Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sarah's Store is Closing

Well, it's time to close up the "Sarah Loves Ladybugs" shop. We wish we could keep it open longer, but unfortunately we just aren't getting enough orders to cover the expense of having the store. BUT, it was a GREAT experience for Sarah (and us) and she used any proceeds to buy items to send back to her orphanage in China.

So, in about two weeks the store will be history. Our website is paid through November 10 so we're have a half price sale and hope you'll stop by!!!

We'll be moving our handmade zip top bags over to Etsy and if you'd like the link to the Etsy store just let me know.

Thanks for much for all your support!! And we hope you all are getting ready for a wonderful Halloween, Thanksgiving and ..... Christmas!!

Best Wishes!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Store is Updated -- TONS of Bows!

How is everyone's "back to school" going?!?!? Sarah has three weeks of 10th grade over with and so far she's LOVING school this year. Whew!! I have to say I was a bit worried but she's just going right along. She has lots of homework each night but it's getting done with some time left over for "family time" so I couldn't ask for any more than that.

We have some exciting news about "Sarah Loves Ladybugs .com"! We've just added oodles of new hair bows to the store including cheerleaders with tiny little corker pom-poms and a rhinestone encrusted bow in their hair! Too cute. We have several colors available now and many more arriving next month. If there's a combo of colors you'd like us to have, just drop us a note and we'll see what we can do!

Also, "Sarah Loves Ladybugs" is starting promoting to retail stores and fundraising groups this week. We're very excited to be starting a wholesale program for stores AND fundraising groups. So if you have a cute little boutique, children's shop, dance school, cheerleading group, school group in your area, we'd love their contact information (especially email and address) so we can send them a note to let them know about our products. And, if you or someone you know is doing some fundraising and thinks they might like to sell our hair bows, please have them email us. You can reach us at .

Here are some photos of the new arrival hair bows! Please stop by and check them out.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Clothes have arrived in China!

We just received an email from the orphanage that the box of clothing has arrived! Not only has it arrived, but the kiddos are already wearing the items!!! We've been told that there are quite a few little boys at the orphanage right now and they are in need of boys clothes, so they've actually used some of the girls clothes for the boys. So the next box Sarah sends will include boys clothes.
Are you waiting to travel to Nanjing? Do you see your child below? If so, we'd love to know!

Monday, August 2, 2010


Winners from our drawing!!!

THANKS everyone so much for helping to spread the word about "Sarah Loves Ladybugs"! Our drawing winners are: Nicole Davis ($50), Terrye Shirley ($25), Jackie Quick ($25), Lauree Solberg ($10), Mary Bilyeu ($10), Julie Dart Snyder ($10), MaryKate Keffeler ($10) and Shannon Bookmiller ($10).


Friday, July 30, 2010

Sarah in Better Homes & Gardens Newletter

On Wednesday, August 4, Better Homes and Gardens "Better Recipes .com" will be running a story about Sarah! She's so excited!!! We'd love for you to sign up for their newsletter which comes out every Wednesday and is full of delicious recipes and fun reads too! You can sign up at: and then in the upper right hand side select "join". And please let us know what you think about the article when it comes out!

Also, if you're on Facebook you can "like" their page by finding them under "Better Recipes with Kristina Vanni" ....

Facebook "Better Recipes with Kristina Vanni"

Can't wait until Wednesday!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

First Donation Heading to China!

Sarah is making her first donation to the children of China! She used proceeds from "Sarah Loves Ladybugs" and selected some clothes and accessories to send to her orphanage in Nanjing. She has 20 clothing items and 10 accessory items to send.

In China, clothing with English writing and bling is very "cool" so she's picked out some things that she's sure the kiddos will LOVE! And this time she's sending things for the older kiddos as many times donation of clothing are given for infants/toddlers.

She's already contacted the orphanage and they know the box is being sent. They'll be taking some photos of the kiddos getting the new items and will email them to Sarah .... she'll share the photos once they arrive.

THANKS so much to everyone for your support of "Sarah Loves Ladybugs"!! Sarah can't wait to save up for her next donation and looking into options for places to donate, so if you have a suggestion please let us know (any country, any orphanage suggestion appreciated).

Monday, July 19, 2010

Our BIGGEST Weekend of Orders Yet!

(Zip top bags in large and medium, fully lined with stand-up bottoms)

We had our biggest weekend of orders yet! THANKS so much everyone! Thought we'd share a few photos with you of the handmade items we worked on this weekend that are ready to ship their new homes.

The zip top bags are going to three different homes. Fabrics selected were: Little Cow Girls, Black & White Toile and China Girls. And three three flannel pillow cases will be shipping out to different homes as well. Pillow case colors selected this weekend were: Pink Cupcakes, Green Monkeys and Chocolate Cupcakes. Plus we'll be packaging up some pearl and Chinese jewelry, a checkbook cover and hair bows and getting them sent off.

THANKS everyone! As always, custom orders welcome!

(Flannel pillow cases for regular sized bed pillows, singles or sets)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Andi Needs Your VOTES!

In our first post about awesome kids doing awesome things ..... please meet Andi! I'll let you tell her about herself in her own words ...

