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Happy Anniversary to Me!

Yesterday was my 2 year anniversary of opening up my Etsy shop! It’s amazing to me how far I’ve come since then. 

  • Literally HUNDREDS of brides have been married with Peacock Printing stationery – 324 sales, to be exact (and that’s not counting the few I’m working with currently). This is my PROUDEST statistic.
  • My shop expanded to carrying pocket invitations as well as many other color and embellishment upgrades.
  • I’ve participated in several craft and bridal shows.
  • The Etsy Wedding Team made me a proud member!
  • I’ve made connections with event planners, photographers, other stationery designers, bakers… the list goes on.
  • Hedonist Artisan Chocolates selected me as the designer for their 2011 Valentine’s Day truffles – it was SO much fun to work outside of the paper medium for a bit (and to get to eat a lot of delicious chocolate).
  • I’ve been selected by Etsy for a feature in the Huffington Post! Not sure when yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
  • Biggest news so far this month – LETTERPRESS IS COMING TO PEACOCK PRINTING. i.am.so.excited!!!! I’ll have more on this in the next couple weeks.

In honor of the big 2 year anniversary, I am dropping sample prices to 2.00 for the month of March. That’s 60% off! Use coupon code HAPPYANNIVERSARY at checkout for your discount to be applied. Obvs this can only be applied to samples and not to your full custom order.

Stay tuned for info on more upcoming changes!

 

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Ooh La La! It’s Etsy Wedding Team treasury time!

One of the things that I love about Etsy is the Treasury feature. This is where anyone can create a collection of 16 items that are connected by a theme, a color, or are put together simply because they are items that are loved.

Today I’ve created one that highlights some of the items created by the Etsy Wedding Team – a selective group of etsy sellers that I am honored to be included amongst.  Today’s theme is vintage French!

Please enjoy! You can view the entire treasury by clicking HERE, but I will also post a few pics below.

French Paper Drink Straws by GoAgainstTheGrain

 

Program/Sendoff all in one! Fill these bags with confetti, lavender, birdseed, etc and let your guests send you off in style! by ExtravagantExits

 

Polka Dot Bridal Gloves by sibodesigns

 

Bridal Veil Blusher by Serephine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Pinterest – DO IT!

I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet. Just a few words about Pinterest.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pinterest is this new website (well, maybe not entirely new anymore, but still kind of exclusive – you need to be invited to join (this sounds a lot more hoity-toity than it really is – if you need an invite, just ask)) where you can keep collections of items you find anywhere online. You post these items onto a “pinboard” – sort of like an old-fashioned cork board you used to have in your bedroom growing up (mine had a gold star chart, probably pictures of unicorns and all things sparkly, and the random Highlights magazine article).  Let me explain how it works:

So you’re obsessed with, say, giraffes. You’re cruising the internet highway in search of the perfect giraffe tattoo. When lo and behold, you come upon this:

 

It’s perfect. It’s just the tattoo you’ve always talked about since you were a little girl (when connect the dots was the epitome of “art”). But before you commit to it, you see this one:

This one suits your adult personality a lot better and you think it would go over a lot better at work and with your parents. Plus you wouldn’t have to worry about your kids drawing all over your legs while you’re asleep. Well with Pinterest, you can not only store them together in one place (thereby not cluttering precious hard drive space with scattered giraffe images), but you can also share those images with others – and FIND images from others who share your interests. Hence – Pinterest.

This is a PERFECT resource for someone planning a wedding and trying to organize the various themes they’re considering. Or a place to gather inspiration if they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. It’s also perfect when you’re thinking about reorganization, crafting, redecorating, traveling, or if you just like art, fashion, cool stuff, photography, animals… which I would hope covers most people. If you don’t find yourself included in any of those categories, then you may as well stop reading right now and crawl back under that rock.

