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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Website Coming!

And boy am I excited! I am ready to give the ol' girl a new look! I am going to post a preview of a sample of what it will look like. The only difference is that it will say my shop name,(duh) and there won't be any photos. I decided to leave that part blank since it just seemed to busy with the stuff I was going to put in there. I also learned a few new tricks on weebly so I will be a busy bee this week.

Do any of you ever notice that some days of the week are busier, sales wise? I swear as soon as Tuesday gets here I am absolutely swamped with orders but on Saturday's you can hear a pin drop it's so quite. I am glad I noticed this trend and it really helps with knowing when to post items for sale.

I am also putting a lot of my shop sets on a pretty deep discount to make room for new designs. I am getting ready to roll out the fall collection pretty soon so if you are looking for a new look for your shop, stop on over and get an amazing deal!

So today is CLEAN TUESDAY! I usually clean the house on Tuesdays. Like really deep clean since the mess usually catches up with my by Tuesday. I did laundry and everything yesterday but my little ladies are like little tornadoes so you can't even tell that anything was done. It's all good though. Hopefully we can get the house cleaned up and go to the Chicago Botanic Garden. I have been wanting to go there for a while now and now that it is already August, I think I better get my butt in gear and take the kiddies!

That is all for now. Remember, new stuff coming soon as well as some pretty awesome sales!!

Sara

Here is what the website will look like. Let me know what you think!!
http://www.modmelon.com/designproofs/mockingbirdlane/pink/mockingbirdlanepink.htm

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Everyone likes a sale!

Good morning everyone! I just added this super cute set to my shop. It comes with everything a new business owner could ever need, and more! I am taking $20.00 off the $80.00 with coupon code Ilovesummer. This sale will be over Friday so hurry up and get your set today!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

So we took the scenic route...

o I woke up today and definitely didn't want to stay inside on such a gorgeous day. So I thought, what can we do? I initially wanted to visit the Museum of Science and Industry but since they wanted a couple of arms and a leg to get in, we decided against it. I love that place but come on, $16.00 for parking? A bit excessive I think. Since I really wanted to spend the day in downtown Chicago we thought, hey, why not try the Lincoln Park Zoo? It's free so why not? Well, here is the why not. There is no friggin' parking anywhere. You have to get there early or else you are screwed. So our day went a little like this: Get in car. Drive around block 15 times. See big buildings. Look for taco bell. Fail.

We decided to call it a day at about noon since the girls were both getting a little moody from being stuck in the car. I was also getting hungry and wanted me some taco bell! We got out of the city and found a taco bell in a small town. After that we headed home and I took a well deserved nap.

So all in all our day involved a lot of driving in circles. It's okay though because I absolutely love Chicago, it is a city very close to my heart:)

Now, onto more pressing matters(sale!) I will be posting a coupon code later in the week and it will be a doozie. I also will start offering listings for M2M items for your shop such as a gift certificate template which is great for all of you that want to start offering those. I will also have an M2M listing for promotional items such as postcards, business cards, return address labels, round stickers, and lots more. The way this will work is you can purchase these items and just let me know the name of your shop(if you have purchase a set from me. I cannot match the items to a set I have not created) and I will then match the item to your set.

I will also have a few new designs posted early in the week. I need to finish up a few more projects I am working on and then I am going to focus on getting the designs and M2M listings up.

That is all for now. Thank you to all of my loyal readers!

Sara

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gift Certificates have arrived!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that I have decided to offer gift certificates. You can purchase these for yourself or give them away as a gift. Just visit my shop, purchase the certificate and I will then send you a special code for redemption. When you are ready to use it you can convo me prior and I can set up a reserved listing or you can just purchase the listing and I will refund you via paypal.

Also, I am going to start listing m2m(made to match) items in my shop. If you purchase a set and want a postcard design, you can add the listing for the m2m item and I will include this in your order when it is sent.

I think that is all for now. I am going to go clean my house now...Yay fun!

Sara

Monday, July 12, 2010

Rude Etsy users?

