Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pastel glitter brooches

A couple years ago I painted & glittered a bunch of wooden brooches and then promptly forgot about them. Unfortunately I can count absentmindedness pretty high on my list of unwanted character traits. Anyway, I re-discovered them this week and, before I had a chance to let them slip my memory one more time, I photographed them and listed them on my site today. They're available in limited quantities and I won't be making any more once they sell out.

They're available in my shop here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pi Day artwork

I just skipped right over Valentine's Day this year (well, with this exception) and started planning for Pi Day! It's one of my favorite holidays - in Princeton we go all out since it's also Einstein's birthday. They have pie eating contests, pie throwing contests, pi recitation contests, almost every store has specially priced items at $3.14 and my favorite ice cream shop sells pie ice cream!

Anyway, since it is one of my favorite days of the year I decided to expand on my cutie pi brooch and make some new Pi Day items! These new drawings are all available as prints (individually or as a set) and they're also available on buttons and (drum roll) t-shirts! What?! Yes! T-Shirts!

My personal favorite is the Pi-rate but I have a soft spot in my heart for Cutie Pi, too. I'm actually working on a big project with that specific character that I'm so excited about! Hopefully I'll be able to share more details on that soon :)

All of the new pieces of pi (haha) are available in my shop here.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

postcards from the happiest place on earth

I'm off to Disney World this week, which means it's once again time for my favorite shop promotion! If you use the coupon code "DISNEY15" you will receive 15% off* and a hand-written postcard from The Magic Kingdom! In order to receive a postcard, your order must be placed before January 14th at 12:01am EST.

This offer applies to all orders of $10 or more in all of my shops:

Flapper Doodle
Sweet and Lovely
Puns Intended
Your Fan Club

The discount applies to all orders worldwide, but unfortunately the postcard offer is only good for US orders. All orders will ship as soon as I'm back home. You can still use the code to receive 15% off through January 16th, but keep in mind that the postcard offer is only good through the 14th.

*Does not apply to bridesmaid card orders or clearance items. Only one coupon code can be used per order.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Time Machine to the 90's Valentine pack

I am so excited about these! Each pack contains 10 randomly selected fold-and-tear valentines from the 90's! Whether you want to order a pack just to relive the glory days when you were showered with 30 or so valentines from your classmates (because it was mandatory, not because you were popular, but whatever) or you want to surprise your friends and loved ones with a slightly more exciting and less mushy valentine this year... these valentines are all that and a bag of chips!

Your pack might contain Ren & Stimpy, Jurassic Park, Animaniacs, Power Rangers, Space Jam, Barbie, Troll dolls, Anastasia, The Lion King and MORE! Each pack is different, and the assortments are picked at random. However, if there's a specific card from your childhood that you're just ACHING to see again, you can let me know in the message at checkout and I'll do my best (but no guarantees!)

The valentine packs are available here.

Your Fan Club changes

After a brief hiatus, Your Fan Club is back open again as of this morning. I decided to close up shop & reevaluate everything during the holidays.

Your Fan Club was actually a pretty big source of stress for me in 2014. Once I factored in labor (there was, surprisingly for such a small, cheap item, a lot of work involved in making each pin) I was barely making any money from the sales, even though producing the pins was taking up a whole lot of my time. I also had a lot of supply-and-demand issues. My acrylic supplier got backed up around the holidays and even after I started paying rush fees & expedited shipping upgrades I *still* didn't get the supplies quick enough. UPS lost one of my overnight packages and USPS lost a next-day air one. I have the worst mail luck, I swear!

I realized that I'd have to close up shop or make a drastic change. Either stocking a ton of supplies so that I'd always have them on hand, which wasn't financially feasible, or coming up with an entirely new way to make the pins. So with some of my Flapper Doodle Christmas sales I invested in a 1" button machine. I've wanted one for a long time and I'm so excited about all of the new products I can make with it! But most importantly, I can make fan club buttons!

I think that most people who looked at Your Fan Club assumed at first glance that they were buttons to begin with (and then probably scratched their heads and wondered why a button would be $6) These are the same size, same design, same selection, just a different material. They're WAY easier for me to make, and, because they're also way cheaper to make, I get to sell them for only $2 a pop!

And here's the best part -- because I can afford to keep a healthy stock of supplies on hand at all times, these will be shipping super fast now. Like usually within 1 business day. Yipiee!! And shooting new product photos also gave me the opportunity to do a slight tweak in my branding as well. I have a new dark chalkboard background that really makes the buttons pop off the screen, and I'm carrying that texture over into my logo as well.

A lot of my products and projects evolve over time, and although sometimes the road can be bumpy I'm always thrilled when that "ah-ha!" moment eventually happens and everything falls into place. I've really loved the idea of "your fan club" ever since it first occurred to me, and I'm so glad that I found a solution that allows me to continue working on a project that I love without the accompanying stress :)