Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Upcoming Open House

The Note House has been busy preparing for an open house this coming weekend. A thoughtful customer has asked me to set up a display at her home while she hosts a party showcasing different crafty businesses. I was honored that she thought of me and have been getting ready for weeks.

Any previous open houses have consisted of me showing product samples and customers ordering what they wanted and how they wanted them personalized. When Lisa, this weekend's hostess, asked me to have some "cash and carry" items, I had to make some decisions about selecting appropriate designs, making them usable to anyone, yet keeping them from looking store bought and generic. I am hoping that her guests will find them cute and practical. They sure look fun and festive piled up on my coffee table!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My New Logo

New at The Note House...my LOGO! (See above) I have wanted to replace my logo for a while, and I thought since I design my own products I should be able to design a logo, but for some reason I just could never come up with anything I really liked. A graphic designer once told me the hardest person to design for is yourself, so, I found a great girl through Etsy. Tracey at www.traceyfrenchdesigns.com/ was fabulous to work with. She is quick, friendly, and PATIENT. She also has a cute blog at www.themamalog.com/. Tracey was fabulous to work with. She took what I already had and improved it. Thanks again, Tracey!

I also wanted to mention that the winner of the $20 Gift Certificate from The Bloggy Giveaway, Anna, placed her order and chose some really cute products. One of her selections is a new design called "Preppy Paisley," a folded note card with a fun yet sophisticated appeal. Thought I would share how it turned out. She should be receiving her free goodies any day now.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Back to School...already?

The countdown begins... As a teacher, before my kids were born, the beginning of August was about the time of the summer when reality started to hit. There was excitement of what the upcoming school year would have in store as well as pangs of dread that my beautiful summer was coming to a close.

It has been five years since I left the teaching profession and have had to deal with those feelings because every day was like a summer day for my kids and me. Playgroups, lunches with friends, days at the park, NAPS, gymnastics class, movies...But this school year that all ends for my little Sophie who will be entering kindergarten. I am getting choked up just writing that word.

And so, this brings me to the whole reason I brought up school in the first place. I just finished an order for a friend, Anne. She came up with a great idea to help her incoming kindergarten son know his after school schedule. Since Anne works part-time, on the days she works, her son stays at school for their after-care program. The "bus" tag means he is to ride the bus, while the "school" tag means, for obvious reasons, to stay at school. Genius. Now hopefully you can remember to switch the tags each day, Anne! Thanks for the creative idea.

Visit http://www.thenotehouse.com/ for more great bag tags. Just $6 each, they are durable and super cute!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

And the winner is...

Entry #11, Anna! (Thank you to http://www.random.org/)

Anna said...
Your notecards are quite charming. I love the teacher foldover cards a lot! Thanks!

July 30, 2008 12:40 AM

Congratulations! You will receive a $20 gift certificate to be used on anything you see on my website and shipping is included. I will contact you to give you the specifics, Anna. Happy shopping!

Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming response to my first giveaway. Since starting my blog less than a week ago, I would have been pleased if 10 people left comments. 144 is a wonderfully pleasant surprise. So, thank you, thank you. I have enjoyed looking at your blogs and entering your contests as well!

Thank you also to Bloggy Giveaways for this great opportunity and for helping direct new traffic to The Note House. What a great opportunity you have allowed me.