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!
This Friday, May 1, the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shopturns 2 years old!!! In honor of this milestone, I have some fun things planned for the blog and the shop, but I simply couldn’t wait until Friday to start the fun!
Several weeks ago, Bonnie Christine (one of my favorite creatives) posted on Instagramthat she was looking for bloggers to help spread the word about her new line of ribbons (which can be purchased here or here).For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bonnie, she is a surface pattern designer in addition to authoring the wonderfully inspiring Going Home to Roost website.
I e-mailed Bonnie right away indicating that I was interested, and I was super excited when she selected me as one of 18 bloggers to participate in a blog hop focused on projects that highlighted her new ribbons. Bonnie provided each of us with the ribbon and fabric of our choice to use in a project of our selecting.
After a lot of debating and brainstorming, I chose to make several wall decor items that I could hang together. I found these old embroidery hoops at a thrift store in Kansas years ago and really wanted to use them, so they became a bit of an inspiration for the project. I tried to be creative in the ways I used her fabric and ribbons.
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
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!
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.
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”! 🙂
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.