Designing Women

Filming video segments for the Gift & Home Channel this weekend was a very rewarding project for me - for several reasons. First, I love the synergy that results when talented and creative people work together on something...and believe me, everyone involved in this was talented beyond measure. (I'm around the corner in that shot, but it's the only one with the whole crew in it so I wanted to use it!) My thanks to Mr. Deb for snapping shots during the filming.

From the crew of Peak Video Productions - Jim, Robin, and Rick - to GHC Executive Producer Brittany Lund (all shown above), and the women entrepreneurs whom I interviewed as part of the videos, this was a group of professionals. We had a short window of availability to shoot: 2 hours for six clips is only 15 minutes of filming time per segment. We are talking FAST paced here! It was seamless, easy, and fun, thanks to all of the people I mentioned above. You've seen photos of my shoot with the Farm Chicks, Teri & Serena...let me show you what else we did!
I truly enjoyed the opportunity to showcase some women entrepreneurs who are outstanding. Each of these women excells in not only the design of products, but the presentation of them. And since that was our focus for the videos, they were shoe-ins for a feature. Tammy Gilley, shown above during filming, creates every single product that was for sale in her booth. She also created an impromptu backdrop from pleated paper - and that was perfect for our video! You'll find Tammy's creativity at

Next to Tammy's booth was Heather Bullard's 'Present Past Collection'. Don't be surprised if that name sounds familiar to you - Heather writes & photographs for Romantic Homes magazine, and has a very popular blog. In her online boutique, she sells romantic vintage style home decor & personal accessories. She is a darling gal, very professional, and you can see more of Heather's enticing displays at

Next to Heather was Bari J. Ackerman. Bari designs and manufactures a line of personal accessories - purses, belts, handbags, small cases, wrislets - that are absolutely breathtaking. Inspired by vintage styles but completely fresh and hip, Bari's designs & products appeal to a huge market demographic. She's already received quite a bit of press! For more info on how you can order Bari J's products for yourself or your shop, visit

Tammy, Heather, Bari J, and I, along with a bevy of other talented women entrepreneurs, are members of Women Take Wing!, an online community. That's how I first met them, and now that we've met in person I have even more appreciation and admiration for the businesses they are building. They are each smart, talented, creative, beautiful, and kind.... being surrounded by them all weekend was an inspiration. Ladies, thank you all for your participation and support in this project.

The videos are now in post-production, and should be available for viewing on by mid-July. As soon as I get word that they are up, I'll post the links here. The segments will be on-demand viewing for years to come!

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  1. Off to visit all of these wonderful sights! Also read about the Farm Chicks show. I knew about it - but it is way too far away for me to visit.. :0(

  2. Hello Deb,

    I know everyone! Wonderful, I wish I could watch it as well...

    ~ Gabriela ~

  3. Anonymous12:35 PM

    Hey Deb!
    It looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to get an experience like that. I love talking to successful women entrepreneurs, and future entrepreneurs. They have so much experience and so much knowledge about what they are doing and want to do.

    It's so difficult for women to get their businesses up and running. Especially when you've got kids at home, and can't drive downtown everyday! I know that feeling pretty well, haha.

    I'm an ambassador for Microsoft and right now we're trying to reach out and connect with influential bloggers, like you, and try and offer some help to those women trying to get their business started! I'd love to share some information with you on how we can do that!

    We just wrapped up a women's entrepreneurial tour across the US called “Vision To Venture;” the response and turn-out was great!

    I'd really love your take on these offerings we have right now; I would have contacted you via email but I didn't know which was the best way to reach you.

    Thank you so much, I hope I didn't overstep my bounds by directly contacting you. Get back to me if I’ve caught your interest-- I’d love to share more info with you.

    Bianca Russo
    Official Microsoft Ambassador

  4. Anonymous11:12 AM

    It's really nice to see so many women entrepreneurs gathered in one spot. Looks like you have fun!