left to right, top to bottom:
Swallow’s Return Cotton Blouse // Ajalor Toddler Shoes // I Love Doodle “Love Yourself” Print // Emily Isabella Card // Wren and Rumor Swaddle Blanket // Sweet Reverie Throw Pillow // Siberian Berry Wooden Bear // Freshly Picked Moccasins // Juniper Wilde Knot Hat
It’s been interesting for me to see what I’ve gravitated towards when it comes to shopping for baby. Whether it’s clothes, toys, or nursery decor, I’m loving lots of neutrals with pops of color sprinkled throughout. These nine handmade items are exactly what my dreams are made of!
I am so happy (and so relieved) to announce that my new stamps are officially up in my brand new shop! It took way longer than I anticipated to pull everything together, but now that it is finally done, I am so thrilled with the results!
I can’t even tell you how much I agonized over how I wanted things to look. I shot and re-shot everything three separate times. That’s approximately 5 million photos and two days straight of editing right there. The first two times, it just didn’t feel right…you know that feeling? I wanted to be proud of it. I wanted to be excited about it. I wanted it to be an accurate representation of how I envision my brand. Well, third time’s the charm! Halle-freakin-lujah.
There’s still a few more stamps that need to be shot + listed. I will definitely keep you posted when those go up! And thank you so much for your patience! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts (:
But in the meantime…I’m going to bed!
You guys, I have a new obsession that is taking my life by storm: custom pencils!
I recently had a bunch made in a variety of colors with a few different phrases and I can’t wait to share them all with you next week. As you can see by the photo, I had my brand name engraved on a set of hot pink pencils (obvious color choice?) and I want to get your thoughts on something: would it be totally weird / totally awesome if I stuck a pencil with “Ann-Marie Loves Paper” in my shop orders? Would you use them? Snap them in half? I’m thinking it would be a fun little “gift” to include with all orders during the holidays. Tis the season to be jolly, after all. Let me know how you feel about this whole pencil biz. I am genuinely interested in your opinions.
p.s. I am totally doing a giveaway tomorrow. Of the stamp variety. Stay tuned.
And the rebranding continues!
Here’s how I recently changed up my business cards:
I can’t say enough about how much I love using stamps for branding (obvious statement? ha!). For minimal investment, I can change up my business cards as often as I wish.
This latest batch was made with gold and aqua pigment inks from American Crafts (they’re super juicy and saturated). I hate to admit it, but I’m a little bit obsessed (;
One of these days, I want to try embossing my business cards! Maybe next month…
Change is good.
Change is necessary.
Change is also super easy to make happen when there are stamps involved.
Every couple of months or so, I like to “rebrand” my packaging a little bit. Order a few new custom stamps. Make some new business cards. Incorporate a little hot pink posterboard and neon yellow washi tape. You know, all the usual suspects. Here’s how I recently revamped the thank you notes that I place in every order:
A little happy mail goes a long way.
P.S. I added a few new stamps to my shop, including the “Hello There!” that you see above! (:
This is what my Wednesday morning looked like:
Packing stamp orders while wearing workout clothes on top, pajamas on the bottom and hair haphazardly shoved into my headband. There was definitely no makeup involved and – real talk – probably no deodorant either. Biz cas at it’s finest.
P.S. How awesome are the Olympics? Loving every minute of it! And loving the timeliness of the “London” stamp order that I shipped out this afternoon (:
Today I thought I would switch it up a bit and instead of showing you photos of my messy desk, I’ll show you how I package my Etsy orders:
Yesterday was one of those days where busy-ness just kind of snuck up on me.
I worked from the time I got up to the time I went to bed (with brief intermissions for a workout and a few episodes of The League). And the truth of the matter is, I love those days. I love how amazing it feels to climb into bed at 1 am and feel like I put in a good day’s work. But I only love those days when they’re on my own terms. If someone else is telling me I need to put in lots of extra time, I immediately dread every minute of it. Why is that?
I was so busy that I didn’t even get dressed until well after 5 pm. And by dressed, I mean workout clothes, which – real talk – are barely a step above pajama status. Then when I went to check the mail, there were THREE large boxes of stamp orders just waiting for me – oh happy day! So of course, I immediately had to dump them out all over my desk and ‘gram it up, as you can see above. It was a nice little moment to realize that my small side business, that I dreamt up while I was still rockin’ an 8-5 job, had just taken over my desk. I am so grateful that people actually want to buy my stamps. Beyond grateful, actually.
In other news, John Mayer’s new album has been the soundtrack of the week, I’ve enjoyed brussel sprouts for lunch nearly everyday, and the pool is just under 90 degrees. I have nothing to complain about.
Today was all about getting packages ready to go once the new stamp orders arrive. Writing out thank you notes, checking and double checking addresses, stamping tags, making note of invoices, and enjoying my new hot pink pen from Office Depot. Have I mentioned that I love batch processing? I can catch up on all my Bravo reality shows while getting lots of stuff done.
Win win on a Wednesday (:
I’m so excited to be offering a $16 for $30 Good Cheer Deal over at Oh, Hello Friend!
A quick note: the deal is $16 for $30 worth of credit in my shop, even though it’s listed as $15. My apologies for any confusion! I’m trying to get this amended ASAP. Many thanks to everyone who has already made a purchase!