Sunday, August 29, 2010

The invention of the Job Seekers Kit

A little over a week ago, I got an email from a customer who wanted to purchase two sets of thank you cards and then asked if I could create some matching calling cards. I thought “Sure! I love custom orders”. I continued reading the email and came to learn that this customer was being laid off next month and wanted the stationery and calling cards for correspondence with potential employers.

I know what it’s like to loose your job. It happened to me in June of 2009. I was devastated. But looking back now, I think it was a blessing in disguise. I truly believe that things happen for a reason. Anyway, I could totally relate to this customer.

We worked together to come up with a calling card design that we both loved and I was looking forward to adding it to my Etsy shop when *ding* light bulb turned on. Why not make a “job seekers kit”? Something that will help people set them apart from the competition. As it stood, I had everything that I needed to do this already for sale in my shop, it was just a matter of making it more cohesive and packaging it together.

I think it’s a really great idea and I’m really excited about it. I feel really good about making something that could potentially help people find a job in this economy. I looked far and wide on Etsy and couldn’t find anything like it! I would love to hear your thoughts on the “job seekers kits” there are eight kit designs available so far.

Yellow Bicycle Job Seekers Correspondence Kit
Whale Job Seekers Correspondence Kit
Pear Job Seekers Correspondence Kit
Red Bicycle Job Seekers Correspondence Kit
Peacock Bicycle Job Seekers Correspondence Kit
Lime Bicycle Job Seekers Correspondence Kit
Birds Job Seekers Correspondence Kit
Teal Blue Bicycle Job Seekers Correspondence Kit

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lucky Me

I could literally think of a bagillion ok a zillion…ok, well at least a thousand reasons why I love Christoph. But here are a few fun ones he probably doesn’t know about.
I can get on a paper craft whim, make silly things like these ornaments and tape them around the living room and he doesn’t question it or ask me when I’m going to take them down. These have been up for about 3 weeks now. No reason except that I kinda like them. Two:
This is what he has let me turn the guest room into. My crafting/wedding area explosion. Somewhere there is a desk under there. He also doesn’t care when I come home with random things like a chalk board that says “Your Husband Said to Buy It”. I figured it was just a typo and they meant to write fiancé. Never the less….no explanation needed.Three:
He’s letting me hold on to jars because I think I will use them for something. They will be taking over the kitchen shortly. Four:
He lets me do this to the coffee table and doesn’t ask me to clean it up.Last but not least….because he doesn’t read my blog (or any blogs for that matter)! Thank goodness. He might question my sanity.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Heat is On

You know it’s hot in San Francisco when:
Daytime Heat:
- You wakeup in the morning to find that your thermostat reads 78 degrees
- You look forward to getting in your car and getting to work because both are air conditioned
- You take your dog for a walk and she decides she’d rather lay in the dirt
- You see a police officer stop to enjoy some ice cream while in full gear (Love!)
Nighttime Heat:
- You land in SFO at 9 PM with the captain announcing that its 91 degrees outside
- You notice that every outside table in Nob Hill is occupied with people eating dinner
- You want nothing more than to sit on the balcony and drink white wine
*Sigh* It’s finally summer in San Francisco!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Vintage Scores

We are on the hunt for good vintage items to use at our wedding. I think half the fun for me is going to be finding the right items.

There are two antique flea markets in the area that I know of:
Candlestick Park Antique Faire: The 3rd Sunday of the month
Alameda Point Antiques and Collectables: First Sunday of the month

This last weekend Christoph and I went to the Candlestick Park Antique Faire and racked it up!

We got everything from milk glass vases, block letters, vintage suitcases to……..vintage Ferragamo pumps in my size. Gaahhhhhh!
I can’t wait till the next faire!!!!!!

Sewing a ruffle pillow

I have days when I get home from work and I just need to do something creative. It had been a few months since I had used my sewing machine so I decided to dust it off and get to work making a ruffle pillow.

This is the Cliff notes version of how I put together my ruffle pillow
To make the pillow you will need:
- A pillow insert (you can find these online or at your local fabric store (they’re inexpensive)
- Fabric: I used lime green stripes and lime green polka dots for the ruffles and the base/backing was a white cotton (I bought ½ yard of each fabric)
- Thread
- Rotary Cutter
- Ruler
- Pins (If you want to be more precise in your rows but I didn’t use them)
- Iron
Cut your pillow cover pieces:
Front: 18” by 18”
Back: 12” by 18” and 8” by 18”
(I used the white fabric for this)

Cut your strips
For a 12” by 12” pillow:
- You will need to cut 12: 4” by 36” strips (* Tip: Fold your fabric in half cut so it is 18” long)

