Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mason Jar Wedding Invitations

If you're anything like me (and the Pinterest masses) you are all about the mason jars, and who can blame you? Functional, inexpensive, and they are timeless! No, seriously! They are! Just ask your grandma!

With so many ways to incorporate mason jars into your wedding, why not display them proudly on your wedding stationery?




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fancy Feature | pinkEpromise

I've been fortunate enough to work with my close friend Stephanie at Sprout Web Designs on a few really great projects. One of my favorites being the pinkEpromise website. What is pinkEpromise? It's a daily deals site, but not just your ordinary daily deals site. 5% of every sale goes to a breast cancer foundation! The foundation that pinkEpromise was built on is that they save YOU money and YOU help save breast cancer patients. pinkEpromise was developed as a way to raise awareness and money for a special breast cancer foundation that directly helps patient healing with spiritual, mental, physical and emotional guidance while they receive their medical care.

Be sure to sign up for the pinkEpromise daily deals newsletter! You can also find them on Facebook.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Small Business Talk | Lucky Charms

I recently saw someone make the remark that "small businesses just don't work and the ones that do just got LUCKY." Lucky? Luck? Granted I've only been a small business owner for 3 years at this point, but I don't remember being handed any lucky tokens or golden tickets. Willie must have forgotten about me that day. What I do remember about this entire process is a lot of work. I've seen plenty of people start businesses around the same time as I started Fancy Designs and I've seen a pattern. Lack of follow through. People expect to see immediate results and it just doesn't work like that. It's like when you're trying to lose those last 5 lbs. They don't just come off the day you decide to lose them. It takes a lot of work. A LOT OF WORK! If you start a business because you expect to see immediate results, you're living in a fantasy world. Sometimes that happens, but it's just not a realistic way to look at it. You can't expect to take shortcuts, you can't expect to have the same outcome someone else has had, you just have to do your own work, put in the time, and wait patiently.

I'm a contributor for IAWEO and one of the recent topics was "Why did you start your small business?" I started my business to bring a service to people that I didn't think they necessarily were receiving with varying budgets. Atleast that's what I like to tell myself. The day that I jumped head first into launching my business was when I realized that none of the people I expected to be supportive of my goal believed in me. I never once heard, "This is so exciting, I hope this goes well for you." I've learned over the years that if you want to see my full potential, all you have to do is not believe in me. I enjoy proving a nay sayer wrong but more than that, I enjoy proving to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. I think that is the exact mind frame anyone considering going into business should have.

If you're willing to work hard, believe in yourself, and work EVEN HARDER, things can happen for you. Yes, that's going to mean looking in your bank account and asking yourself if you can survive off Ramen Noodles for the month. It's going to mean staying in to work late when your friends are out having a good time. There are countless sacrifices you are going to have to make, but if it's your true dream to own a business those sacrifices won't even be remembered 2 years down the road. All you'll see is what you've created for yourself.