Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank You Cards, Branding and Tiny Prints Products

One thing I strive to do with each customer that purchases through my shop is make them feel appreciated. When you purchase handmade you feel a connection to the maker. It's a connection much more than driving to your local store and picking out the item. Handmade shop owners pour so much time and love into each piece created. I like to take it a step further by expressing my gratitude with a detailed "Thank You Card" and pretty packaging. I want my customers to feel great about there purchase and excited they chose to order from my shop.
Thank you cards and branding tools that make it easy to personalize your shop make for a great way to send a little extra love to your customers. I would recommend that every shop owner include a thank you card, personally thanking the customer for choosing handmade as well as choosing your shop. I would also encourage each shop to create beautiful packing with multiple tools that say your logo/shop name to help you leave a lasting impression on your customer. Which will help them better remember you for future purchases.
I had the greatest opportunity to work with Tiny Prints on packing and branding tools for my shop. I never realized the large variety of products they have to choose from and loved how you can personalize them in so many ways. The possibilities are endless. Not to mention how extremely friendly and willing to help they are. My questions and emails were answered almost immediately. If you are looking for some amazing new ideas for your shop, packaging or branding look no further than Tiny Prints.
Most of my followers know that in December we will be expecting Philipp baby number two and I can't help but feel so excited to find out what baby Philipp is so we can start getting the nursery ready. Then there's the baby shower, invites, thank you cards and birth announcements. As I scroll through Tiny Prints I was trying not to add everything to my cart. Do you have a special event coming up that could use a little personalization from Tiny Prints?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

20 Week Bump Updated

I can't believe I am half way done with this pregnancy, time has flown by. I was so anxious to find out the gender that I wanted time to fly but now that I realize I have less than 4 1/2 months I want to slow down and enjoy these moments. This pregnancy (All Thanks to God) has been easier. With Laila I was sick the whole pregnancy. The nausea let up when the second trimester came along but the energy hasn't seemed to return. I guess chasing  a toddler around the house all day doesn't really help with the exhaustion, not to mention the lack of coffee.
The bump is starting to stick out and finally look like a baby bump verse a bloated or super full stomach. I can feel baby Easton's kicks more and more. Although he isn't much of a kicker. He'll most likely be my calm baby. Which this mama doesn't mind, hopefully he can calm his sister down a bit. We try and take naps when Laila is in the mood to help us calm down but those are few and far in between. Sleepless nights are a regular thing, seeing as I can never get comfortable and when I do Laila wakes up and crawls in bed. Shes like her mommy, tossing and turning all night or wide awake when daddy leaves for work.
We haven't started working on the nursery, probably because of my lack of energy. Plus Easton's room is currently Laila's playroom. I know once I get his room the way I want it she will run in there and rearrange everything and go into her own nesting mode. Any advice on converting your toddlers playroom into the new babies nursery? I also have no idea of the theme I want to do for his room, I guess I need to start pinning some options and talk to hubby.

What are some of your most memorable pregnancy memories? How do/did you fully enjoy every moment of pregnancy? 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Styled Contest Wearing My Crochet Boho Tie Back Headband with Wooden Beads and Guinea Feathers

While attending the CreativeLIVE course "Marketing for crafters" with Tara Swiger, I came up with a few new idea's for my shop. I decided I wanted to try something fun using one of my featured Etsy shop items. This is going to be a experiment that will hopefully encourage others to create stylish outfits using the pieces purchased through my shop. It will also be a great way for you to help me come up with new ideas for future pieces. All while getting the opportunity to win other items listed in my shop, shop credit and more.

This contest is featured around my Crochet boho tie back headband with wooden beads and Guinea feathers. This boho inspired tie-back headband is created using soft ivory yarn which is hand crocheted into a beautiful scalloped design. Guinea feathers and intricate wooded beads that remind me of ancient cave writings are used to add a touch of Indian detail. With long ties in the back, each piece is created with versatility in mind. The scallops measure approximately 16 inches across and each tie(Not including the bead and feather.) measures approximately 14 inches.

