So, after many trials and errors I figured out the sewing machine given to me by a good friend of my mother. Here is an oil cloth portfolio that I made with ribbon and button accent that holds cards! I LOVE them and they sold well in Eugene. I hope to perfect them and experiment with stitching, etc. They will be my next hostess gift for someone when I go to a party!!
With the major card holidays in the past, now is the time to focus on special orders and they just seem to find me this early 2009! Baby Alexander's birth announcements, baby shower invitations, special note cards for Savannah, and baskets for school auctions! I love these types of orders and the opportunity for others to see my work!
With the amazing types of paper out there it makes it so much easier for me to be creative! There is oodles of scrapbook paper at SCRAP (www.scrapaction.org) and have also acquired some fabric and wallpaper samples that I hope to incorporate into cards soon!
I also finally got my sewing lesson (thank you DANA!) and have put together some oil cloth portfolios to put notes in as a hostess or birthday gift for a girlfriend!
On a different note, my tiles and leather journals were a hit at a benefit I recently did for Volunteers in Medicine in Eugene. http://www.vim-clinic.org/default.htm They are an amazing clinic that provides health care for the under or uninsured and really provides amazing care and service for a growing population. The event was hosted by Salon Delange and instead of paying to enter, attendees were encouraged to bring a purse, artwork, or jewelry so Volunteers In Medicine could use for their April fundraising auction. It was a great night with eyebrow waxing, paraffin dips, and massages for the guests. I sold a good amount for the 2 hours that the event occurred and felt GREAT about supporting VIM.
Hope that during this time of uncertainty in the world, a handwritten card makes it to your mailbox.
So, I have been experimenting with other products aside from cards and here is an attempt at a tile that I made. It has retro bowling balls and pins on it with the quote, "We must have a passion in life." (George Sand) I think they're pretty hip and hope to get some produced for a sale in Eugene on February 18th.
Let me know what you think and don't forget to send a card now and then!
With my boys gone to Wisconsin, my goal was to clean out the 'stuff' in our house but also get reconnected with my business. So...here's an attempt to get it going again.
I changed the style and put this picture of these tags on here because I think February needs flowers! Hope that there is some indication of spring where you are!
As I mentioned, I have been cleaning, sorting, and recycling things in our house. Our house is small and we have too much stuff so ... here I am! I have read many letters, cards and memories from people throughout the years and it has renewed my desire to write letters and connect with people so that has been a fun trip this week!
I also have helped my aunt go through my grandma's things that we had put in the 'deal with later pile' . What a hoot! My grandma saved EVERYTHING it seems like and it was great fun to remember her and chuckle at some of her funny characteristics.
Hope you can find some flowers and some reconnections in your February!
I love to send cards and with this business, hope to inspire people to send cards. I love to open my mail box and see a handwritten envelope just to me! I want my creations to inspire others to take the time to handwrite a note to someone and enjoy the feeling of putting pen to paper on a fun, meaningful card. Do something fun today and send a card to someone you're thinking about just because.