Thursday, September 25, 2008

 Okay, so generally speaking, my customers don't know much about me--I thought this might be fun!! :)

Thanks to LoveOneWorldZero, I bring you the 2008 Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends... (P.S.--Are you kidding me?  We had quite a few of the same answers.)

Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your Friends. Copy and past this in a new blog post, then change all the answers so they apply to you! Leave a comment for me if you do this!

The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!


1. What time did you get up this morning?  Yikes... 2:30 to feed the baby, then 5 with the toddler...
2. Diamonds or pearls? Depends on the occasion! :)  I love pearls, but Hubby picked out THE most beautiful diamond engagement ring.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Oh gees... we never get out.  We saw Get Smart in the theater though!
4. What is your favorite TV show? I don't know that I really have one.  I watch the news frequently & then I enjoy everything else comes in waves--I'm on a Frasier rerun kick right now. 
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? A piece of fruit and if I'm really lucky, cereal.
6. What is your middle name? Anne
7. What food do you dislike? Anything with a weird texture... i.e. rhubarb
8. What is your favorite CD at moment? At the moment?  Mmm... I've been re-loving Ben Fold's Rockin the Suburbs
9. What kind of car do you drive? Pontiac or VW
10. Favorite sandwich? Practically anything.  Some might call me a sandwich Aficianado!  Ha!
11. What characteristic do you despise? Snobbish behavior.
12. Favorite item of clothing? I'm desperately looking for my arm warmers.  WHERE ARE THEY?
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Europe
14. Favorite brand of clothing? I'm having issues with this... I'm young, but a mom.  What am I supposed to wear?  Blast!
15. Where would you retire to? No idea... I'm sure I'll want to be near the kids when they're grown.
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Memorable in a good way?  I tend to have bad birthdays.  I think everyone forgot my 16th... my boyfriend was an absolute jerk on my 18th... they've been pretty good since I've been married, though. ;)
17. Favorite sport to watch? hockey!  It's been awhile, though.
18. Farthermost place you are sending this?   ??
19. Person you expect to send it back first?  ??
20. When is your birthday? November 14th
21. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning
22. What is your shoe size? 8.5
23. Pets? One of the sweetest little cats you will ever meet!
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us?  I'm working on some great Christmas/Holiday photo cards!  They're fantastic in my oh-so-humble opinion!  Go take a peak: http://bitsycreations.com/Holiday.html
25. What did you want to be when you were little? It changed pretty frequently.  Teacher, vet, speech therapist...
26. How are you today? LOVING the windy day!  Hooray for open windows!
27. What is your favorite candy? Almond Joys
28. What is your favorite flower? Daisies or Dahlias
29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?  Probably Christmas.  I've always loved Christmas, but now that my daughter knows what's going on, SO so fun.
30. What are you listening to right now? The swing... Baby is sleeping!! :)
31. What was the last thing you ate? goldfish... crackers, I promise.
32. Do you wish on stars? Always--I don't remember when I saw a star last, though... City lights and going to bed early!
33. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Mac & Cheese (HA!  Seriously, what is it with these new color names?)
34. How is the weather right now? Cool and windy.
35. The first person you spoke to on the phone today? My friend Susie.
36. Favorite soft drink? Jones has this fantastic--FANTASTIC, I tell you--berry lemonade.  Cane Sugar. :) Yum.
37. Favorite restaurant? Mmm... I don't really have one.  I just like food.
38. Real hair color? brown
39. What was your favorite toy as a child? Chubbles (he's a stuffed ewok that has glowy eyes and makes this sweet little noise when you turn the lights off.)
40. Summer or winter? Fall!  Hands down.  Fall.
41. Hugs or kisses? It absolutely depends who you are.  I'm so not a touchy person.  I don't like hugs unless we're ridiculously good friends. 
42. Chocolate or Vanilla? vanilla to smell, chocolate to eat
43. Coffee or tea? neither.
44. Do you want your friends to email you back? I love when people respond.
45. When was the last time you cried?  Mmm... probably about 3 months ago.
46. What is under your bed? Nothing.  Our bed is on the floor.  Seriously--we had to lower the bed when I was pregnant because my back hurt so badly.
47. What did you do last night? Watched Heroes online & then I fell asleep while Hubby watched Mythbusters.
48. What are you afraid of? Heights, loss, new things.  I'm a really comfortable person.  I like things how I like them.
49. Salty or sweet? Sweets!
50. How many keys on your key ring? Three I think.  House, car, car.
51. How many years at your current job? Mom for almost 4, self-employed for 3ish.
52. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
53. How many towns have you lived in? Three
54. Do you make friends easily? In real life?  Not really.  It takes me awhile to warm up to people.  I make acquaintances very easily, though!!  I'm also GREAT at making friends online!  :)  And that is why I have an online business!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Some Advertising Help

All right, I need some advertising help!  I admit it: I'm really great at putting other people's ideas together, but when it comes to designing something for my business, I'm a little lost. 
Most of my time goes into creating for OTHER people, so when it comes time to create for myself, I run into issues frequently!!!
I've been putting together a promotional postcard and I'm just not sure if it's getting my point across.

Clearly I'm going for simple & to the point, but what do you think?
I'd love some input just in general, but specifically--I'm wondering is three examples enough?  Does this get my point across that they're customizable for any holiday?  (Oh, and if this is perfect as is, which do you prefer?)

Help!
And thanks!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Lovely Find

Occasionally I run across a website or Etsy shop that just touches me.  If you know me personally, you know I'm hard to impress.  Seriously... I suppose it's the perfectionist in me--I expect everyone to be a perfectionist, too!  I have high expectations!

