Thursday, July 30, 2009

A little sneak...

I've been working on my 2009 holiday photo card collection. (Yes, you'll recognize some from last year.) But I'm so excited, I have to show you how it's coming along.


I'm pretty sure we may have to send out Hanukkah cards this year just because I love these ones so much. I'm so pleased with how they turned out.

(And yes, if your eyes are good enough to see, the Hanukkah card with the menorah is totally called the "Adler" and is my little homage to Grace Adler. hehe. We're huge Will & Grace fans.) :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I've been missing...

Isn't it funny how you can get so comfortable in your skin some times and not even realize it? I just haven't been myself these past few days & I figured it was because I've been pretty busy (good busy, though--yay!)

When I stopped to reflect... it's really for a very shallow reason. Well, two shallow reasons: curly hair and glasses. No joke! My straightener broke and I have only one pair of contacts left, so I've been wearing my glasses until my eye exam.

So aside from the fact that I'm sure no one recognizes me, I'm feeling a little 'off'!

I'll be back soon, I'm sure, with more updates. :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Yes, you read that correctly...

Another giveaway! :)
If you enter to win at
"The Life of a Small Town Girl"
you can receive a $20 gift certificate for ANYTHING in my shops or on my website.
Not
too
shabby.

Thank you to the lovely host! :)

You may be interested in this sale!

In fact, I'm sure you will be! The lovely & talented Munchkin Mama on Etsy is having a sale until this Saturday! She makes beautiful hand-stamped pendants--Make sure to stop by her shop and have a look.
You can find out more about this sale on her blog here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Stationery Giveaway!

If you couldn't tell, I've been feeling incredibly blessed lately. As a thank you, I've involved myself in a few little giveaways for you to enjoy!

Hop on over to 10 one world giveaway blog where Jen has been kind enough to host a stationery giveaway for me!

Enjoy!!

100 Followers!

What a lovely surprise! I just hit 100 followers!
Thank you all for the support. ;)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cleo & Bea


I love your site with all my heart. I've learned so much! It's so fresh & truthful without being too wordy.
Thank you for hosting my giveaway! I appreciate your kind words so much.
Love,
Bitsy


Yes, it's true! There's a Bitsy giveaway at Cleeo & Bea! You can see it here. All you have to do is subscribe & you'll be entered to win 20 printed photo cards OR your choice of two sets of my recycled stationery. You have until August 15th to enter.

(p.s. that is my sweet little baby bitsy #2. isn't he the most delicious thing you've ever seen? i adore this photo of him. so beautiful and alert at just a few days old. makes me want to cry. of course, my sister says this is the one where he looks like the baby from Ice Age! ha!)

Monday, July 20, 2009

SuperMom of Summer: Jules Mae/Candy Apple Illustrations


Meet Julie, our next SuperMom of Summer! I knew Julie & I had a lot in common when I asked her if her julesmaeclothing, her Etsy shop, was her only business and she replied, "Well, I actually have a handful on the go. My issue is that I am in love with too many things, and after some very close evaluation, I've decided that I can't give up either my clothing design ventures, or my graphic/media design/illustration passion. So, I do my best to make room for all of it in my life. Or, how does it really work? I do my best to try to make room for life outside of all of those things. lol"

Julie also runs:
www.julesmae.com
www.candyappleillustrations.com
www.designinkarnation.com (soon to be my media design site with my husband- we are in the process of developing out first iphone app).
www.julesmaevintage.etsy.com

The media design site caught my attention! There are so many people who use iphone applications! I wish Julie & her husband the best in this venture. (And yes, maybe it's because I'm a techie nerd.)

Julie, mom to two boys & a girl, decided like many of us work-at-home-moms that if she & her husband both worked outside the home and put their children in daycare, they'd probably be losing money! Julie also knew that no amount of money leftover at the end of the month would be worth it to her to be away from their children. They had to think of alternatives.


She's been illustrating for awhile, but officially began Candy Apple Illustrations in 2005. She offers a wide variety of services such as business logos & product illustrations, but also traditional fine arts on canvas.

She then added Jules Mae in 2007. And if that isn't enough, Julie also homeschools her three children! She says the thing that helps her most is the ability to multi-task! She also has a very supportive husband and creative children who, for the most part, keep themselves occupied well!

