IN THE SHOP: JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

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This month is the one-year anniversary of my Etsy shop, and for the past few months, I’ve slowly added an item or two here and there but haven’t really vamped it up with a slew of new products since launching it last Christmas. And now, a year later, it just seems right to bring in some newbies. Something I’ve learned about myself is that I need goals. Goals help people. Goals help me. With the recent Fall craft show on my radar for so many months, I was forced to develop some new and fresh products, which I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise. And I’m glad I did. I had so much fun this time around, challenging myself artistically, trying to really hone in on my design style while also giving myself the freedom to be ok with where I’m at creatively.

So… here we are. Introducing my new goodies, just in time for Christmas. Let’s do some shopping, shall we? (Click on each photo to take you to it’s corresponding shop listing.)

CHRISTMAS PRINT & CARDS

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CHRISTMAS STICKERS

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TEXAS & SOUTHERN PRINTS

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RECIPE CARDS

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EAT, DRINK, & GIVE THANKS PRINTS

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QUICK & EASY DIY: CHRISTMAS PENNANT

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Two days of 20-degree temps and ice covered streets will practically close a small town down and keep everyone inside. Which is actually really great, giving us a long three-day weekend (work was cancelled on Friday, woot woot) with no where to be. We’ve had the fire going non-stop, I made some homemade chicken tortilla soup, and we’ve had the chance to do some reading, movie-watching, house projects, and lots of lounging. I really do love these times when we’re forced to slow down. We even played outside with the dogs, and Chris pushed me down the alley on a cookie sheet. Oh ya we did. Sliding down a hill on a makeshift sled like a bunch of fools will just never get old. Ever.

So, with all this time on my hands, I had an itchin’ to do something crafty. And of course, I photographed the whole process so I could share with YOU. It’s seriously one of the quickest, easiest, cheapest projects I’ve done. And we all know those are three ingredients for the perfect DIY. So, get your materials out, roll up your sleeves, and read on.

GATHER YOUR MATERIALS:

- pair of scissors
- linen/burlap scraps
- black sharpie
- whatever twine or string you have on hand
- hot glue gun and extra sticks

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TRACE & CUT OUT YOUR FLAG
I made mine about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide, so I can fold it over the twine to attach it. Once you cut it out, fold it in half, then cut out the triangle to make two points. Now, you can trace this pattern several times over your fabric. Amount will vary depending on how many letters you are making.

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DRAW YOUR LETTERS ON EACH FLAG
Once you have all your flaggies traced and cut out, you can now draw on your letters.

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ATTACH YOUR FLAGS TO YOUR TWINE
I had some sparkly cream twine I got on clearance at WalMart a couple years ago and a roll of red/white holiday twine from Paper Source that I wanted to combine together for more interest and texture. Make sure to measure how long you want your pennant, then cut your string and lay out your flags where you want them. I don’t have a photo for this part, but open up your flag, turn it upside down, lay your string on the crease, and spread some hot glue down the crease. Quickly fold over the flag and press carefully, so the fold sticks to the string.

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HANG IT UP
I decided to leave the flags undone on the bottoms rather than gluing the whole thing together, so that the layers still show and give some depth. When you’re pennant is complete, just hang on your mantle with a few tacks, and you’re done!

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IN THE SHOP: STAMPS AND A WEEKEND SALE!

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Hey friends, I’m just sippin’ on a cup of Saint Frank Coffee on a slow Saturday morning and stopping in to share some stamps I recently added to the shop. These little guys were made from original hand-letterings and illustrations and come packaged in adorable muslin baggies… and you know what makes them so great? They’re super versatile, and you can use them over and over again. Need some one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers? Adding some finishing touches to your handmade Christmas cards? Looking for a fun and easy way to make a cute gift tag look even cuter? Wanting to add some hand-lettered flair to your scrapbook photo pages? Then these stamps are for you. 

And in honor of Small Business Saturday and after-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday and whatever ridiculous commercialism sale events are happening in this country, I thought, why not take part in this and offer up a little WEEKEND SALE myself?

So… thanks to all of this madness, I’m offering 25% off EVERYTHING in the shop. Stamps, art prints, invitations, cards, you name it. Just use code: SHOPSMALL at checkout. Sale ends Monday at midnight.

Click on each photo to take you to the Etsy listing.

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RECAP: HANDMADE HARVEST

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Two weekends ago, I took part as a vendor in the Denton Independent Maker’s Exchange (DIME) Handmade Harvest. The past few weeks have been jam packed with sketching, designing, printing, ordering, assembling, planning, rebranding, and preparing like a maniac to get ready for this event. This is my second official craft show, but having my own booth, setting up my own products, and selling them myself was a first for me. It was a lot of work, but SO worth it. I learned much about organization, prioritizing, managing multiple moving pieces at once, as well as trying to keep the big picture in mind while remembering all the little details.

