New Merch – Mother’s Day Cards!!

Hello! I am back and ready to share some Mother’s Day cards I have been working on. I decided to create two different designs.

floral design

The first is a floral design that has a close-up of beautiful lilacs. I own several lilac bushes and each year, I anxiously await the buds and blooms. The sweet aroma that fills my yard brings me so much joy. So I thought that would be nice to incorporate lilac’s which typically bloom around Mother’s Day, in a card design. I searched through my stamps and found a beautiful digital stamp and used my Silhouette to layout the design for the card front.

Asian-inspired design

The second design came about after a conversation with a friend who was looking for an asian-inspired design to send to her mother. I told her I would look through my supplies and come up with a design. This card has a beautiful Asian girl dressed in a kimono under a branch of cherry blossoms. I used my distress inks to create a colorful backdrop that makes the kimono pop. I did a little research about kimonos in Japan and found out that color and style are often determined by the time of year. For the month of May, the traditional colors worn are orange blossom yellow and purple. I designed the card on my Silhouette and added dimension by having the image diecut.

So if you are in the market for some handmade mother’s day cards that will make a mom happy, stop by my Etsy shop and order one now so I can get them to you in time.

Have a wonderful day!

It’s here!! My Etsy shop is live!

The wait is over! I pushed the site live a week ago and it felt really great. Now I can focus on streamlining the administrative tasks and more importantly I can get back to creating new products. I currently have a mix of cards in the shop. But I have so many ideas for new products. Because each card is handmade, I will release new products at a slower pace but the initial push to launch the shop is over so I can focus on realistic timelines. I will be moving out to work on my garden soon so that will likely impact my work schedule. But I will find a nice balance between them.

Since launching the shop I haven’t done any marketing, so I will be sure to include information about new product releases here on the blog. I will probably resume my Instagram account for marketing and business purposes in the near future as I increase my inventory. In the past, I was a bit shy about promoting my shop but this time, I’ve begun to tell family and friends about the shop, and hopefully, I can convince (guilt) them into making a purchase to support my small business.

I would also like to resume my weekly blog posts. So come on back to keep up.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Shop Update

editing photos

Hello! I am sorry I haven’t put up any new posts in about two weeks. I have been rather busy trying to get everything ready to re-launch my Etsy shop. February was the last target date but my under estimation of the amount of time it takes to do the product photography and editing has pushed that time out.

I am currently working through the product photography edits for the last two bins in my inventory. So for the first time, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once I re-open the store, I will definitely have to try out different processes to try to streamline this part of the process.

As a one-person shop owner and creator, I am definitely learning that my affection lies with creating my products and playing around with new techniques. The administrative aspect is necessary but not my favorite thing to do.

We are also using a new database to keep track of my inventory, as well as, works-in-progress so that has added another administrative project to my plate. Once the store is open, it will really help me so I know these additional steps will be worth the results.

I just wanted to check in to say hello and that I haven’t forgotten to blog just focusing my energies on editing photos for the shop. I will be sure to announce the re-opening soon. Thanks for sticking with me through this process.

Have a wonderful day!

A New 2021 Coloring Book Challenge

10 books to color in 2021

You all know how much I enjoy my coloring books. However, new releases continue to saturate the market and I am always willing to add a new book to my collection. The problem is that I have quite a pile of untouched books.

Online, in the adult coloring community, I find that I am not alone and some people have set a goal to color in at least 10 of their untouched books. I decided that I wanted to join in on this challenge in hopes that I can make some progress in my coloring book collection.

Above are 8 of the books I need to color in before years end. I have started coloring in the Exhale book last weekend. So I am on my way.

I believe I bought the book above 2 years ago directly from the artist. The images are so beautiful and I think that self-talk has kept me from coloring in the book for fear of “ruining” such a beautiful book. But this year, I am going to make it happen.

I just purchased this one recently and I can’t wait to dive in and color the images. It’s so wonderful to have a coloring book with black women in it and having plants in it is a bonus.

So my goal is by the end of this year I will have completed a page or two in each book. I will be sure to update you on my progress.

Happy crafting!

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