After reading all of this, wouldn't you want to know what advice Julie has for you? I sure did. She says, "
Whew, well, I think the best advice I could offer to anyone is to swallow your fears of failure and just do it. I once read a quote by Bono which said something to the effect of 'I want to get good at failure'. That was life altering for me. I was letting the fear of failure hold me back in so manty ways. Now to think of not fearing it, but actually getting good at it? But he's right. When you get good at something, it doesn't stand in your way anymore."

Goosebumps! I need to go find that book.
Julie can also be found on
and her blog.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Supplies for Your Business or Crafts

I just added more supplies to my Etsy shop at BitsyCreations.etsy.com

You can find them in the supplies section of my shop.

Sheets of labels for you to print your own stickers & scrapbook paper. Perfect for your business or your crafts.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wow

You know, up until recently I really haven't seen any effects of the 'bad economy' on my small business. But right now, it's the first time since BitsyCreations has been in business that I DO NOT have a waiting list for my logo design. I'm a little amazed, really. I've felt very blessed to have had a steady flow of orders. I hope all of you small business owners are doing well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hop on Over



Hop on Over to Venezie Bag's blog today:
http://veneziebags.blogspot.com/2009/07/etsy-finds.html

You'll see a beautiful collection of summer colors! And my Dahlia premade Etsy graphics set is part of it. :) I feel so loved!
:)

Facebook




Are you on Facebook? Now you can become a fan of BitsyCreations there! :)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/BitsyCreations/103261504547

I had a 'group' page for awhile, but with so many exciting things happening that enable me to make updates to my page it's much easier to have a PAGE instead of a group.

Thank you all for your support!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Bastille Day and R.S.V.P.

Happy Bastille Day to my French friends today. :) I remember taking a few years of French class when I was younger. I adored it. My mom used to call me 'mon petit chou' when I was a little, little girl & I loved it. (This is a term of endearment that translates to 'my little cabbage' and I think that's why I liked it--just odd. What's so lovable about a cabbage?!)

In the spirit of French words today, I give you a little lesson. Well, scratch that. I'm not sure if this is really a spelling/grammar lesson so much as a run-on of my thoughts.


The other day I was completing these invitations (some of my favorites!!) for a customer. Notice how I say 'please r.s.v.p.'? My lovely customer asked me to remove 'please' as it's like saying 'please respond if you please'. Of course! Four years of French in school and I didn't even realize this.

R.S.V.P. stands for répondez, s'il vous plaît in French which means 'respond please'.
I mentioned this to my mom & her theory is that English-speakers have used it for so long that we use it as more of a verb (i.e.: to r.s.v.p.) than thinking of it in terms of 'respond please'. I know I frequently say, "I need to r.s.v.p." instead of simply, "I need to respond."

Interesting. I doubt there's a proper stand on it. I could be wrong. There are my thoughts--I'm not sure which way I'm leaning.

New Birth Announcements: Cole & Max

Introducing a new birth announcement. I really need to get better about titling my announcements so I think I'll start doing so by name.

So I present to you: Cole.

It can be found on my website here and in my Etsy shop (Bitsy's Greetings) here.

Now meet Max:
The Max announcement can be found on my website here and in my Etsy shop (Bitsy's Greetingshere.

Colors, as always, can be adjusted as needed. Your choice of purchasing the design only or having me print on photo paper, smooth matte, or shimmer/pearl. I can print on linen if you'd like, too, but most people don't like photos on linen.

And of course: This design is an original by BitsyCreations. ©2009 BitsyCreations It was digitally illustrated from scratch using no clipart or stock images.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Big Sisters Are the Best

And that's all I have to say about that.

Where Did You Get That?

As a small-business owner, it's important to know where your artwork originated.

I frequently see items sold on Etsy, Artfire, etc. that have clipart on them. These are items being sold to you, the small business owner and most likely, you're putting them on your own products to represent you! (Things like hang tags, fabric labels, business cards, etc.)

You may want to ask around a bit before your next purchase. Is this original artwork? Do you have permission to use the artwork? Things like this will help make you a more educated business-owner.

I'm not trying to point the finger. There are many options out there for people to purchase clipart or stock images and then resell on products they make. Personally, I make my own artwork for things like hangtags & fabric labels that I sell. I occasionally work with stock images my clients purchase and don't know how to manipulate themselves on their products. I try hard to remember to put "original artwork" or whatever the case may be.

The truth of the matter is, too, that many designs out there look alike. Most designers base their designs on what's popular. Birds, for example, are ridiculously popular right now and let's be honest, there are just so many ways a bird can be drawn.

