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Friday, October 30, 2009

NewParent.com

Wow! Today I got an email from NewParent.com - a site for expectant, new and toddler stage moms and dads. The email said that they were adding items to the shopping catalog at NewParent.com and that they wanted to add some of my items. I of course said Yes! So now you can find Happy Banyan there!

Check out the link: http://newparent.com/go-shopping/

Thank you so so much NewParent.com! And a big big thank you to Etsy too!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Into Stores

So the next step is to try to get into some stores. Which ones? Not sure yet. How to do it? No idea.

But there is a really good thread in the Etsy forums right now that may put me on the right path. Check it out here:

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6201294

Monday, October 26, 2009

Photo Tag!

This post is in response to Elan Vital Anthology's blog post, which is in response to Cabin + Cub's blog post about "Photo Tag", a game I didn't know existed either. But I am so glad I've been tagged! What fun! So, if your name is below, or, if you just want to play - the rules are as follows:

1. Open your first photo folder.
2. Scroll to the 10th photo.
3. Post the photo on your blog and tell the story behind it.
4. Tag people to do the same.

So this is a photo taken at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center over the summer. It was so hot, somewhere around 102 degrees. And this is a view from under this beautiful trellis that walks into the Center.

Domino Earth and Media Kits



I also found this great article on creating a media kit and thought I would share. As you probably know, a media kit is a packet of information about your business that you share with the press. They are great tools for promoting a small business, and relatively easy to put together.

Happy creating!

Create a Media Kit for Your Small Business

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Great Green Picks

I've been trying to be a little more green lately - recycling more, not using plastic or paper shopping bags when possible, and other small things. I've also been on the hunt for great green products that are affordable. Here are a couple of wonderful green products that won't break the budget:

Princess Tiana's hair detangler by Carol's Daughter is paraben-free and gentle on your child's hair. It's also gentle on the budget, costing only $10.00. Granted, this is more than the cost of Johnson & Johnson's detangler. But, this one is earth-friendly and will last for a long time. Totally worth it. Go to: carolsdaugher.com.

Another great find is a set of four makeup brushes in the Eco-Tools kit by Alicia Silverstone. The entire set is only $14.99! The set is soft and cruelty-free and the bag they come in is made of hemp with nontoxic inks. Wow! What a great deal and green too! You can find this set at Target.

Do you have a great green find or green tip? If so, share it here and help us all shop more earth friendly.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Not-So-Top-Secret: Policy Sneak Peek

I have an item featured in the Storque!

Not-So-Top-Secret: Policy Sneak Peek

First Order

I'm almost ready to ship my first order out! My very first sale was 2 of these dresses:



Yay!!! I hope that this customer and her little girls love the dresses when they get them!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I Made A Sale!!!!

Woooohooooo! I made a sale! Yippppeeeeeeeeee!!

Excuse me now while I go do a happy dance around the neighborhood!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

We're Open!!!

I just opened shop and posted my very first dress!! It's the preview dress that you see below. Later tonight, I'll be posting another dress, so stay tuned!

Visit the shop and let me know what you think!

www.happybanyan.etsy.com

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's a Preview!

Tonight, I thought I'd give you a preview of one of my dresses, and here it is! The photograph below is from the photo shoot we did with the talented photographer Brandy Lewis.

The lemon yellow bamboo leaf print is part of Robert Kaufman's greenSTYLE line and is 60% cotton and 40% bamboo poplin (excluding the red trim.) This sustainable fabric is low-impact dyed, leaving less (or no) harmful waste.

The dress is a wrap-around, so it will grow with a child. It can be worn as a dress, over a pair of jeans or tights, or as a tunic next year. Throw a long sleeve tee under it and wear it all year long. Or I can make it with long sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves if you prefer.



So, what do you think?

You can see more details on this dress when I open my shop in a few short days!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Commercial Break

While I work on getting the shop set up, I thought we'd take a look at what really happens during those commercial breaks on the news...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Photo Shoot

Rather than figuring out how to take good pictures before opening an Etsy shop, I had Brandy Lewis, a very talented photographer from one of my mom's groups, take them for us. We met her this morning at a local park to take the pictures. Brandy did an incredible job and she was so nice to work with!

