Hello friend! I hope you had a nice holiday weekend and a solid Monday. I have some exciting news to start the week with… I am officially “re-launching” the Sunflower Paperie shop today!This might be somewhat confusing, because my shop never officially closed, but frankly, I have been feeling unmotivated and, dare I say, uninspired the last several months.
Sunflower Paperie – Mini Banner DIY Kit
Let me back up… After a couple of years in business, I had multiple items in my shop that sold well, but weren’t that fun, or fulfilling, to create (confetti, I am looking at you!).Since one of the major goals of my shop is to help people celebrate, I thought I should be having fun while making my products!
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Hello! Happy 2016 (yes, I fully realize it is February, make that March, not January 1!)! 🙂 I hope your year is off to a wonderful start. As you might have guessed by my absence from the blog, 2016 is already going quickly!
I have spent the first part of this year thinking about and focusing on what I want to achieve in 2016. Last year, I had a somewhat complex list of goals, that I reviewed quarterly and tried to post about as I met milestones along the way. While I liked this structure in theory, it proved to be difficult to keep up with. When I posted my end of year recap, I realized there were goals I had identified in January, that I had completely forgotten about by December (“Learn How to Sew Paper” – I am looking at you!).
Last December, my friend Jennifer Kennedy recommended I read The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to set goals, but doesn’t ever quite achieve them all. One of the main concepts of the book is that we should start viewing a year as only 12 weeks. By shortening the amount of time we have to achieve a “yearly” goal, every day, every hour and every minute counts more. This also allows us to adjust goals more quickly than waiting until November and realizing we still have a long way to go and subsequently getting bummed and not working towards the goal any longer. This 12 week concept really resonated with me, since I have previously liked setting quarterly goals!
Hello friends – long time, no talk! 🙂 Am I the only one who is simultaneously excited for the new year and a little disappointed about not quite getting everything that I wanted to accomplished in 2015? Even though I have these conflicting feelings, I am trying to focus on the positive “clean slate” feel of 2016. Since I missed my 3rd quarter goal review altogether, I wanted to make sure my last post of 2015 was a final review of this years goals.
In case you missed them: 1st Quarter Goal Recap and 2nd Quarter Goal Recap. For this end of year recap, I have listed all of the mini goals I started the year with in pink and then a summary of how I did in black. You can click the link following each number to see my full original post about each goal category. You might want a beverage of some sort before you start this! 😉
If we have ever chatted in person, chances are I have started a sentence (or ten) with “one of the bloggers” I follow… And then told some random story about a topic I am interested in that a particular blogger had written about. I have been reading personal blogs for over ten years (!!!) and in many cases feel like I know the person. Tina, who blogs over at Carrots ‘N’ Cake, is one of the my favorite bloggers, so you can imagine my excitement when she recently agreed to work with me for the second time!
In the spring of 2014, she was expecting her first baby. I offered to make her baby shower decorations and was so excited when she said yes. I worked with Tina’s sister, who was hostessing the alphabet-themed party, to make a banner, cupcake toppers and buffet cards that coordinated with the adorable theme. They were both so fun to work with and I love how she used all of the decor!
Tina’s baby shower banner.
A couple of months ago, I reached out to her again, because I knew her son’s first birthday was around the corner. I offered to make the decorations for his party and was pumped when she agreed to work with me! The theme for Quinn’s first birthday party is “Barnyard Animals,”! Tina shared a little sneak peek of the decor I sent her last week. I can’t wait to see how everything comes together!
Quinn’s highchair banner!
Repeat clients are so much fun to work with! I love seeing children grow up and celebrate milestones or helping a family celebrate multiple events over the course of a year. If you have a baby shower, first birthday party or another celebration coming up, I would love to work with you to create items for your party! You can check out all of my items in the Sunflower Paperie shop!
As I have mentioned before (only 1 million times or so!), one of my favorite parts of Sunflower Paperie is making custom products! 🙂 Often with bigger custom orders I will send the customer a photo with several paper options to pick from and we will discuss flag shape, banner wording, etc. While this is super fun, it also requires extra time, because each item is made to order.
I also receive a good deal of order requests with timelines that don’t accommodate custom work.I hate telling people that I can’t meet their timeline, so I am super excited to announce a new product offering in the shop – “Party in a Box“!
The idea behind my “Party in a Box” option is that you can purchase one listing, get several coordinating items and save a bit of money!These items are also already cut and packaged, so they will ship very quickly.
Right nowthese setsare dominated by bow tie and neck tie themed parties, because they continue to be some of my most popular items. This is definitely a shop section that I plan to add to this summer, so let me know if you have any ideas for party in a box themes you think would be cute!
Two years ago today, I opened my Etsy shop with a handful of listings and a head full of dreams! Fast forward 24 months, 629 sales and thousands of pieces of paper later and I couldn’t be happier with my little business.I have learned so much over the last two years and am very excited for what the future holds for Sunflower Paperie.
