New Hope Christmas Craft Fair

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I don’t typically do a lot of selling in person. This is mostly because I’m busy with my corporate/non-profit clients and therefore don’t make a lot of stationery that isn’t personalized.

But I’m breaking my trend because my church is hosting its annual Christmas Craft Fair & Bake Sale on November 8, 2014 from 9:00am-2:00pm (8905 Ox Road, Lorton, VA). Parking and admittance is FREE. And the best part is that all proceeds benefit Feed My Starving Children. FMSC is a non-profit organization that sends hand-pack meals, specifically formulated for malnourished children, to nearly 70 countries around the world.

Every 22 cents you spend equals one meal. So if you spend $20.00, it buys nearly 91 meals – how awesome is that!

I’ll be selling the following items:

  • Single Notecards
  • Boxed sets of Thank You and Holiday cards
  • 2015 Desk Calendars
  • Laser cut wooden ornaments (made by my mom!)

AND…to help raise as much money as possible, I have decided that all the money I receive for items sold in my Etsy Shop on November 8-9, 2014 will also be donated to FMSC.  This way if you can’t make it to Lorton, VA next weekend, you can still participate and help a child in need.

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What do your Envelopes say about you?

So, you’re sending out an invitation.  It has all the relevant information and is tastefully designed.  But what if no one sees it because they don’t open it?  I firmly believe that the envelope, stamp, artwork, and addresses are an intricate part of the overall feel and design of your invitation – and your event!

Well, these days there are some amazing envelope options online and many are the same cost as the standard white flimsy ones.  Below are some of my favorite ways to get people excited about what they are about to open.

To give you an idea of pricing, I have included the estimated base cost of a 500 pack of A7 envelopes (no shipping, taxes, printing  or discounts included).

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BRIGHT COLORS
Oh, the colors!  Some of my favorite lines of bright colors:
French Pop-Tone, Astrobrights, Mohawk BriteHues, Eames Furniture, & Smart Brights.

Anthracite Metallic Envelopes from envelopes.com

METALLICS
There are a ton of metallic options on the market, so you can go with your standard gold (or green or orange!).  But I especially love these shimmered steel grey envelopes.  They are a thick 80# weight, but you will want to consider labels or having supplier envelopes.com print your addresses with white ink.
Anthracite Metallic Envelopes (A7) – $146.95

White Pique Envelopes from envelopes.com

TEXTURED
Is a colored option not the right fit for your event?  Let your white stand out from the crowd with textured envelopes.  Felt, Linen, GrooveCanvas, Parchment – there are lots to choose from.
White Pique Envelopes (A7) – $85.95

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PATTERNS
I absolutely love the Mod-Tone series from French Paper!  Great options and you can print on them without the hassle of labels.
Mod-Tone Azure (A7) – $88.20

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BUILT-IN LINING
I favor the built-in liner option, but if you’re crafty, you can purchase liners separately and glue them in yourself.  There are some great liner options (I’m partial to the shiny LUX red!).
White w/ Red LUX Lining Envelopes (A7) – $90.95 

Grass Print Envelopes from envelopes.com

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Does your event call for something a little wacky and bold? Now, I’ve never actually used these inventive envelopes from envelopes.com.  But aren’t they perfect for your next backyard barbecue?!
Grass Print Envelopes (A7) – $106.95

The Brand Market DC

This weekend I was privileged to experience The Brand Market’s workshop in Washington, DC.  On my goodness.  I met some amazing women entrepreneurs and learned a lot about what I’m doing right (and what I need to work on) for my small business.

The Brand Market DC giveaway with items from Rifle Paper Co., Sapling Press, and Dotted Design!

We each received an amazing swag bag with gifts from Rifle Paper Co., Sapling Press, Design Dotted and more!

The Brand Market in Washington, DC.  Rebecca from A Daily Something talking about social media and branding.

And learned tips on social media, branding, photo styling from Rebecca at A Daily Something.  (How amazing is the studio space at Sweet Root Village?!)

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.  By coco and mingo.

Inspiring words by coco and mingo.

Lovely Vintage Seed Packet stamps for your wedding

I’ll do a more comprehensive post with the new stamps to match the 2014 pricing (read up about that here).  But I couldn’t wait to show you these lovelies.  I love the mixture of warm reds, oranges and yellows on a peach background in these vintage seed packet designs.  I anticipate seeing them on many spring and summer wedding invitations this year!

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You can find them online at the USPS shop here.  Stock up before January 24, 2014 when the prices will go up $0.03 per first class postage stamp!

New colors for Paper Source!

Paper Source’s parent company Waste Not Paper has announced 3 fresh new colors for 2014:

Mint, Coral, and Royal Blue!

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I’m especially excited about mint and coral and the new color combos I can make (hello Mint and Plum!).

2014 USPS Stamp Increases

Don't forget - stamps prices increase on January 24, 2014!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that every January I write about the increases in postage and what the new stamp options are (mostly specific to event and wedding invitation mailings).  I’ll still write that post in a month or so, but to pre-empt that I wanted to write this as a bit of a warning for folks who are sending out invitations in the next 30 days.

Effective January 24, 2014, the following increases will take place:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces —  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents

Overall, if you’re sending 200 invitations you will pay an extra $6-8 on postage (plus an extra $6 if you plan to stamp your RSVP envelopes).

Not the end of the world, right?  But you do want to be careful not to have the wrong postage on RSVP envelopes.  If you’re sending out your invites between now and the end of January, just be sure to not just use this years postage.  Some guests will wait a few weeks to return the card.  And if they wait until after Jan. 24, the card may not get back to you because of insufficient postage.  Whatever shall you do?!  Well…

  • Wait and send them on January 20 (if it’s feasible based on your wedding date and RSVP date).  You can save on using the OLD postage on the carrier envelopes, but use the NEW postage on the RSVP envelopes.
  • If you’re opting not to include stamps on your RSVP envelopes or postcards, use that opportunity to have your designer add a small box that includes the postage cost.  I use something simple like “place $0.49 stamp here” on certain projects and it works well.
  • If you want to get witty about it (this suggestion won’t be fitting for most people), add a line on your RSVP card that says “Your response is appreciated by January 24.  After that date, the cost of your RSVP will go up by 3 cents.”

That last one is really only a half suggestion and should only be used if you’re really funny people to begin with and can reword it in a more humorous way that your grandmother won’t be appalled by.