September 27, 2012

Find Me At Indie Emporium This Weekend


Hey! Just a quick note to let you know that I will be selling Gingiber goodies Friday and Saturday at the Indie Emporium in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

If you are in the area please drop by, I'd love to meet you! 

Stacie

September 26, 2012

Tis The Season Holiday Cards & Some Rambling


Tis The Season.... To Be Jolly Cards are now available in the shop


Available in packs of 8 or individually, these illustrated cards are filled with beautiful detailing and gold and black hues. They are perfect card for the holidays.

Lately, well, I guess I should say, constantly, I work. I draw. I fill orders. I package. I plan new product. Fill wholesale orders. Return emails. Pretty standard for a small business run out of a spare bedroom.

I've been thinking about my future. And I know that I next year I am going to make some changes for a better balance in my life. Not sure exactly how it will look, but I want to enjoy life a bit more. Rarely do I really get dressed in the mornings, instead slouching around in pajamas or jeans and a shirt, running around, not able to give either my business nor parenting my full attention at any single given time.

I am still planning how next year needs to be different. More time for drawing. More time with my kids. Maybe actually hiring some help. Just a little help with packaging.

I've also decided not to do any more "flash sales" online. I just finished up a Fab sale. And it went really well. But I knew going into it that it would be my last. For many reasons. Business reasons. Personal reasons. But regardless, I just cannot afford to do them anymore. The prices are so low to customers because I make very little money per item (we are talking only $2 on some items) on the sales. I've always liked the idea of reaching a broader audience with these sales, while also allowing long time customers a chance to own Gingiber items for much less.

Now, as I am expanding my wholesale side of business, knocking on retailers doors, working on licensing some of my art, I do not want to "cheapen" my brand. I want to strengthen it. These flash sales are good. Especially for me who had invested quite a bit of money in new product development and needed some money quickly. But now I need to think about the big picture.

Thanks for reading, friends. Sometimes I just like to write it down. Put it out there.

Hope that you like the new Christmas Cards,

Stacie

September 25, 2012

New Fox Onesies in The House


I've just added a new fox onesie design to Gingiber
Pictured above is a delightful orange and white fox on a berry onesie


And then we have have a neon yellow and grey fox on navy onesie. 

I love them. All babies should have at least one fox onesie in their wardrobe. And these foxes are super awesome! So you should purchase your dapper toddler this particular onesie.

Then again I have been working on them for a while, so I may be biased. Plus I've had like 4 cups of coffee today powering through deadlines. So I might sound a tad bit intense ;)

Whatcha think?

Stacie

September 24, 2012

Owl Onesies Now Available + Discount Code for Clothing


They have arrived! Our adorable owl design is now available on navy onesies and toddler shirts! Available in 2 colorways (blue and gray OR pink and gray), this is probably my favorite Gingiber item at the moment :)


The design is also available on toddler shirts, size 2T, 3T, and 4T.

Each garment is priced at $26. Interested in purchasing but wanna save some money? Well there is a coupon code in our Fall 2012 Gingiber Newsletter! Click Here To Read It 

You can subscribe to receive the quarterly Gingiber newsletters on the sidebar


Stay tuned because we will have ANOTHER new shirt design to reveal later this week!

I seriously agonized for weeks about the color story with this design! But I am soooo excited with how these shirts turned out. They are exactly what I wanted. I LOVE THEM! I really hope that you like them too!

Stacie

September 21, 2012

Giveaway Winner

Just popping to let you know that the giveaway winner of a $25 store credit to Gingiber is....


Erin of I kid You Not (winner picked via random.org) To claim your prize please e-mail me by clicking the contact button on the blog :)

I sent out the final load of Fab.com orders today! Thanks so much to everyone who made a purchase over the past week. You have no idea what a blessing it is for me and my family :)

What are you up to this weekend? I am spending the weekend taking care of my niece! It will be a house full of 3 girls under the age of 4, so it will be *super fun*! 

Oh, and who else watched the premier of The Office last night? I thought it was amazingly good! So glad that the original showrunner is back at the helm for this final season!

Stacie

September 19, 2012

Gingiber in Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine


Hi! Guess who is featured in the October Issue of Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine? Gingiber! Well, Gingiber and a lovely feature on my girls' shared bedroom :)

I am so excited. This is our first real bit of printed press, so when my preview issues arrived in my mailbox this past Saturday I was over the moon!

I think we are on page 64, so if you get a moment the next time you are in your local bookstore, take a look!


Thanks so much! 

Stacie

September 18, 2012

Last Day of Fab Sale & A $25 Store Credit Giveaway!

Today is the last full day to save big on Gingiber items at Fab.com

I always struggle to find the delicate balance between over promotion and getting the word out on an event like a Fab sale. The prices are INSANELY LOW on prints, pillows, clothing, totes, and stamps. In fact, they will never ever be this low again. And I really want people to take advantage of this sale.

So I am asking for your help and I thought I would make it fun with a little Gingiber Giveaway! 

