Shop Update: Gingham and Custom Invitations

Here’s a little peek at something I’ve been working on… a custom invitation suite!

This suite has been a particular pleasure to create, since it’s for my sister’s wedding! The floral garlands are hand painted watercolors, digitally converted to create the design. Her wedding colors are peach and grey, and the flowers are based on this bouquet of peach peonies and pink roses.

I’ve also added new watercolored gingham invitations, in navy and green.

Something else is new as well – lower prices! I took a look at my costs, and realized that by switching from cotton paper to recycled paper, I could cut about $20 off the price. So, the invites are still eco-friendly, and the recycled paper has a great texture and thickness to it, so I thought it would be worthwhile to make the switch. 
If you’d like to bring the cost down even more, you’ll get a 15% off coupon when you subscribe to my newsletter! Plus, you’ll be the first to know about sales, new products, and exclusive deals.
If you’re interested in a custom order, take a look at my other invitations, and send me a message to discuss it. I’d love to bring your vision to life!

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Confidence Challenge: The Year So Far

It’s hard to believe that this year is now halfway over. I took a look back at my New Year’s Resolution, summed up with the word: Confidence.

I want confidence. Confidence that doesn’t come from what job I have or what I can produce, but in who God made me. Confidence that no matter what happens, He has a plan for me and is working all things for good, even the things that seem like mistakes or detours to others…and myself. 

I also wrote a list of ten goals for the year that I tried to revisit and re-write every week. It’s a tip I learned to help you accomplish more since they will probably go through changes from the first of the year to December. My goals for the year in January were:

  • Launch a business that I was working on at the time with two co-partners
  • Get published
  • Run a 5K
  • Get my closet down to 100 items
  • Pay off a school loan
  • Guest post on 3 blogs
  • Quit Target
  • Redesign Scribbles
  • Finish the church flyer and my quilt
  • Make art
So much has changed in six months. As of June,
While I’ve met many of those goals, and many more I’ve made throughout the last six months, I wonder how I’m doing on my overall resolution – growing in confidence. 
Dealing with failure and rejection has helped me grow in confidence. For example, when the business partnership didn’t work out, I went through a period of self-doubt, but I was also determined to try again on my own. Bleu Feather Paper Co. doesn’t have people breaking down the (virtual) door yet, but I have learned so much in the process of setting it up, creating the brand, marketing, and trying to find what works. For example, you’ll find out via the next newsletter that there’s been some important pricing adjustments.
I’ve been rejected for a several jobs that I thought I was a great fit for, without even an interview. That really struck a blow at my confidence at first. I wallowed a little, thinking I wasn’t good enough for anyone, but instead of letting that last for months, I decided to proactively work on getting more experience so that I could be a better contender. 
Interviews are a great way to work on your confidence, as it turns out! After all, you’re selling yourself, your skills, and the potential benefit to your employer. I’ve had two interviews this month, and while at first I felt a little like I was faking it, now I do feel more confident in my abilities. 
And I can tell more changes are on the way for the next six months. For one, I’m very excited to announce that I am now an intern for Sage Grayson! My first day is July 1st, and I will be helping her with social media, scheduling, and graphic design. I know I’m going to learn a lot from Sage, and I’m glad that I’ll be able to use my skills to free her up to focus on coaching and writing.
From right here, I can see the beginnings of many possible paths for the future. Who knows what the next six months will bring?!

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).”

I’m deeply grateful that God knows the plans He has for me, and it’s all under His control, not mine!

I’m also deeply grateful for all the love you guys show me through your faithful reading and sweet comments. Thank you so, so much for being here!

Did you make New Year’s Resolutions? How are you doing on keeping them? Share your progress in the comments!

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Beauty Find Friday: Shop Update and Survey

I’m making a conscious effort to share more of my art with you, starting with the blue butterfly last week, and today, these blue feathers.

Speaking of blue feathers, I so appreciated your feedback on the new shop logo! I incorporated several bits of your feedback into the final design. I kept the art-deco font, but I added a tag line in a script font. And I moved the feather above the words, instead of below. And tada!

Before the rebrand:

After the rebrand:

I like the tag line: “Celebrating life’s lovely moments,” much better than “Special occasion invitations and customizable paper goods.”

If you haven’t visited the shop in awhile, you might notice a few new invitation designs!

Although the link didn’t work during the Shabby Apple giveaway, I’d still love to get your feedback about this blog about what your favorite topics are, giveaways you’d like, etc. If you’d be so kind as to answer these six questions, I’ll pick one of you to win a free set of two monogram notecards! Just leave a comment below letting me know that you took the survey. Thank you!