Monday, April 25, 2011

Editors' Pick: In Love with Clairebella plus a giveaway!

Thanks to Layla Grayce we were introduced to the lovely, Kathy Denness of Clairebella.  Kathy brings us "beautiful products for stylish living" and we just can't get enough of the collection of goodies. And, well - she is just the sweetest!

{Kathy of Clairebella}

Our favorite? We absolutely adore their super-stylish trays. Just in time for the entertaining season, they are beyond perfect to serve your guest or to keep on display. We love it on our desk too! It is the perfect place for papers.

{Super-Stylish Melamine Personalized Zebra Tray, $43}

We are thrilled to let you get to know her just a little bit more. Check out our chat with Kathy below and enter to win $100 to get your shop on!

{1} Tell us about Clairebella and what inspired you to begin the biz.



Initially, Clairebella started as a baby products business. I was a stay-at-home mom and always had an entrepreneurial bug. I was living in Australia and started with hand-painted kid's furniture. When I moved back to the US, I saw an opportunity to launch Clairebella. The company is named after my daughter, Claire. In 2009, we moved from moses baskets and soft goods to the personalized line we have now. We really found our niche and the line took over- to the point that it didn't make sense to try to continue with both. We now have a juvenile products license with David Textiles, who produces Clairebella fabric by the yard, burp cloth sets and blankets.

 {2} What is your all time favorite item?
{the cutest personalized cell phone cases from Clairebella on Layla Grayce, $52}


I would have to say our new product, the cell phone cases.


{Clairebella Cutting Boards - you may notice the one above from the April issue of Southern Living}


{3} What is your best seller?

Also the cell phone cases. Our glass cutting boards are close behind.


{4} When you aren't working on the latest and greatest things for Clairebella, what can we find you doing?

A morning run on a nice day is heaven to me.

{We LOVE this Place Setting for our Littles}


{5} What has been the biggest challenge having your own business?

Prioritizing your life can be a challenge. It is definitely a balancing act and when you are wearing so many hats, you have to be organized with your time. I am an artist, so organization is not my strongest point. I couldn't live without my iPhone calendar alerts!


{6} What tips do you have for other starting their biz?

Seek out someone in your industry, if possible, who can be a mentor. Always be open to learning new things. Just when you think you have all of the answers, something changes. Being open and flexible versus rigid in your business plan will help you to adjust quickly.


{7} What is up next for Clairebella?
 
We will have some exciting new product additions later this year, but that is hush-hush for now :). Suffice it to say, we would love to expand into broader product categories and see our patterns all over the house!
 

{Who doesn't love writing notes in style? Personalized Clipboards make perfect gifts too!}
Ready to browse around? Head over to Clairebella and shop the collection on Layla Gracye! Also, make sure you follow Clairebella on Twitter and Facebook!
 
Enter the Clairebella giveaway below! You can use the $100 Clairebella gift certificate on Layla Grayce!

{THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED AND ANNOUNCED VIA TWITTER.}
 


Note: Please make sure you leave your email address after each comment so we can contact you if you win!


Giveaway: $100 Clairebella Gift Certificate! Head over to Layla Grayce and Clairebella and tell us what is on your shopping list! This comment is mandatory. You also MUST be a follower of cupcakeMAG and cupcakeMAG for Littles.


1. Follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter.

2. Follow Clairebella on Twitter.

3. Make sure you "Like" us on our Facebook page.

4. Make sure you "Like" Clairebella on Facebook.

5. Subscribe to our updates (top right corner above) - just sign up with your email!

6. Tweet about this giveaway and include @cupcakemag -- you must tweet, not just follow.

7. Tweet about this giveaway and include @clairebellainc -- you must tweet, not just follow.

8. Write a blog post about this giveaway on your blog and send us the link.

We will select a winner via random.org on Monday, May 2nd at 11pm! Please make sure you enter the mandatory comment first before doing the extra entries.

103 comments:

  1. Oh what is not to like at either site.
    from ClaireBella I like the trays especially in the Damask design.
    From Layala Grace I am all about he Pine Cone Hill robes and pajamas.

    I am a follower of both sites.

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  2. Everything is on my list! But first are the damask coasters. Then clipboards and cutting boards.
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  3. I follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter, I'm @soonerpsych.
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  4. Love love love the grey damask cell phone covers. The platters are a must as well for entertaining!

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  5. I like Cupcake Mag on Facebook.

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  6. I looove the Clairebella zebra tray, and the cell phone cases

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  7. I love the iPhone case.

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  8. I'm a cupcake mag twitter follower.

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  9. I like cupcake mag on FB

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  10. I subscribe to the updates.

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  11. I Follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter. - @bmds99

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  12. I Follow Clairebella on Twitter. @bmds99

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  13. I of course like you on facebook! Britain

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  14. I "Like" Clairebella on Facebook.

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  15. bmds99 Tweeted about this giveaway and include @cupcakemag --

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  16. bmds99 Tweeted about this giveaway and include @clairebellainc --

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  17. I love the cell phone case, as I just got a new iphone..

    and since the BF and I moved in together.. I am deep into decorating the new place. So any of the kitchen or home goods would be right up my alley!!

