New Sister Company

 

We wanted to introduce to you our new sister company Got Oil Supplies.  This website carries all of the essentials and containers you need to make your own lotions, salves, chap stick, lip balm, deodorant, essential oil mixes and more.

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This is an exciting grand opening that we have been planning for a very long time.  This is great for those who sell essential oils and want to be able to offer sample bottles to their customers and potential clients too.  We have glass spray bottles, glass amber bottles and vials, PET safe plastic containers, PET safe deodorant containers, glass jars, essential oil travel and carrying cases.

50% Off Clearance Weekend + {$50 Giftcard GIVEAWAY!}

It’s finally HERE! Today marks the beginning of our Save Big Clearance Event! TODAY through MONDAY, not only can you enjoy discounted prices on ALL of the items in our clearance category, but you can also save an additional 50% with coupon code — SAVEBIG — This is our biggest sale YET! Don’t miss out on this chance to get some of your favorite products at HUGE discount prices!

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And because we want to do something fun to celebrate, we’re also giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to Alwaysunderpay.com as well! Enter the contest using the Rafflecopter Widget below. Contest ends Monday at 11:59 PM (MST), and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 29th. Happy shopping and good luck!! CONTEST IS OVER! Congrats to Lara Speitel who won our giveaway!!

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10% off sale!

Happy Belated Father’s Day!

We thought we would surprise you with a post Father’s Day (and Flag Day) sale.  We wanted you to all enjoy spending time with family, friends and loved ones, not worrying about ordering.  So, enjoy 10% off of your order when you enter coupon code flag at checkout.  Offer valid only on new orders placed between 06/18/12 (starting at 3:30 pm MST)- Midnight MST 06/20/12.  Must purchase about $35 to receive discount when ordering.

Thanks for being such wonderful customers.  We hope you all enjoyed some wonderful time with dad!

 

Sincerely,

Ryan & Jeena

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How to Make A Topper Bow

Today I am going to teach you to make this cute topper bow. I’m calling it a topper bow because people use them to put on top of a stacked bow (which I will be doing a tutorial for soon). But, you can also use them on their own. I think they are really cute for small babies on a soft lace headband. Or even on snap clips or little barrettes for your girls.

Topper Boutique Bow

You will need:

A piece of ribbon (this one is 7/8″ wide by about 22 ” long–but I probably only needed about 15″ or so)

Scissors

String or thread (I think this is crochet thread)

Directions:

Take the right end of your grosgrain ribbon and loop it up over the tail, then twist it at a right angle and come back down onto your ribbon tail. Sound confusing? Hope this picture helps :)

Adjust the loop to whatever size you think you will need. I think each of my loops ended up being about 1.5″ in diameter. I needed it to go on top of a 4.5″ bow, so I want it to be somewhere around 3″-3.5″ across.

Now take the left tail of your ribbon and bring it down under the ribbon strip. Twist and lay the tail right up next to the other one like so:

Play around with it, get the loops about the same size. Once you are happy with the size of your bow, lift it all up, careful to hold it in place. Then scrunch the center of the bow together with an accordion-like fold.

I had to do this part about 12 times before it turned out right, so be patient and just keep trying til it works :)

Wrap the string around the center of your bow tightly securing it together. Once you have what you think is enough to keep it together, tie a knot to keep it that way.

Trim off the excess string and ribbon and shape the ends of your bow the way you want them. You will need to heat seal them to keep them from fraying. I didn’t do that for the purposes of this tutorial because I didn’t have a lighter handy. But, you will be sorry if you skip that step, trust me.

If you are using this for a topper on a stacked bow–you are done. If you like this bow on it’s own and want to finish it to put on a clip, headband, or any other little accessory, go ahead and hot glue a piece of 3/8″ coordinating ribbon around the center to finish the bow. Then you can attach it to whatever accessory you like. Easy peasy!

**Note**This bow is the 5th piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow

Thank you for stopping by to look at this tutorial today. And stay tuned for the stacked bow tutorial that combines several of these bow tutorials!  It will be published on the 18th of May!!

Don’t forget that these look darling attached to an alligator clip and slipped through a crochet headbandBaby Headbands have never looked cuter!

New Product SNEAK PEAK–Round Two!

Are you ready for more? We sure are! We can’t wait to get the new shipment this month!

So, without further ado, here are the rest of our sneak peaks.

Zebra Tutus with Colored Chiffon Underlay in Hot Pink, Light Pink, or Red!

Glitter Halter Top Tutus in Black/Purple, Black/Red, and Hot Pink/Lime Green!

More colors coming in June too! (Sorry, this is the only sample we had for pictures.)

Last, but definitely not least, this adorable flower girl dress!

This one is hot off the press–we don’t even have a sample yet. So look for full size pics when they arrive!

Thanks for visiting today, and stay tuned for more AUP news and tutorials!  Don’t forget we have amazing wholesale tutus every day!

Tutorial: Loopy Surrounder Bow

**Note**Just so you know, before I get started with this tutorial, this will be a part of a 5 post tutorial series ending with a stacked bow using 4 different bows all secured together. I’m telling you this for this one because it looks a little silly on it’s own. Although, if you were to add embellishments, it could be pretty cute, depending on how big it is. Anyway–let’s get this party started!

Today I’m going to teach you to make this loopy surrounder bow. The loops on this bow are meant to surround another bow from behind just for a bit of added interest.