Photo Credit: Kayla V Photography
To enter (you must have purchased this piece) post a picture of you styled in this piece and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #styledcontest. If you don't have an Instagram account you can email me taraphilipp(at)yahoo(dot)com with your photos. The contest will be held from August 1st - August 31st, you may post a new photo once a day(Whether you wear a different outfit with the piece or style it in a different way). If you haven't already purchased this piece but want to, you can here. From August 1st - August 15 shipping will be free for all US orders as a gift for purchasing and entering the contest. Once the contest is over (August 31) I will go through all the photo's a pick a winner. The winner will receive a scarf of your choice valued at $30.00, good luck!

Participating blogs: LoveSparklePrettySo There By Amy

Monday, July 28, 2014

Confetti Balloon + Gender Reveal Party + Baby Philipp Gender Reveal

Thursday 7/24 Chad and I headed to our ultrasound appointment to find out what baby Philipp #2 was. As the ultrasound tech got everything ready for the ultrasound I asked her if baby cooperates, could we try and guess the gender of the baby. She did her measurements figured out baby's gender and turned to screen to us. At first baby's legs were shut making me think right away it's a girl. Baby moved around and I saw three lines(Side note: with Laila they told us three lines meant a girl and a turtle meant a boy.) so I told the ultrasound tech "I think it could be a girl.." Then I noticed that the three lines didn't match up, the middle line was sticking out further than the other two, almost like a turtle. All Chad could see was a blur, so I started pointing and explaining to him what I saw. The ultrasound tech asked "how long do you want me to wait until I tell you if your right or wrong?" I said "I think it's a boy" and Chad replied "A boy I guess." Whats your guess? Watch below to find out if your right.
"It's a boy!" I turned to Chad and yelled "IT'S A BOY!!" His face was a little excited covered with a lot of fear.(Chad and his older brother Chance were known for causing trouble, getting into fights, and always doing what they shouldn't be doing. So I can see were the fear comes in of raising a boy that might become a trouble maker like dad.)

Saturday 7/26 we invited family and friends to join us in the park for the reveal, pizza, cake, laughter, and fun. That morning we ran errands to get everything ready which included going to Party City to get the 36' balloons filled with helium. As I walked out with these huge balloons I was so scared they wouldn't fit in my father-in-laws truck! After a lot of seat moving (Including Laila's car seat) we got them to fit, Thank You Jesus!!! We picked up the pizza, headed to the park and waited for our guess to show up.
As guests attended I asked the family to pick a mustache or lips based on what they thought baby was, so I could put the pictures in the baby's book. It was so neat to see what everyone thought and all the pictures turned out super cute! After all our guests arrived and took photo's we got ready to pop the balloons and share the news. But first I have to tell you... I bought 2 balloons in case one had a hole or deflated and I am so glad I did! One of the balloons started to deflate and we used a sticker off the cake box as a quick fix. Not to mention the confetti made the balloons heavy and the wind was blowing the balloons to the grass, scaring me they would pop before everyone arrived! Luckily my sweet father-in-law sat with the balloons while I greeted the guests arriving.

Popping the balloons was an out of this world experience, it truly was. Finding out it was a boy was exciting but having all this confetti flying around us and sharing that we have a son on the way made it so much more real!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Struggling to love myself

As a girl/women I struggled with my own insecurities about myself. I worried about the freckles on my face, how my hair or makeup looked, what was cool to wear and how it fit me. I know it's something we all struggle with and learn to move past. God made us all unique in our own way and loves us. Coming to Christ, surrendering myself to Him and reading the bible has helped me move past some of the insecurities that consumed my thoughts. But the past few months have been extremely hard for me as drastic changes to my face were made...

Back in February things changed for me as a recent filling on one of my front teeth was done to close to the root of my tooth causing extreme pain, a swollen face and abscess. (You can read more about that story here.) After surgery my face swelled 10x's more and I was left with a missing front tooth. At first the only thing I was concerned about was the pain and swelling. The swelling came with a little discoloration to my face and trips to the store was embarrassing. Especially the trip we took to Walmart! Laila wasn't listening and Chad had yelled at her to behave or she was going to get a spanking. Everyone just starred as if Chad was abusive. As we walked out the doors I was waiting for someone to call the cops.

