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Crafty Soiree #10 + A Special Coupon Code

 Happy Thursday Pals!  Time for A Crafty Soiree

A crafty soiree
I sure enjoy looking through everyone's links.  You people are so creative!  This week I'm featuring Fall items.  I am having a little daydream about the perfect fall evening.

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I get to wear this Fall Rosette Necklace from Oopsey Daisy

Fall Wine Tasting Party
 
To a gorgeous, richly hued Wine Tasting party by Pink Postcard

  Gingerbread and Pumpkin Trifle

Then for dessert, we nibble on Gingerbread and Pumpkin Trifle from Crafts and Sutch

Sounds good doesn't it?  Speaking of fun fall stuff…

I wanted to let you know about a coupon code from You Can Make This. They're running a promotion to help get you make things for your home, friends, and family– just in time for the holidays. Enter BlogThisFall (all one word) and receive 15% off any order from October 28 – November 18, 2010.  There many patterns and how-to's to inspire you. Keep stopping by my friend/party co-hostess Katie's blog for an upcoming big beautiful giveaway from You Can Make This too.

Ok Featurettes, help yourself to a button!

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New Party Guidelines

1.  Link up your creative projects (No Etsy stores or other linky parties pretty please).  

2.  Add your link to the specific posts not the main URL.

3.  Add a "Crafty Soiree" button to your blog or posts.

4.  Please comment on the post linked up in front of you.  All partygoers love meeting new friends… don't just stop there…if you see something that catches your fancy– stop by and say hi!

5.  Your hostesses would love it if you'd follow us.  You can find Katie here.

6. Hope you have fun!

 

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Malia

Pretty Little Studio Interview + Treat

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Hi Friends!  Yesterday I promised you an interview with Melissa and here it is. 

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Melissa 

Melissa is the very talented designer behind Pretty Little Studio.  I used some of her Vintage Flashcards and Vintage Journaling tags on the banner I posted yesterday.  

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 Vintage Tag from Pretty Little Studio's "Little Boys" Tag Set

Melissa is generously offering a special discount to YoT readers.  Just become a friend of Pretty Little Studio on Facebook or visit the darling PLS shop and leave a comment here about what you liked.  Then go shopping!  Use the code Vintage1950 to get 15% off Pretty Little Studio products!

About Pretty Little Studio

When and how did PLS start?  I started PLS on Etsy October 14, 2009. I had been working as a Sales Associate in the Mall and after my second child was born, I didn’t go back.  I wanted to make some spending money. So I decided to sell some of the scrapbooking journaling cards I made for myself on Etsy. I first started just selling digital items. One day I decided to print them out and see how they would sell. Here we are!! Now my customers have to beg me to make digital items. 

Are you a graphic designer?  Self taught, school or both? I’m self taught. When I was 15, my grandfather passed down his old computer 3.1 with a floppy drive. My first piece of design work was a family cookbook that I did for my mom.

Have you always been artistic?  Yes! I’m a “jack of all hobbies”. I started cutting out paper strips and making little pockets when I was 7. I was cross-stitching at 9. I learned how to quilt at 14 by watching a tv show. After college, I started scrapbooking and quickly turned into an obsession.

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Some of Melissa's Vintage Illustration Collection

How do find/create the images you use? All my commercial clipart I use is from www.mygrafico.com and Etsy. I use some commercial clipart because I’m not artist just a designer. My vintage images are all from children’s picture books, paper doll books and greeting cards. I find my vintage items on Ebay and Etsy.

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Vintage Illustrations by Vivian Robbins 

Your work has a nostalgic feel… what's your favorite decade and why? 1950’s are my favorite. I have two favorite artists from that era, Vivian Robbins and Betty Voss. I love their work. All of their pictures and illustrations are inspirational.


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Christmas Products Color Guide

What colors are you into now?  I love bright colors: My favorite colors now are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Apple, Teal, and Chocolate. If you check out my shop, you will notice I use these colors a lot in my lines.

