Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tea Towels for the Family

My grandmother was a lively woman. She was friendly, creative, and resourceful. She had no problem speaking her mind, and I pity any person who ended up on her bad side. She knew where all the best deals in town were, and her cellar pantry showed for it. Like many other women from her generation, she was also a great cook! With our large family, I'm sure the requests were a bit daunting when the holiday's rolled around - but she always managed to make my favorites. When she passed away, my grandfather let the family take some of her beloved kitchen items. I put those items to good use as often as I can. Every now and then I wrap her colorful granny apron around my waist twice and get to work feeding my family. A couple of months ago, I decided to scan in a few of her hand-written recipes and put them together in a digital collage to be printed on fabric at I knew there would be a few other family members interested in this idea, so I made a neutral design in black & white and decided to turn the fabric into tea towels. I gathered up the family orders and began working as soon as possible. I am very pleased with how the tea towels turned out and I love seeing my grandmother's handwriting all over them, scribbles and all.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Belle and Beau Move to Amazon

Christine Klein
Designer of Belle & Beau
     Belle & Beau is making new ground in an online network of shopping. Handmade at Amazon is the place for artisans to sell their unique, handcrafted goods to hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. Christine Klein, designer and primary developer at Belle & Beau, is excited about this venture because Amazon is the most shopper-centric platform available online today. The Handmade at Amazon network provides the same reliable support and customization for artists all over the world as it does for commercial products.
     As consumer concerns focus on environmental impacts and a stressed economy, supporting small local business becomes more important than ever. Amazon has consistently grown in value while online shopping has dominated consumer industries. Handmade at Amazon reflects consumer driven interest by providing access to quality, affordable, handmade goods. Shoppers can customize their searches by product type, artist location, price, age groups and more.
     Belle & Beau fans can expect to see new products making their debut over the next several months. Wildlife and nature continue to be Christine's primary source of inspiration. She has been busy at the computer, consulting with parents, designing new fabrics, and planning a line of children's toys that will inspire the imagination. If you've ever purchased from Christine or used her products, please feel free to write her a review that will help others feel confident in purchasing from her store.

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