Monday, July 5, 2010
Larkie Lu Bows...
As a result of SMA, Larkin is unable to talk or move any part of her body by herself, but don’t fret… she is extremely happy! She loves books, music, movies, interview sessions with her big brother Colton, and pretty much anything else the family does to keep her occupied. It is clear to see that Larkin is well taken care of and the house has love spilling out of the roof. So after having fashion/bow chat with Larkin for a few minutes, watching Gina play super mom, decline the sale of an Xbox 360 and remote, and make daiquiris on the rocks all in one movement we finally got a chance to get down to the story of Larkie Lu Bows.
PFP: Gina, where are you from?
Gina: I’m from Wichita, KS, born and raised.
PFP: Prior to Larkie Lu Bows, what did you do for a living?
Gina: Prior to Larkie Lu Bows, I ran an in home daycare for 12 years and did a little catering on the side. I absolutely love to cook.
PFP: When did you start making bows?
Gina: I started making bows about 18 years ago, but not consistently. Larkin has an older sister, Tatum (20) and when she was younger I made bows for her. After people saw Tatum’s bows I started making bows for others upon request and used it as a supplemental income.
PFP: When did you start Larkie Lu Bows?
Gina: I started Larkie Lu Bows about 2.5 years ago and business has been pretty good since then.
PFP: There are a lot of bow makers out there, what makes yours better than the rest?
Gina: I don’t want to say my bows are better than the rest, because there are a lot of good bow makers out there. However, I will say that Larkie Lu Bows are good bows because a portion of each sale goes back to the SMA foundation, which finances research for children affected by SMA.
PFP: What’s a typical day like in the Bish house?
Gina: Well, we have a lot of nurses that come in and out on a pretty regular basis, so on days that we have a nurse coming in; we’re up at about 7:00 a.m. On days that we don’t have a nurse, we’re up whenever we feel like it and that’s usually around 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. We have a lot of fun in this house…it’s always an adventure!
PFP: I know you have four other kids besides Larkin, how do you do it?
Gina: Yes, I have four other kids besides Larkin ages ranging from 22 to 4.5.
Gina: (chuckles) Yeah, I know. I have a son Skylar (age 22), daughter Tatum (20), son Stratton (19), another son Colton (9), and Larkin (4.5). We just make it work…we’re just like any other family, plus or minus a few things.
PFP: Well, it looks like you have it under control and run a pretty tight ship.
Gina: (giggles and offers me another daiquiri) she is DEFINITELY my kind of girl.
PFP: Well, Gina thanks so much for taking time with me, I can’t wait to see the new bows and I’m certain everyone in fashion blogosphere is just as excited.
Gina: Thanks so much!
The interview/visit with Gina did not end there, we continued to sit and chat and as I was chatting with Gina and Greg I realized what a fabulously wonderful family they are. Gina and I talked the fashion talk and she informed that she just made her first international sale…WHOOP! WHOOP! Greg and I talked about sports and the Big 12 break up (WHAT THE HECK NCAA?!)…talk about a well rounded family! This whole family gets Pearlie B’s Seal of Approval…clap, clap, bravo!
For more information on Larkie Lu Bows visit the website: www.larkielubows.com
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