Prize Photos & What I’ve Learned From Giving Things Away.

I received an email from the lucky winner of the Paper Ivy September 2013 Giveaway, Rebecca, to say that she was so excited to have won and she gave me her address so I could send her prize to her.  Rebecca got back to me a bit later to tell me she had received her Paper Ivy package. She was so thrilled and it made me beyond happy to be the one who could put so much joy into someone’s day.  I hear her Paper Ivy lovelies arrived safely and remained safe despite some little ones “helping” to unwrap her prize. So nice that everyone got some enjoyment out of it.

This is what she received:

Prize all packaged up.

Here is what she would’ve seen when she opened the box:

Packages tied up with string!

And this is what was in all those little packages:

Goodies.

 

By now, you’re wondering what it is that I learned from this… Well, I definitely love giving things to people.  I really love making people happy and just knowing that I’ve lifted someone’s mood, lifts my mood too.  We can all get immersed in our own daily grind and if I have the occasion to stop and do something to make someone smile I’m doing it!

The other thing, and this has been confirmed with the contact I’ve had with other clients and customers, but this reinforces it too, is that people like the things that I create.   I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but a lot of people really like Paper Ivy design and products.  While I’m not surprised, it really makes me keep going.  It can be hard for a creative person to keep putting themselves out there if they are shy by nature, but it seems like almost every time I do, I get rewarded.  Next time I’m holding myself back because it’s hard for me to put myself out there, I’m going to remember this and push forward.

So if you are reading this, thank you Rebecca, and thank you to everyone who encourages me.

— P.S. For those who aren’t familiar with Paper Ivy giveaways, if you would like a chance to win a package like this, filled with Paper Ivy products, all you have to do is subscribe to the Paper Ivy Newsletter.

Paper Ivy Goes to Blog School

On Friday night I was very excited to receive my login details for Decor8‘s online blogging course Blogging Your Way.  The Paper Ivy blog is very new, so I decided it was a good idea to get some tips from the experts… that and the lovely Anastasia from Anastasia – Drawing and Dreaming told me how great it was when she did it, so I became really excited about it!

Class officially starts on Monday.  I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of other bloggers, learning more and being able to craft a better blog.

Wish me luck!

Paper Ivy Spring Giveaway Winner Announced!

The lovely Rebecca Clarke has won the Spring 2013 Paper Ivy Giveaway.  As it is the first Paper Ivy Giveaway I wanted to make it a little special, so I’m including one of my new wooden brooches. It will be a one-off, never to be made again.  Lucky!  Rebecca will also receive a random selection of folded and flat cards, a bookmark and a writing set.  When I’ve selected all the pieces I’ll take a photo for you to look at!

How the Paper Ivy giveaways work:  Right before the giveaway, I generate a list of all Paper Ivy subscribers.  This means that any last minute sign ups get a chance to win too. Then I remove immediate family (sorry)!  Next, I use a random number generator to give me a name (well, a number that corresponds to a name on the list).  Then I announce the winner here on the blog, Twitter,  Facebook, and via the newsletter.  Then I send out an email informing the lucky person of their win and to get an address to send their new found wealth to.  If I don’t get a response after a few reminders and within 3 weeks (I understand that some people don’t go near email when they’re on holidays etc.) I will redraw to find another winner.  These giveaways happen every quarter.

So if you aren’t a Paper Ivy subscriber… maybe you should be!  You can sign up by using the sign up widget, top right of the blog.

Good luck!

Paper Ivy Adventures in a New (to her) Medium

For a while now I’ve been looking at other ways to get Paper Ivy designs over to other media (like the fabric I had printed). If you have seen the Paper Ivy ‘About’ page on Etsy, or the facebook page you may have seen the following image.

Little Paper Friends get tested!

The little paper characters were test cuts for a series of new Paper Ivy products.  I’m very excited to tell you that soon, I’m going to be able to offer Paper Ivy brooches, pendants and earrings!  The paper cuts were to test for size.  I’d stick them on myself to make sure I was happy with the size, depending on whether it was going to be a brooch, a pendant or an earring.

I’m telling you about all this now because Paper Ivy received a very exciting package of goodies yesterday and although I should’ve probably held it in until I had something in the shop, I just had to share the news. Here is what was inside!

Laser cut friends with paper still on.

Laser cut friends with paper still on.

I’ve taken some of my favourite designs and illustrations and asked a very nice laser cutting business to cut these out of wood for me.  They arrived with this protective paper stuck to them.  Laser scorch marks included!  The following image is what they look like after the paper has been removed and they have been cleaned up a bit.

Paper Ivy friends in wood!

Paper Ivy friends in wood!

The wood is solid cherry and it etches beautifully, but I also envisage doing some in walnut at some point.  I’ll let you know how it all goes!

Holiday in December?

I’m going to do something a little insane… I’m going on holidays with my family at what is the busiest time of year for Paper Ivy.  I will miss out on some markets and I really wanted to apply for Finders Keepers this year. However it’s the only time that was working for our family (and our finances!) and we haven’t had a holiday since September 2007 when I was pregnant with Ivy!  Ivy has been asking for a holiday for a while now and she really deserves it, and I suspected my usual response is no longer cutting it:

“Why yes Ivy, we’re all going for a holiday to stay with your Aunty and Uncle for the weekend! Yay!”

I knew this to be true when she said:

“No Mum.  A REAL holiday.”

So it’s high time for this holiday and everyone is in need of it, so we’re renting a holiday house, in a quiet spot, near the beach.

Having said all this, the Paper Ivy shop will remain open while we’re away!  I’ll be making up lots of stock beforehand and taking it with us for any orders that come in.  I won’t be doing custom orders during this time, so if you were thinking about ordering invitiations or something personalised, then you will need to do it before the 14th of November 2012.

I’m not sure how it will rate as a “holiday”, but maybe I’ll love it! Just relaxing and sending the things I’ve made to the people who love them doesn’t sound too bad.  Wish me luck!

 

The Dreamers Market

So the 1st of September, the first day of Spring marked a new beginning for Paper Ivy. This was my first time trading at a market. Whilst I won’t retire on the proceeds I still had a great day and count it as a good first market experience.

Paper Ivy stall at The Dreamers’ Markets

I met lots of other designers and makers in person, traded tips, had lovely stall neighbours, received invitations to trade at other markets, a wholesale inquiry, had great conversations with the loveliest customers and caught up with old friends.  A well rounded day.

If you are familiar with my online shop you’ll notice a few new things!

Watching the positive change in a customers face when they see a particular design or notice a particular detail is a great feeling.  To everyone who stopped by to say nice things to me, thank you so much!  I can’t express to you, how much it means that others connect with my work and get so much joy out of it.

Paper Ivy Adds a Blog!

Paper Ivy has had a website for a couple for years now, but I’m pleased to announce that the website now has a blog! So you can expect to be frequently updated on the goings on at Paper Ivy. Please feel free to subscribe to the Paper Ivy RSS feed so you don’t miss anything!

I’m very excited about seeing you more often!