July 2014 archive

Little Print Design Goes To Maine!

I didn’t get a chance to post last week because I was in Maine for a week celebrating my sister’s wedding! It was one of the best weddings I have ever been to (and I’m not just saying that because it is my sister)! Her and Kurt got married at the Barn at Flanagan Farm, and honestly this place was a pinterest board come to life. The barn itself was beautifully rustic with so much character and charm, and attached was an old farmhouse that the owner re-did. She hired an interior design team from New York City and it showed it every room. I seriously wanted to move into this place! Someday I hope to have a house like that, I will keep the pictures posted to my Pinterest page so my interior design team can see what to copy haha! (yah right) I posted some pictures of it below so you can see! I will post more once we get the professional photos back!

My sisters wedding and mine were back to back. Mine was last year, and her’s this year. The coolest part was seeing how different we each styled our weddings, but equally as unique and beautiful. Mine was on Peaks Island in Maine, overlooking the water, and hers was set in the woods in Buxton. We both did a million DIY projects, which always seem fun at first when you try to make 1 or 2, but then become extremely stressful when you realize you actually need to make 120 of them to put one at every seat. Also I have learned that whenever a Pinterest post looks too easy to be true, it is. I had a few pinterest fails, that at the time caused a complete breakdown but oh well, they are always a good laugh now. But in all honestly, I think a DIY wedding is worth it – it shows the style and personality of the couple completely. So anyone of you girls reading that are planning a wedding – make your own decorations! It’s worth it the day of your wedding when you walk into a room that you, your husband, friends and family all helped to create.

While I was in Maine I also did my first cold calling into stores with my greeting cards! It was actually a lot less scary than I thought it would be. Im sure a few of the shop owners could tell it was my first day, but hey no one ever makes it without trying and putting yourself out there. A lot of owners were not in the stores, which was a bummer, but I left my samples behind and will follow up this week! I had the shop on vacation mode while I was in Maine so I could focus on my sister and spending time with my family, but it is open now & the orders have been awesome this week! Thank you everyone for your support and orders. It is such an amazing feeling to watch my dream come to life – I can’t wait to see where it goes.

I saw a quote yesterday that made me laugh because it is so how I feel a lot of the time running Little Print Design. “You can do anything – but not everything.” – SO true! There are a million things I want to do, a million new card designs I want to create, but I just can’t do everything at once! Its frustrating sometimes – I need more hours in the day!! I’m sure every other small business owner feels the same. But I am excited to say new baby card styles will be up in the shop this weekend! A few people have requested more unisex baby cards, for friends who don’t know what they are having, so they will be up soon :)

Flanagan Farm – Britt & Kurt 07.19.14

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First Day Open!

So yesterday was the first day my shop was open and my website was live – and I would say it was a successful day!! I received so many texts, calls and messages from friends and family with compliments and support, that it truly made my day. I also got over 250 likes on Facebook! I was hoping for 100 likes, but over 250 – woah!! But the most exciting news is that I got my first 6 sales!!! I know this may not seem like a lot but for me it was such an accomplishment on my first day. The best part is that half of the sales were from complete strangers on Etsy – this means that people other than my friends are liking my product and I couldn’t be happier :) :)

Below is a quote my sister sent me yesterday that I wanted to share with all of you because I think it is perfect for anyone starting a new business or starting any new adventure. When I read it I said this is SO true! I will keep this one hung up at my desk.

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

Below is a pic of some of my first orders shipping out – woo!!

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Little Print Design Is Finally Open!

I am so excited to announce that the shop is finally open! Little Print Design has been a dream of mine for so long and I am beyond excited to share it with all of you now! It’s been a long road to get here, months of months of planning, long nights, printer nightmares, cry sessions, accomplishments, happiness, learning how to actually use my 50mm lens, designing my first website/blog and most of all just learning how to start a business in general. There is no guide book to teach you everything (oh how i wish there was), instead it is trial and error, and I know it is just beginning! I could have never gotten to my launch without all the support of my husband Isaac – pushing me every day to follow my dream and pursue my passion. I also want to thank my sister, Britt – she has believed in my designs for as long as I can remember and always calls/texts/posts with support daily. And finally one of my best friends, Julie who is also my work roommate, so she spends many hours around me which unfortunately for her leads to listening to every printer nightmare & roadblock along the way & yet never once has showed any less interest or support. But everyone believing in me – and the wonderful feedback from friends and family has been amazing! This blog will follow my journey with Little Print Design and I hope you all follow along! Shop is open – so hope you need to buy some cards!! :) Shop-Open