My point is, if you're worried at all about the artwork people are using on a product you're thinking about purchasing, just ask! It's okay! I'd hate for someone to get into trouble for using an image they weren't supposed to when they had no idea it wasn't 'legal'.

(Oh and that cute ad above? I recently made it for Club Vintage! I love how it turned out. And I used it specifically because I've seen similar designs out there. You just never know who had the 'idea' first.)

Sorry for the jumbled mess that are my Monday morning thoughts! :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

SuperMom of Summer: Strawberry Moonbeam and Interlaunch

Please forgive me for being SO behind on these features! It's been a little crazy for me lately & Fridays seem to be the worst. I'm back on track though! :)

Today, I'm excited to introduce you to Kate of Strawberry Moonbeam on Etsy and Interlaunch.ca. Kate, a self-taught web designer and crafter is mom to three girls! She mostly knits and crochets soft toys & accessories but she also tats, spins, sews, and makes paper. She's been doing freelance web development for about two years.

Take a look at some of her adorable creations in her Etsy shop:
      
Isn't Edward the Elephant just too cute for words?! Kate is like the moms I met when I was younger who inspired me to open my own business. She says this of being a work at home mom:
I have never liked the idea of working while someone else brings up my children so I've stayed home with them almost all their lives, apart from a short stint in an office job which wasn't really for me. Being stuck at home a lot while they were little, I used my free time to learn things I was interested in, including web development. I realised I could make a living from my new-found skills, and started looking for freelance work. I don't always get projects as often as I need to, so I added crafts into the mix and started an etsy store to supplement my income. Now I'm hoping to grow my etsy store and my own websites to a point where I no longer need to take on freelance web projects.

I was inspired by women like this who take their free time and teach themselves valuable skills! Kate says she's lucky that knitting and crocheting are so portable! They have memberships to various museums, etc. so she can do her work on the way there or at the park while the girls play, etc.

Kate says she's very organized by nature, but she does suggest the 'Getting Things Done" system by David Allen. She has tweaked a few things to better suit her needs and then built a website to handle her goals and to do list! She uses http://goalorganiser.com. Doesn't that look incredibly helpful?! I've already suggested it to a few people!

Kate has goals to move in a more organic direction with her products. She hopes to create using organic, natural, undyed products. And here's my favorite part: she hopes to even have a her own sheep or alpaca at some point in the future!

Make sure to stop by Strawberry Moonbeam for a lovely variety of hand knit, crocheted & sewn toys, bags and accessories!

West Elm

I've been a long, long-time fan of West Elm. Seriously. I want to buy up everything in that store.

I decided today that maybe I should take myself OFF their e-mail newsletter list. I should especially not be allowed to look at the e-mails and/or website on payday.

We need pillow shams for our bedroom. I'm in love. Joshua, I know, will hate them.
Ultimately, I want to get a bed there. I've drooled over this one for awhile... 

but I can't make up my mind because I really love this headboard. Oh dear, geometric shapes, how I love you!

So now you know I covet. And drool.
Have a happy Friday! I'll be back shortly with my SuperMoms feature. PROMISE!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Invitations: Black Damask

I created this damask design awhile back for a project & loved how it turned out. I'm finally finding the time to turn it into invitations like I'd hoped. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
I put it together as a wedding shower invitation, but I think this would be fantastic for any event--birthday party, etc.

You can order just the design for $10 (I'll fill in the info. for you and e-mail it) and print yourself or have printed. Or you can have me print on smooth matte, linen, or shimmer/pearl stock.

It's available at Bitsy's Greetings on Etsy here and on my website here.

(As always, invitation is ©2009 BitsyCreations and may not be reproduced or copied in any way.)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sigh

Have I mentioned lately that being a parent is hard work?! I probably have. Because it is. And I say it a lot.
I adore being a mom--really, I do--but sometimes it's harder than others.

We just heard back from the waiting list of choice that Miss Cute Stuff was on for preschool in the Fall. Hooray! They have an opening! Problem is it's for 5 days a week & we can only afford the 3 day a week program. We're still on the list for the 3 day, but we'll see. The thing is, I'd love for Miss Cute Stuff to be able to go all 5 days. She'd be thrilled! The kid cannot wait until the Fall. She tells everyone she meets all about preschool and how she'll be a big girl then. She's ready!