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  18. http://www.simplysoutherngirl.com/2011/04/clairebella-giveaway.html

    I blogged about the giveaway on SimplySouthernGirl.com

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  19. I love the Clairebella personalized tempered glass cutting boards

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  20. I follow you on Twitter.

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  21. I follow Clairebella on Twitter.

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  22. I like you on Facebook.

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  23. I like Clairebella on Facebook.

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  24. I am a subscriber via email

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  25. Tweet

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  26. Tweet 2

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  27. I like the serving trays Clairebella & I like the Set of 3 Ceramic White Cake Plates With Green Ribbon at Layla Grayce.
    I follow both sites.
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  28. I like you on FB.
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  29. I love the Blabla Mobile Pink Birds! I follow both blogs.

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  30. I would definitely get one of their adorable aprons! Or maybe 3 of them :)
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  31. I like cupcake mag on fb!
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  32. Wow CupcakeMAG, you guys are out of control. You have AH-MAZ-ING giveaways!!
    I am loving Clairebella and all of the personalized love they create!! My favorites are the Melamine Plates in Zebra & Diamond, the Melamine Tray with Links, and of course the cutting boards are awesome! My fave is the diamond board. Thank you guys, once again, for an amazing giveaway!!

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  33. I am for-sure following cupcakeMAG on Twitter!

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  34. And now, I am definitely following Clairebella on Twitter!!

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  35. If I could Love I would, but I like cupcakeMAG on Facebook!!

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  36. I like Clairebella on Facebook. :)

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  37. I tweeted, twice, about the giveaway using @cupcakeMAG & @clairebellainc!!!

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  38. Aaand...I blogged a post on it, of course.

    Thank you for your amazing generosity!

    http://ashlencotterman.tumblr.com/post/5016802067/amazing-giveaways

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  39. I love the damask serving tray from Clairebella but everything on their was soo cute also the zebra cutting board. and on Layla Grace I fell in love with the Pink Rainbow Pettiskirt Dress... soooooo darling!

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  40. I like cupcakemag on facebook!!

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  41. I am following cupcake mag on twitter

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  42. I am following claire Bella on twitter

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  43. I am now following cupckae mag on Facebook
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  44. I am bow a fan of claire Bella on facbook

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  45. I love the personalized cutting board in the diamond pattern. I am also a follower of cupcakemag and cupcake mag for littles!

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  46. I am follow cupcakemag on Twitter! @kwalk106

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  47. I am following clairebella on Twitter! @kwalk106

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  48. I loved the cutting boards.

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  49. I subscribed to you email updates!

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  50. Clairebella Personalized Melamine Platter is my favorite item. annatiffany@yahoo.com

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  51. I like the Clairebella Platter in the Plum Chain Pattern...it's beautiful!
    i also follow cupcakeMAG and cupcakeMAG littles via GFC
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  52. I like cupcakeMAG on twitter
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  53. I like cupcakeMAG on facebook
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  54. I like Clairebella on facebook
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  55. I am an email subscriber to your blog
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  56. I follow Clairebella on twitter
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  57. I love the cell phone cover and the Zebra print tray. I liked on face book.
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  58. If I win the 100 dollars I've got my eye on the Jessie Steele aprons! And I liked it all thank you! this is (lilibeelee on facebook)
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  59. I follow both blogs and I would love to get a couple personalized cutting boards one to keep and one to give to my mom!

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  60. I liked your Facebook page! Mary Lee on fb

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  61. I liked Clairebella on Facebook page! Mary Lee on fb

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  62. I subscribe to your updates!

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  63. I tweeted about this giveaway!

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  64. I tweeted about this giveaway! w/@clairebellainc

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  65. i love ALL the trays!! so cute!!! following :)

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  66. i like the stretch blue and green butterfly pajamas! I follow both on GFC- Lola G
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  67. I follow you on twitter- Lolakirstin
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  68. i follow clairebella on twitter- lolakirstin
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  69. i like you on FB- Lola Kirstin
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  70. i like clairebella on FB- Lola Kirstin
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  71. i tweeted giveway with @cupcakemag
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  72. I tweeted giveaway with @clairebellainc
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  73. I follow cupcake mag on twitter as PaigeCheyney
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  74. I follow you on twitter as PaigeCheyney
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  75. following clairebella on twitter~

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  76. i like the black damask cutting board
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  77. love the platters
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  78. email subscriber kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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  79. twitter follower kolpin4680
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  80. clairbella twitter follower kolpin4680
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  81. I'd love the Chain Pattern iPhone case
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  82. Following Cupcake Mag on Twitter
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  83. Following Clairebella on Twitter
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  84. I like Cupcake Mag on FB
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  85. I like Clairebella on FB
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  86. Subscribe to Cupcake Mag via email
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  87. I want the Anna Maria Horner Stencil Azalea Embroidered Pillow! I follow both on gfc - emillie.
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  88. I Follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter - hisprincess886.
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  89. I Follow Clairebella on Twitter - hisprincess886.
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  90. I "Like" your Facebook page - emillie rose.
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  91. I "Like" Clairebella on Facebook - emillie rose.
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  92. I Subscribe by email - using my emillie(lastname)@gmail.com address.
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  93. I shared on twitter and included @cupcakemag - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/65097683907514368.
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  94. I shared on twitter and included @clairebellainc - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/65097745123389440.
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