Last week, I wrote about our NSS 2015 Survival Kit. This week, I want to focus on two of the items inside that kit.
Let’s start with the lip balm. I knew that I wanted to include lip balm because trade shows can be so dry. I reached out to my friend, Stacia, at Handcrafted Honey Bee about the possibility of a collaboration using one of her DIY lip balm kits. After some discussion, it was pretty obvious to me that not only would this be a great product to include, but it would be fun too! I designed a custom label and got Stacia’s approval before printing it. Then, she sent over some kits, and Wes and I got to work. The step-by-step instructions were so easy to follow and even though we made a ton of them, it was a pretty quick process. Wes really enjoyed pouring the ingredients and watching them melt. Since we were using the stove, I couldn’t take any photos of the process (he’s only 2 so I had to watch him very carefully!), but it was pretty great. He is incredibly proud of his very own lip balm. Below you’ll see how the label looked before I applied it to the tubes:
Stacia, the founder of Handcrafted Honey Bee, is working to empower women by helping them take their skin care into their own hands. She just wrote an amazing series of blog posts detailing how it all began, and they’re definitely worth the read.
The second collaboration was with Lynn, of Emma’s Friends Soaps & Lotions. I was asking around to see if any Bath & Body friends had any sample sized lotions because, boy, does paper dry out the hands! Lynn not only had the perfect size, but the perfect scent! She has a limited edition Tangerine & Cream – how perfect is that? Not only does is coordinate nicely with the Oranges & Cream flavored lip balm, but it’s right on brand color-wise. She also offered to print custom labels. So I designed another little label and the next thing I knew, the sweetest little box of sample sized lotions was delivered to my door! Here’s the label:
Emma, the namesake of Emma’s Friends Soaps & Lotions, is Lynn’s beautiful daughter. She’s got multiple disabilities and Lynn created a place where Emma & her friends (adults with special needs) could work, be appreciated, learn, and create. Read their story – it’s lovely.
These collaborations are important to me. Since I sent out the Survival Kits instead of attending the National Stationery Show, I really wanted make an impact. By including a few Everything Little Miss branded goodies I added to the specialness since it’s all in the details. These collaborations are also important to me because I had an opportunity to support other women who, like me, are small business owners! In the past several months, these amazing women (and many others) have become my friends and cheerleaders in a private facebook group for alumni of the wonderful Lucky Break University. This group is changing my life and helping me improve Everything Little Miss. I want to support my new friends as much as possible, and these collaborations make me feel like part of a great community!