One of the reasons for the lack of posts on the blog lately is the holiday event I participated in a couple weeks ago. This was my first time to have a "booth" (I use that term loosely) of any sort and my first time to introduce a full collection of pre-made designs. Pretty much every night in October and November was spent counting out sets of tags, hand-stamping kraft boxes, tying twine, packaging note cards, creating a booth display, crafting a 4 foot kraft paper "magnolia" wreath and many other things I won't bore you with. Considering this two month window is also my busiest time of year for regular projects - invitations and holiday cards - things have been a bit hectic! In the end, I am so happy that I created this little "shop" and had a wonderful time at the event.
my mom & me . . . so happy to have her there!
(wish I had a better pic of my day 2 outfit - it was cute if I do say so myself)
(a few of you have asked - and yes - I still have about 6 Santa stamps left - $22 each)
My little shop featured exclusive Toast & Laurel designs - oversized gift tags, stamped cotton gift bags, holiday enclosure cards, Santa stamps, and my new Heirloom Collection - and a few of my holiday favorites - striped ribbon, striped twine, scallop place cards & kraft paper.
While a lot of the items are for gift wrapping, the Heirloom Collection was introduced at the event as the perfect all-around gift. Each boxed set includes 24 double-sided recipe cards (in a hand stamped cotton bag), a grocery list notepad (with buffalo check background), and a striped everyday notepad. I wanted to design a collection for the kitchen that can be enjoyed now (the notepads are ones you will want to keep out on the counter - not hide away in the drawer) and passed down for generations (the recipe cards are simple & timeless). Can you tell I am really proud of these? The boxed sets were truly a labor of love, and I am so happy that they were printed locally in Houston.
The Heirloom Collection has not found its way into my online store yet but are available for $42 for the full boxed set. I printed these as a limited edition and have a few left. Add a little ribbon and you have the perfect hostess, Christmas, bridal shower, housewarming, birthday, or just-because gift.
As a one-woman business, there is absolutely no way I could have successfully pulled of this little shop without the help of Greg, my parents, and two incredibly generous and gifted friends, April & Lydia. I wish I had a picture of my dad and Greg making the frame for the backdrop - it was priceless. Since I didn't get the guys on camera, I'll leave you with a picture of April taking down the backdrop . . . all dressed up.