So how it works is this: you sign up (email, password, the usual). Then you can link your twitter and Facebook accounts and find your friends. Then you and all your friends can “follow” each other’s pinboards (and the boards of anyone else whose collection you come upon and notice that they have the same exquisite taste in giraffes as you do). You can create as many boards as you’d like. You can pin as many things to each board as you’d like. You can re-pin things that others have pinned. Plus, each time you log in, you are brought to a homepage where you can see what your friends and those you are following have recently pinned. I’m not going to go into further detail because I’m assuming that by now you’re either a) already signed up or b) in the process of sending me an email requesting an invite.

You can follow me by clicking on this link. I have a bunch of boards dedicated to wedding stuff (and peacocks) because those are the things that I find myself obsessed about the most. I’ve also started a cross promotion with the EtsyWeddingTeam where a new theme is featured each week (this week it’s Vintage Weddings) so if you follow me (or any of us) you may find yourself inspired by a variety of items that would work for your wedding or someone you know.

Happy pinning!

It’s time for my honeymoon.

But before I get into that, though, I’d like to say a few other things.

First and foremost, let me just say this: December was a tough month for me, business-wise. It always is – people saving for the holidays, putting their wedding planning on hold, etc. I’m going to come up with a plan for this next year, so that I can start offering holiday cards, stationery sets, and other gifts that can be given to friends and family. There are so many ways I want to advance my business, but I’m just not finding the time to do so. I will MAKE time for 2012!

Second – a shout out to my friend Jess, of Seven Layer Designs. Her blog is a constant source of inspiration to me. I’m not sure if she knows that – I’ve told her, but I’m not sure she REALLY knows it.  In fact, I probably wouldn’t be taking the time today to write this if I hadn’t read her post last night.  Jess makes beautiful handmade stationery which she offers from her website or her Etsy shop.  I’m going to try to find some ways for us to collaborate a little.  She wants to branch into weddings/parties, and I want to branch into stationery. So it seems like a perfect meeting of the minds.

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted on my blog, and even longer since I’ve updated my website. These are the drawbacks of leading a double life. Allow me to express myself via math equation: 

((Day Job x Small Business) + Holidays) / Personal Life = Lack of Blogging.

I thought that with the ringing in of 2012 and Peacock Printing’s 2 year anniversary coming up in March, I would make a resolution to be more… well, just MORE. So here’s a short list to remind myself of my goals:

  • Improve at keeping up with technology – blog, websiteetsy shop
  • Bulk up my Facebook followers – find me and follow me and there’s a coupon code in it for you (if you’re already following me, jut ask and I’ll give it to you)!
  • Pinterest! If you need an invite to join, let me know. Then follow me! I’m collaborating with the EtsyWeddingTeam to post a new item from each member every week – spreads the word, gives inspiration to brides and crafters, and is just plain all-around fun.
  • Get some new designs in the shop! I’ve done a ton of custom work that I really should get out there.
  • Expand my inventory. I want to really start highlighting the extras – place cards, menus, programs, etc.
  • Save more, spend less. I’m such an impulse shopper.
  • Quit my job and do weddings full-time! This is a long-term goal, I am nowhere NEAR being able to do this yet – but it’s on the horizon. Exciting!

In the meantime, I’m going on my honeymoon.

I’ve been so spoiled with my travels lately – this is NOT normal!  I’ll be working til the beginning of February, and then I’m off to the Dominican Republic til Valentine’s. And then I probably won’t be going anywhere else for a while =) So I hope it’s worth it!

I’m going to be running some specials in March in honor of my 2 year business anniversary (and then probably again in June in honor of my 2 year wedding anniversary). Maybe a contest or two. While I’m gone I’m hoping that I can sketch out some new designs, using the tropics as an inspiration – so many bright colors, beautiful beaches, serene landscapes… and hopefully I’ll be back armed with a whole new inventory!

Grey Weddings

I’ve seen a huge uptick in grey weddings lately. Brides seem to be turning to this neutral as their main color, accenting it with fuschia, mustard, apple green, or even teal (which is a VERY hot wedding color this year!). I am currently working with a bride who is using a palette of white, platinum, dark grey, silver and black, all balanced out by a silhouette Chicago skyline running along the bottom of her pocketfold invitations (check back in a couple weeks for photos).

Here are a few ideas for incorporating this versatile color into your wedding color scheme!

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