Why are the users in the etsy forums so rude? I recently posted offering a free ad on my website. No harm done right? It's freaking free?! My numbers have been going up so I decided to let a few people in on this to get things started. Okay, fine, I will post and let some people read it, have them sign up and have a nice little marketplace for people to search. WRONG. I get rude comments. Why do people insist on being so mean in the forums? I try to do something nice, share the wealth and this is what I get. I did get a few people interested which was nice but those others need to learn some manners. Or just go jump off a bridge;)

New Studio?

I have decided to start selling my invites again...but I'm changing it up a bit this time. Instead of me printing the invites I am offering digital files instead. With my other studio being so successful, there just isn't enough time in the day to do both. This way I can offer these goooorgeous designs and still be able to run both studios!

So, if you want a sneak peak visit www.sweetsweetstudio.weebly.com. There are a whole mess of designs to choose from. I will be adding the wedding invites in early August to be sure to check those out as well.

Sara

Sunday, July 11, 2010

As a matter of fact, I do like Lady Gaga!

As I was driving home from my parents house today I busted out my Lady Gaga c.d. I must admit, I bought it for myself as a Christmas gift last year and listened to it once. I decided I needed a little pick me up(the drive is an hour) and holy mother of Jesus Crisp I loved it! There is one song on there(I think it's called Bang Bang) that I kept playing over and over. I'm a total sucker for this stuff;) I love listening to music that I can shake my booty or bob my head to(even if all the other drivers give me that "look" lol)

I had a great girls night out last night too. Since having both of my daughters I hadn't really had a proper girls night out. The fact that I lived in Washington didn't really help either, but now that I live about an hour away from all of my friends we can do fun things like that. We went and saw eclipse in IMAX and in my opinion that is the ONLY way you should see it. Really great movie. I am even more excited for Harry Potter though, that looked great except for the whole 2 part thing. I'm not feeling that.

Anywho, it's back to work for me. I had the busiest week ever this past week and I didn't make any sales this weekend so I'm hoping for a relaxed few days. I have been wanting to take a bit of a break so maybe this is a good time:)

Goodnight everyone!

Sara

Friday, July 9, 2010

Regretsy?!

Has anyone else heard of this site? I myself sell on Etsy but I happen to think this website is hilarious! I definitely found myself laughing out loud at some of the posts, funny funny stuff.

Next week I plan on working on rolling out some new designs and my theme colors are blue and yellow. I am not talking about your grandma's blue and yellow, I am talking about a bright, modern, fun blue. It will be VERY exciting. I just have to finish the designs that are floating around in my head.

As for this weekend, I am headed to Rockford Sunday to celebrate my mom's birthday. She has had a tough year and I really want to make it special for her:) I don't want to say what I'm gonna do because I don't want it to somehow get back to her(even though my parents live in the stoneage and would probably never read this, lol)

Sara out

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Giveaway for all you swell followers!

That's right everyone! I am offering a FREE, that's right free, etsy shop set to all of my followers. And that's it. All you have to do is follow me and chances are if you are reading this you already are following me! Just leave a comment on this blog post to let me know you want in on the goodies!

I will be posting the winner this Friday so hurry up!

Also, the winner can pick ANY set from my shop. This includes the $15.00 sets. The made to match items just aren't shown but you will receive them:)

Sara

www.sararubendall.etsy.com

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Busy Busy Busy!

As of lately I have been very busy. I have close to 4 orders to fill and one custom order. I am so happy to be so busy! I am really enjoying working with all of these amazing ladies on Etsy.

I have been working hard on some new designs and am trying to work on more. I hope to get at least 10 more sets finished by the end of the year.

Also, be on the look out for coupon codes in the near future;) I won't say when I will have that super coupon but can say that it will be soon.

That is all for now. I am taking a small break from updating my website so it's back to the grind for me:)

Sara

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sale!

Happy 4th of July everyone! I am having a super sale this weekend so be sure to get your shop sets! The first part of the sale is you will receive a free business card with any shop purchase. The second is I am taking 5.00 off of my 35.00 sets! Take advantage because this sale won't be around for long:)

As for me, I'm off to see family the entire weekend. Orders will be filled Monday and Tuesday.

Sara

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!