a few more Etsy favorites

I feel like I’ve been too focused on my own designs lately and haven’t “shared the love” in a while… so here are a few of my favorite new finds from Etsy: 

I just came across Nana Company a couple of days ago and fell in love with these playtime sugar cookies and much tutu cute for everyday party girl apron. The cookies are hand sewn with felt and beads and arrive in a bakery box – what a great idea! I know my daughter, who loves playing tea party, would be wild about these. And how fun is this apron??

I came across these handmade baby slippers from Piddies a couple of months ago and immediately had to write to shop owner, Dana, to tell her how much I love them. What a great idea, and I love the packaging!! I can’t wait for my friends to have baby girls so I can buy these as gifts!
I’ve been coveting this Go Veg pendant from Julep115 for a little while now. I’d really love to adopt a vegan diet, I’m just afraid it’s going to take more time and energy than I have right now. For a while I was thinking that maybe this cute little pendant would be a good reminder for me of that goal, but I also rarely ever wear jewelry, so I’ve been hesitant to buy it. But anyone looking for jewelry that is “hip, wearable, affordable with an added touch of compassion” should definitely check out this shop.

clever shoppers

One of my favorite things about Etsy lately is how customers contact me with special requests that end up being great ideas for new products! They basically take what I have in my shop as a starting point and then come up with really clever variations.

For example, this morning a customer asked me if I could personalize my “kids at play” gift tags for her daughter’s birthday party, and I absolutely love how they turned out! So I added these personalized silhouette tags as a new listing.

cute prizes

Without any natural light these aren’t the greatest pictures, but I wanted to share pictures of what the two giveaway winners chose for their prizes.

Jenny requested some 8×10 prints with a transportation theme for her son’s bedroom – I can’t wait to see a picture of how they look framed!
And Lovelyn had a great idea for some flat notecards for her three daughters:Jenny and Lovelyn were both quick to respond to my emails and very easy to work with – thank you both!

a little something for the moms

All this time I’ve been creating products for children, but I like the new scalloped border style so much I decided to make some really simple notecards that moms could use as well. I just posted two versions in my Etsy shop:

Flat notecards with an initial or a mongram:
and folded notecards with an initial or monogram:
They may not sell very well because you can buy this type of notecard just about anywhere, and I think I’ve seen initial cards at Target, but I really like them. (And I hope my friends and family like them as well because I’ll probably be giving them as gifts a lot this year!)

Thank You & Free Shipping Offer

I’ve been so amazed and grateful for the response to my last post. I really appreciate all the comments and suggestions – thank you so much!

I’ve been working on creating an 8×10 print for each letter of the alphabet, and finally finished this evening. I’ve posted them in my Etsy shop with scalloped borders, and now I’m going to start working on a set with straight borders and then the numbers 1-10.
I also have lots of other ideas that I’m excited to start working on – a framed, square version of these and some greeting cards in this style.

I really like these! And what’s so interesting to me is how this whole product line came about… a friend of mine, Megan, who has a great blog that I didn’t even know about until last week, posted about my shop. Several of her readers visited my blog including the woman behind Today’s Creative Blog. When I was featured on Today’s Creative Blog I got hundreds of new visitors and lots of great comments.

A woman named Jennifer asked if I could do the silhouette designs that I had just started doing on notecards in an 8×10 version with a rectangular scalloped border. I posted them here so she could see them before ordering, and I ended up with lots of great feedback including a suggestion to include letters and numbers from another woman named Jennifer. And a woman named Sara had a great idea for “flashcard style” personalized notecards which got me thinking about other flashcard-style greeting cards like Tt for Thank you and Hh for Happy birthday.

Anyway, the point of this LONG post is just that I’ve been so amazed by the huge outpouring of support and helpful suggestions from people I didn’t even know a few days ago! It’s really given me a much needed boost of energy and enthusiasm for creating some great new products… so, again, thank you.

I wish I could send a free item to everyone who’s been visiting my blog and posting comments (and reading this far!), but since I can’t do that, how about FREE SHIPPING (within the U.S.) on any orders between now and Valentine’s Day? Just mention this offer in the “Comments To Seller” section when you check out, and keep those comments coming!

* International orders will receive reduced shipping (you’ll only need to pay the difference between US shipping and international shipping).

what do you think?

