Archive of ‘Growing my business’ category

3 Easy Bridal Shower Crafts

In February I co-hosted a bridal shower for a very good friend and co-worker (hi Liz!). Yesterday was her wedding day (!!!), so I thought it would be fun to share 3 of the easy projects I created as part of her shower decor. Her wedding colors were blush pink with gold accents and since I love those colors together so much, we stuck with the same theme for the shower.

As I have mentioned before, I am the lucky owner of a Silhouette Cameo paper cutting machine, so I used it for all of these crafts, but they are also easy enough that you could create them without a machine.

1. Monogrammed vase embellishments

Sunflower Paperie vase embellishment

I purchased a bunch of the floral paper at Michael’s that the circles are cut from. I loved the paper because it was a mix of pinks and had a really pretty teal green leaf color that popped, so it was the inspiration for all of the crafts.

I started by cutting a bunch of 3.5 inch circles. The “S” is the first inital of Liz’s new last name and was cut from gold metallic paper. I used rubber cement to glue the “S” to the floral circle and then a couple of strips of double sided table to adhere the monogram to the vase (vases are cheapies from Ikea). I actually placed the monograms on the vases the morning after we did all of the flower arranging and they stayed on great.

Had I not had a Silhouette Cameo, I would have made all of the shapes I wanted in a Word document, printed them, traced them on my desired papers and then cut them out. We had a total of 6 vases and I placed a monogram on each “face” of the vases, for a total of 12 monograms. For future parties I plan to use this same idea on party favor bags!

Click here for crafts #2 and #3!

Sunflower Paperie Product Feature

Remember that really cool collaboration I mentioned awhile back?! Well today is the day I can finally share all of the details with you!

Last November I visited San Francisco to be part of a studio audience for a CreativeLive course (you can read all about my experience here, here and here). In addition to learning a TON about developing digital products and growing my online business, I met some awesome creative entrepreneurs. Sage Grayson, of Sage Grayson Coaching, was one of the entrepreneurs I met last November.

Sunflower Paperie blog - Kate and Sage at CreativeLive

Sage and I at the CreativeLive Studio

Sage is a Life Editor / Coach who offers a variety of services for her clients, that you can learn about HERE. Several of her services include AMAZING quarterly care packages, so I was super excited when Sage contacted me about including a Sunflower Paperie product in her first care package of 2015. “Grateful” is a term that resonates with her clients, so that was the inspiration for this banner! You have to click on over to Sage’s site to see the banner “in action”! 🙂

Sunflower Paperie - Grateful Banner

A big thank you to Sage for working with me! If you are interested in purchasing a “Grateful” banner for yourself or as a gift, you can access the direct listing link here. Or you can view the entire Sunflower Paperie shop collection here!

A (Business) Birth Story

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 the Sunflower Paperie shop. Today I am eager to write a little bit about the history of Sunflower Paperie!

Sunflower Paperie Birth Story

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.

Sunflower Paperie Birth Story

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.

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So Very Grateful

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.

Sunflower Paperie - Grateful Banner

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!

Taking Care of (my) Business

Hello friend! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE reading about everyone’s New Years resolutions and goals! However, I am also aware of the very small percentage of resolutions and goals that are ever achieved. Something that dramatically increases a goals likelihood of being accomplished is the simple act of writing it down. I think you see where I am going here…

This year I am resolving to focus on improving 5 different areas of my life. Today I am going to kick off a week long series of posts about why I have selected these goals and exactly what I am hoping to accomplish. The first 2015 goal – “Growing my Business.” 

Sunflower Paperie Blog - Grow My Business

In May of 2013, I opened the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop. I had made decorations for several friends parties and had toyed around with the idea of an Etsy shop of some sort for years, so at the prompting of friends and family I listed some products and opened my shop. Imagine my shock, when 3 days later I had my first sale! I still clearly remember my first customer and the joy I felt helping her plan her sons first birthday party. From that day forward, I was hooked! What is more fun than helping others celebrate birthdays, baby showers and weddings?!

Over 500 sales and almost 2 years in business later and I am ready to elevate my business to the next level. This coming year, I want increase the number of sales I have on a weekly and monthly basis in addition to expanding the line of products I offer. I want to grow my business, all while maintaining a high level of customer interaction and excellent customer service. In order to achieve these goals I am going to have to think strategically (what effort yields the most results) and consistently “work” my business like I do my day job.

Here are the mini goals I have identified to help me achieve the bigger goal of “growing my business”:

Work Sunflower Paperie like a part-time job. This means penciling into my planner a minimum of 20 hours each week to focus on my shop. Big thanks to my friend, Jennifer Kennedy over at Teach Good Stuff for sharing this concept with me.

Exceed 1,200 sales by the end of this year. This equates to roughly 52 orders per month. I averaged 23 sales per month in 2014, so I essentially want to double the number of orders this year (eek!).

Design a line of digital products for my shop.

Create a community on my blog. 🙂 

Implement a consistent and strategic marketing plan. I want to build relationships with business owners and brands I admire and spotlight them in this space.

Whew! I am both excited and nervous about putting these goals in writing (and on the internet!)! As I mentioned in my sneak peek 2015 goal posts, my five big goals for 2015 are going to guide the content I share on the blog with you, so be on the look-out for updates.

Not super interested in business related goals?! Never fear, tomorrow I am going to outline how I plan to “get healthier and take care of myself.”

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