Other than a couple of glitches on the front end, I quickly got in my groove and enjoyed every minute of it.  I loved meeting so many new faces, talking to customers about my process, getting to tell stories behind the products, and seeing people actually buy them. It was so fulfilling and reassuring that what I’m doing is meaningful to other people.

My sweet, servant-hearted mom stayed by my side almost all day. She helped set up my booth, let me borrow props for my products, offered creative advice, brought me lunch when I was so busy that I couldn’t leave my post, and was just a great support, willing to spend hours serving me. My sister was also a huge help in keeping me laughing all day and helping make a couple of sales while I had to take a break for a few minutes. My girl, Sally, even came on the back end of the show to help tear down and pack up my car, then joined me for dinner and drinks to finish off the day right.

From the time the doors opened, the day was busy busy busy, and I hardly had time to get enough photos and visit other vendors’ booths, but I am SO grateful for a fun, fulfilling, and very profitable day and can’t wait for next year. Here are a few snapshots I was able to sneak in, along with a few from my proud mom.

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Make sure to stop by The DIME Store’s Facebook page – these ladies are workin’ hard over there.

GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Hey it’s Saturday! Sweet, work-free, relaxing, sleep-in Saturday. And the day I get to announce a winner for my first giveaway. For this drawing, I simply typed in all the names of the participants into the free List Randomizer on Random.org and picked the #1 name on the list. And wham bam thank ya ma’am, we got ourselves a winner.

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AND THE WINNER IS…..KAYLA JOLLY!

Kayla is a fellow Texan (what up ATX!) who married her high school sweetheart, is a stay-at-home-momma to a sweet little toddler boy, and who blogs about biblical parenting and motherhood over at www.mayweallraisethemwell.wordpress.com. Go check her out – I think you’ll like her honest, transparent, and encouraging thoughts on raising kiddos with intentionality and grace.

Kayla, just shoot me an email at rebekah.disch@gmail.com with your mailing address, and I’ll have this calendar in the mail and on your doorstep by next week.

Thanks to all the (whoppin’ 6!) ladies who participated in this drawing. It’s always fun to hear from old friends and new ones, peruse new blogs, and hear a little feedback as well. Have a great weekend!

MY FIRST GIVEAWAY: A 2013 CALENDAR

I don’t know what your climate is like right now, but it is a hottttttt August afternoon in the north Texas country, and we are spending our day lounging indoors with the fans on full speed and the A/C as low as our budget will allow. So, between naps, reading, family visits, and a little T.V. watching (Absolutely hate sharks. Freaking love Shark Week.), I thought I’d stop by the blog today and have a little summer GIVEAWAY. Yeayah!

After selling one of my last 2013 Calendars from my Etsy shop last week, I thought… I have only ONE left. Why not just GIVE this bad boy away?

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Here are some simple instructions for entering the giveaway for this 11×17 Hand-lettered Wall Calendar. I would love to hear more about you and get to know my readers a little bit, so in order for your entry to qualify, all you have to do is answer the questions below in the comment section. The winner will be selected at random on Friday, August 9th.

1. Name
2. Your personal blog (if applicable)
3. State of residence
4. What you would love to see more of on this blog
5. Your job and favorite hobby

That’s it! Looking forward to seeing your entries come in!

IN THE SHOP: FATHER’S DAY PRINTABLES

Haaaaaaaapy Monday, my friends. The time has come again. Last month we celebrated mom, and this month, dad’s all the rage. Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to purchase those cards! I’ve designed a stylish, typographical card for all the special men in your life who answer to the name “dad.” All you have to do is visit my Etsy shop, purchase the PDF printable (two choices: blue OR beige) for only $3.50, and print on your home computer or at your local print shop. One printable, three and a half bucks, and you can print AS MANY AS YOU WANT WHEREVER YOU WANT. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

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FREE MOM’S DAY PRINTABLE!

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Hey y’all! It’s been a busy Spring season so far, with lots of traveling and full-scheduled madness for us Disches, but we are enjoying every moment and are thankful for so many fun opportunities to travel, visit friends, see new places (note the cherry blossom pic above from our recent trip to Washington D.C.), celebrate birthdays and graduations, go camping, and just enjoy the beautiful outdoors and glorious sunshine. So, I’m just stopping in to say a quick THANK YOU for reading this little blog and being even remotely interested in what we’re up to and what I’m designing.

Today, I am excited to give you a FREE PRINTABLE just in time for Mother’s Day that I’ve hand-lettered in my sketchbook and transferred digitally to make these downloadable cards. I am in love with the spectacular women in my life that God has given me as MOM and MOM-IN-LAW, and I want to celebrate them this week!

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Below, you’ll see four links that take you to PDF downloads that you can print, cut out, and give to your momma, grandma, or special lady in your life. The first three are individual foldable 4″x5.5″ cards. The last one is a PDF of three flat cards, one in each color. So you have options. Options are good. Options help people. Help yourself to as many as you want. Simply click, download, print, and give.

1. Mom Card “Pink”
2. Mom Card “Gold”
3. Mom Card “White”
4. Mom Card Set