Friday, March 20, 2015

Closing Gifts for Realtors | Unique Housewarming Gifts Beyond Flowers and Service Contracts

During introductions at a local business conference, I found myself being greeted by a local realtor. "These are beautiful" she kindly responded as I handed her my business card which shows pictures of my family tree pillows and birth announcement subway art. Her response was sweet and definitely in line with the main tenets of this conference - supporting one another in our small mom-owned businesses. But then she surprised me with a question, "Do you have a design that says something about welcome home?" 

All ears - because my best ideas show themselves when I am listening to my customers, I gave an honest reply "I don't, but I would love to come up with something for you." My next step was reaching out to my loyal supporters and ask what they thought said "Welcome to your new home." 

Their ideas were amazing - old Irish sayings about bless this home and welcome friends. A simple, straightforward and friendly "Welcome Home." Adding in a little Belinda Lee Designs touch of personalization and color, I want to share a new line of pillows created with the help of my village (Thank you!!!).

 The Welcome Home Collection

The Welcome Home Collection by Belinda Lee Designs | A Collection of Personalized Pillows That Say Your Are Home | Closing Gifts | Housewarming Gifts | New Homeowner Gifts | Realtors

Housewarming Gift Welcome Home | Personalized with Name and Date | 16 x 16 inch Insert and US Shipping Included | Belinda Lee Designs
Welcome Home pillow personalized with family name and year

Housewarming Gift May Your Troubles Be Less Pillow | Personalized with Name and Date | 16 x 16 inch Insert + US Shipping Included | Belinda Lee Designs
May Your Troubles Be Less pillow personalized with family name and year

Stitched with the poem:
May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more,

And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door.

Personalized Housewarming Gift Life Brings You to Unexpected Places Love Brings You Home Pillow | 16 x 16 inch Insert + US Shipping Included | Belinda Lee Designs
Love Brings You Home pillow personalized with family name and year

Stitched with the saying:
Life brings you to unexpected places,
Love brings you home
Housewarming Gift Bless all Friends That Enter Here Pillow | Personalized with Name and Date | 16 x 16 inch Insert + US Shipping Included | Belinda Lee Designs
Bless All Friends pillow personalized with family name and year

Stitched with the poem:
Bless all friends that enter here,
bring them laughter and good cheer.

Bless all those who leave our home,
keep them safe wherever they roam.

Each pillow in the Welcome Home Collection is beautifully embroidered and personalized to be the perfect housewarming gift for new home owners. The pillow is customized with the family's last name and year. You choose the lettering and fabric colors to match their taste and decor. This pillow makes a thoughtful customized closing gift, a lovely wedding, homecoming or anniversary gift.

What poems and sentiments say welcome home to you?


As ever, I'm all ears!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 Sewing Summer Camps in Raleigh, NC | 4 Camps for your budding sewist to choose from!

Are you looking for summer camps in Raleigh, NC? There are wonderful camps being held in the Community Center at The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi. I'm teaching 4 weeks of camp this year - two hand sewing for rising 3rd - 5th graders and two machine sewing for rising 6th - 12th graders. There are lots of options from Sewing to Lego and Engineering to Cooking to Sports camps. I don't know about the other camps but mine filled up last year, so don't miss out and register soon!

How about hand sewing camp for your rising 3rd - 5th grader? I'm teaching two weeks of Hand Sewing camp July 20-July 24, 2015 and July 27-31 (mornings 9-12). 

Is your teen or tween you ready for summer? Give them something to look forward to sign them up for Machine Sewing camp (for rising 6th - 12th graders) I'm teaching two weeks of machine sewing camp July 6-July 10, 2015 and July 13-July 17, 2015 (mornings 9-12).


Read more about each camp below. Register by clicking the camp images or the links below each camp description.

Machine Sewing Summer Camp 2015 July 6-10 | Raleigh NC | Belinda Lee Designs

Register Here: http://bit.ly/sewingsummercamp2015 


Machine Sewing

Working with our sewing machines we‘ll learn to use a
pattern to make the perfect pajama pants. Then we‘ll
take our skills to the next level to create a pillow case
featuring your sewist‘s own silhouette or monogram.
(Campers are encouraged to bring their own sewing
machines, but we will have several machines
available in the classroom for the campers to share.
All materials will be supplied but an optional supply list
will be provided for campers who want to choose their
own fabrics.)