"Hi. My name is Andi. I was born with a cleft lip and palate and I have had nine surgeries. The other day I saw an ad for The Smile Train, which gives free surgeries to kids like me around the world who can't afford surgery. I told my mom I wanted to raise money to buy surgeries. We started a Facebook page called Andi's Smile Page and I raised enough money for four surgeries in one week and I almost have enough for five surgeries now. You can go to Facebook and look up my page. I also have a page on The Smile Train website so that people can read my story and help out kids like me. I want kids to feel okay with how they look. I know what it's like to be laughed at because you look different. Now these kids will not be laughed at anymore. Here is my Smile Train page: I would LOVE it if I could win $1000. That would buy four more surgeries for these kids! Awesome!"

So, Andi could use your votes! No registration required and you can vote once per day -- but only 4 days left! Through your votes, she can win $1000 to donate so that 4 kids (yes, 4!) and get life-changing surgery! Please vote and please tell your friends! THANKS!

Click below to vote -- quick and easy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What Other Kids Are Doing?

So we started thinking, "What are other kids doing?" We'd love to know! Do you know a kid who is doing something wonderful, creative, down-right crazy or just plain fun?!?! We'd love to know. Send us info and a link and we'll be showcasing some kiddos right here on Sarah Loves Ladybugs.

Can't wait to hear about what others are doing!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Christmas in July SALE!! Up to 50% OFF!!

Up to 50% OFF!!!

Now through July 24th we're having a "Christmas in July" sale at Sarah Loves Ladybugs .com!! Items are up to 50% off! Great time to pick up some goodies to stash away for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and more! As always, each item purchased comes with a card stating that 20% of profits are donated to worldwide orphan care. And we offer flat rate shipping for just $4.95 no matter how much you order. Special orders welcome as well for any of our handmade items.

Also, NEW HANDMADE ITEMS!! Sarah and Debbi have been working on zip top bags, pillow cases, checkbook covers, luggage tags, wrist key fobs and tissue covers .... each handmade by Sarah and Debbi in wonderful prints and colors. We have Chinese girls print in zip top bags, checkbook covers and luggage tags. We have Chinese character print in flannel pillow cases. Also, Autism Awareness print in our wrist key fob with optional coin purse. Plus, many more prints.

Until July 31 we're still taking entries into our "Help Spread the Word about Sarah's Store" drawing where you can win gift certificates to the store! We REALLY could use your help in spreading the word. If you'd like information on how to help and get entries, just drop us a note at . THANKS!

We hope you'll stop by the store at !

Monday, July 5, 2010

BIG SALE!!! Plus New Products!

We're having a BIG SALE at Sarah Loves Ladybugs .com! We hope you'll stop by!!! The jewelry items and hair items are between 25% and 50% off!!!

Also, we've added some handmade items which are being made by Sarah and Debbi! We've got a few checkbook covers, luggage tags and tissue box covers already in the store. Soon, we'll be adding wristlet key fobs, hot pads, book covers and more. We take custom orders too, so if you see a fabric you like on another one of our products just let us know and we'll see if we have enough fabric to make you what you want.

Please keep telling your friends about our store, blog and Facebook page as we care taking entries for our FREE drawing until July 31! Plenty of time to get more entries!!!

Visit our store --- Sarah Loves Ladybugs at

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Win Cool Stuff!

Help us spread the word about "Sarah Loves Ladybugs" and you could win free goodies!!! Now through July 31 you can get entries into our free giveaway (no purchase required).

On August 1st we'll draw names for prizes. Prizes are limited to one prize per person and are as follows:
1 - $50 store credit to
2 - $25 store credit to
5 - $10 store credit to

To receive entries:

Receive 5 Entries:
**Become an official follower of our blog!

Receive 3 Entries:
**Blog about us! You'll get 3 entries every time you blog about us and include a link to our store in your blog post! Just post a comment on this blog with a link to your blog post or email us the link.
**Post about us on your Facebook page! Just let us know. You'll get 3 entries for each time you post about us and include a link to our store .

Receive 1 Entry:
**For each of your friends who become a follower of our blog (Just drop us an email and let us know which friends you referred -- it's that easy!)
**For each of your friends who becomes a fan of our Facebook page (Just drop us an email and let us know which friends you referred -- it's that easy!)

You can find our email address on the main blog page. Feel free to contact us and THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Welcome to Sarah Loves Ladybugs!!!

Welcome to Sarah's project called "Sarah Loves Ladybugs". Sarah Loves Ladybugs is an online store featuring jewelery and goodies such as pearls, jade, "cotton candy gems", handmade hair bows and more! 20% of profits are donated to orphan care and the remaining profits are set aside for Sarah's college fund.

Here is the welcome message as posted on the website.

Welcome! 欢迎 Ni Hao! 你好
I remember playing in the Chinese bamboo trees when I was young. And I helped push the young rice sprigs down into the watery earth during planting season. Now, I'm a USA high school student. "How did that happen?!" you may ask?

My name is Sarah and I was born in China. When I was 13-3/4 years old I was adopted and moved to the USA. I love the USA and I love China.

My mom and I started this small business called "Sarah Loves Ladybugs" as a way for me to learn about business, decision making, finances and more. And as a way to help myself, help others and to meet some great people!

In Chinese adoption, the ladybug symbolizes hope, dreams and future ... so from one ladybug to another ... THANK YOU ... 谢谢! I hope you'll tell your friends too!


Please add our blog and Facebook Fan Page to your favorites! Our blog can be found at and find us on Facebook too!

20% of profits donated to help orphans around the world. Remaining profit set aside for Sarah's college education.