We’re Bowtie and the Bandit.

We’re creative entrepreneurs from Southeast Texas. Ian is a woodworker and natural-born maker. Stephanie is a creative business coach and blogger. Together, we love exploring new places, making things with our hands, trying new food and good beer, and the great outdoors!

On this blog you’ll find:

U.S. road trip tips and inspiration,

handmade gift guides showcasing some of our favorite makers,

DIY projects and tips,

and more!


We love supporting other small businesses. In our blog, you’ll find handmade gift guides and links to some of our favorite unique products.