Homemade for the Holidays: Sales!

As I have said before, part of my Creative Business Journey is to share stories of people who have started their own businesses and inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing. With that in mind, this week’s My Creative Business Journey post is interrupted by a listing of all the small businesses I know that will be hosting sales online this weekend! I know that sometimes buying from handmade/small businesses can be tough because it usually means spending a little more, so this list might help lighten the load a little.

The Petit Cadeau – Free shipping on everything | Code: HOLIDAY

Photo from Alison Butler

Photo from Alison Butler

I recently wrote about Alison for my Yo Momma Monday series and have felt so inspired by her slow gifting manifesto. She sells handmade heirloom celebration countdowns, all made in her home studio. She sources most of her items and packaging from independent/local businesses.

Ink and Dirt Designs – 20% off everything | Code: OHMYHOLIDAY

Photo from Ink and Dirt Designs

Photo from Ink and Dirt Designs

Karen Jansen is a crafty mama who creates typography art, subway art, word art, original and custom designs. She came up with the name Ink and Dirt because she not only makes beautiful prints, she also likes to work on landscape design projects!

Lix Hewett Photography/ Design – 20% off everything | HANGIT/ BRANDIT

Photo from Lix Hewitt

Photo from Lix Hewitt

Not only is Lix a wonderful photographer, she recently opened her graphic design shop on Etsy! She offers not only beautiful prints, but iphone cases and custom branding as well. Spoil yourself with a custom branding package and get a print for your friend. Done and done!

Sam Osborne – 25% off all orders over £5 | Code: HOHOHO13

Photo from Sam Osborn

Photo from Sam Osborne

As an aspiring illustrator and graphic designer, Sam is such an inspiration. I love her work and how seamlessly it goes from print to products. The moment you see something of hers, you know who it belongs to and all of her work is so bright and fun, it immediately puts me in a good mood.

Lu & Ed – 30% off everything except Team Lu & Ed merch | Code: StorenvyFlash30

Photo from Sam Osborn

Photo from Lu & Ed

I wrote about the wonderful Cody for Yo Momma Monday last week and shared all the awesome stuff she does with her business. She organized a 50-store Store Evny sale and you can view all the stores here. Sale is on Cyber Monday only.

Kitty’s Curiosity – 25% everything in store, including sale items (BONUS!) | Code: HOORAY13

Photo from Kitty's Curiosity

Photo from Kitty’s Curiosity

Genevieve makes both reclaimed and hand-dyed yarn in a smoke, pet and allergen free home. I virtually met in her the Oh My Handmade forums and she is always so very welcoming and helpful! Her yarn is absolutely beautiful and if I ever get into knitting again – I know where I’m headed!

Print Therapy – 20% off everything | Code: GetYoShopOn

Photo from Print Therapy

Photo from Print Therapy

Let me just say, best coupon code I have ever seen. Ever. Melissa and Nicholas discovered a mutual love for handmade paper items after planning their wedding. How freaking cute is that? They have a lot of meaningful cards for all the occasions, like this sweet anniversary card. I can’t wait to share their full story in my Meet the Maker series soon!

dylbug – Free shipping

Photo from dylbug

Photo from dylbug

Leslie started this company after her first son was born and she wanted some hip clothes for him with a personal touch. Now a mama of three, she is always working on adorable new graphics. I was just introduced to this shop through Facebook, and I think I might be in love.

Home Grown Books20% off entire site | Code: shopsmall

Photo from Home Grown Books

Photo from Home Grown Books

My little one loves books. She likes to flip through them, and mostly to eat them. Home Grown Books are all art-based and eco-friendly books, made through an entirely green process. The paper is recycled and sturdy (good for those inquisitive mouths) and the books are 5.5″ by 6.25″ – perfect for little ones! There are seven books in a set, and the artist of each set is spotlighted on the website – which I think is amazing, and unfortunately isn’t done enough.

