Back-to-School Giveaway

My kids will be going back to school in just two days! They’ll be attending a new school, and it’s the first time they’ll both be going to the same school. We’re super excited about the first day and the upcoming school year.

This is such a fun time of year, for my family, for all families with school-age children, and for sarah + abraham (I’ll be launching a new collection this Fall!) So it seemed like a good time to celebrate with another giveaway…


Three randomly selected winners will each get to choose one of the following:

And one randomly selected GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win all three items!


Leave a comment below letting us know which item you would choose if you were a single-prize winner. Be sure to include a link to your blog or your first and last name.

To earn up to three additional entries, you may do any of the following and leave a separate comment for each one letting us know what you did (each comment equals one entry):

  1. Like this giveaway using the link at the bottom of this post.
  2. Tweet this giveaway using the link at the bottom of this post.
  3. Subscribe to my RSS feed (or let me know that you’re already a subscriber).

This giveaway will close at 12pm CST on Friday, August 26th. Three single-prize winners and one grand prize winner will be chosen randomly from all of the comments and announced here. Winners must contact me with the details for the item(s) they have won and their mailing address. All prizes must be claimed by 9/2/11.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

Back-to-School Sale

The new school year is almost here! To celebrate this exciting time of year, water bottles and notepads will be 20% off for the next three days.

I love sending my kids to school with personalized water bottles so I don’t have to worry about them getting lost. And it’s so much fun to use “a note from mom” notepads and olliegraphic notepads whenever I need to send a note to a teacher.

No coupon code is needed. This offer ends at midnight CST on Thursday, August 11th.

reptile-themed kids birthday party invitations

Every time Meg sends me a custom illustration to print I’m excited to see what she has come up with. Most recently it was another reptile-themed birthday party invitation with coordinating return address labels and party favor stickers featuring a friendly snake, frog, and fly – perfectly setting the stage for a fun children’s party where the kids get to hold live reptiles and other fun animals. So cute!

happy birthday banners

celebrating my 9th birthday in 1983

When I was growing up we had a metallic-colored happy birthday banner that came out every time someone in my family had a birthday. When I was shopping at a party supply store for my son’s first birthday party seven years ago and I saw the same banner, I thought it would be funny/nostalgic to get the same one. And ever since then I’ve hung it up every time someone in my family has had a birthday.

But now the time has come to say goodbye to the foil letters. My friend, Summer Knobloch, recently requested a happy birthday banner, and I loved it so much that I added it to my website and decided that I need one for myself as well!

photo by Summer Knobloch Photography


even better than facebook & twitter!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “e-pals” are great, but getting together in person with fellow designers / entrepreneurs is so much better! Hanging out with the group of women pictured above (and a couple of others who aren’t pictured) is one of my very favorite ways to spend an afternoon!

Jen of The Clever Bobbin, who also works part-time for sarah + abraham and sews pillows and banners for me, is in the top left corner. I’m standing next to her in a pink shirt. On my other side is Debbie of Penelope’s Press, and Meg of olliegraphic is next to her on the far right. Heather of Neemies is in a striped shirt on the left. Julie of Life Verse Design is standing in front of her. And Megan of Silhouette Blue is in the front row, on the right.

If you have an Etsy shop or website and work from home, I can’t say enough about how valuable it is to not only make friends online but also get together with them in person whenever possible.

Coming Soon… Personalized Name Banners

I’m not usually one for sneak peeks, but this photo by Carrie Davis (who’s photographing a couple of sample banners for me) was too cute not to share! These personalized name banners have been in the works for the past couple of months, and I’m getting close to being able to offer them soon, but there are still a few more details to be worked out.  In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think of this product!

I think they make a great party decoration, but they’re also something you can display in your child’s bedroom or playroom all year round. My daughter, Emma, can’t wait until I’m done photographing her banner so we can hang it in her room. More photos and details coming soon…

New! Party Favor Tags

For several months now I’ve been planning to add party favor tags to my website. It’s one of those things that gets bumped down to the bottom of my to-do list whenever things get too busy. But yesterday when I was out with my kids we found some really cute frosted sugar cookies, and I thought, let’s buy some for party favor tag photos.

We also stopped at an old-fashioned candy store and found lots of other yummy treats great for photographing, so I decided to update my party favor sticker photos as well.

I hadn’t planned on eating any of these things when we bought them (I figured my kids and their friends would enjoy them over the next few days), but after spending a couple of hours editing these photos, I could no longer resist!

PSA Essentials Custom Stamp Sale

PSA Essentials Custom Stamp Sale

I was so excited to find out from PSA Essentials last week that they’ll be discounting their custom stamps all summer. This is the first time they’ve been discounted since I began offering PSA Essentials custom stamps almost two years ago. Of course I’ll be passing the savings along… all custom stamps will be marked down from $36.95 to $29.95 through August 31, 2011. No coupon code is needed.

These stamps are a great gift for newlyweds or for a bridal shower gift, and they also make a perfect housewarming gift. Or a birthday gift or Christmas gift for those people on your list who have everything. Now’s the perfect time to stock up!