You will need:

2 Strips of 3/8″ ribbon (mine are about 13″ long, but cut them longer than you think you need just in case. I almost didn’t have enough.)

Ruler (for measuring the diameter of your loops)

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun and Stick (not pictured)

Directions:

Start by measuring the bow that you are going to use this as a surrounder for (if that is what you are using it for :)). My bow was about 4.5″ wide. So, I want my surrounder to be about 5″ wide. That means my loops need to be about 2.5″ in diameter each.

Now, take your ribbon and bring it up and twist it around to make a loop on the right end of your ribbon piece. Like this:

Measure the loop to make sure that you have about the right diameter that you need adjusting your ribbon out or in until you have it just right.

When you are comfortable with the size of your loop, use your hot glue gun to glue it in place.

Now do the same thing on the left end of your ribbon strip. You can probably just eye this one out and approximate the size of your loop to match your other one.

Trim off the ends and heat seal them with a lighter when you are done to keep it from fraying–you will be sorry if you skip the heat sealing step. Your ribbon can fray and unravel leaving you with a messy unfinished looking bow. I didn’t do it for the purposes of this tutorial because I didn’t have one on hand, but rest assure, it will be done before I use this piece.

Make another one. Again, you can just approximate the size based on your other side now.

Once you have two of them, hot glue them together in the center.

Here is the view from the front:

And the back view:

I think if you made it just a bit smaller and put a shamrock button or something in the center, it would be a way cute little hair clip all on it’s won as well

**Note**This bow is the 3rd piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow.

Thanks for stopping by–and check back over the next week or so to see the stacker bow all put together! It’s super cute and fun!

New Product SNEAK PEAK!

Who’s ready for a sneak peak at the new stuff that is coming on our shipment this month!

Watch for another post later for even more fun stuff! We’re super excited and can’t wait to get the new product in!

8″ Crochet Headbands for making tube tops, tutu dresses, or hats!

Crochet Tube Tops with coordinating flower and ribbon tie!

Crochet Animal Hats! Aren’t these the cutest things ever?

Be sure to check back later for even more fabulous new product coming soon!  Don’t forget that these tutu tops and 8″ crochet headbands are perfect pair with our basic tutus.

May FREE Shipping and nearly 50% off lined alligator clips.

Hey everyone,

Have we got a surprise for you?  That’s right, free shipping for the ENTIRE month of May.  Just use coupon code mayfree at checkout in order to receive your discount.  Offer valid only for the 48 contiguous states (sorry AK, HI and international not included), when you purchase our $35 minimum amount.  Coupon code expires 05/31/12.  Coupon code must be entered at the time of checkout.  Not valid on previous orders already placed.

Also, we are having a FABULOUS sale on our lined single and double prong alligator clips.  Get them while you can.  Regular price was $4.25 per dozen, and now they are just $2.50 per dozen!  Stop burning your fingers and give our pre-lined clips a try today!  To get the special pricing, please purchase them on our weekly sales item page.

Thank you and happy shopping!

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Clip on Bow Tie

Today’s tutorial is for a little boy! Or, it could be for a girl too, but it’s nice to have something to do for a boy for once huh?

It’s a clip on bow tie! I just love it. I think it would be so adorable for church on a baby or toddler boy!

Bow Tie

You will need:

Bow Tie Making Supplies8″ of 5/8″ Width Grosgrain

Small Piece of 3/8″ Coordinating Ribbon

A Lined Alligator Clip

Some String

Scissors

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (Not pictured)

Lighter or other heat source

Directions:

Start by heat sealing the ends of your ribbon. I didn’t take pictures of this part because I honestly forgot to do it. But if you don’t want the ends of your ribbon to fray, heat seal them. This can be done by placing your ribbon close to a hot light bulb or by simply running a flame from a lighter lightly against the edges. It really doesn’t take long at all. BE CAREFUL.

Now, form your ribbon into a loop by bringing one end around to meet the other. This will be the middle of the back on your little bow tie.

Bow Tie Making InstructionsHold the ribbon together, just like the above picture, and make an accordion fold in the center.

Bow Tie Step #2Still holding your tie with your fingers, wrap the string tightly around the center of the bow. When you have it secured, let go and tie a knot in the string on the backside of the tie (where the ribbon edges are showing). Trim the excess string.

Bow Tie Step #3

Next, hot glue your  lined alligator clip to the center of the back on your bow tie. Then hot glue the small bit of 3/8″ ribbon around the center of your bow and over the back of your alligator clip. This helps keep an extra hold on that clip and in a little girl’s hair if you use this for a girl’s bow.

Trim the excess on the 3/8″ ribbon piece and use your heat source one more time to seal the ends on that ribbon.

Voila! Super fun and stylish little clip on bow tie!

 

Finished Bow Tie

10% Off Sale, Newsboys on sale too!

Yeah!  Save 10% off of our entire website through 4/30/12 (Must purchase our $35 minimum purchase amount).  Use coupon code Spring at checkout in order to get your savings.  Valid only on new orders placed.  Offer ends at midnight 4/30/12.

Also, we put our striped newsboys on sale too.  Purchase them on our weekly sale items page in order to receive your discounted price!  They were $3.25 and are on sale for just $2.50 each.  Get them while you can!

 

Thank you,

Ryan and Jeena Lugo

Discount Manufacturing & Distributing, Inc.

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