Interview With BonitaBellita and GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who participated! Winner will be announced soon.

I was recently introduced to a beautiful new shop, Bonita Bellita, where Stephanie sells wonderful hair accessories.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie, and also of giving away a gorgeous hair piece to one lucky reader....but first read the interview!



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Tell us a bit about yourself and your family!

Well, I am a happy little bride to a wonderful (ie very patient) man, we are the classic high school sweetheart story. I'm lucky to have found love so young. We also have two young children who teach me to take a second look at everything in life and see it with open eyes.

I also have my mom, brother, and sister, who are all big influences on my life and store. My mom is so supportive about this new adventure in my life. My brother is my business advice, he's always thinking ahead. As for my sister, she's my main model!

When did you start creating?

The flowers I use in most of my store I just started to create this year, but I've been creating my whole life! I started out with crayons and blank paper, worked my way up to markers and colored pencils, and of course graduated to just about everything else! I use paint and do photography as well, but one day I was looking through some fabrics and just fell in love. A needle, thread, and hours later, Bonita Bellita was born.

Your hair pieces are amazing...what inspired you to start creating?

Why thank you! I've always liked the freshness of flowers, they are always beautiful and when they bloom it is simply captivating. I wanted to bring that into the pieces I create. I wanted to make them at affordable prices as well. Similar items sell at chain stores for much more, I want to make sure that everyone has a fair chance at owning a pretty blossom for themselves!
I also have a friend Emilee who started her own Etsy store, and she's the one who inspired me to start my own! (This is her store - http://www.etsy.com/shop/tastefultatters)

Where do you get your ideas...anything in particular that inspires you?

I get inspiration from life in general! I definitely get a big chunk of that from looking at other blogs I find to be unique and thus inspiring. I also get it from the music I listen to and photos that I take or what I see from other artist's work. Gardens and nature hold a large role in my creative thoughts too!

Do you attend art and craft fairs/shows?

I do attend these shows, but right now just as a pastime or to purchase something for myself. I'd like to try and have a tent at a show one day though!

What are your long term goals for your shop?

Since I'm still fresh, I'd like to work on getting more people to take notice of these pretty little flowers. I'd eventually like to start becoming more diverse in the pieces I create, and maybe one day open my own real life boutique, featuring not just my work but other artist's as well.

What is your favorite piece you have created?

You may be surprised, but it's the yellow headband featured in this giveaway! It was an accidental success, and for that I hold it dear.

What is your favorite color?

Ooh, that's a tough one... I am a longtime lover of scarlet, but right now I'm obsessed with bold, jewel tones; in particular emerald green, teal, and royal purple.

What do you do when you're not creating?

I love to go to the beach, I practically live there in the summer! The library is another favorite, or even just catching up on my favorite shows and movies. That may be cheating though, I sew when I watch TV too! I spend a lot of time with my kids and husband too, they (of course) get a majority of my focus!

What are some places we can find you on the web?

Right now I have my main store...
http://www.bonitabellita.etsy.com
...my facebook fan page...
http://www.facebook.com/bonitabellita
...and my new (still in progress) blog...
http://bonitabellita.blogspot.com/
...I'm still debating on that twitter idea.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Hmmmm... when I watch movies that take place across the pond (think Love Actually, Sense & Sensibility, ect;) I will end up speaking very proper with a British accent afterward. It's true, ask my husband!

Thank you Stephanie! I really enjoyed getting to know you better. Your shop is gorgeous and every girl should have flowers for her hair! I love how your yellow flower headband came out...my favorite as well! You have a great attitude and a great love for your family, something I really appreciate! And you seem like such a fun person as well. Wishing you much success!

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Now for the giveaway.

I'm excited to give away this gorgeous yellow flower hairband. When Stephanie asked me what piece she thought we should give away, I was immediately drawn to this one.
Isn't it pretty?





One winner will receive this beauty, read on to find out how to win.

Rules:

For your first entry, you need to go to Stephanie's shop, Bonita Bellita, and pick a favorite item. Come back here and post about it. (This entry is required, or all other entries will be disqualified!)

NOTE: make sure you post a SEPARATE comment for each entry, as each comment will count as 1 entry.
Also make sure you leave a way for me to contact you in your comments.

Additional entries:
Become a fan of Bonita Bellita on facebook, come back and post that you did. = 1 entry

Follow Bonita Bellita's blog and come back and post that you are a follower. = 1 entry

Follow this blog and post that you are a follower. = 1 entry

Follow me on twitter, and post that you are a follower. = 1 entry

Tweet this giveaway and leave a comment with the tweet link. = 1 entry

Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the blog post. = 1 entry

Purchase something from Bonita Bellita. = 5 entries! Make sure you post a comment 5 times for them all to count (sorry for the inconvenience)

Please be honest, and don't post that you follow unless you really did follow! I will be checking :)

Giveaway ends on Friday June 25th. Please hurry and enter to win! One winner will be chosen using random.org
Open to worldwide residents!

Thank you everyone, and have fun!
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83 comments:

Katie said...

i looove the Yellow flower skinny headband!!!

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Hannarr said...

I love this
http://www.etsy.com/listing/48147031/red-polka-dot-flower-headband

it's just beautiful! =]


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Hannarr said...

I'm a fan of Bonita Bellita on facebook


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Hannarr said...

i'm Following Bonita Bellita's blog


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Hannarr said...

i'm following you on twitter (i'm HannarrArt)


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Hannarr said...

i'm following this blog


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Lauren said...

I love the one you're giving away here but my favorite is the Powder Blue Organza Flower Burst Headband!


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Lauren said...

I am a fan of BonitaBellita on facebook.