I know I have said it before, but none of this would be possible without YOU! The support and encouragement of my friends, family and customers has truly made this a fun and life changing experience.Working on custom order requests, seeing pictures of Sunflower Paperie products at parties and getting feedback from customers about their orders has been rewarding and so fun. I always joke that even though I don’t have any kids of my own, I sure have “celebrated” a lot of baby showers and first birthday parties! 🙂
All this is to say – thank you. Thank you SO much for your continued support of Sunflower Paperie! To celebrate this 2nd anniversary and my wonderful customers, I planned several fun things…
First, how about $5.00 off of your purchase of $20.00 or more?!Use promo code 2YEARS any time this May in the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop to claim this deal (limit 1 code per customer).
Next, I am giving away one of my “Grateful” banners!Simply leave a comment on this post about what you are thankful for and I will randomly select a winner on Monday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. Arizona time. Giveaway CLOSED – Congratulations, Vicki B. you won (check your e-mail for details about receiving your banner!)!🙂
Finally, what would you think about FREE shipping on your next Sunflower Paperie order?! Sign-up for my weekly newsletter (below) and receive a promo code once you have confirmed your membership (I promise, I don’t send too many e-mails!). If you think you have already signed up for my newsletter, but don’t remember the promo code, just let me know.
Thanks again for all of your support! Have a wonderful weekend!
I have a confession to make…Sometimes I am so busy with current orders, that I neglect to think ahead and create products for upcoming holidays. Clearly this isn’t the best for my business! So when a couple of my best customers inquired recently about purchasing an Easter banner, I decided to take some time and develop a new mini banner.
I have also been curious about selling items via Instagram, so I decided to sell this sweet little banner through my Instagram account. If you are interested in purchasing one of these banners, just leave your PayPal user name in the comments (either on this post or over on Instagram) and I will e-mail you an invoice. Price is $10 per banner (includes shipping) and I will ship your banner within 24 hrs of receiving payment.
The flags alternate between pink, yellow, blue and green floral patterned paper. The banner is strung on coordinating bakers twine and features alternating bunny and egg silhouettes. There are 8 total flags included on this sweet mini banner.
Approximate Mini Banner Measurements:
Total Length: 18 inches with an additional 24 inches of ribbon for hanging
Flags: 2.25″ W x 3.5″ L
Bunnies / Eggs: Approximately 1.75″ W x 1 1/2″ L
As I mentioned yesterday, I am excited to share a series of posts about some of my favorite orders and customers to celebrate reaching 600 sales in theSunflower Paperie shop. Today I am eager to write a little bit about the history of Sunflower Paperie!
I am often asked what prompted me to open the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop. A common assumption is that I liked to scrapbook and craft, so it was a natural fit. The truth is that I had never scrapbooked (still don’t) and I definitely wasn’t overly crafty when I opened my shop. I had wanted to open an Etsy shop for quite some time, but hadn’t settled on what I wanted my product to be. Then in January of 2013, I co-hosted a baby shower for one of my childhood best friends and realized that making party decorations was pretty fun.
The first banner I ever created!
For my friends baby shower, I made a trip to Michael’s and purchased a book of travel themed cardstock, pre-cut circle die cuts, a set of black chipboard letters, jute twine and some fancy scrapbooking glue (which I quickly ditched in favor of rubber cement!). The banners above were the first two I ever created, by hand cutting the flag shapes and then gluing everything together.
Not only had I enjoyed making the decorations for the shower, but my friends mom was very encouraging about my work and suggested that I try to sell similar items. I had a little extra Christmas money, so I started researching cutting machines and somewhat impulsively purchased a Silhouette Cameo machine.
Happy Friday! Last weekend, the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop exceeded 600 sales!If you would have told me when I opened the shop, that I would have this many sales in just under two years, I would have never believed it!To celebrate this milestone and the upcoming 2nd anniversary of the shop opening, I have a little series of posts planned featuring some of my favorite customers. From the beginning, that has been the motivation behind my shop – being able to create items that help people celebrate milestones.
Coincidentally, last weekend I was also finishing up a big order of 12 “Grateful” banners for a very special customer (more details to come on this collaboration!), which prompted me to reflect on how thankful I am for all of the support I have received from family, friends and customers.
When I first opened my shop I was hesitant to talk about it at work or with friends, because what if it failed? Or what if I didn’t get any sales? However, as time went on, I realized my family and friends were my biggest cheerleaders and actually wanted to know what was going on with me (imagine that?!). 🙂 Not only have I been privileged to make items for loved ones showers, birthdays and weddings, but my friends and family have also referred some of my favorite customers to my shop.
So I want to take this opportunity to thank YOU for your support. Thank you for reading my blog, for encouraging me and for supporting my shop. I am truly thankful for your encouragement and feel lucky to have you as a friend!