Wednesday, August 31, 2011

laurel denise planner: last discount day

First thing is first: how on earth is it already August 31st? Isn't it still April?? Anyone? No? Yes? Wow. I mean, seriously, wow. Second thing is second: Today is the last day to get your 2012 Laurel Denise Planner for $30 buck-a-roo's, so don't delay! Head on over to my website or my Etsy page and order away!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

i love to read: middlesex

So, I read this book and...well, I liked it. But, the thing is, I waited for a long, long, very long time to read this book. It was one I always forgot about for one reason or another and, so, when I finally read it...the build up in my own head sort of ruined it for me. Does this make sense? My own silly forgetfulness over a good book that I wanted to read years and years ago and finally got around to remembering to order and read through made my absolute enjoyment of this really great book (written in a really interesting way, I'd like to add) almost impossible. So, yes, this was a good book. Did it rock my whole planet? Not quite. Did I waste my time reading it? Not even one bit. Did I stay up all hours and ignore things like my Cute Husband and work and dish washing and such for it? Well, no, not really. But it sure did keep me company during my trade show evenings and allowed me to unwind and escape a bit. So that's a win in book reading land.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Anything that can make old-school hip hop lyrics run through my mind before 7am is a thing that warrants a blog post, don't you think? Thank you, Paper Jam Press, for allowing that to be a reality this fine Thursday morning.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

stripey overnight bag

Oh, hey there, most amazing overnight bag ever to be made, nice to see you on the internets. I like you. I like you very, very much.

ps: Look at me, posting not about my business. Proud?

Monday, August 22, 2011

ny gift booth

Oh hey there, sweet blog friends! Happy finally getting around to posting about my recent trade show booth design day. After a small scare with a missing box (that is still lost wandering somewhere out there) and a swift save-the-day overnight box of emergency catalogs and product move by Cute Husband, we were set up and ready to sell. It's funny, I've always been nervous about a box going missing. It's one of the many things on my treasured pre-show anxiety list (it's a long list) and then, you know, it happened...and it was totally fine. What a gentle reminder to throw those long lists away, huh? And to also order more catalogs and make more product than you think you need. And that it helps to know your way around NYC so you can run to the flower district for more display pieces and hop on over to the fashion district to pick up a few extra patterns. Helpful.

Anyway, back to booth stuff! Here are some photos by Marcy of the general look and feel of the booth. I decided this year to pin old sewing patterns on the walls. Why? Well, I'm not sure, really. I like the text and the small arrows and little detailed instructions on them and I thought the colors were so cool...that they would make a great textured background that was quiet enough not to overpower the actual products, but made enough of a statement to entice buyers to walk on in. Which is the point, right? So I guess that's why. What I wasn't expecting was to have so many people feel nostalgic once they saw the patterns. A lot of people took time in front of our booth to recall sweet memories of grandmothers or moms with those patterns all around. It was tender and I loved it - to give people a little joy after walking such a huge show was a treat for sure!

Monday, August 15, 2011

pre-order 2012 laurel denise planner

Hey, so, remember when I used to actually blog? And, like, write stuff on here that wasn't directly related to my business? Yeah, I sorta remember that, too. Sorry that fine time in our relationship has been put on hold for a bit. To make up for it, please enjoy this 2012 planner pre-order announcement! (Hmmm...that was a sneaky little segway into talking about my business again, wasn't it?) Planners are $30.00 until September 1 2011. After that they are $35.00. Please oh please note that your actual calendar will not ship until October 1st though, okay? I heart you, you organized and list-making friends of mine.

Follow this link to the 2012 Planner ordering page!

ps: Pinky swear that I'll write about something other than my business on here eventually. Maybe.

Monday, August 8, 2011

decisions, decisions...

Things I've figured out how to do on Facebook: Set up a handy dandy poll so that you fine folks can help me figure out how much of each cover color I should order for the upcoming 2012 Laurel Denise Planner pieces. Things I haven't figured out how to do in Blogger: Set up a handy dandy poll. So, if you don't mind, can you be a superstar gem most awesome of a reader and go to my business' Facebook page and vote? Especially if you use the Planner. Thanks, sugars! You are the most awesome.