Exciting News for 2010!

I can't believe it, but 2010 is literally just around the corner! My, how fast 2009 went by! And what a great year it was. I "met" many of you lovely folks, who have made me laugh, pushed me through the busy times, and inspired me on a daily basis! I participated in my first Richmond Handmade Holiday - a juried, local show. I began selling on Etsy in March and already have 90 sales! I can't wait to reach the 100 mark and beyond in 2010. And more importantly, I cannot wait to see what amazing offerings all you talented sellers come up with this year! It's going to be a great one, isn't it?

Now for some exciting news that I pondered for probably the entire last quarter of 2009....
This year has made me realize just how passionate I am about designing, creativity, and stationery. That being said, I decided to take my business to the next level. In May of 2010 I will be participating in the National Stationery Show in New York City! It still gives me goose bumps to say it! I spent many hours on the phone with the lovely Kelly, a sales manager of the show. While I am quite nervous to say the least, I am also extremely excited about the opportunities that abound for 2010. I certainly have my work cut out for me, but I couldn't be more excited about it!

In addition, I'll be adding some new products early this year (starting this weekend!) and throughout the year. I'll be adding some new products for the bride, children, and general stationery lines. Here is just a hint of some new items I will be offering this year!

Wedding Reception Seating Chart

And be sure to check out my shop throughout the new year weekend, as I will be adding new products daily! And, this weekend only (now through January 3, 2010) I'm offering 10% off with the code BLOGBDAY for my birthday weekend! You can purchase and wait for a refund, or convo me with the items you'd like to purchase and I will revise the listing for you!

Happy New Year to all of you!



Stockings Were Hung on the Chimney with Care...

I was a little late getting on the Christmas decorating bandwagon this year, but at least I hopped on before it was over, right?! I finally got my lovely stockings from rikrak hung* this weekend and I absolutely love them! They are so adorable! I took extra care to choose stockings that complemented each other well, and they certainly do! I've been enjoying all my little handmade holidaying this year - it's the first year I've made an extra effort to purchase only handmade products for the holidays, and the warmth, love, and care that enter the home just from purchasing these products is incredible! There's nothing better than a handmade holiday! I hope you all are enjoying your lovely holiday season just as much as we are in (oddly) snowy Virginia!

*"hung" = hanging of the stockings from the greenery. I couldn't wait for the boys to hang them the proper way, so I hung them the best way I knew how!


Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

For those of you who may not live on the East Coast, you probably don't realize the so-called blizzard we got hit with over the weekend. While many of you are quite familiar with seeing mounds of snow, we, in Virginia, are not. In fact, this past weekend tops the list of the most amount of snow I have seen at any given time in my whole life. There are one or two other incidents that come to mind, but it's a close call.

I got a few quick snapshots of the snow I thought I'd share with you all. I didn't spend much time in it because, frankly, I am not a huge fan of snow. Instead, I spent the day Saturday curled under a warm blanket, with a couple of good movies, and took a nap for the first time in ages. It couldn't have come at a better time - I put my shop on vacation to relax and spend some time with my family for the holidays, so it was nice to have a "snow day" with an excuse to do absolutely nothing.

I hope all you East Coasters, and anyone else who may have gotten some snow, stayed safe and warm! Now, let the hustle and bustle of Christmas week begin!



Craft Show Success!

Well, folks, all my hard work for last weekend's Handmade Holiday certainly paid off! The show was a huge success, and I had a great time! There were some amazingly talented vendors there, and the traffic coming through the show was crazy! I can honestly say there was not a lull in the day even once. Now that's a sign of a successful show! I hope to get accepted to the Spring show this Spring after such a successful show!

My top sellers were boxed stationery sets (most people were buying them for Christmas gifts), and gift tags (of course!). I'm glad I spent some extra time on those two items prior to the show, because I almost sold out of both of them!

Here are a few photos of my display. I'd love to know your thoughts, and if you think any changes should be made for upcoming shows!

The full display! I was hoping to put the sign on the wall, but I don't think that was allowed.


Also, I've put my shop on vacation for a week or so, but I'm still as busy as ever! I am working on new products for 2010 that I will be introducing when the shop reopens, so be on the lookout for some fresh items!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Be There or Be Square

If you live in Richmond, I certainly hope you will be at Richmond's Handmade Holiday, because it has been chosen as one of the TOP FIVE events of the weekend! There will be 40 amazingly talented vendors there, so you'll have plenty of choices to finish up your holiday shopping!

See you there!



Thank You, Etsy

Etsy has been good to me this week with the Front Page features. I hope the joy of being on the FP never gets old. They seem to like my Coffee Lover Boxed Stationery!

Thank you, Etsy! Keep 'em coming!

I hope to be blogging with these FP features more this week!


Everyone Needs a Pair of Purple Heels...Right?

Indulge me here. Purple heels are a necessity. Every girl needs them. They are one of those timeless staples. Right?....RIGHT? That's what I told myself to justify purchasing these beauties! And better yet, they are actually comfortable! Who would have thought??

In all seriousness, I had been looking for the perfect pair of purple heels for a couple of months. I walked into my closet one day to get dressed, and I thought to myself, "MAN! A purple pair of heels would go great with this outfit!" Since that day I have obsessed over finding a pair of purple pumps. I wasn't going to let it go. So naturally, when I saw these, and they didn't have my size, I was devastated. Until I heard the voice behind me wake me up from my nightmare saying, "You know, we can order those for you...free shipping." "Really?!" I asked. "Well...I don't know when I will be here again and live a little far away...that probably wouldn't work..." "Oh no worries, ma'am [yes, she called me ma'am, but I let it go after the rest of her comment]. We can ship them directly to your home."

Voila! I have a brand new pair of necessary, all-time, classic, comfortable purple pumps with a special little place in my closet! Right in between the necessary teal pumps and fuschia pumps....


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