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We decided to sit the National Stationery Show out this year because prepping for it just seemed too overwhelming with a toddler and an infant. Wow. I had no idea what a good decision that was, at the time. I was still pregnant when we made the call in November of last year. Now that I’ve lived a few months with two kids, I’m not sure it would have even been doable! Not without daycare and some sort of support staff, and I have neither.

Even though we’re missing the big show, I didn’t want to miss out on a chance to connect with people, especially since I’ve been working so hard on so many new designs! So, I decided to go all out on a big mailing.

Mailing Envelope NSS2015 from Everything Little Miss

I addressed all of the mailing envelopes with a neon pink sharpie. When I started, I was really nervous about messing up. But, I actually really enjoyed this part of the project! I like that they aren’t perfect. For the most part, the addresses are off-center and a little crooked, but it feels authentic and it goes with the Everything Little Miss aesthetic.

NSS2015 Mailer from Everything Little Miss

This is what was inside the mailing envelope. I wanted the whole package to feel like a gift. I’m hoping people had fun opening everything!

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I included a handwritten note with each package. On the envelope, I wrote hello! with a gold metallic marker. The effect was subtle and very pretty! For the letter, I used our new Zebra Finch Stationery. I also included Milo’s birth announcement because each letter explained that he’s basically the reason we’re sitting the show out! Lastly, I threw in my business card. I updated these so now they have four birds – one for each member of our family. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but I painted the edges of the business cards orange just to add a little somethin’ somethin’.

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I paperclipped together our 2015 Wholesale Catalog (on the bottom, not visible), our 2015 Holiday + Gifts + 2016 Calendars Catalog, and our media kit (on top with the hedgehogs). I chose to include the media kit with all of the packages because it goes into a little more detail about our company history and has little bios about us (see our bios here). Since I won’t be meeting people in person at the show, this booklet will help them get to know the company and get a sense of what we’re all about.

I used our new Apatosaurus + Pteranodon Small Gift Wrapping Paper with a customized gift tag (both available June 2015) to wrap up card samples. I chose samples specific to each recipient, so folks in New York City received our new City Love: New York City, State Love: New York, and Eastern Bluebird – New York State Bird. Everybody received a few new holiday cards, too (available August 2015)!

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NSS2015 Survival Kit Outside + Inside from Everything Little Miss

The most special piece of our mailing was the NSS 2015 Survival Kit! I had these little, zippered pouches custom printed. Then I filled them with goodies to help people survive the show. This way, Everything Little Miss will be at the show in spirit! I had fun packing these all up, and I sure hope people find everything useful.

Come back next week to learn more about our special collaborations with Handcrafted Honey Bee and Emma’s Friend’s Soaps & Lotions! I’ll tell you more about these wonderful companies and the lip balm and hand lotion that I included in the survival kits. ♥

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Wes RequestsWesley turned two in January, and he’s full of opinions. He makes music and book requests regularly. Since this is a small family business, Wes’s preferences become a major part of my life and work. At Everything Little Miss, we strive to create fun, colorful, and playful designs. Spending time with my toddler and delighting in little joys with him every day has helped reinforce the spirit of Everything Little Miss as I make plans and think about new products. Here I’ll share with you some of our obsessions. Wes Requests is a monthly feature on our blog. 

 

I’m so happy that Wes loves to read. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is one of his favorite books and he can read it all by himself now. He reads it to Milo or to me or to his dad. He’s loved that book since he was very small, so we’ve read it thousands of times. It’s really a great book, but I’m excited that he’s started requesting some longer storybooks!

Books Wes Loves

1. LITTLE BLUE TRUCK LEADS THE WAY
This book is a big hit because there are just so many vehicles to look at and name. Plus it rhymes. This is a pretty popular book amongst the toddler crowd, but if you have a little one and haven’t read this book yet, Wes recommends it wholeheartedly.

2. CORDUROY
An oldie, but a goodie! I got this book at Wes’s baby shower, and he wasn’t really that interested in it until recently. What changed? Well, we went to the a local bookstore and they gave Corduroy tattoo! We put it on when we got home and I showed him the book. Wes was excited to read it and has been reading it regularly ever since. Bonus: he calls it “the tattoo book.”

3. I WANT MY HAT BACK
This is another very popular book, and for good reason!  The story is simple and funny, the pictures are wonderful – what more could you ask for? Wes helps read this one and cracks up frequently. We also read the sequel all the time!

4. THE CUT-UPS CUT LOOSE
I’m a huge James Marshall fan, so when I saw this book for $1 at a library sale, I snatched it up without even reading it first. For a long time, we didn’t even take it off the shelf because we had so many board books and this one is pretty long. But after reading it once, he was hooked. He thinks this book is laugh out loud funny, and we really love the character names:  Spud, Sprugle, Big Al. Funny stuff!

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Last month, I was interviewed by Anne Marie Esposito, the amazing woman behind Sparklefly Candle Company. She has a wonderful on-going series on her blog in which she spotlights other small business owners. It was an honor to be included! You can find my interview here and you’ll learn more about what I love about being a small business owner, what to expect if you place an order with Everything Little Miss, and what inspires me!

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I encourage to visit the Sparklefly website and take a look around. Anne Marie’s candles are beautiful and she puts so much of her heart into every order! I’m currently eying the lilac scent collection, but she has so many that sound wonderful.

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Over the summer, I took a business class with Lela Barker, the amazing woman behind Lucky Break Consulting. The class not only helped me identify business goals and narrow my focus, it got me all excited about Everything Little Miss all over again. I’ve been doing lots of work behind the scenes the last few month. Some of the changes I’ve made are east to see, like the updated product photos in the shop. Other things are less visible but just as important! It was a great experience.

Recently, I had the great opportunity to be interviewed by Lucky Break Consulting for their Meet The Maker series.

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Head on over to the LBC blog to learn about my typical work day, my strategies for dealing with overwhelm, and my guiltiest pleasures!

 

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Wes RequestsWesley turned two in January, and he’s full of opinions. He makes music and book requests regularly. Since this is a small family business, Wes’s preferences become a major part of my life and work. At Everything Little Miss, we strive to create fun, colorful, and playful designs. Spending time with my toddler and delighting in little joys with him every day has helped reinforce the spirit of Everything Little Miss as I make plans and think about new products. Here I’ll share with you some of our obsessions. Wes Requests is a monthly feature on our blog. 

“I want to listen to the la la la song!” says Wes several times a day. He’s talking about “Bright” by Echosmith, and we’ve been listening to it a lot these days. Luckily, I also love this song so I have no problem putting it on repeat. It’s upbeat, there are no swears or words that a toddler pronounces as a curse word (I’m looking at you, “Uptown Funk”), and it’s totally catchy.

This is our favorite part:

“And I see colors in a different way
You make what doesn’t matter fade to grey
Life is good and that’s the way it should be

You make me sing oh, la, la, la
You make a girl go oh oh
I’m in love, love”

Sing along with us!

-April + Wes

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