Features


We're so excited and honored to be doing a local feature this week! Meet Derica Justice, Owner & Creator of Bon Bini Print & Design, a custom stationery business that specializes in event invitations and unique stationery. Her products are each specially designed for her customers. We are also excited to be offering a free finger print holiday card printable, designed by Derica.

Aside from being a wife and work-from-home mom to a busy 16 month old and expecting another in January, Derica’s passions include scuba diving, running, and travel. She especially loves the Caribbean, hence her shop name, Bon Bini. Pronounced “Bon Beh-knee, it means welcome in Papiamentu, the native language of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao).


Derica got started with her designs 7 years ago, with her own wedding invitations. Shortly thereafter, she found herself designing for friends and co-workers, until her official launch in April 2008.  In addition to wedding invitations, Derica’s designs have now expanded to party d├ęcor, business logos & marketing materials, as well as the gamut of invitations from parties to showers. Where ever design and paper are involved, she’s happy to help!


Derica truly enjoys the creative process that goes into creating something unique for each customer. “I’m known to be quite picky when it comes to making things just right!” She says. Coupling her eye for design with her detail oriented personality, she comes up with nothing short of amazing work! She lives for seeing the final product just as much as her clients do. “I love speaking with or meeting with a client and taking their ideas or themes and seeing a design come to fruition. It is a lot of fun to play around with color/font options and create new designs for each client.” 

She offers truly unique stationary, apart from impersonal, cookie cutter papery found in big box stores. “Pick stationery that speaks to you or have it designed to fit your personality, let your true colors shine!” Her philosophy, “If you love it, you will use it more!”


When planning an event, remember that the invitation is the very first thing that your guest will see. That means it’s the first impression that they will get about your event. Don’t be afraid to hire help for your stationary needs, to make that good first impression. Some advice for those seeking a little design help, choose someone you love! Derica points out “You will be spending a bit of time communicating with this person, so make sure they are willing to work with you until you are 100% satisfied”.


In speaking with her, I could immediately tell that she was the kind of person, who takes the time to hear what you have to say. Working with her, was like ordering stationary from a girlfriend. The final outcome, she far exceeded my expectations! How often do you get that?


Derica's passion for great product’s and customer service has allowed her work to stand out in the Raleigh, NC area.  She is on the Vend Raleigh directory and also ships her products all over the U.S from her online shops. You can read more about Derica and Bon Bini Print and Design on her website, Facebook, and on Etsy.


Stop over here to see a FREE holiday card printable that Derica Designed just for Little Once Boutique!

 


www.bonbiniprintanddesign.com


www.facebook.com/BonBiniPrint


www.twitter.com/BonBiniPrint


www.bonbini.etsy.com


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Olive Ann Designs

"To Tie For"

 
Little Once Boutique is so very excited to be featuring Olive Ann Designs this week. A Mother/Daughter, Couture clothing design team. Based out of Portland, Oregon, this duo creates Fun and playful patterns for children that are also practical and simple to make. Their motto: “Easy to make. Easy to fit. Easy to wear.”
For this feature, I was able to select a pattern to make and create a tutorial on just how adorable and easy to follow, Olive Ann’s patterns are. With all the cute designs that she offers, my choice was difficult. But, my eye I just kept going back to the “To Tie For” dress pattern. As you can see this dress is so stinkin’ cute! It is comfortable on and super easy to make.

I asked Ann how she got started in this business 5 years ago, “I wanted to make clothes for my grand kids and take advantage of all the beautiful fabrics available now.” It was hard for her to find patterns that fit real kids- both in terms of size and practicality. Ann makes a really good point, “Kids clothes should be easy to make because they grow out of them so quickly and they should be comfortable enough that kids will actually want to wear them.” With some help from her sister, Barbara Brunson, owner and designer of Vanilla House, Ann opened her own shop in 2009.

Each one of Olive Ann’s designs are made so that even those who are new to sewing can create a beautiful outfit for the special children in their lives. “I write my instructions keeping in mind that my daughters, who don't sew, should be able follow them” says Ann. She has always enjoyed creating things, even back in grade school. “I started sewing outfits for my troll dolls - they were mostly glued but there was some sewing.” :) She has come a long way since those early days. Her inspiration now, is her grand kids. What she loves most about making these clothes, is seeing her grandchildren wearing them, “they are definitely not trolls as you can see from the pattern covers”, she adds.

Whether you are new to the art of sewing or not, these precious designs are worth a look. Ann offers some crucial tips to those taking up sewing, “use your IRON and remember sewing is not perfect so don't stress if what you are doing is not exactly right.”. “Sewing should be fun” She adds.

What I adore personally about her unique patterns: most of them also include doll versions of the design. “We want the kids to be just as excited about wearing the outfits as their moms and grandmas are, and matching doll clothes often does the trick!” So clever!

Little Once Boutique was pleased to create a photo tutorial on Olive Ann’s “To Tie For” dress pattern…Enjoy! Please be sure to stop by her shop and facebook page to check out her cute patterns for yourself! You may also purchase this pattern there for a very reasonable price!

You can find her patterns on the web: www.oliveanndesigns.com
They are also on Facebook.com/Oliveanndesigns.com


To head on over to the tutorial on how to make this beautiful dress, click here!


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