Ages: Rising 6th - 12th graders
Min. 5; Max. 8 participants
Date: July 6-July 10, 2015
Time: 9am-12pm
Camp Fee: $175 parishioner
 $195 non-parishioner

Register for: ENR302: Machine Sewing

Register Here: http://bit.ly/sewingsummercamp2015 


Machine Sewing Summer Camp 2015 July 13-17 | Raleigh NC | Belinda Lee Designs

Register Here: http://bit.ly/sewingsummercamp2015 


Machine Sewing

Working with our sewing machines we‘ll learn to use a
pattern to make the perfect pajama pants. Then we‘ll take
our skills to the next level to create a pillow case featuring
your sewist‘s own silhouette or monogram. (Campers are
encouraged to bring their own sewing machines, but we will
have several machines available in the classroom for the
campers to share. All materials will be supplied but an
optional supply list will be provided for campers who want
to choose their own fabrics.)

Ages: Rising 6th - 12th graders
Min. 5; Max. 8 participants
Date: July 13-July 17, 2015
Time: 9am-12pm
Camp Fee: $175 parishioner
 $195 non-parishioner

Register for: ENR309: Machine Sewing

Register Here: http://bit.ly/sewingsummercamp2015 


Hand Sewing Summer Camp 2015 July 20-24 | Raleigh NC | Belinda Lee Designs

Register Here: http://bit.ly/sewingsummercamp2015 


Hand Sewing Summer Camp

We'll start with the basics (threading a needle, knots,
simple stitches) and dive into easy projects on the first
day - a needle holder and a pin cushion. Your child will
build confidence and experience working on a
new hand-sewn project each day: Monday: a pillow,
Tuesday: a Small tote bag, Wednesday: a Potholder,
Thursday: a Stuffed animal, Friday: a Sunglasses
case. Advanced students will be able to select more
elaborate projects.

Ages: Rising 3rd - 5th graders
Min. 6; Max. 12 participants
Dates: July 20-July 24, 2015
Time: 9am-12pm
Camp Fee: $150 parishioner
 $170 non-parishioner

Register for: ENR315: Hand Sewing

Register Here: http://bit.ly/sewingsummercamp2015 

Hand Sewing Summer Camp 2015 July 27-31 | Raleigh NC | Belinda Lee Designs

Register Here: http://bit.ly/sewingsummercamp2015


Hand Sewing Summer Camp

We'll start with the basics (threading a needle, knots, simple
stitches) and dive into easy projects on the first day - a
needle holder and a pin cushion. Your child will build
confidence and experience working on a new handsewn
project each day: Monday: a pillow, Tuesday: a Small
tote bag, Wednesday: a Potholder, Thursday: a Stuffed
animal, Friday: a Sunglasses case. Advanced students will
be able to select more elaborate projects.

Ages: Rising 3rd - 5th graders
Min. 6; Max. 12 participants
Date: July 27-July 31, 2015
Time: 9am-12pm
Camp Fee: $150 parishioner
 $170 non-parishioner

Register for: ENR317 Hand Sewing

Register Here: http://bit.ly/sewingsummercamp2015 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A day in the life of Belinda Lee Designs | Guest Posting on Instagram for Vend Raleigh

I had the opportunity to share a day in the life of Belinda Lee Designs guest posting over on Vend Raleigh's Instagram feed. Since not everyone is on Instagram, I thought I would re-share here. It was a lot of fun to share every moment through the day on Instagram and it's something I've thought of doing here on occasion.  Maybe just a set of the week's best snapshots from the studio?

What do you think? Good idea or TMI?

Happy Monday! - and it is happy because ALL of our kids went back to school today! Here at@belindaleedesigns, this made the kids more excited than Mom! Today I'll be taking over the@vendraleigh Instagram Feed as part of the Vend Raleigh Instagram Relay. I'll be showing you "Behind the Scenes" of an ordinary day at Belinda Lee Designs. And of course, you know that by ordinary I mean "Mom and Entrepreneur ordinary" and that means that anything can happen!

