Thursday, December 1, 2011

{Rewind} A Little Catching Up to Do!

I must say that I have been one busy girl lately!

 There was a period of time about 6 months ago when my business was super slow and even though I had lots of other things to push me along, I wasn't turning as much of a profit as I'd like to. So, I sent a little prayer to God and the Universe and now, I can barely keep up!

 My Etsy shop is doing very well, I've got parties booked, a holiday show in the works and I'm writing for two other blogs! WHO KNEW????  So, that being said, my own blog kinda took a back burner and I haven't been sharing all these moments with you all - shame on me :(. So, I'd like to share a few moments with you that I haven't as of yet!

 Back in mid-November I participated in a local Holiday Fair in Alexandria, VA - hardly made a dime, but it was a great experience and I showed a few new items! Here you can see my yarn pom-pom garlands and my new premiere line of party hats from my Celebration line. The Celebration line is a gender neutral set that will be available in my shop this month. The hats are more decorative and stylized and the other party items are die cut products opposed to printed.

Here is another item soon to be available in my shop - POOF! Yarn Pom-Pom Wands!  These wands are perfect for fairy parties or princess parties.  I even have a set designed to look like Abby Cadabby's wand.

Here are some items I created for this Holiday season.  I have a story behind the light blue and red color choices.  Back in September I was contacted by an editor from Real Simple magazine about my holiday poms and sent a few samples OVERNIGHT to the city (New York, that is) for them to use in a photo shoot.  I found out they didn't make the cut :(  but WHATEVAH!  they're still cute and the ones I saw in the final photo in the magazine were not the colors they requested from me.  My best guess is that they changed direction with what they were doing for the holiday shoot.

I even made a cute yarn pom pom cone tree!!!! Check out the cute pom gift tags too!

I was also busy working on a LOT of custom orders.  About 25% of my business on Etsy is custom work.  It always makes me happy to come up with something new for a client.  A lot of times, I have designs that I created in my files that I have not added to my store.  Well, a repeat client came to me requesting a pea in the pod set.  I did have something similar but changed the peas to little girls with hair bows! SO CUTE - the client loved it and all was well in the world.  Here is a sneak peek at a set I created for her.

I also get clients who like my design, but want to change the colors, and I'm always happy to oblige.  Here is  an example of that.  I changed the color of my Whale of a Time party kit from pink and blue to pink, yellow and grey.  The client was nice enough to share a photo of the birthday girl in a special hat I made for her along with the invitation and wish cards I custom designed for the party.

If all that Etsy shop work wasn't enough, I done went and started writing for ANOTHER blog.  This time, I focus more on family & kids activities.  Here is a post I wrote around Thanksgiving on kids table ideas.  You can find me writing on there once or twice a month and don't forget to check out my latest post on  MG Party Impressions.

I have a lot more to share, like my contribution to Operation Shower and another darling Princess Party - but I don't have the actual photos to share just yet but you can check out my yarn pom cupcake toppers and garlands directly at the blogs.

I'll be posting more soon about some other fun items new to my Etsy shop and more holiday entertaining and   hosting tips.....I might even slip in a gift guide!!!

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