Weeks went by and the swelling went away. At first I didn't notice my tooth was missing because I had a straw like drain placed in front were my missing tooth was. Once that was removed the insecurities began to take over. While shopping at Target I would forget at times my tooth was missing and I'd smile at others walking by just trying to be friendly. Until I realized the look on their faces went from "hi" to "what in the world." They would even sometimes raise there eyebrows, quickly turn their head as if they didn't want to stare and some people would stare! When it was time to walk up to the checkers I would then try my best not to smile and if I did my mouth was closed. Trying not to be rude I would nod to their questions or answer them with my mouth almost closed. If they did get a glimpse of my missing tooth they would do as everyone else did. If someone just looked at me I assumed they were looking at my missing tooth. I became so consumed about what others thought.

After a few weeks I went to my new dentist for a retainer with a fake tooth to be made. It took some time to get use to but I wore it every time I went out. The only embarrassing thing is taking it out for meals. I've tried leaving it in but its hard to taste anything with it in. Now that I am pregnant its hard to wear because it makes my nausea worse. I don't even know whats worse having a missing tooth (front tooth) or feeling sick all the time? It's such a battle and I feel so UGLY at times. I'm not suppose to have a missing tooth! Family and friends say you can't tell it's missing but I know there just being kind, because I talk to myself in front of the mirror trying to see how I can talk without showing it.

Sense I have been sick and the nausea is worse when I wear the retainer I mainly keep it out. I'm slowly, VERY SLOWLY becoming ok with the fact I have a missing tooth. The ones closest to me know why it's missing. It's just so extremely hard to get use to the stares and thoughts that run through my head. I know it won't be missing forever but its one trial the Lord is using to help me love myself and love others without question. It doesn't matter why I have a missing tooth or why someone else doesn't look the same. We are all equal and God loves us no matter what. We are to love others in the same way. Love who you are because God made you perfect and love others the way God loves you!

Are you struggling to love yourself or others?

John 13:34-35 & 1 John 4:7-8

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Recently Post: Baby Bump + Picking Out Names + 4th of July + A Wedding + An Upcoming Exciting New Trip

It's been a few days sense I've made myself sit down a do a blog post. So I thought I would check in before I go visit family this morning, sense I have a little free time. Lately The bump has been growing. I thought I felt a few movements around 14 weeks but I'm 15 weeks and a few days and haven't felt anything recently. Maybe this means I have a mellow baby growing. Which this mama wouldn't mind. Laila's in her crazy toddler stage so having a mellow baby to level the house out would be a dream. 

Picking out names has been quite a chore sense daddy doesn't like this mama's strange unique names. I have been looking through a huge name book asking Chad "how do you say that?" With his reply "if you can't pronounce it how do you think anyone else will be able to?" I'm just a horrible reader and that's why I can't pronounce anything, I'm sure other people would get it. He likes more simple names and I like a few he likes but I'm not in LOVE with them yet. Probably because I'm confused on feeling like its a boy or girl. I feel it could be a boy because I'm super exhausted and not as sick with this pregnancy as I was with Laila, but I'm still sick so I feel it's a girl.

We enjoyed ice cream and fireworks on the fourth as well as many other families. Thank God we live in the land of the free. So thankful to all the men and women that have risked there lives for us! 

My mama got married and we added 3 amazing men to our family. I'm very thankful she is happy and thankful to have 2 new sweet brothers. 

AND..... LoveSparklePretty and Laila's Charming Pieces will be heading to San Fran July 16-19 for a marketing course on CreativeLIVE. Which we're super excited about! I can't wait to fill my brain with three days of marketing info and apply it to my shop. 

What have you been up to lately???

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How we told our families

We waited a few days to tell our families. It was actually close to Easter and I had seen a friends on IG post a picture of an egg that had a note inside that read "And then there were 3..." I loved the egg idea, especially sense Easter was right around the corner. We didn't have time to order them pre-made on Etsy so I had to do a little DIY myself. Luckily in high school I did a product at school on how to hollow an egg.

I hollowed some eggs out and painted them, then add a little note that said "We're Pregnant." on the inside. Chad went fishing with his brother all day and I had my sister in law over. It was difficult to talk to her all day keeping this big secret not to mention my phone went off in front of her with the baby center app. (She said she assumed I never disabled the app from when I was pregnant with Laila.)

Later that night we gave Chads family the boxes with the eggs inside and told them it was a sneak peek into what there Christmas presents would be... (My due date is December 26, 2014!!) Needless to say they were excited, shocked and cried. We told my mom the next day I wanted to tell my family the same way and in person (My younger brother and sister were in school so they opened there eggs when they got home and called me all excited.)

How did you break the news to your family?