After an entire summer of temperatures over 100 degrees, this morning the weather decided to be chilly and cloudy. We delayed the shoot for an hour to let the temperature rise a bit, which it normally does here in Texas. Still hoping the weather would warm up, we decided to take pictures of each dress on the form before putting the girls in them.

And then I stepped in a big pile of dog poop.

In the end, the temperature decided not to cooperate with us at all and lingered around 57 degrees all morning.

Despite the weather, I think we got some terrific shots. As it turns out, searching for ladybugs, playing with sticks, and watching a big puppy run around make for an excellent photo shoot.

You can see a sneak peak of our photoshoot on Brandy's site here: http://brandylewisphotography.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/talented-momma/

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Etsy Opening Date!

Yay! Everything is almost ready for the Etsy shop opening. All the clothing is complete except for a few final touches. All the business and legal steps are in order. We'll take photographs on Saturday and have them ready to upload by the end of next week.

So, that means that we will now open on Monday, October 19!!



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Perfect Red

Today I made a dress out of the most beautiful red organic cotton fabric. It's a very deep, rich red that would be perfect for Christmas - especially Christmas pictures.

I am a big fan of wrap-around dresses. Wrap-around dresses are comfortable for play, they grow with a child, they can be casual or dressy, they can be worn with jeans or tights or alone as a dress...the list goes on and on. Needless to say, I have designed a wrap-around dress for my Etsy opening, and today's red organic cotton dress is a wrap-around.

All night long I've been looking at this dress on the form trying to figure out why it doesn't quite work and I've finally figured it out. This is a grown up's dress. It's a dress that I would wear. I think I've subconsciously designed something for myself in this wonderful, beautiful, perfect fabric that happens to be my favorite shade of red.

Since there is no way this dress will ever fit me, I must somehow figure out a way to "toddler it up." I'm going to look in the kitchen right now for something gooey to spill on it...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Brand New Day

I finally managed to shake off my bad dress day and created two new dresses for the upcoming shop opening. Now, the original plan was to open shop on October 5 - which is tomorrow. But I am a bit behind on that plan. I'm not sure when the new opening date will be yet, but I will keep you updated every step of the way!

In the meantime, here is an amazing tribute to Disney's birthday - which was October 1. It is a really cool video technique called tilt-shift and features an entire day at the Magic Kingdom. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Dress Gone Awry

I started making this very cute little dress yesterday. I was almost finished when I had this genius idea to add a reverse cuff to the sleeve, which used to be a long sleeve.

The cuff just didn't work, and instead of simply taking it off, I proceeded to hack it off. Yep. That was my brilliant fix. So my long sleeve turned into a 3/4 length sleeve. But the sleeves weren't even. So more hacking. And more. Until now I'm left with an uneven, sleeveless mess, mocking me.

Friday, October 2, 2009

I Have Seen the Light

With model measurements in hand, I have set off to sew. I've never worked with eco-friendly fabric before, and I am in LOVE! Especially with bamboo - we'll get to that in a minute.

First, organic cotton. It turns out that being left untreated does wonders for fabric. I never realized before how much softer organic cotton is - mostly because I thought it would be too expensive to buy. But with all the research I did, I was able to find some beautiful options for about $11.00 a yard, a price that includes the shipping it took to get here. That isn't too much more than the fabric I used to buy in the fabric stores around town, and in some cases it's even cheaper.

That being said, organic is now the only way to go for me. Having worked with organic, there is no way I can go back. Admittedly, there are fewer cute options with organic right now, and some of those options are very expensive still. But there are more and more manufacturers going green and producing green products. That means more choices are being made everyday!

Now on to bamboo. Bamboo fabric is by far the most luxurious and wonderful fabric I've ever touched in my whole entire life. I want to be surrounded by bamboo fabric. I want to sleep in it. I want to sleep on it. I want to wear it everyday. If I could wear shoes made out of bamboo fabric, I would.

I've read before that bamboo is really soft and feels like silk. I never got it until now. It's way better than silk. It's incredible, and I am in love with it. The best part is that this fabulous and amazing fabric is sustainable. It is fabric heaven.
 

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