BIG LIFE UPDATE + AN ETSY SALE

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If you’ve been following my blog at all for the last few years, you’ll notice there was once a really fruitful season of Rebekah Disch Design with lots of DIY blog posts, weekend trip recaps, design and decor posts, launching of new products, free printable give-aways, fun design collaboration opportunities, and more. Those days were really fun. Those were the days I grew to really love blogging. Then I went back to work full-time and pretty much have been doing the 9-5 for the last three years, leaving little time to work on my creative business much at all. I’ve still sold prints and cards in my Etsy shop, participated in craft fairs, and took on occasional custom design work, but due to having to devote most of my life to working for the man (and I’m thankful for those opportunities for sure!), I had to say bye bye to the prospect of focusing on RDD in a way that the business really deserved. So, I worked. I put in the hours, worked hard, resolved to stay faithful where I was planted, and embraced my job(s) God has graciously given me over the years, and we were always taken care of and were never in want.

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THE BACK STORY
When we moved to Virginia a year ago, our pace of life went from zero to 60 almost immediately. We got plugged in to our amazing church, started new jobs, and we were happily overwhelmed with the amount of people, friendships, community, things to do, and places to see that were put in front of us… the experience of moving from small town Texas to the nation’s capital is no joke! So many good things but so much change with little time to rest or process in between.

Almost immediately after moving, I accepted a graphic design position at a local design firm. This job was a God-send and provided a great space for me to learn, grow, and produce some really fun design work. It pushed my brain creatively in ways I would have never been pushed otherwise. I had a very gracious and kind Creative Director. I made new friends. I learned a TON. But the hours were long, the days were stressful, and our personal/family time suffered, as well as my ability to really give my time to the people in our lives that we love and the things in our life that really matter to us. I was tired. Stressed. Spent. And hungry with the desire to grow RDD again and to do work that I really love. The creative itch continued.

A few months ago, Chris and I started having conversations about how I could possibly make my design business work. In addition to wanting a pace-of-life change, I was becoming more and more inspired to explore the idea of running my own business instead of doing work for someone else. We spent lots of days reflecting, evaluating, and brainstorming what it would look like to slow down a bit, have more flexibility in our schedules, and dream together of what RDD could be, if given the chance. I started thinking of all the things I love to do, all the ways God has gifted me and the avenues I could take with those talents. And I wondered… why not? Why work for someone else doing work they want me to do when I can work for myself and do what I really love while at the same time giving me more life flexibility? My business already has a foundation, why not continue to build on that?

THE EXCITING NEWS
So after weeks of anticipation, here I am, over-sharing on the internet about my journey, and I am excited to announce that as of this week, I’ve officially ended my previous job and am now pursuing RDD full time. Hooray! We are super pumped about this new venture and are excited and ready for the joys and challenges along the way, as well as the time we will get back as we slowly but diligently seek to live life more purposefully together.

WHAT I’LL BE DOING
I am planning to initially focus on doing some freelance work, mainly logo design for small, creative businesses as well as some other fun, creative things coming down the pipeline (can’t wait to share!). I’ll also be giving some time to my Etsy shop, creating new art prints and cards and building my stationery business with a focus on weddings and events. And did I mention… blogging? I am super pumped to give this little corner of the internet some tender lovin’ care and keep this blog more updated on a regular basis.

SO…WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
As a celebration, I am having a store-wide sale in my Etsy shop. Everything is 30% off from now until June 30. Just go to my shop, fill your cart with goodies, and use the code HOORAY30 at checkout.

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Thanks for your continued support in my journey and for your interest in this little business of mine.

Cheers!

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IN THE SHOP: VALENTINE’S CARDS

Valentine’s Day. You either love it or hate it. Well, people, regardless of your feelings about the impending holiday, it’s a week away. And if you celebrate it at all, you will most likely need a gift, and if you buy a gift, you will need a card to pair with said gift. And you know how daunting those holiday card sections are. Do you really want to spend an hour of your precious Target-time reading through the endless options of overpriced sentiments when you could be using that time diligently perusing the One Spot?

Well, I hope to make the card-searching process a little less painful for you by offering you… the printable card, right from the comfort of your own home. You pay a small price, and you get a PDF that you can download and print wherever you want. I’ve whipped up a few fun hand-lettered designs that are a bit humorous and oh-so-romantic. Each card comes in three colorways and downloads instantly in your account. Maybe one of these speaks to you.

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Married folks, you know what I’m talking about…

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Here’s a throwback from last year, also available in the shop.

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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.)

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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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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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NEW IN THE SHOP: FRIENDSHIP ART PRINT

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This morning, I was sitting with my coffee, reading, thinking… and I just became overwhelmed by the sweet friendships God has given me here. Real, quality, “iron sharpens iron” friendships that are solid, fun, encouraging… They took years to form, and I am reminded that you must be patient, as real, solid relationships are built slowly but steadily as you experience life together. My cup is literally overflowing with thankfulness for these women whom I love, trust, and have grown SO much with. So, in honor of these sweet friends of mine, I am excited to reveal a new art print today!

Recently, a good friend had a birthday, and I wanted to give her something hand-made and special to show my appreciation and thankfulness for her friendship. I found this sweet quote by Hellen Keller and I thought, this is perfect. I think these words sum up the the joy that these kindred-spirit kind of friends bring. So, I went to town in my sketchbook and made it my own. Hope you enjoy.

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BIG SALE AT THE ETSY SHOP!!

Hi friends, just wanted to announce some big news that for a limited time, my chalkboard-inspired hand-lettered art prints are on sale RIGHT NOW. Why? Because sales are what makes the world go ’round, AND because let’s face it, these items need good homes and are ready to be ON YOUR WALLS, in your living rooms, on your bedside tables, in your offices. These prints need you and you need them.

Not only are these great adornments for your own home, but they also make great gifts. Know a couple who just bought a home? Maybe your homegirl is redecorating her kitchen? Or what about that friend that just landed a sweet new job and needs some good office decor (or a wall calendar?!). What sweeter gift than some new art for their bare walls.

So stop on over to my shop (or just click on the photos below) and make your purchases! Here are the three items I have for sale right now:

11X17 YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE ART PRINT – was $17.50, is now $10.
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8×10 “SHOP LOCAL” ART PRINT – was $15, is now $10.
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8×10 “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” ART PRINT – was $15, is now $10.
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