Archive | July, 2012

Autumn Work in Progress: Sneak Peak

31 Jul

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Autumn is my absolutely favorite time of year. I can go on forever on how many awesome things make this season incredible. Cooler temperatures, gorgeous leaves, football, smores, apples, pumpkins, did I mention football? It’s great. So needless to say, an autumn collection of goodies was heading my way. I sat down last night to start painting some of the fun things I mentioned above. My boyfriend called me a nerd/adorable as I squeaked over how cute my owl was turning out. 

I’ve noticed I can build an inventory with all the goodies I crave, but it doesn’t help you unless it’s what you need. So if you have a second, please comment below.

What are some of your favorite parts of fall?
If you sent out a greeting card this fall with some lovely autumn images what would you like it to say or do images carry alone?
What sort of paper goods do you like to purchase for gifts?

Enjoy!

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First Vendor Event of the Year

30 Jul

Stone and Feather made a debut this weekend for the ladies of First Assembly in Clanton, AL. It was such a fun event and I met a lot of lovely people and vendors. This was the first exhibitor event that I had participated in since literally this time last year. Saturday was definitely a learning lesson in prepping a table display. I learned what worked and what needed to be fixed before my  next event in November. Once I got home, I ordered some cello bags for the single cards. No more cardboard and time wrapping cellophane around cards! New business cards are also in progress. I’m excited to be preparing for the Holiday Market. What sort of paper good items interest you the most for the holiday season?

Fall is just around the corner and it is my absolute FAVORITE time of year next to Christmas. I’m working on some new goodies for the shop and hope to share soon. What is your favorite thing about fall?

 

Three Years of Mission Tees-Montgomery First

30 Jul

I’ve gotten the chance to work with Montgomery First the past three years on their “All Church Mission Trip” tees. They’ve been to some amazing places in the past few years. 2010: Canary Islands, 2011: Guatemala, 2012 Panama

Its fun to see how these things play out in a series as they all had a similar feel to them. Bright with the year and country emphasized.

Small Business Love: Interview with Quill and Fox

25 Jul

Around the beginning of this year I ran across the most darling Paper Goods store, Quill and Fox. I immediately fell in love with the whimsy illustrations and vintage inspired color schemes. I think it’s safe to say I’m a big advocate for the art of the handwritten letter. Not only am I inspired by the items themselves, but as a youngster trying to learn all I can about running and succeeding at my own store, I was inspired to find that Quill and Fox is a small business entity as well.

Yas Imamura is the master mind behind Quill and Fox. She and her husband run their business out of their home in Oregon. I’ve decided if I’m going to learn how to grow my own business there’s no better way then to glean all the information I can out of people who have succeeded. I sent a request for her to answer a few questions and she quickly and kindly replied. Here are her responses:

  1. When did you decide to do this full-time or is Quill and Fox an extra venture? After trying out a few internships right off finishing school, I felt the need to design and make things. I got so inspired from doing my own wedding invitations especially, which lead me to building my own shop. My husband and I both work from home, so it was quite easy to do Quill & Fox on the side for awhile. It wasn’t until last Christmas that I’ve made it my full-time job!
  2. How did you get involved with Anthropologie? (Such a huge dream of mine!) Just sheer luck, I feel really silly about it! One of their stationery and gift retailers found me through Etsy. It was literally my first ever wholesale inquiry too—I was flabbergasted and on such a high! I remember a lot jumpin’ around the room too.
  3. As a small business how to do handle the demand of providing items in bulk to stores? Assess your capacity and make it clear to retailers what your turnaround is. I’ve had to learn this the hard way, as I started off really wanting to seem like I can easily front large bulks. I managed to, but we had to put in unnaturally long hours just to do so. Once you have  a good gauge of what sells the most, you’ll be more comfortable pre-producing stock—which I’m slowly doing.
  4. What is the most successful thing you have found to broaden your brand and company? The internet, blogging and social networking (like pinterest) have been an amazing help for me. I’m not the savviest with it, but I’ve received a lot of traction and customer base from it!
  5.   I recently purchased your very cute terrarium postcards. Where do you buy your packaging for cards? Aww, thank you! 🙂 I source out the interent for wholesale packaging shops.

She also does lovely wedding suites. Be sure to check out her site and shop. Thanks again for taking time to answer my questions.

Enjoy!

Temple Holiday Craft Market: We Need Vendors

25 Jul

I’m super excited to be participating at my first craft fair of the year this weekend. I had my tonsils out a week ago which I can say is no walk in the park, but it did afford me some free time to prepare. I can’t wait to post some photos.

Last year, I participated at a craft fair and sadly had a horrible experience. It was expensive to enter, rained mightily, and nobody really shopped. It got me thinking of ways to help vendors out. I approached the ladies missions group at church and we decided to throw the first ever Temple Holiday Market and Craft Fair this year. It’ll be inside so no worries of the weather and it’ll affordable to be a vendor! If you live in Alabama or don’t mind traveling and would like to be a vendor, we are now accepting applications. Please check out the following link here to find more information and download an application.

The Wave Jumper

7 Jul

I heard a quote today that spoke straight to my heart. Especially for where I am in life and in my business. “Have pride in how far you have come, and have faith in how far you can go.”

I would have to say my pride should be totally based in God’s mercy and faithfulness for where he has brought me. I am incredibly thankful for the many obstacles I’ve overcome with the Lord’s help, especially in the design realm. I’m seriously amazed sometimes. I’m certainly not the best, this doesn’t come easy for me. But I do believe that God has called me to this field and I have an incredible passion for it.

I think it’s important to trust God to keep leading down the path he gives you. I read a sweet story in Steven Furtick’s, “Sun Stand Still” about how he leads his five year old into deeper waves. When the big wave comes, with his firm grip on his sons raised arms, he helps his son jump the waves. The morale his son must only raise his hands and go where his dad leads. Scary, but such a sweet glimpse at how our heavenly father holds us and leads. If you have a God given dream, then follow it and trust.

I decided this week to finally sit down and do a personal project. Sometimes it’s the best medicine for a burnout.

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I’m so proud of these little personal portraits of me and my man.

Several jobs in progress and some getting the final polish. I’ll share soon.

Enjoy the weekend!