Iron your strips
Fold your strips in half so they are 2” by 36” and iron them (*Tip: I am super lazy when it comes to taking out my ironing board so for a project like this, I use my hair strainer and just pull the folded strips through).
Sew your strips
Place folded side facing the bottom of the pillow begin sewing the ruffles. Fold back the ruffle every 2 inches so that it covers back up to meet the last ruffle. Continue till you use all 36 inches.
Place the next ruffle on top of the completed ruffle. Show 1 inch of the completed ruffle. So of your 2” by 36” ruffle, only the bottom inch will show for every ruffle. Repeat, repeat, repeat till you use all of your strips.
Back of pillow
For the bottom of the pillow place the 8” by 18” white piece with the bottom seam of the ruffle print. You will want to white piece to lay flat on top of the ruffles. Sew along the bottom and cut off the excess fabric. Fold the bottom of the fabric in a 1” line across two times (so fold it twice) and sew it. Sew the two sides together.
For the top half of the back of the pillow, place the 12” by 18” white piece with the top seam of the ruffle print. You will want to white piece to lay flat on top of the ruffles. Sew along the top and cut off the excess fabric. Fold the bottom of the fabric in a 1” line across two times (so fold it twice) and sew it. This still give you a clean edge where you put in your pillow. Sew the two sides together.
Ta-da! Put it to good use.

Sample Sale Shopping

One of the best parts about living in the city is that fabulous sample sales come to you. When I lived in Orange County I would have to drive all over to hit up the good sample sales. If I went, I felt like I had to commit to buy just to make the trek there worthwhile.

Now that I live in San Francisco, the sample sales come to me!
*Me in my sample sale shopping duds

Top 5 tips for successful sample sale shopping:

1.) Get there early: There will be less people and you will have a better pick of the items
2.) Dress: I recommend leggings, a loose fitting shirt or sweater and comfortable shoes. Leggings are a must unless you don’t mind showing your booty to the room. Most sample sales have communal dressing rooms.
3.) Purse: Wear a hands free purse. Those hangers get heavy and it’s one less thing to keep track of if it’s strapped around your body!
4.) Bring cash: Oftentimes you will get a discount if you are paying with cash (usually around 10%)
5.) Negotiate: If you are buying a lot of items. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little extra discount
*Some recent sample sale scores from a BCBG sample sale

Friday, August 13, 2010

Congratulations to…..

The Winner of my first ever blog give-a-way:
Congratulations El! I will be in contact with you to figure out which stationery set you would like to have customized.

A HUGE thank you to those of you that entered!

*How the winner was selected: I’ll tell you I am very high tech. I figured out how many entries people deserved, typed their name out for each entry, cut it, folded it and drew it out of my coffee mug. The adorable bird is actually my coaster from Z Gallerie

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hello Cupcake Give-A-Way

Enter to win a free custom set of Hello Cupcake stationery!

Winner will be able to choose any* set of stationery from my ETSY shop and have it customized with their name.
*Up to $15.00 value

How to Enter:
To enter, you must leave a comment below. It can be as simple as a “hello” or if there is something you would like to see in the Hello Cupcake Shop, let me know!

How to increase your chance of winning:
If you blog about the giveaway on your blog, you’ll get an extra entry.
If you tweet about it or RT about it on twitter, another entry.
If you share the link on Facebook…another entry!
So you can have up to 4 entries!

Announcing the winner:
I will choose one winner at random and announce it on the blog, twitter and Facebook on Friday, August 13 (Friday the 13th!!!). I will also be in contact with the winner to determine which stationery you would like and where to send it.

Good Luck!

Friday, August 6, 2010

I Support the Buy Hand Made Movement

Last weekend was Renegade Craft Fair and this is what I bought:
A Dish Towel From: The Heated
Two Pictures From: Berkley Illustrations
*This cat pic remindes me of a pic of my brother and I from when we are little. We are wearing very similar shirts.

Some Letter Press Cards From: Dee and Lala
I don't normally promote other card co's....but we are talking letter press people. Letter Press!

It's one of my 3 favorite things. Right up there with burritos and free parking in San Francisco.

I LOVE Renegade Craft Fair!!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hello My Name is Stacy and I Love Hello Cupcake

Last Friday Etsy hosted a Meet Up and Etsy Success Panel with a discussion of indie business stories and success. It was awesome! I got some great insight from others in the biz, met my fellow SF Etsy Team Members (yeah!) and to top it off, I met DanielleXo….yes the DanielleXO that you see in your email every week and Julie who’s “finds” I love.

It’s really great to know that even though Etsy spans the globe in more than 150 countries and with buyers and sellers in the hundreds of thousands they still manage to feel like a real community who cares. I mean honestly, I’ve only been at this for a few years and already I’ve met four people from the Brooklyn office and they were all awesome and really took the time to talk and offer feedback.
The Etsy Panel (Julie top left and Danielle top right)
Me and Danielle

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Crossed off the list

We have officially booked a photographer for the wedding and engagements.

I’ve been poring over her work and blog, for days. She seems to have a knack to capture special moments. Then I came across this write up in Style Me Pretty and it was a done deal for me.

"Jessamyn’s clients encompass the whole spectrum of lovers … worldwide. In her photos, you won’t just see the love between two people. You will see the realness of the day … the respect, the awe, the wonder, the sheer joy … an amazing sense of real life. An unpretentious, sincerity that represents the whole of the occasion. Not just images of dear friends and beloved family, but the innate sense of peace surrounding them all. Maybe it’s Jessamyn. Maybe it’s her gift to them for this one, very special day in their lives."
A pic from one of her engagement shoots (amazing)