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Lauren said...

Congratulations, Lauren
You are now following Bonita Bellita
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I am following Bonita Bellita.

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Lauren said...

Congratulations, Lauren
You are now following Etsy Treasure Chest

I am now following this blog.


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lolamichele said...

I <3 the emerald green organza flower headband.

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lolamichele said...

I follow you on twitter.

@lolamichele

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very married said...

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this is my favorite:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/47545521/silver-blue-owl-necklace

TopHat said...

I love the teal blossom brooch!
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MYSAVIOR said...

This one is just gorgeous~

http://www.etsy.com/listing/48147031/red-polka-dot-flower-headband

Sue
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MYSAVIOR said...

I became a fan on facebook!

Sue
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MYSAVIOR said...

I am following Bonita's blog now.

Sue
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MYSAVIOR said...

I have been following your blog - Joy!

Sue
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MYSAVIOR said...

I am already following you on Twitter also.

By the way, Bonita's photos are great!

Sue
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MYSAVIOR said...

I put the giveaway on my blog!

Sue
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MYSAVIOR said...

I twittered this giveaway.


milagros1130 GREAT GIVEAWAY' http://etsytreasurechest.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-bonitabellita-and-giveaway.html

Sue
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Bree said...

such a wonderful giveaway! i really love the red polkadot headband

Ninja Panda said...

The "Yellow Flower Skinny Headband" is definitely my favorite. The lace adds a nice touch!

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Jingle said...

Oh, her shop is so fabulous! I really love the Powder Blue Organza Flower Burst Headband! TOTAL CUTENESS!

Jingle said...

I am a fan of BB on FB!

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ZudaGay said...

Great interview and a sweet shop! I love the silvery Blossom headband! My granddaughters would love these!

Melissa said...

Love the Powder Blue Orangza Blossom Headband. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Melissa said...

Following Bonita Bellita's blog on GFC. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Melissa said...

Following you on twitter @omydarlingblog

Melissa said...

Following you on GFC. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristin said...

I like the red polka dot flower headband!

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grace said...

I love the 'Emerald green organza flower headband'! ^_^

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dayda said...

I love the Midnight Bloom hair piece. It gives a romantic touch and adds a bit of mystery to any outfit.
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LIZ said...

hi, i am in lovey with http://www.etsy.com/listing/49001501/silvery-blossom-headband

email me :)
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thankies for helding this giveaway

LIZ said...

hi,I would love to participate in this giveaway,I'm your follower through Google Friend Connect..

email me :)
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pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com

thankies for helding this sweet giveaway

Angie said...

How cute!!! I love this one too: Powder Blue Organza Flower Burst Headband

Thanks
Angie
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Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I love the Powder Blue Organza Flower Burst Headband.

LINDA said...

i love the red polka dot flower

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LINDA said...

I follow on twitter (luvlybrunette77)

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LINDA said...

i follow Bonita blog google connect

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Cannaria said...

I love the purple blossom burst! But actually every single piece she made is pretty.

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Cannaria said...

Following you via google friend connect

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Shannon said...

I love these headbands! My fave is the Silvery blossom headband. Gorgeous!

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Sheena said...

Blue organza flower is my fave!

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Challene said...

I love the powder blue organza blossom headband!! =)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/49003273/powder-blue-orangza-blossom-headband

Challene said...

I am now a follower of Bonita Bellita's blog! =)

Challene said...

I "like" Bonita Bellita's facebook page!

Challene said...

I am a following Etsy Treaure Chest!

Challene said...

I am now following you on twitter! (BlueMooseAlaska)

asj said...

The teal blossom brooch is one of my faves! L-O-V-E.

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Crafty Q said...

Love the "Abstract Flower Necklace" in teal. Love it, love it, love it!

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ruricloth said...

I love the Red polka dot flower headband!

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Jenna Wood said...

I love the silver, blue owl, necklace!
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janil said...

I love Emerald green organza flower headband!
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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the Teal Blossom Brooch!

avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway!

I like the Lavender Polka Dot Flower headband.

Please count me in. Thanks.

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Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

I like the Purple blossom burst.

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Delphine said...

I love the Silver Blue Owl Necklace

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Karen said...

yellow flower skinny headband!

mruna said...

i follow!
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mruna said...

i like the yellow flower skinny headband but i like the red polka dot flower headband even more!!!

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Aik said...

I love the Powder Blue Organza Flower Burst Headband.

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Aik said...

I'm a fan of Bonita Bellita on facebook (Aik Chien)

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Aik said...

Follow Bonita Bellita's blog

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Aik said...

Follow this blog

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Aik said...

I'm following you on Twitter @aikchien

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Aik said...

I tweeted about this giveaway.

http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/16476910266

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Samy said...

This is pretty- http://www.etsy.com/listing/48974036/yellow-satin-flower-headband

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Samy said...

I became a fan of Bonita Bellita on facebook

Samy said...

I follow Bonita Bellita's blog

Samy said...

I follow this blog and post that you are a follower

Samy said...

I follow you on twitter

Lerin said...

What a pretty collection! I love the powder blue organza headband.

Thank you for the giveaway!!
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Damla said...

I like the Silver Blue Owl Necklace.

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Damla said...

Follow you on twitter: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover

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Damla said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/16637798714

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Damla said...

Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2010/06/bonitabellita-giveaway.html

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ebrunner said...

Really like the "Teal Blossom Brooch." One of my favorite colors.

deanna said...

love the Yellow flower skinny headband
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xoxoxo

zooni said...

i love this blue organza flower http://www.etsy.com/listing/48149929/blue-organza-flower

Heather said...

I like the
Silvery blossom headband.
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