What do your customers like to use the PLS products for?  Scrapbooking

What's the most unique item a customer has created with your products? One of customer used the vintage tags to make cupcake toppers for her son’s birthday. She glued two together on a popsicle stick and stuck them in each cupcake.

How would you describe your style?  Modern, Whimsical, Vintage

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Melissa's Workspace

What's your process for designing?  I really don’t have process. When I get an idea, I just design it and if I don’t have time right them I write it down in my notebook. I have so  many ideas, my brain feels like its going to pop most days.

Tell us three things that inspire you:  Illustrations/clipart, color charts, patterned paper

What has been the most surprising thing about starting an online business?  I’m still shocked on how well it’s done. I never dreamed I could be a SAHM and work in my bedroom in nighties and make more then when I was general manger of a restaurant. I’m still in awe.

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Little People in the Fall Vintage Tags 

What advice can you share about starting a business?  What do you wish that you'd known? Just go with the flow. Advertising is key! It has made a huge difference. Never borrow any money. I’ve never borrowed a cent, I’ve only used what I’ve made to buy new products and equipment. I started out with about $5, an inkjet printer and a pack of cardstock. Start out with a good Accounting program like Quick books, Its makes life a lot easier at the end of the year. 

What's the best/most challenging part? The best part is having hundreds of orders come in. But it’s very stressful. The most challenging part is distractions. My kids really kick it up a notch when I’m really busy. Some I just have to stop and play and then go back to work.

What are you embracing right now? Sleep!! I haven’t had a full nights sleep in over 3 years. I hope by the time my kids are 10, I can finally get caught up J

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Christmas Collection Sneak Peek 

What can we look forward to from PLS for the holidays? Right now I’m designing the a new Christmas line inspired from a 1965 Holiday Paper Doll Book. I have new vintage tags, lots of journaling cards, holiday flash cards and of course some new patterned paper.

About Melissa:

If you were a color you'd be… and why: Apple Green and Aqua. Why?!?

Favorite season: I don’t any favorite seasons where I live its too humid, really hot and we hardly ever get snow. My favorite weather is: 70* with a nice 15 mph wind

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Coffee or Tea? Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice

Magazine that inspires you: Pottery Barn Catalog

Blog to visit for inspiration: Ali Edwards or Elizabeth Kartchner

Store to visit for inspiration: Target

You're at your favorite thrift store and suddenly you see something that makes your heart jump:  It's a 1950’s paper doll book.

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Josh Groban

Best loved song? So She Dances (sung by Josh Groban)

Where can we find you?

Shop: www.prettylittlestudio.com

Blog: www.prettylittlestudio.blogspot.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/melissasstudio

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Thanks Melissa!  See you tomorrow for a delish chocolate chip cookie recipe.

YOT Readers Discount for The Twinery

Have you joined the twine craze yet?  I have– and it feels good!  Especially with a generous discount.

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My new favorite twine source is "The Twinery."  Whether you're wrapping a gift, tying up some baked goods or adding a special touch to a card or craft project– the Twinery is the way to go.  Besides being adorable and colorful (8 different shades), this twine is:

  • 100% cotton
  • eco-friendly
  • made in the usa


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The Twinery Sampler

And here's something I really love– they offer a sampler package.   So you can get 15 yards each of 8 delicious colors for $14.95… unless you're a YOT reader– then you can get it for 25% off. Seriously. That makes it $11.21, peeps!  Pop over to The Twinery and use this code at checkout: TUESDAY25

You have until Friday, August 6th to take advantage of this offer. And as if there isn't enough to be excited about… The Twinery is offering a free pretty gift tag printable that matches perfectly with their twine.

Need some inspiration?  Here you go, with images credited to their source:


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Source:  Not Just a Mommy 

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 Source:  Whisker Graphics

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 Source:  The Purple Pug

I can't wait to get my sampler in the mail so I can "tie one on"… and another… and another…and another…

BIG Hug, Malia