One cool thing about hanging out online for awhile is that you notice the ideas that stick and also those that don’t. While I’m always sad to see a business go, the excitement of watching one grow and blossom is quite satisfying and keeps me energized by the web over and over again. One company that I blogged about when they first launched in beta version back in 2008 is Spoonflower and it’s been quite a pleasure to watch them blossom because I think their idea is the best!
Spoonflower gives creative types the power to design, print and sell their own fabric designs through their website and to purchase the work of others. They have some great independent designers and though most of their fabrics lean more towards the sweet side, you still have many great ones to browse, be inspired by and to purchase for your next crafting or decorating project. Above are just a few of my picks, no doubt you will find your own favorites at Spoonflower too. Have fun!
Banquet in Vancouver wrote the sweetest email submission that had all of the ingredients needed to catch the eye of any editor – they addressed me by name (ha ha you wouldn’t even believe the names I’ve been called in submissions!), included great product shots, were brief but to the point, and have a product that really fits my aesthetic because let’s face it — every blog editor (if you blog you totally get me here!) has their own style and can’t write about every single product out there no matter how wonderful it is because if it doesn’t fit the vision it’s won’t work on the blog. Banquet really nailed it so thanks to Sarah Edmonds for the stellar submission!
I love these arctic animal prints… Especially the gray and white colorway. It’s such a pleasure to see your work Sarah – thank you for contacting me!
Psst: Sarah has a very inspiring blog under the same name, too!
Yellow Owl Workshop is such a sweet source for eco-friendly paper products and art. I first heard about them recently when Traveling Mama mentioned them in a comment that she left here on the blog and so I checked them out and loved what I found! Yellow Owl Workshop creates wedding invitations, custom stationery, limited edition paper goods, paintings, ceramics, rubber stamps mounted on wood and more.
Yellow Owl works with 100% PCW recycled paper and non-toxic water-based inks and create everything you see in their Bernal Hill studio in San Francisco. The owners, Christine Schmidt and her husband, Evan Gross, run the show. Christine has her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and has exhibited her work across the US and she is the lead designer and Evan handles the rest so together they are successfully running a small business – it’s beautiful to see couples doing business together isn’t it?
(images: yellow owl workshop)
It was so nice to hear from a former Blogging Your Way student, Alessandra Cave, just the other day to hear about a milestone she has reached — she launched a new website to feature her portrait/fashion photography! I always love to hear from students of mine because it helps me to press forward and to continue to stay on my path because we all have those days were little voices try to throw us off course, don’t we? Friends like Alessandra really help me personally and professionally to stay on the road and to remain steadfast and confident.
It’s often tricky when you are a small business owner trying to make your way in the world! Alessandra told me, “As usual, I like to celebrate my little milestones with you because you inspire me so much… I always have your ‘voice’ and style sensibility in my head. So you play a major role here. Your blogging course really helped me frame things in a new way.”
Her words encourage me to continue forward with Blogging Your Way too – despite all of the other blogging e-courses popping up which can be discouraging when you are the one who launched the first blogging courses online and then many others take your content, spin it their own way, and then sell it as their own. One lady took my content and used it as her own which really frustrated me (she has taken it down thankfully and never launched her course) which was quite a shock to see. I guess online these are just things a business owner has to deal with — copycats! But then again the best form of flattery is when someone tries to imitate you and I keep telling myself that to stay above the water and to be positive. But when challenged I usually work harder than ever to prove my value and so I have used these experiences to develop Blogging Your Way further to keep it fresh and interesting because I love working with students online and so soon again I will be teaching it for 5 weeks beginning in September alongside the lovely and talented Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint who styles and takes all of the wonderful photos on her blog. We want to make it more inspiring than ever!
If you’d like to be the first to enroll when we open up registration, please click here and join the mailing list. We’d love to have you and since it will be the final Blogging Your Way course for this year I encourage you to participate so you can enjoy the tips and inspiration that Leslie and I will be sharing with you during those very special weeks together.
Alessandra thank you for the encouraging words and for sharing your new website with us!
(images: alessandra cave)