And the winner is…
April Loftin! Thanks so much to everyone that participated!
April, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your three pattern choices and sizes.
i heart faces june 2012 challenge
Help me grow – featuring A&K Glam
Help me grow – featuring Heartmade Creations
I’d love to help you grow!
I don’t have a huge company or 10,000 Facebook fans (hopefully someday! but I’d love to help other small businesses however I can. I was thinking that maybe we could help each other. I would like to feature your business, whether it’s photography, clothing, crafts, graphic design, etc…
I would like to feature 1-3 businesses a day on my blog and Facebook. Once I post about a biz on my FB all you have to do is click the share button and spread the word to your FB fans. If you don’t have a fan page you can share with your personal page. The way to maximize exposure for everyone will be to share these Facebook posts on your fan page. So, I will be sharing these businesses with you and you will share them with others. If everyone helps spread the word just imagine how many people we can reach!
If you are interested in participating you can email your info to email@example.com. Be sure to include a link to your FB page or shop, info about your biz, may include a story about you…whatever you’d like! <3
It’s my bizness
This is my 6th year as a small business owner/WAHM. I made the decision to quit my job in 2004 to take care of my 8 yr old daughter and new son. I just couldn’t imagine letting someone else raise my new baby 8-10 hours a day. It was definitely a struggle for my husband to handle all of the financial responsibility but we got by. In 2006 while I was pregnant with our second son I decided that I wanted to help contribute money to our household. But most of all I wanted to still be part of the grownup world out there, I wanted to also feel creative again. I decided to start my own business. And since I get bored easily my business has changed a few times. Back in the day I blinged out Converse (sold quite a lot of those suckers but putting 500 tiny crystals on a pair of shoes can make anyone a little nutty! ). I used to sell baby items like bibs, blankets and embellished shirts. Then I started making headpieces and bows. Oh and logos, I made logos too…those suckers are a lot of work! Then I ventured into making sewing patterns. I’ve definitely had the most fun with those. Along the way I decided that I wanted to take better product shots so I taught myself photography…which has become my love, my one escape, my one hobby that I truly enjoy.
I look back and see that I’ve come a long way from when I first started. It has definitely been a huge learning experience for me. I’ve come to accept (actually, I still struggle a little with the fact) that I am not superwoman, that I can’t always accomplish everything in a single day. My house isn’t always clean (hardy ever is!) and sometimes I have to put on a movie for the kids to get an order done. My office looks like a cyclone hit it 24/7. I request that my husband pick up dinner on his way home at least 2-3 times a week because I just can’t find time to make dinner. But I get to be with my kids everyday…even though they make me crazy! I do hope that 2012 is the year that I finally get more organized though. I just haven’t found what works for me yet…I’ll take suggestions! I do know that there are so many of you out there in the same situation as me…wanting to contribute financially, want to be there for the kids, have an amazingly clean house…have it all! And I just want to say that you are all awesome and no one else will ever really know how hard you work everyday unless they walk in your shoes. So leave the dishes in the sink, finish up an order, order a pizza and snuggle on the couch with your kiddos…oh, and take lots and lots of photos of them because it goes by waaaaaaay too fast! I do all of this madness for my little lovies and wouldn’t trade it for anything!
New lacey garland available. $42 which includes US shipping. Comment with your email address and I will send you a Paypal invoice.
tis the season
Check out what Sari did for this week’s theme: http://www.sariunderwoodphoto.com/
coffee filter Christmas wreath
Got a little DIY for you today! You may have seen these awesome wreaths on Pinterest. Well, this year we are on a very tight budget so I’m making everything I can which includes decorations and presents. This probably cost me $2-$3 to make. Can’t go wrong with that!
Most of the ones I seen are made using styrofoam but I think that styrofoam is a bit pricey. So I used a piece of foam core board. I usually would have opted to use white but I already had some left over black laying around. So I had to do a little extra filling in for more coverage.
Add a delicious bow and hang it proud for all the world to see!