you so much for checking out Not Your Average Bow-tique and entering :)


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