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Flower’s A la Carte

Another addition to our shop: flowers a la carte!  If you have a special occasion or want that perfectly coordinated accessory, we can help!  We can customize any clip, headband, hat, clip, onesie or legwarmers.  We have an assortment of unfinished flowers in seasonal colors.

 

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Why I Opened My Own Boutique

IMG_1062I decided to take the big leap into entrepreneurship and open my own business in 2011 and I would like to share a little about why I wanted to open Itsy Bitsy Boutique. I had dreamed of owning my own business and being my own boss ever since art school, so I’ve always been looking around for opportunities to do something that I would love. As it turns out, over the years I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places, and always I found some really cool little shop (or if you want to be fancy and say it in French, boutique). I wanted something where I could be creative, give back to the community and make a living. You know what they say, if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life! I have lived in Eastern Iowa all of my life, and in the Iowa City area since 1998, when I moved here to attend to the University of Iowa where I got my BA in Studio Art. What I love about the area are the people, being surrounded by creativity and the beautiful land. It inspires me to live in a community where there is a true appreciation for the arts and where people take pride in Iowa. I once considered moving to Chicago, Arizona, Colorado, but I’m not a big-city girl! I grew up in the quiet countryside, and here I feel I have the best of both worlds. I have roots here and I’m surrounded by so many wonderful and creative friends- I am truly blessed. The Iowa City area is smack dab in the middle of my family in Northeast Iowa and my husband’s family in Southeast Iowa-Eastern Iowa is our beautiful homeland. In 2007 we chose to move to a sleepy little town called North Liberty because the location is perfect for us. North Liberty is now one of the fastest growing communities in Iowa, and after living here for 7 years, I have witnessed remarkable transformation and growth, and I am very excited to be a part of it. I want to help shape the community. It’s a community full of Hawkeye fans (GO HAWKS), young families, professionals and children seem to be crawling out of the woodwork! Literally. I just saw a kid crawl out from behind a wood fence. Yeesh. I believe that the key to economic development and opportunity lies within our community, not in corporate America (I know, I know, que the soapbox! ;) ) Shopping and and supporting LOCALLY owned businesses fosters job creation. I love to buy products that are unique and have been made locally or come from a locally owned business because I know that I’m helping my neighbor make a living and that just feels good! I like to call it “shopping with a conscious” It’s just kinda nice to know where the things I consume come from. I also believe upcycling, recycling and repurposing are important to our Eco-consciousness (I think the “Global Warming”debate is laughable, because there is no debating that taking care of the environment is plain and simple COMMON SENSE, COMMON SENSE, COMMON SENSE). Itsy bitsy is a conglomeration of new, previously loved, and handmade items in an artsy, fun and unique setting. I want to create opportunity for my neighbors to make extra money, be creative and inspire the imagination. I want people to come to my boutique and enjoy the shopping experience, and be made to feel welcomed and what true “retail therapy” is like.  I always hear people say that they don’t have a creative bone in their body, but I beg to differ. I think we all have creativity in us, it’s just a matter of finding what inspires you and what you love to do.

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Hello Hello

Welcome to the Itsy Bitsy blog! My name is Kelly, I own and operate the boutique in North Liberty, Ia. I will be sharing lots of fun things on here, like the awesome things we sell, inspiration, ideas, photography and much more. Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. This is one of my favorite quotes because of the profound simplicity of this idea of being the change. You might think, what difference can I make? If you live your life according to the idea of being the change, you are making a difference in your own way, like making a contribution for the good of us all. What would I like to see? Oh, too many things to write here on this post. I will show you with my posts, the way I do business and how I inspire and find inspiration.