Simply Mad Jewelry15% off entire order | Code: SPARKLE15

Photo from Simply Mad Jewelry

Photo from Simply Mad Jewelry

I have come to the realization that I won’t be wearing jewelry for a long time. At least until my daughter stops pulling at literally everything I wear. Not that I wore too much jewelry in the first place, but I do have a special place in my heart for fabric rings like the one above! Madeline makes all of her jewelry by hand, and she takes custom orders. 

You can also find a listing of shops with holiday sales on Omiyage – a crafty blog featuring the amazing Washi tape. I actually went on to Oh My Handmade to announce I was going to compile this list so people could promote their sales, when I found out that she was doing the same thing! A lot of these lovely people are from that community so there may be the same shops on her list. I’m going to head over there as well, to see if there are any sales I missed out on!

If you are hosting a sale this weekend, or you know an awesome shop that is and I didn’t know about it, please leave a link in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #shopsmallsales. You can also find more holiday sales on my Pinterest. If anything, I hope this inspires you to shop small and handmade this holiday season.

Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favoritesWhen I was a little (ok, sometimes even now), every song that came on the radio was my FAVORITE song. I put that in all capital letters because that was how intense my love for each song was. Then I would tell everyone to be quiet because it was my favorite song, and I would continue to talk through the entire song.

This is how I feel when I look at fonts. Every font I look at, I like more than the last font. It’s a good thing I have a baby who requires the majority of my attention because I could spend an entire day looking at fonts.

So, why fonts?

When I first attended college, I knew exactly what I wanted to do – I was going to be a journalist. I would start small at a local paper, then some day, I would be writing for a big ol magazine. First, it was National Geographic. Then I realized I would have to be out in the jungle for extended periods of time, and that dream suddenly died.

When I returned to college after I lost my job, the newspaper business was on its death bed and all of my friends who were in my newspaper class back in 2005 had already lost their jobs and were all in the same boat…freelance.

So I decided to start my own blog. And I wanted to design it. And hopefully some day, I would start designing other people’s websites and blogs. And then hey, while I was at it, maybe I could design my own clothes. And then other people’s clothes.

There was one little issue. I didn’t know the first thing about design.

Image from tutoriallounge.com. Click on picture for website

Image from tutoriallounge.com.

So, I signed up for a typography class through Skillshare. And then I met the wide, wide world of typography. Hoping to get some inspiration for the class, I did what any other normal person would do and got on Pinterest. There, I opened Pandora’s box of typography.

I had NO idea how many typography tutorial sites there were. Here are my five of my favorites:

Create-a-Tasty-3D-Typographic-Illustration1. Wonderful typography tutorials for finest designers, by tutorial lounge. I counted twenty-five different tutorials for designers, in both Photoshop and Illustrator. The tutorials range from designing posters, to making portraits out of words. Definitely a good place to start.

chalkboard-howto2. How to fake a chalkboard effect in Photoshop, by foolish fire. Like the chalkboard effect as much as I do? Yeah, I thought you did. Even if you don’t, someone else does. And you could share it with them.

Cool-Wet-Ink-Typography-Effect-in-Photoshop3. 33 best typography tutorials, from graphicalerts. I like it when sites give you a variety of tutorials. If you’re in the market for a specific font or graphic, then sure, it’s good to find one that is specific to that. If you’re like me and just getting into this, it’s good to have a variety to choose from.spiff-guide-vert2

4. Beginners guide to spiffing up your hand lettering in photoshop, by foolish fire. Did foolish fire just become my new best friend? Step-by-step tutorial on making your letters look even more beautiful. Psh, if that was possible.

5. How to Create Custom Typography, by VectorLabTV. For those of you who are like me and need a visual demonstration, VectorLabTV has a bunch of tutorials that you can view on YouTube.

If this is the beginning of your typography adventure, then let the fun begin! Have any good typography tutorials to share? Please do so in the comments!

As always, you can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for more ideas and inspiration.