“The opportunity to play a little part in others lives and special events is my absolute favorite part of what I do,” Rachel Martin exclaimed. “I would like to think my customer service is top notch and makes the shop stand out. All of my customers are treated like family and every time I send something on its way, I say a little prayer for happiness and health, no matter what it is.”
Martin is the crafty mastermind behind Bug’s Beautiful Creations based in Huber Heights, Ohio. Bug’s Beautiful Creations focuses primarily on vinyl projects, painted signs, t-shirt designs, sublimation, digital and printed projects (like party invitations), and bows. Martin found her start, however, in crochet. “I started out almost seven years ago with one single crochet baby blanket I made as a gift. I posted it on my personal profile and saw the potential,” she recalled. “As a stay at home mom of eight babies at the time (now there are ten, plus one grandchild as well), I needed some kind of supplemental income. Why not make it by doing something I enjoyed? My very first paying customer actually lives in Michigan, although neither of us can figure out how she found my little brand new shop, she quickly became a friend. Since then, I have gained customers from New Zealand to Europe.” Martin selected the shop name “Bug’s Beautiful Creations” in honor of her late father. “Bug was the nickname my father had given me in infancy, and after losing him in 2010, I wanted to incorporate his memory in my day to day projects.”
The shop quickly expanded beyond Martin’s crocheted designs. “I went from creating items for my customers all the way to now providing supplies for other makers in the industry,” she said proudly. “I started a VIP group with almost 1,700 members so far for my own creations, a business page – where it all began – with almost 3,100 followers, and now a supply group, which is still in its infancy.” A “Jane” of all trades, Martin finds design inspiration all over. “My children, the music I listen to, and the things that happen in my daily life are among the best inspirations I get,” she shared. “Plus, a lot of my customers bring me ideas for their own events and needs as well.” Her favorite creation is a crocheted dress she designed for a fundraiser. “I named the dress ‘The Rainbow Creation’ and it is one of a kind. I almost hated giving it up, but the dress went to a great cause,” she laughed. Fans of the shop tend to gravitate towards Martin’s birth stats plush elephants and military duty station boards. “Many of the members of my family are enlisted in the military, so I love to do anything pertaining to that.”
Martin is regularly working on adding new creations to the online shop. “This summer, I have expanded my sublimation options and my ‘back to school’ bows. As a teacher, summer is great for me to really grow other aspects of my business and then start preparing for the super busy back to school and winter holiday shopping seasons!” Join the Bug’s Beautiful Creations VIP Group here for sneak peaks and use the code “BugsCreatesAgain” to save 20% on your next purchase. Thanks Rachel!