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Saturday, March 1, 2014

NOW INTRODUCING...

...my NEW ONLINE STORE!

I have some exciting news! If you keep up with me on Facebook and every other form of social media, you probably already know that I opened an online shop. 

SO! EXCITED!

I've been sharing on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and now here! I'm everywhere! I've also included links on some of the gallery photos on my "real" website. You can also view my store directly from my blog. Linked up and ready to sell. I'm really trying to make this hobby into something. 

Excited! See?



I've also joined the professional network of LinkedIn - trying to get some connections and exposure. I have to say that website is somewhat confusing.

However, for as much as I've been sharing and linking, the sales haven't happened. 

Nada. Zilch. Zero. No way, Jose. 

SO. DISCOURAGED.


Ruff is right.

I've been sharing on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and now here! I'm everywhere! Right?! I just can't help but feel like I'm doing something wrong. 

I know it's only been a week but I want instant results. Instant gratification. Right now.

I'm just kind of at a loss. I don't know what else to do. Any ideas on what I can do better or maybe stop doing? I would love some help. 

If I'm asking for help I must be desperate.

Pity party over. I will prevail and succeed and try and persevere!

Now, on to other things like a new product...






NOW INTRODUCING

(drum roll please)

CHILD SIZED BUTTON BRACELETS

TA-DA!

Cute, right? You like? Each child bracelet is about 5" in length width and adjustable toggle closure. Now, your little girl can match mommy with her very own bracelet! I've noticed while doing craft shows that little girls are obviously more attracted to the brightly colored bracelets, so that's how I make them. Bright. I've started one that is pink, lime green and bright blue. Once it's completed, it will be added to my store. You can buy the hot pink/purple bracelet now. 

I think that's all I have for now. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. They go by way too fast. 

...until next time...

-Sam











Saturday, February 1, 2014

NEW PROJECT: Child's Lap Desk


Like I said in my last post, my new project for 2014 is vinyl. 

I'm so in love with vinyl and my Silhouette. 

I feel like lettering everything. EVERYTHING.

I actually thought about putting some sort of pattern on the the ceiling fan blades. Of course, I didn't mention this to the husband because I'm pretty sure he would look at me like I have 5 eyeballs. However, I'm still thinking that's not a bad idea (the ceiling fan, not the eyeballs.)

This particular project is not my first project with my Silhouette. I've lettered my sign I use at the craft shows, I gave away a monogram, made a coaster...

...but this is the first that I blogged about.

I saw this lap desk at Five and Below. If you've never been to one of these stores, I highly recommend that you go. It's kinda like Target. You can't not buy anything while you are there. They have pretty cool stuff and it's cheap. That's the best part!

Anyway, back to the desk. I saw this desk and I was like, "OMG! That would make a perfect gift for Austin!"

Austin is my best friend's little boy. He's adorable and his birthday is coming up.

I loved the amount of blank space on the desk because it was perfect for personalization. I never questioned it once. I had to buy it.  

Austin loves dinosaurs. Then again, what little boy doesn't? I found this dingbat font called Ding-o-Saurs and the name font is Poplar Standard. 

Perfect! 

I can't wait to give it to him because I already know he loves it! He saw it on Facebook and he claimed it before he knew it was his. Smart kid. 

I really hope Five and Below keeps stocking these desks because I'm hoping they are going to be a hit. Plus, it was fun to design!

...until next time...

-Sam











Sunday, January 5, 2014

Oh, Just Some Things...

What a crazy year it has been for Just Darlin'. I started in 2010 making just cards and now I've expanded and continue to try new things!

This year's new venture is...

VINYL!!

I can't wait to start my first project which is going to be applying a doily decal to a small round table that I have just sitting in the corner. It needs a little sprucing up. I can't wait to get some vinyl, use my brand new Silhouette Cameo, and write a tutorial for you! 

Also, I've updated some of my crafty goals. I renamed the page to "Twelve" because I completed some of my goals that I set for last year. Go me!!

I hope everyone of you had a great Christmas and New Year! 

...and if you stuck in this horrible, frigid and unforgiving winter weather - stay warms!

...until next time...

-Sam

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Regroup & Replenish

I have to post this right now. 

I have to tell the whole world how good of a job I did today. Did I just really compliment myself? Wow. I don't do that very often, if at all. 

The craft bazaar I told you about in my last post was today and it was a major success. Major for me. I didn't make a bajillion dollars but in my little world of crafting...it sure felt like it. 

I've only done 2 craft shows (the one that I did in March doesn't count) but I have to say that even though I have made a profit - it's not all about the money (it sure helps) but I love seeing people's reaction to my creations. It really makes me happy that people enjoy what I make because it's something I love doing. It's so awesome to see someone smile about a set of coasters or a button bracelet (which were the biggest sellers today!!)

Needless to say, I can't wait for the next show in 3 weeks!! I know the next one is going to be HUGE - not just for me but for everyone involved. It's located at one of the biggest churches around the area. That stated, I am going to have to regroup  which means taking a breath, cleaning my craft room and get to makin' more stuff! I mean seriously MAKE. MORE. STUFF. 