So if you're the praying type, keep us in your prayers that we can stretch our money and/or do whatever is the best option for our little one. Ah, preschool for my baby. I feel so old! Plus, the boy will not know what to do with all that one-on-one mama time! :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I WON!!!!

Let me tell you, this whole giveaway phenomenon is really something fantastic, in my opinion. I can't remember winning ANYTHING until about a month ago when I won my first giveaway. My winning streak is continuing as I found out today I won a giveaway & will receive a print from Cut N Glue! What a talented artist. I cannot wait!!!! I always loved Eric Carle books when I was growing up, so when I saw this Etsy shop, I immediately fell in love since the style is similar. Hooray for me! I'm the winner! :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Home

(Photo found on Flickr--I hope it's okay to use!)

The past few weeks have been interesting for me--a time of family and friends, a time of remembering. I'm not one for 'living in the past'. I really didn't enjoy high school all that much--In fact, I graduated a year early so I could escape. I had a lot of good friends & a supportive family, though. And with the holidays, I've spent a lot of time with my family.

In November, we moved back to Maryland where my husband & I both grew up. We live only about 20 minutes away from my parents now. We go see them frequently which is such a joy for my kids. I love seeing my parents enjoy their grandchildren!

Not long ago, we went to my parents' to swim & the kids were dozing off on the ride home through the country roads. We had this song playing in the car from one of our favorite movies (Little Wonders by Rob Thomas from Meet the Robinsons--See the widget below--THANK YOU grooveshark.com I love you!!). This song just gets me every time I listen to it. I kind of tear up and as we drove past the familiar areas of my youth, my heart was full.

We passed the farms I used to see every day on my way to school, passed house where 'the bully' lived who was so mean to everyone on the school bus, passed the cemetery where my brother is buried & I missed him terribly at that moment. We passed the street that literally leads to nowhere that my sweet friend Sean & I drove up one day because we were bored--we never did that again... We passed the beautiful nursery near my friend's house--my best friend who moved away after her father passed away due to cancer & I felt lost without her. All of these bittersweet memories. I've had such a full life at such a young age & I'm so grateful for all those who have been able to be a part of my learning process!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

By Popular Demand: Grammar & Spelling Lesson #3

I had really hoped to make these lessons a regular thing, but they've been put on the back burner! So sorry! It's been since last December, so a little catch-up: I've noticed in the handmade community there are a lot of grammatical errors, so I'm trying to have little lessons to remind us all what I'm sure we learned in grade school.

(You can see my other lessons by scrolling down to the "Labels" on my right-hand column and finding 'grammar'.)

Today's lesson is very simple: there is a difference between your & you're.

Your shows ownership. Your bag. Your box. Your child.

You're is a contraction short for 'you are'. You're going to the store. You're going to pick me up after school. You're gorgeous! You're invited! (I see this one incorrect very, very frequently!)

Think of it this way--Would the sentence still sound correct if I said, "you are"? If yes, then you use you're.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Day

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a lovely 4th of July.  We thoroughly enjoyed the day off yesterday.  We went to a nearby lake with some friends--We had never been to one with the kids, so it was a very new experience for them!!  Boy decided it would be fun to get sand in every teensy tiny crevice he has. :)  I love squishing the sand in between my toes.  Poor Hubby, Mr. Science, just sat on the towel... far back... pondering the things that were growing in that lake water.  Ahwell. :)  We then went to my parents' chlorinated pool! hehe 

And the great news?  I've officially rubbed off on Hubby.  He's a musician, too, you see.  Classically trained.  We have very different tastes in music.  In the past 6 years of marriage, there are some things I've stopped listening to when he's around and even some I've stopped listening to all together.  But I finally did it.  HE was the one to turn on the Ben Folds this weekend because HE was the one who wanted to listen to it.  Hoo-stinking-ray.  (Ben Folds is my favorite & Joshua said he never thought he'd like him.)

It's the little things in life. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More Premade Etsy Packages

If you're on Etsy and are looking for great graphics for your shop without paying for custom work, please make sure to check my premade package section

I just added a few the past couple of days, too! :)  Enjoy!!

Pink Pinwheel:
Owlie Baby:
So tell your friends to sign up for Etsy, start a shop, and then come get graphics from BitsyCreations! :)  Of course, custom orders are welcome, too!  You can get exactly what you want & have a beautiful, unique design that is all your own.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sorry :(

Sorry I'm so behind on the SuperMoms of Summer features!  I promise I'll catch up very soon!

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