So if I share something, you can bet it's wonderful!
That being said, take a look at this wonderful business, TLC Inspirations:
http://www.tlcinspirations.com/Welcome.html

At first glance, it may look like your typical greeting card company, but please read the About Us page!  You'll fall in love instantly--I promise!  The company features greeting card designs from THREE generations of their family.  How fabulous is that?  The greeting cards actually feature artwork from two very talented little girls, ages 9 & 12.  And they're beautiful!!  Did your jaw just drop?  I know mine did.

As an added bonus, they use recycled materials wherever possible.

Go take a look and enjoy a very organized website, a huge selection, and most importantly, incredibly original greeting cards.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Handmade Holidays--*UPDATED*

I know you're probably thinking I'm on this crazy holiday kick... well, it's true! I think I mentioned before that I've missed my opportunity in the past, so I'm planning extra early this year!

I thought it would be wonderful to create a little promotional postcard with a few different Etsy sellers' items. I'm still working out the kinks to see how large the photos need to be so I can see how many would fit on the front of a postcard, but here's how I'm envisioning it:

If you'd like to add a photo of one of your holiday items, just let me know! Right now, I'm thinking I'll just have these printed myself and add them in with my orders from now until December, but of course, if you'd like to have some printed, I'll give you the file. Or I could just get more printed & pass some along to you & we'll work out some pricing.
I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible, so just a general holiday theme right now with a photo and an url below. Blank back, but if there are some great ideas out there, please share!! I'm happy to do a Christmas only one, etc.
_____________________________________
UPDATE:
Thank you for the great response! If you made a comment, I added an item from your shop to the postcard! (Except for "Frannie"--I couldn't figure out who you are! If you see this, please let me know your Etsy shop url and I'll add you!)

WOW! It looks so beautiful and full! :) If you didn't specify an item, I just grabbed something lovely from your shop, so PLEASE let me know if you'd like me to switch it out for something different. I'm happy to! So take a look:
Now, here are a few specifics. It's a 5x7" front & back postcard. It's all set and ready to have printed. I plan on having them printed at overnightprints.com because I love, love, love their quality for postcards. If you'd like some, just let me know how many and I'll let you know the price. Or, if you'd like to get them printed yourself, just open these files full size and save them to your own computer. (Or, of course, I can e-mail the files to you directly.)

I'm so excited about this! Thank you for all who participated! :) If you need to contact me, feel free! joan@bitsycreations.com

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Newsletter

I'm finally going to get back to sending out my newsletter!  You may know I had a baby recently, so I haven't sent a newsletter out for quite a few months... six or seven, I believe!
If you haven't signed up yet, please just let me know if you'd like to be included!  You can e-mail me at joan@bitsycreations.com to let me know...
Or hey!  Use this handy-dandy sign up widget to the left. :)

You'll find out a bit more about what I'm up to & get some great discounts for reading my ramblings.
Thanks!!

(And, of course, your information will be kept private.)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Holiday Preview

I've wanted to do holiday photo cards for years now. Something has always gotten in the way, though--not starting early enough, other projects, lack of photos to use in the examples, etc. I told myself I would absolutely do them this year, though! Since I've been thinking on them for so long, I must have about 8 million ideas stored up in my head...

So I thought it would be fun to have a little preview! There are many more to come!
Thank you to all the dear friends and clients who are allowing me to use their family photos! I'm still looking for some family photos, so if you have some you'd allow me to use in my examples, I'd love it if you'd pass them my way! Thank you!

I'll be adding these to my website and to my Bitsy's Greetings shop on Etsy, so check there soon or, if you already see one you love, just send me an e-mail and let me know!

Friday, September 5, 2008

When your hobby turns into a business...

A lot of the people I come in contact with in the crafting world have taken a hobby and turned it into a business.  I did this, too.  Running a full time business and being a mom to two young children, there is little time to think about "what I do in my free time".  I have let a lot of my other interests and hobbies take a back seat while I raise my children and while I have built up Bitsy Creations.

Today I played the piano.

I took lessons for 10 years.  There were times in my life I'd play for more than three hours a day.  I adored being able to sit and just play.  I think I'd like to get that talent back.

Could someone loan me a few extra hours each week?
Please?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Little Sad

Yesterday, I had someone contact me by e-mail. It seems he thinks I have infringed on his copyright of a particular design. He asked (demanded, "threatened nicely" in my opinion) that I remove this design from my Etsy shop and my website.

It makes me a little sad because I have never met this person in real life. It made me realize that I have only ever met one of my clients/customers in real life. People who know me in real life, know immediately that I am an honest, concientious, sincere, and kind person. I know that sounds like I'm really full of myself, but these are qualities I feel I have been blessed with that make me who I am.

The lovely thing is that many of my clients see this immediately upon working with me. As I've mentioned before, I have the absolute joy of making new friends as we work together to design logos for their businesses.

The thing that made this situation hard for me was that this person doesn't know me. They just see what's "on paper"... and were very quick to point the finger. But what else do you do? As an artist myself, I understand that it would be hard to see work out there that looked like your own. In fact, this HAS happened to me & I ended up giving the other person the benefit of the doubt. Call me too trusting, but that's the decision I made. In truth, I'd hoped I'd receive the same courtesy as some sort of karma effect.

I am a little sad. I'm a little apprehensive, too. Obviously, I'm a little angry, too. I can't imagine being asked to cease selling my own artwork because it is similar. I'm certainly not implying this, but I worry that this person thinks he can intimidate me because he's a "bigger name" than me and has been around longer. Let me assure you I have worked very hard to get where I am. That, of course, is another story for another day. One of my favorite parts about owning my own business is that I am the one that calls the shots. Control freak? Ha! Maybe.

I am taking the appropriate measures which I won't bore you with, but I would appreciate you crossing your fingers for me that this turns out well.

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