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Ever have those weeks that are just slow enough that for half a heartbeat or so, you start to question whether you've headed down the wrong path? That was me last week. That was me just this past Sunday. My Etsy shopped slowed from the frenzy of commuter hour to a nicely paced drive in the middle of the country. i.e. it didn't even stop. But it slowed to the point where I had the mini-est of panic attacks, questioning whether or not this could really be for real. That the craziness of these past few months were over and that it was all a big joke that God was pulling. Well, all those doubts flew right out the window on Monday and we're back to the juggling always multi-tasking day-to-day frenzy that my life has become. I must admit, I kinda missed this frenzy. Soooo

Okay, please forgive me as I neglect again to post the usual Friday Foonotes post. Last week I just gave it up all together and just didn't post one. But I didn't want to leave you all hanging again! So here's a peek at my current projects, some are still in progress! 1. Splish Splash Birthday Invitation Oh how I loooooove how this invitation came out for my friend's little baby girl. It's literally my absolute favorite design I think I've ever done. Is that saying too much? I don't know

Last year, my shower planning partner in crime Jess had me create a nautical themed baby shower invite for a shower she was planning. Shortly there after I listed the invite in my shop and it has come to be one of my more popular invites! And I love the various color schemes that my clients have brought me

Just a month after the wedding, I posted an in depth recap of that glorious day, when my best friend married the man of her dreams under the trees, amongst the hills of Temecula Valley. While this post shares my best friend's wedding on a whole, I wanted to share a few photos of the behind the scenes of parts I got to work on! To make it to that gorgeous day though, a lot of craft nights (and mornings, and days, and weekends) had to happen. Because she loves me, or my writing I should say, I got to hand letter on just about everything! From the invitations to the cake topper

I'm so excited to share this new shop with y'all! Over the past few months, Rachel has been racking my brain regarding all things Etsy so it's been fun seeing this come together! And just last weekend, her Etsy boutique went live! In her own words, Rachel describes her scarves: After having my darling daughter Amelia, I really felt inspired to start using my creative juices and get crafting. Since being fashionably dressed has always been a must for myself, Amelia now gets to share in that same joy! Scarves are a staple in my winter wardrobe for staying warm and cute so it only made sense that Amelia have her own as well! Voila! Mama & Mia, scarves for littles and their mamas and basically anyone else with a neck that needs a little lovin! The Mama & Mia scarf is handmade, hand knit, chunky infinity scarf, made from 80% acrylic and 20% wool yarn. A couple weeks ago, we got together to take some photographs of her infinity scarves product line. Little Mia napped as we shot all the Mama scarves and then woke up just in time to model the Mia scarves for us. Hope you enjoy the images as much as I

A month ago, my little shop officially had its one year birthday! And while I was in the midst of pressing deadlines, I barely was able to acknowledge this little monument. So here I am, a whole month late, saying Happy Birthday, my little shop. While I may not have got out the cake and candles, my shop seemed to put on its big girl pants and really grow in February. On January 30th, I texted my mama that I had made my 100th sale. On March 1, I made my 150th. So even though I wasn't celebrating its birthday, my shop sure was celebrating—and keeping me mighty busy at that! I still can't believe how this year has gone. I still can't believe this road we are on now. What started as a shop for my random shower invitations has now morphed into a custom rubber stamp shop that also specializes in custom lettering for brides and businesses. Whether this comes and goes as a temporary season, or this could turn into something full time in a few years—I'm excitedly standing by, and holding on for dear life! And to close, here's just a few photos of some of the latest designs, since

Over the years as I've posted a few dozen invitation designs, and all the while quite a few people encouraged me to open an Etsy shop. And I finally did! Back in February, on a night my husband was out of town, I sat down and stocked a few invites and opened a shop. Just printables, nothing printed. Calling the shop "Your New Friend Sam"—a name I had been wanting to establish here on my blog but never felt enough confidence to do. Then while working with my best friend on her wedding stationery, starting with her save the dates, I created a return address stamp with a mix of handwritten and digital type. And from there, my little shop grew from invites only, to also include rubber stamps. And that's when things got interesting. As of August, I still hadn't sold over 20 orders through my shop, but in this past month my sales have almost doubled! And that doesn't even include friends and family that have been keeping things consistent along the way. As a perfectionist, I kept delaying an official post on my shop until I felt like I truly had it figured it out