We have so much to dance about here:
And that's what we do at B'sue Boutiques
Together, we share our passions with the world.
For those who don't know, our little company started about 27 years ago when I took 20.00 out of my cleaning money, perched Jordan on my hip and went out to find something I could sell and turn that 20.00 into 40.00....
He's 29 now...and he still works here. He has an associate's degree in business administration. After working for a popular grocery chain here in Ohio, he decided to come back home, fully learn Mom's business and slowly start lightening her load so she could concentrate on keeping us all dancing...creatively.
He's the nice guy that answers the phone and takes care of all customer service issues and questions....and is head of our shipping department.
One day, HE will be the face of B'sue Boutiques. For now, I am.
We are a family business. Those two silly ladies in the first photo are dancing to BeeGees disco music back in our shipping area. That's Shelley on the left, who has been here with me since 1999. She has been through many rough times with me and is fearless.
Donna is on the right; she's my sister-in-law for over 38 years. Donna likes to say we grew up together.
Donna started with me back when I was still using that 20.00, cleaning houses, both living in mobile homes one next to the other, out along a country road.
Now she lives on a large farm in an old farmhouse built in the late 1800's. I live in a kitschy little ranch house built in 1950, on the outskirts of our little town.
Here she is helping organize our new shipping area the day we moved to our current location in July 2012:
Our paths separated, career-wise, for quite some time, but now they have merged again. Her son, Rob, works here and has made most of our videos:
The lovely young lady he is dancing with is his sister, Andrea, who used to come and help us separate parts for inventory once in a bit. She got married last November:
And now Javi works here, helping me make jewelry, helping us with the shipping and some inventory tasks. Because Rob has another job most of the time, she now makes the videos:
She made the bracelet she is wearing and loves to make pretty earrings:
Javi was born in Chile. She is Rob's girlfriend and part of our family.
Lauren is Jordan's wife and she has been with us doing the shipping and Etsy uploads since they got married in 2007:
Via our videos and the group at Facebook (do you make jewelry? You can join, too! As of this writing, we have over 1900 members and a lovely community!) many have gotten to know me. Some call and say they have seen every video....if you've seen them all (there are 104 as of today) you know our journey. In the last four years we have gone from a pretty rough basement workshop to a better basement workshop to a brick and mortar store:
This was taken the day we rented the building.
My passion is to start creative souls on a journey that will lift them up, through good times and bad. I never thought I would make a lot of money at this vocation, and I never have. What I have is the pleasure of YOUR company, watching you grow as you take the ideas I throw out there....and FLY with them.
And I get to work with my family and my only child, my son, Jordan, every day. We are all doing what we love.
Yesterday Donna and I made a video on tissue decoupage over brass stampings:
Our videos are different than many You Tube tutorials.
First, while there is more prep than you might think to get ready for the videos, they are totally unscripted. When I start, I have no idea for how long the video will be. I can't bear to do a wooden, scripted video. All I can do is show you and talk to you as if you were sitting there with me. I give you the basic ideas and show you the basic techniques.
Yesterday we had a crazy good time and were a little off the wall.
Other times, we are more serious.
Javi is using a tripod now with the camera. She has found some better ways to keep the blur out of the frame. She is also doing a great job of editing them, including SKU numbers so you can access the pieces we used, if you would like to, at B'sue Boutiques
You would pay for most lessons the length of our videos. BUT: since we're using our stuff and showing you what to do with it, I have resisted the idea of asking anyone to pay for video instruction. We feel that enough people will appreciate the effort and want to use the items we used...and will visit us at our website
So far there are almost a million and a half views on those videos. Somebody must like them.
Here is a bracelet I made from a piece I worked on in yesterday's video:
Our goal is to make a new video every week. We are working on making the videos better, engaging your imagination more with each one we make.
So! Okay, sometimes we're a little over the top....and the videos run long. Sorry, that probably won't change.
You see, it's that passion for what we do, spilling over.
Come take the journey with us....