In other exciting craft show news, I finally got to use my Square! It was a big day for me!

If you purchased something from me today, stopped by my table or even picked up a business card and you are reading this, I just want to say THANK YOU! Your support, interest and kindness mean so much to me. It helps to keep me inspired and driven to do what I love! 

I sincerely hope that you enjoy your creations that were purchased. I loved making them for you!

UPDATE
Oh yeah, in my last post I talked about chicken enchilada soup in the crock pot and gave a link to the recipe, you need to try it. The soup was awesome. The only thing I added to the recipe was taco seasoning. It gave it a little bit more flavor. Also, garnish it with some cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. Yum! Go try some. Have it for dinner tomorrow. 

...until next time...

-Sam




Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Three Cs

Hello, all!

I hope everyone had a great week and you are now enjoying your weekend! It's a cold one - a great day for cleaning, crafting & cooking. The three Cs - which is what I'll be doing as soon as The Today Show goes off. I love "relaxing" (I call it "relaxing" because mainly its just a method of procrastination from what I really have to do - cleaning.) on a Saturday morning with a cup of steaming coffee, my computer and The Today Show! 

I posted about Zoe, the new puppy, in my last update a few weeks ago. We love her to death and she's still a handful. She also makes a mess and pulls all of the dog toys out of the toy box and they are spread all over the living room floor. Basically, I have to clean more. I'm really not a fan of that. I also have to catch up on laundry and I'm not really a fan of that either. 

Next weekend is another craft show at a local high school. I'm really excited but I still have a TON of work to do. I have to name/label all of the button bracelets, coasters still have to be worked on, cards have to be made. I also may have just increased my workload this morning by emailing a local boutique about selling my creations. I'm so nervous! I'll keep you posted on the news!

Yesterday, I finally received my business cards from VistaPrint. They turned out so nice! See? The picture isn't so nice - thanks to being a cell phone picture but you get this gist of it. 



So, for the cooking portion of the three Cs. Tonight is Crock-Pot night. I don't feel like cooking anything so I'll let the Crock-Pot do it. That thing is like a magical pot. I don't have to do anything but put the ingredients in there and let it do it's thing. I'm thinking of Chicken Enchilada Soup for dinner tonight. The hubby said that he wanted some Tex-Mexiky. I found this recipe on Pinterest and I think this is "the one." Sounds yummy!

It's 9:00 am now and I guess I should get up and start cleaning and getting ingredients ready for the Crock-Pot. Procrastination time is over. 

Whatever you are doing this weekend, whether it be cooking, cleaning, crafting, shopping or nothing at all, enjoy it!

...until next time...

-Sam




Saturday, October 19, 2013

Just an Update

It's after midnight on Saturday morning and I thought it would be a great idea to start typing an update about what's going on in my life. I'm now starting to think that was a horrible idea because I probably need to go to bed instead of typing random things about my life and watching reruns of "The Office." Oh well. I digress. 


Meet Zoe (the little 4 legged creature). She joined our family of 3 about 2 or 3 weeks ago. It's been somewhat of an adjustment having another dog around. She definitely keeps us on our toes! 


This is my table set up at my first real craft bazaar! It was so much fun and I actually made a profit! I think I'm addicted to doing craft shows - three more have been booked already since last weekend! 


My button bracelets were a hit! I have to admit that they are really cute! The Virginia Tech color scheme was a hit as well as my table covering that I wrote on. If people weren't intrigued by the button jewelry, they were intrigued by my table covering made of postal wrap. Thank you, Pinterest! 

Other little things that are going on right now:
1. I'm getting a new shotgun tomorrow! Yes, a real shotgun. It goes bang!
2. We are painting our kitchen and redoing our cabinets and adding a pantry. I hate home improvements but I love the final product. 

I'm running out of things to ramble about. Goodnight!

...until next time...

-Sam








Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Website!

I've been a pretty busy little bee lately. I've been working on button bracelets (orders and for the craft show), coasters and a brand spankin' new website!


This is the contact page. There is also reviews, FAQs and a gallery. Pretty awesome stuff. I soon hope to have an actual working store. It just makes ordering from me a whole lot easier. 

If you want to take a look at the website, click here.

If you see anything that needs to be changed or if you would like to see something on the website that isn't there, please let me know. 

I'm also pretty excited about how my button bracelets have been taking off. I've sold them to pretty much every woman I work with and I have orders coming in on Facebook and at church. I hope to sell these in a local boutique soon. I just have to muster up the courage to do so. I don't like rejection. Haha!


This bracelet is actually the hubby's idea. He thought it would be a good idea to add the little "Hope" ribbons. He was right. Did I really just say that? I admit, he has good ideas every once in a while. My bracelets also have these really pretty sparkly buttons. So cute! This photo has almost 15 likes on Facebook and just recently received an order for 2 of these. This particular bracelet is $15 if you would like to purchase. Please email me at justdarlincards@yahoo.com.

Well, that's all I have for today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

...until next time...

-Sam


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