Doshie Witcher's Profile

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Since 1990 I've owned and operated my business, Doshie's Custom Sewing in Altavista, Virginia and now I am very excited to be opening my shop, Black Belt Home Decor here on Etsy. Yes, I really am a black belt in karate. Actually I am a second degree black belt but that's not the main reason for the "black belt" in my business name.
My story starts with a speech that the Sensei overseeing our blackbelt testing gave the new black belts. He stated that having our blackbelts really only meant that we were expert learners and that now it was time to decide what to do next. We could be satisfied with our achievements and receiving our black belts could be the end of our journey, or we could choose to look at our accomplishment as a building block with which to go on a quest for more knowledge. We could choose to see our black belts as a beginning and not an ending.
The reason I am telling you about that speech is…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 11
  • Joined June 2, 2012

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About

Since 1990 I've owned and operated my business, Doshie's Custom Sewing in Altavista, Virginia and now I am very excited to be opening my shop, Black Belt Home Decor here on Etsy. Yes, I really am a black belt in karate. Actually I am a second degree black belt but that's not the main reason for the "black belt" in my business name.
My story starts with a speech that the Sensei overseeing our blackbelt testing gave the new black belts. He stated that having our blackbelts really only meant that we were expert learners and that now it was time to decide what to do next. We could be satisfied with our achievements and receiving our black belts could be the end of our journey, or we could choose to look at our accomplishment as a building block with which to go on a quest for more knowledge. We could choose to see our black belts as a beginning and not an ending.
The reason I am telling you about that speech is that it has had a huge effect on how I have expanded my business since then. That speech has really stuck with me. I realized how it related to my sewing business. I finally understood that for the past 25 years of having my business, I have been on my own quest for knowledge and that now it was time to put all the skills that I had gained together to take my business to the next level. When I compared my journey in sewing to my journey in karate I had an amazing aha moment. If I added up all the years of training and the skills that I had learned during my years of operating my business, I found that I most surely already had a black belt or two in sewing!
So, after putting all my different skills to use, the valances you will see here on my site are what I came up with. They are called Hidden Rod Pocket Valances and here on Etsy is the only place to find them. They are designed and constructed by me in my smoke free, pet free workroom. Their modern sleek styling enables you to have the look of a board mounted valance with the ease of installation of a rod pocket valance, all without the problems associated with ordering, shipping and installing a pre-mounted board valance. And no, I don't have anything against board mounted valances. I have done them for years and I have on occasion board mounted my new styles for anyone who wanted them that way. When I was developing my design, my main goals were, ease in shipping, being easy to install yourself and because fabric prices were getting higher everyday, I wanted to design styles that would use minimal amounts of fabric. Come back to Etsy and check me out often, as I have many more styles to make samples of, many of which can be made with jabots.
I guess you can tell I'm pretty passionate about what I do, but I feel that if you love what you do then it's not all work, it's fun too. All my valances are custom sized to fit any window and I also offer coordinating pillows, panels, draperies, table runners, etc..Stick with me and we will make your home beautiful, one window at a time!
Doshie

* By the way if you want to see more examples of my work you can check me out on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/blackbelthomedecor or at www.pinterest.com/BBhomedecor

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