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY: $25 Gingiber Store Credit

There are 3 ways to enter enter the giveaway: Tweet, blog, or share on Facebook the following message:

Add Some Zest to Your Nest with the Gingiber @Fab sale! Up to 40% off prints, animal pillows, & more! http://fab.com/sale/10402 #Gingiber

Then come back here and leave a comment on this blog post letting me know that you did it! On Friday I will announce the winner. 

Okay, thanks in advance! I have the best customers and fans on the planet. Seriously! Because of you I am living my dream of being a full time artist. Thank you so much!!!

Stacie

September 13, 2012

In The Shop Soon!


I shared with you a mock-up of some owl onsie designs back in August. Today I got the onsies back from the printer and GOOD GRAVY I love them!

Just wanted to show you the finished product. I will take real product photos next week and have them in the shop. 

p.s. This design also comes in a beautiful bright blue ink :)




Fab is LIVE & Etsy International Coupon


Hi friends! A quick reminder that my Fab.com sale is live! And as of today you no longer have to have an account with Fab.com to view the sales! 


Also, it has come to my attention that Fab is not shipping internationally. So I decided to offer a 15% off coupon code for my international friends at my Etsy Shop. Just enter "OVERSEAS" at check out.

Thanks! Stacie

September 12, 2012

Fab.com Sale Tonight


You see these wee black sheep? Welp I've been busy sewing them along with tons more animal pillows for my Fab.com sale which begins tonight at 7 PM! You will also find prints, calendars, and totes so if you are looking for a great deal check it out!

How have you been so far this week? I've discovered the magic that is the television show Once Upon A Time and feel quite inspired to do some fairy tale inspired drawings :)

Stacie

September 8, 2012

Farmer's Market and Rambling Thoughts


goofy picture of the girls from our morning trip to the Farmer's Market

We try and take my kids to the farmer's market on Saturdays. This morning felt crisp and lovely with the temperature in the 60's and a bright blue sky above us. We all got cinnamon rolls, and I sipped an amazing cup of coffee. Nathan likes the quiet, so we wandered a bit from the town square and found an empty sitting area with plenty of room for Violet to run around while the rest of us enjoyed our breakfast. 

It is easy to feel content when you are with your favorite people, enjoying the best weather and your kids are happy.

Recently my heart has been feeling a bit discontented. Like a big part of me knows that we have less than a year left in Springdale and so I have been emotionally trying to disconnect sooner rather than later. I was a late starter even trying to put any roots down in Northwest Arkansas, and was in complete denial that we really lived here for the first 2 years. 

This is our 5th fall in Springdale. And our last if Nathan can find an Assistant Professorship once he graduates. I feel like I have this terrible habit of closing chapters in my life like I am shutting a book that I will never read again. Somehow when something ends, like when we left Springfield, MO, holding onto anything that reminds me of that time is painful and I guess it is just my instinct to "turn off caring". Disconnect. Move on.

I don't know really where I am going with this. For the longest time I felt like there was nothing in Arkansas for me. It has taken me years to find the bits of magic. Like the farmer's market on a sunny Saturday Morning. Or the botanical gardens on a summer night. Or a favorite bakery that always hits the spot.

We've been discussing the future a lot. Nathan is beginning the terrifying process of applying for jobs. He has yet to defend his dissertation but the end is near. It seems nearly impossible to make any decisions with so much uncertainty is in the air. All I know is that my husband needs a job beginning next August. Sometimes I wish we could stay in Arkansas so as to not have to start all over again. It would make our extended families much more happy if we stayed in the MidWest.

But my heart is stirring. Yearning for some change. A little bit of adventure. Even if all that happens is that we end up in Ohio or something. Even if it will be bittersweet. Soon the tough decisions will be made. We will put our home on the market, and cross every finger and toe hoping that it sells. We will be the people who were just "passing through" Arkansas on our journey. 

5 years seems like such a small measure of time over the course of a lifetime.

September 6, 2012

Fab.com Sale Next Wednesday


Hey friends! Just a quick note to let you know that I am running another Fab.com sale next Wednesday. Tons of prints and pillows, and just *a few* onsies, toddler shirts, and rubber stamps.

So mark your calendars! I will post the link as soon as it is live!

Stacie

September 4, 2012

Quick Hello


Hi! How has your weekend been?

I spent the weekend making peach pie, taking the family out for breakfast at a favorite local bakery (The Little Bread Company) and visiting a local antique shop (Shop 54) at its grand opening! I purchased these wicked awesome book ends. I totally adore them :)


I'm still working on some Christmas card designs. I thought I had them all finished a while ago but then I decided that I didn't like what I had come up with so I started over. I like where this reindeer is going.


I am not completely sold on this use of color, but I am still working on making my cross little reindeer look just right :)

Oh, and my printer broke. And I have sooo many orders to fill. And a Fab.com sale coming up next Wednesday. I ordered a new printer and am trying to take the hiccups in stride.

What's new with you?


Stacie