Small Business Saturday Sale

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday Little Things Studio Sale

It’s amazing how fast Christmas is upon us! I am packing up for my first holiday show this weekend in Atlanta. I wanted to give all you wonderful people a heads up on this year’s Little Things Studio after Thanksgiving Sale! It’s going to be on Small Business Saturday, November 29th, starting and ending at midnight Central time.

iPhone Cases will be on sale for $20. All small and large prints will be marked 20% off. No coupon code necessary. AND you can use the coupon code “HOLLYJOLLY” for free U.S. Shipping.

For your orders to get to you in time for Christmas, Mom and I are asking for you to place U.S. orders by December 17th.  And international orders, please place orders by December 2nd. We will still be taking orders and shipping up until December 20th, but that does push it close to it making it there. We can always email you a print-out that says a package is coming so you’ll have something to wrap! The etsy shop will close on December 21st and reopen after Mom has some time to recover!

I’ve reordered more hymn calendars from my printer so hopefully that will last us until Christmas! I’m not sure if I’ll reorder more. I am now offering discounted pricing for bulk orders of 10, 15, and 20 calendars. That is the lowest price you will be able to buy the calendars. And if you want more than 20, please contact me and I’ll make you a custom listing. I can’t believe I’m even typing all of this. I am still just overwhelmed with the response to the hymns. I’m so very grateful.

I’m also releasing a new print next Saturday. I am so happy to finally have made a Southern print that I can get behind.

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Hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgving with friends and family!

Kate

2015 Hymn Calendar

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I’m so happy to share with you the 2015 calendar! It’s 12 months of some of my favorite hymns! I always seem to run really behind on starting on my calendar. I just sent it to the printer a week ago and got a proof today from my printer. I’m so happy with the color and quality. You can preorder the calendar on etsy for $18 with free U.S. shipping. The calendars will ship by November 1st. I’m also running a special – buy two calendars, get one teeeny print free!

I think the hardest thing on this project was deciding on which hymns to pick. SO here are the  hymns that I picked for the calendar.

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Here are the backs of the each month – filled with bright colorful patterns that are perfect for you to reuse once 2015 is over.

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I’ve been overwhelmed with the response to preorder. I thought I might get 10 preorders, and I’m still shocked at the number of orders that have been placed. I had to bump up my order from my printer! And I’m thinking about doing another hymn calendar for 2016, because there are a still a lot of hymns that I need to draw. I will also be turning a lot of these hymns into art prints before Christmas so be sure to be on the lookout for that!

BUT I still need YOUR help getting the word out! If you are a fan of hymns, would you share with your friends and family? Or let me know a Christian blog that might be interested in the calendar! I would normally submit my calendar to a few design blogs, but I honestly don’t know if I’ll get the press because it’s Christian content.

Kate

Two months in Nashville

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We have now been living in Nashville for two months. Our move was quite insane. It takes a long time to settle, especially when you have a business that has a lot of stuff.  Dave and I both have felt so welcomed to Nashville by our old friends and so many new people. I’m continually filled with thanks that we made the move.

East Nashville is like a small town, but it’s only 5 minutes away from downtown Nashville. To give you an idea, I was in the Post Office a few days ago standing in line. Normally that is just a miserable experience because the workers are all going slow and they are grumpy (at least the old Post Office by my house in Jackson.) I think her name was Lisa in the East Nashville Post Office who was so cheerful and joking with everyone. And 3 out of the 5 people waiting in line knew each other. That made such a strong impression on me. Let me explain. I love love love big cities. I love the ideas, competition, the fight to make the best work. I find much more like-minded creatives who are wanting to make their big dreams come true. But I grew up in a small town. I love walking into a restaurant and knowing at least one person, which you don’t often do in a big city. Y’all, that’s starting to happen to me in Nashville. We have the best of both worlds. We found an amazing church that I think we are going to stick with. Also we got plugged into a neighborhood group that is slowly becoming the highlight of my week.

I’ve been here two months and I am now in a retail store not even 1/2 a mile from our house! I had the hardest time getting in a retail shop in Jackson (other than Whitley’s Flowers because they are my family! ha ha!) I feel Little Things Studio belongs here. The opportunities for growth are huge for me. And I’m encouraged that there is a place for me in this very competitive field.

