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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ETSY SALE: NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31

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As I’ve entered a new season of life these last few months (moving from Texas to Alexandria VA, working a full time graphic design job, supporting my husband in his job transition, settling into a new church, making new friends, and adapting to a much faster pace of life than we’ve had the last 7 years, no big deal), blogging and designing for my Etsy shop have naturally taken a back seat for some time.

So, though I don’t know what the future holds for my online/social media “life”, I still want to communicate important and fun things that go on with Rebekah Disch Design, even though they may be few and far between for a while.

And what is more important and fun than a SALE? And when I say sale, I don’t mean like an Anthropologie “sale” where a $200 shirt is marked down to $180. I mean 50% off items that are originally 8 and 15 dollars. Hello.

NOW through OCTOBER 31, I am offering all of my art prints in my Etsy Shop at half price. Art prints are a great way to add some pizazz to your walls and also make great gifts. Just pair with a pretty frame (TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Target, or Ikea are great resources for stylish, inexpensive frames), and voila! Easy, instant art.

Need more direction on how to use some of these prints? Let me help you. Keep in mind, some come in multiple colors, so be sure to visit the “art prints” section to see all listings and colors. (Also, click on each photo to take you to the Etsy listing.)

How about one of these for a sweet hostess gift for your fall dinner parties or Thanksgiving get-togethers? (three different colors)

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This would be a great anniversary gift for the special lady or gent in your life. Extra points if they love Parks and Rec.

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I could totally see this one hung in a boy’s room or even a home office as a reminder to press on through adversity.

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This would be a great inspirational reminder for a home office, girl’s room, or in a living room gallery wall as a family manifesto of sorts. (three different colors)

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I love this western-themed print for a nursery or kid’s room. It would also make a great gift for the proud southerner in your life. We all know one of those, don’t we? (three different colors)

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THIS coffee print. Need I say more? Coffee addicts unite! (2 different colors)

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How about this snarky little guy for my teacher friends’ classrooms? Or hung in your home as a reminder to take a screen break and savor the moment?

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This one is special to me because my mom speaks this verse over her children. What a great gift for a mother or father raising their kids to love the Lord and walk in His Truth.

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And make sure to share your finds via Instagram or Facebook – I love to see my art on your walls! Just tag @rebekahdisch (Instagram) or @rebekahdischdesign (Facebook). Happy shopping!

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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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.

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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NEW IN THE SHOP: CARDS!

Hi there, I’m just stopping in today to announce that I have some more merch in the shop! I designed these sweet and personal hand-lettered card sets for the Christmas Craft Show last month and got such a great response that I decided to print some more and stock the shop. As I worked on these cards, along with some of the other art prints and gift tags, it was so good for me to take a break from the computer screen, pull out my sketchbook and just draw.

I know this is not the most prime time of year to be buying stuff, BUT I’m sure you could make a list of all those parents, grandparents, friends, co-workers, great aunts, and party hosts who showered you with gifts and hospitality over the holiday season and send some nice thank you notes, right? Right.

Stop on over and see what I got.

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ETSY SHOP UP AND RUNNING!

Hi friends, I am proud to announce that my Etsy shop is finally stocked with products and up and running just in time for Christmas! I’ve spent the last couple weeks photographing, setting up, putting together product descriptions, and finishing up my “storefront” and am so excited that’s finally done.

I have Christmas art prints that make great holiday decor, year-round home art prints to adorn your walls, Christmas gift tags for topping off your beautifully-wrapped presents, 2013 wall calendars, and a selection of customizable baby art prints that make perfect shower gifts for new moms and dads.

Here are a few glimpses of what’s over at the shop. Please stop by and check it out!
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