So who is Belinda Lee Designs? It started with me, Belinda. I create embroidered keepsakes in the form of pillows and wall art. But my supporting team is irreplaceable - my husband Keith, daughter Meri and son Brady (thanks to Laura at@lauraannphotography for capturing us all together last fall!). Photo by: @lauraannphotography
Added by: @belindaleedesigns

#vendraleigh #behindthescenes#belindaleedesigns#raleigh #smallbusiness#herewego


Monday so that means my first step is to plan out my whole week. If I don't take the time to write it down it just won't happen!
#Repost from my post on @vendraleigh #vendraleigh#mompreneur #wahm #worktheplan


Note@katiebugbow asked where the planner came from. You can get them for free at productiveflourishing.com. I purchased the full year because I like to plan a full quarter out at a time with my big goals and milestones. I use the Action Planner set mostly but they have Project and Blog Planners as well.

There's a lot going on here! The white board on the wall tracks the orders I have in queue with a planned ship date for each. I try to ship well ahead of the date I promise in my shop. But, as a mom, I know life can get messy so I always leave in a bit of built in wiggle room. I like to plan ahead and deliver early whenever possible. My computer is up and I am doing a design check before I send it to my machine. My embroidery machine is on and ready in the background.
#repost from my leg in the #vendraleigh Instagram relay #mompreneur #wahm #worktheplan


My work table is a life saver. There is plenty of room for multiple projects and I can iron on it to boot! I also use it to do demonstrations during sewing classes. My husband and father in law made it. Love them!! Posted by: @belindaleedesigns #Repost from my day on the@vendraleigh Instagram Relay
#mompreneur #wahm##workroomtable

Two things I think we can all agree on: cleaning and ironing are no fun. But as fabric is an integral part of my business, ironing is a must. My iron has *got* to be clean so I give a swipe before I start with this heaven sent goup and it's just like new. That said, I still use a press cloth and a spray bottle for steam - you can never be too sure... #Repost from my day over at the @vendraleigh Instagram relay#entrepreneur #smallbusiness #wahm #savemyiron

Note: @thetealmagnolia asked where I get the iron soleplate cleaner called EZ-Off. I get the goupy stuff (and my pillow forms and zippers too!) from Rowley Company. They deliver quickly because they are right here in NC - love that!

Work in progress! This pillow was ordered by a sweet mom who wants to add a personal touch to her new home. It has a brother too - but that one is already stitched. Both will be turned into pillows tomorrow and shipped before the end of the week. I like to work in batches - stitch a bunch of tops one day, turn them into pillows or wall art the next, photograph and prep for shipping the third day and ship them on the fourth day. The timing doesn't always work out as each design takes about 1.5 hours on the embroidery machine - which means I can embroider about 4 a day. But it's good to have a plan! #Repost of my day sharing at the #vendraleighInstagram Relay #embroidery #wahm #mompreneur#smallbusiness #raleigh

It's important to have the right tools for the job. For me that is thread - around 200 spools of embroidery thread alone. Also sewing machines - I have 8. People donate them like I'm a retirement home for sewing machines. And I don't mind at all, last year these donations let me hold my first machine sewing camp! #Repost from my leg today on the Instagram Relay at #vendraleigh #shoplocal #smallbusiness#mombusiness

A good, reliable #carpool is an absolute necessity for a mom-run business. With a middle schooler playing team sports, I make the 20 minute trip to school at least 2x a day. Without my carpool it would be 3 - and that doesn't account for forgotten lunches and bringing in birthday snacks. #Repost of my day of sharing over at @vendraleigh Instagram Relay#carpool #mombiz #middleschoolsports#thefranciscanschool

Last post for the night from the #vendraleighInstagram Relay! Thank you for hanging out with me today as I shared my #behindthescenes. Stay tuned to @vendraleigh for tomorrow's takeover by@torreyhillinc. Stop back here tomorrow to see this embroidered fabric transformed into keepsake pillows. And to get the real answer to the question "What's Black and Red and Gold all over?"#mompreneur #shoplocal #entrepreneur


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Thanks for sticking around!

Let's do it again sometime soon!