I’m going to say something I’ve kept private for a long time now. I had a series of disappointing contracts fall through from Surtex. I was so close to a BIG iPhone case deal and a fabric line. Don’t leave out wrapping paper and bedding! I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it. Every time someone suggests to me “you should have a fabric line,” I feel pain. If I had the funds to do it myself, believe me I would. For the first time in over a year, I’m starting to be ready to put myself out there again and try. I know there will be a long line of rejection emails and phone calls. My work is so personal to me which is great in so many ways, but SO tough when something doesn’t work out. In just the small time we’ve been here, I’ve started to feel ready to try. I am so grateful we moved and have a fresh start.

-Kate

Silk Scarves

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I am thrilled to share with you my first round of hand painted silk scarves. I started researching and reading a month ago on how to do this, but the project has been in the back of my mind for quite a while now. I have over 100 vintage silk scarves that I have been collecting for 10 years now. Most of them I haven’t worn because they are just works of art to me. The designs and colors I always love to stare at. I just have always loved scarves.

SO I wanted to start making scarves I would want to wear. I’m not gonna talk about how I make these right now. I want to save that for a different post. I want to talk about the value of handmade.

I think there is something so special about one person focusing their time on one product at a time, that a machine didn’t just whip out 100 in an hour. This is why I chose to start off with hand painting every scarf. You’ll see every mark and every mistake of mine on each of these, which makes it beautiful. And that magical thing is that there is not another one like this one. Each of these scarves are unique, one of a kind, special. You know when you walk into a party and a skinnier girl is wearing that same dress… That is NOT going to happen to you with these! If anyone asks, you can say that “a Mississippi girl (who had a quarter-life crisis, rolled over her 401K, went back to school in graphic design, and now runs her own design studio) painted this scarf just for me.” That’s much more interesting than just “made in China.” Although this silk is actually made in China. I couldn’t find any “made in USA” silk! haha! Side note: the paint I’m using is made in the USA.

But here’s the thing about handmade. You aren’t just giving money to some big corporation thing (NOT that those are necessarily bad things!) But when you can pick between a department store scarf and a hand painted scarf by someone on etsy, GO with HANDMADE!

I wanted to answer a few questions I’ve received about this. I plan on painting different sizes. I’m starting with a small budget for supplies so I can’t buy every size YET. I do have 15″x 60″ size that I plan on starting this week.

Each scarf is unique so when it sells, that one is gone. You can email me with a request for one similar or with a specific palette for you, though! I would LOVE to do custom work!!! I cannot paint literal objects like cats and horses YET. I am not a master yet at silk painting! I can set up a custom listing on etsy for you and I’ll give you a timeline on how long it will take me. (I have to make sure I’m not waiting on supplies or custom orders get really backed up.)

You can hand wash the scarf in warm water with mild shampoo or silk-wool detergent. Lay flat to dry then iron on the silk setting. OR it can be dry cleaned. If this is left in direct sunlight for days on end, it will fade. I would suggest storing it in a drawer.

In a week I made TEN scarves. I have listed 6 today (two have sold, though). When I finish the next four, they’ll be available hopefully Thursday. To see my latest one, you can follow me on Instagram. And if you like one you see, please let me know and I’ll reserve it for you! These scarves are very labor intensive (will explain in separate post later this week). The square scarves start at $80.

Hope you enjoy them! Oh! And they are all named after friends, family, and pets in my life.

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Calendar Mishap

I hate having to write this, but in the Little Things Studio 2012 Calendar, there are two errors in October and November. I left out October 26, and November starts on the wrong date. I am so very sorry this happened. I was excited, because this was the first time I was able to get something professionally printed.

If you would like to download and print off a replacement sheet, you can download *correct* versions – October and November.  I am asking to use this for just printing off your calendar months – not to reproduce it for another purpose. The work is under copyright.

And I will mail you a physical copy if you would like one instead. You can email your mailing address (make sure subject line reads: “Request Replacement Months” Otherwise it might get lost in the crazy inbox!)

Again, I’m very sorry that happened.

Kate