Thursday, February 24, 2011

blog award

i'd like to thank rachel of young adventures for giving me a stylish blog award. part of the award is to "pass along" the award as well. i'm pretty against stuff like this, but what the heck. here are 7 things about myself:

1) my favorite color is jadite green (probably not a surprise).
2) my "real" job is office manager at my husband's physical therapy office. this job pretty much fell in my lap, since i used to be a graphic designer.
3) i could wear ballet flats and flannel shirts everyday (and pants too, of course).
4) coffee is my drug of choice.
5) pride & prejudice (kiera knightly version) is my favorite movie ever.
6) i love to knit.
7) i love jesus christ and my husband (alot).

now i'm passing on stylish blog awards to blogs i really enjoy. i was supposed to list 15 blogs, but honestly, i don't have time to read that many. so here are the 9 that i do:

1) rifle designs by anna bond (our featured seller of the month). she has such cool design style and it shows through her blog.
2) author and blogger, c. dianne zweig always has fun kitchy things to write about.
3) love the fun and super cute graphic designs at dandy bread and candy.
4) also love the quirky art style of eric orchard.
5) get some fashion inspirations from the sartorialist
6) my adorable friend from college, kirsten, has a blog about design, being a mom, and living in the northwest usa. hello grey day.
7) peach and pearl has such cute articles about weddings and such. i feel like emily (the author) should be a stylist for j.crew.
8) sometimes i feel like mstetson reads my mind. fashion. design. love!
9) love the bridal photos and ideas from snippet & ink.

Monday, February 21, 2011

teacup giveaway winner

thanks to all of you who participated in my teacup giveaway. the winner was picked at random by (see box below). i am happy to announce that jaclyn is the winner!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

rifle paper co

february's featured artist is anna bond. she is the owner and creative director of rifle paper co. based out of winter park, florida. her shop is bursting with lovely stationary and prints. here is a little bit about anna and her store:

Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in New Jersey (just outside New York City), went to college in Virginia, and moved to Florida for my first job as an art director. After a year or so I decided to leave my job to work as a freelance designer and illustrator and started to realize how much I loved creating stationery. My husband Nathan and I officially launched Rifle Paper Co. with our online store in November 2009 and it's been a little crazy ever since. I absolutely love what I do and am so excited about the products we're creating.

What inspired you to start Rifle Paper Co? While I was freelancing I was really trying to figure out what I wanted to do and focus on as a designer. I did all sorts of jobs, but when a few friends asked me to design their wedding invitations I fell in love. I felt like stationery was the perfect mix of illustration and design that I was looking for. I'd always loved stationery but it just clicked at that point to start my own business and really take it seriously.

Is there a story behind the name of your store? Rifle... I like to say it's the name of our little dog logo. To me, it was quirky and different and just fell into place.

You have a design background. What made you decide stationery was the thing for you? I actually started out as a fine artist. In high school I thought I would end up at an art college with a painting major but at the last minute switched to graphic design. I've always loved illustrating but design introduced me to the business and product design aspect of what I do. I love working on everything from the paintings to the packaging, marketing, and so on.

Do you have a favorite card/design? I love our assorted folk card set. I feel like it represents our style really well.

What advice would you give aspiring artists and/or entrepreneurs? I think it's important to not be afraid to fail. Starting your own company is tough and takes a lot of work but you'll never know if you can make it unless you try and give it all that you have in the process. My other favorite piece of advice that I've been given is to always be flexible. There are always curve balls thrown at you and unexpected events. You have to be able to adapt and work around the bumps in the road to keep going.

What are your 2011 goals for Rifle Paper Co? I'm working on a slew of new products that I'll be launching at the National Stationery Show in May (some before then too) and I'm really excited about the new designs. We're also launching a separate wedding & events collection with its own website where couples can order wedding stationery and other event goods.

anna and her husband, nathan

floral thank you

Sunday, February 13, 2011

teacup giveaway!

happy valentine's day! who said you can't get something for yourself on v-day? in honor of the holiday i am giving away one Fire King Premium Tulips teacup & saucer.

to enter:
comment (once) on this blog post. tell me the one thing (or person) in this world that you love the most. please include your email address in your comment. the contest will close at midnight EST on february 20th. i will randomly pick a winner. the winner will be contacted and will have the teacup mailed to them. good luck!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

february etsy favs

hope you have fun spoiling your sweetie this month. here are a few of my etsy favorites for valentine's day.

9 ways to say "i love you" card by rosydesignsonline

pleated neckline dress with ruffles from lirola

pink ginger vegan lip gloss by justpureminerals

handcarved stamp by greengardenstamps

pink multibubble scarf by clariceonline

cherry pie handspun yarn from spinningwheelstudio

pale pink flowers and pearl earrings from ericaleilanidesigns

caramels of the month from haveitconfections

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ebay stalker

i'll admit that i am an ebay stalker. i watch things that i have no intensions of buying. here are two items i recently stalked:

this Fire King milk glass mug is worth about $30, but has recently become very rare. this one sold for $636.99!!!

this McKee tea canister is worth $275 and sold for $510.99!!!