A Lovely New Clutch

Lookie what I got in the mail today!

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Bessie, from thelaughingmouse, is the creator of this beautiful clutch and I am in loooove with it! When Bessie contacted me recently about possibly doing a trade, I jumped on it! I checked out her shop but took forever deciding on which fabulous item in her shop I wanted! There were, like, 5 things that I just kept going back and forth to and finally decided on this. I’m actually using it to house my MacBook and it’s perfect! It’s so stylish that you would never guess that there was a laptop hiding away in there!

Bessie wrote about her trade (a Blue Paisley 2009 Planner & matching gift set) on her blog – check it out here. And while you’re at, check out her Etsy shop too at the link above!

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New Product – Notebook/Stationery Gift Set

Check out one of the new products in the shop!

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The set includes a medium notebook, 3 blank flat notecards, 3 envelopes, 3 stickers/envelope seals, and last but not least 2 binder clips. All the items have matching patterned paper – this one in Amy Butler.

I loved putting this set together! There is another one in the shop in another pattern but I’m looking forward to putting more sets together.

Get yours here!

We’re On The Front Page of Etsy!

Yesterday, on Jan. 2, Amy from The Peach was kind enough to tell me that I was on the front page. I got her message just in time to see it live on the front page and take a screen shot of it. Check it out!

Front Page

I love Treasuries!

It’s always so nice to find out that I’ve been featured in a treasury! And I appreciate it when the curators take the time to let me know! So I was trolling through all the Treasuries and found not only the two that I was notified about, but another one!

Thanks to prolifique for this great little treasury:

Prolifique Treasury

Thanks to althena12 for this great little treasury:

Althena12 Treasury

Thanks to flameonglass for this great little treasury:

FlameOnGlass Treasury

Happy New Year to all! I’m off from my day job today but working like mad on creating new planners and getting them listed in time for the new year!

Goodbye 2008!

I’m so happy because my last 2008 planner has sold! It would have probably sold earlier if I had discounted it and I had some folks convo me (on Etsy) to see if I would but I didn’t think it was the best course of action. It still costs me the exact same amount to produce the item and since I don’t make the item till its been ordered, I always figured that if it didn’t sell, I can use the papers for another project. 

I’m really looking forward to launching the 2009 planners in the fall. I already have the guts designed but still need to pick out the papers. Last year, the plum planner sold out well before the gray or the brown which gives me a little bit of an idea of where to go. Picking out the paper is the most fun part of it all so I’m looking forward to spending countless hours at my favorite scrapbooking stores and mulling over all the lovely papers!

I’m baaack!

I know, I know…(hangs head in shame). I said that I would get back to posting on a more regular basis once I returned from vaca and I’m just now posting – nearly a month after my last post. So let me catch up…

Our trip went very well! It was Brady’s first long driving trip (about 14 hours to be exact) and for the most part, he slept most of the way. We would take some nice breaks though and made the best of a food, potty, diaper change, time-out-of-the-car-seat stops. Here’s a pic of Brady at the wheel during one of our stops. (No, I did NOT pull a Britney! 🙂 Note the disheveled baby hair – ahhh, humidity!

Once we got back, I’ve really stopped to think about what my priorities needed to be this summer. Like I’ve said earlier, now that I’m back to work, time has really been at a premium. There’s work and then there’s fun, which takes form in many ways like spending time with my family, just getting to sit and read the ever-growing stack of magazines on my coffee table, and working Keepsake Couture projects.

After some thought, I’ve decided to take go part-time with my Keepsake Couture duties. Craft fair season will be here before we know it and I’m going to use this summer to work on new products to debut this fall. I’m really excited about so many different products that I think it will do me good to focus only on development this summer. Going part-time also means that I won’t be putting up new products in my shops and just fulfilling orders as they come in. Of course, I’m always available for custom orders any time!

Other things I really want to focus on this summer is putting together a scrapbook for Brady. After visiting our family in May, I saw the amazing scrapbooks that my cousin Theresa had put together and it has really inspired me to start back up. I have a really short attention span so putting together books is challenging for me. That and I really like to have all my pics in order and that has not made a good combination for scrapbooking. So my new plan is to just do it! Just do it and love it! I plan on just putting together book of pictures I love with journaling supporting it and I know in the end I will love it and I won’t have to regret never having chronicled this time of Brady’s life.

So I do hope you’ll stay tuned! I have “met” some amazing people and entrepreneurs through the blog and I still plan on blogging, although my posts will be more related to my Brady projects and life in general. Once in a while, I hope to share some new projects that will be released in the fall. 😉

Working Girl

Well, as of this week, I am officially employed! Yes, I went and did it and got a jobby-job! I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at home for much of my pregnancy and after my son was born which gave me time to focus on really getting Keepsake Couture situated.

In the time I’ve been home, I’ve been able to work on getting the website redesigned and this fun little blog up and running. Both would have still been accomplished had I been working full time but it would have taken much longer I’m sure! The time off has also allowed me to have time to create and brainstorm on different products and ideas.

While I’m disappointed that I don’t get to work on Keepsake Couture full time any more, I’m really excited about going back to work! My new job is a marketing position for a start-up, both of which I have loved in the past. My new challenge is making sure that I’m diligent with the time that I have to create, blog, etc. so I can still experience the best of both worlds. Keep your fingers crossed for me!