I’ve been thinking about using my silhouettes for some 8×10 prints. Here are a couple of designs I just came up with… please let me know what you think.

I’m completely open to suggestions – what would you want me to change if you were going to put these in your child’s bedroom? I think these would make cute note cards, too… I’ll probably be adding some to my Etsy shop soon.

Sarah & Abraham Giveaway!

I was just over at one of my new favorite blogs, Bloggy Giveaways, and saw that Shannon’s hosting a Winter Giveaway Carnival. It sounded pretty cool, so I decided to join in. The details of my giveaway are below. To check out a list of over 800 other giveaways, head over to Bloggy Giveaways (after you enter mine!)

Prize: I’m giving away one set of 12 flat personalized notecards with coordinating envelopes. Here are a few examples:

To see all of the available designs, check out the Personalized Cards section of my Etsy shop.

Requirements: Simply leave a comment here with a way for me to contact you if you’re the winner. You don’t have to have a blog to win, but be sure to leave your email address if you don’t have one, so I can contact you.

Details: This contest ends Sunday, Feburary 3, 2008 at 12pm CST. I will draw one winner using a random number generator and will then notify the winner by blog or email that they’ve won. The winner will need to let me know which design they’d like and the name(s) they’d like printed on the cards. I’ll send a proof before printing the cards, and then once I receive the okay, I’ll ship them free of charge (of course!) – to anywhere in the US.

Oh and if you just can’t wait, or if you don’t win but really want some of these cute cards… you’re always welcome to stop by my Etsy store!

web design

When I was first starting up Sarah & Abraham a few months ago and researching web design and hosting options, I fell in love with a web design company called Aeolidia Design. All of their designs are super clean and fresh, better than anything else I’ve seen online.

I sent an email to owner Arianne Foulks asking what a complete website would cost, and she replied saying that if you’re just starting selling your products online, it can be good to test the waters by selling on a third party site first. She provided several suggestions, and one of them was Etsy.

At the time I was really disappointed with her response (I so badly wanted to have a beautiful website, and felt like her company was the only one I would want to use), but it turned out to be the best advice I’ve received since starting up my company.

As I’ve mentioned before, Etsy has been a very supportive and helpful community, and it’s an extremely low cost way to start putting your product out there. I’ve learned so much over the past couple of months, continually changing my mind about what to offer, how to price it, etc.

I still hope to get to a point someday where I’m ready for my own website (and sure hope to have it designed by Aeolidia Design), but now I’m realizing that that day is still pretty far off. I still have lots of work to do on my product line and need a lot more sales before I’m ready for my own professionally designed site.

But in the meantime I just wanted to say thank you again to Arianne and post a few of her beautiful designs here so you can see what I’m talking about…

Summer Salt Design:
Peek Keep:

Sadie Shop:

fun questions

A couple of days ago I found out that my friend, Megan, has a great blog, My Little Cottage, that I had no idea about. I’ve really enjoyed going back and reading her older posts – she’s such a talented writer!

Also, I’ve been trying to think of something to post about other than my new illustrations, so I’m going to borrow this idea from her:

4 jobs I have had:
1. favorite: working at Subway in high school
2. shortest: 1 day working as a special ed assistant at an elementary school
3. longest: 2 years at the YMCA national headquarters
4. worst: Rockwell Collins as an “Engineering Project Support Specialist”

4 movies I would watch over and over again:
Supersize Me, Beautiful Girls, Love Actually, Old School

4 places I have lived:
Keflavik, Iceland
– San Antonio, Texas
– Atlanta, Georgia
– Chicago, Illinois

4 favorite things to eat:
ice cream, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, pizza, a big diner breakfast: pancakes/eggs/sausage/hash browns

4 places I would rather be:
1. just about anywhere WARM
2. sitting on the porch or in the backyard with friends in the summer
3. Starbucks
4. Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ

4 things I look forward to this year:
1. spring!!!
2. taking the kids to all the fun places we go when it’s warm outside – the zoo, the arboretum, parks, the riverwalk, swimming
3. buying a printer
4. my mom’s summer break (she’s a teacher, and she usually takes the kids for a few days in the summer)

Now it’s your turn – if you answer these questions on your blog, please leave a comment with a link to your post!