Divine Twine™ in Cooking Light

August 9th, 2010 § 11 comments § permalink

So exciting! Divine Twine is featured in this month’s issue of Cooking Light in The Editor’s Dozen section.

Though it says “what all the best dressed chickens will be wearing this season”, Divine Twine has not been tested for direct contact with food. I did let the magazine know this, but I guess good copy is hard to pass up. Still, so exciting!

Oh My! Handmade Goodness for Sale

May 20th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

A few months ago I mentioned the debut of Oh My! Handmade Goodness. A fantastic blog that I haven’t missed a post since it started. The talented creator of the of OMHG, Sara Tams, just announced that she is stepping down and it will become a fully archived site. UNLESS someone wants to buy Oh My! Handmade Goodness and continue running it. This could be a wonderful opportunity for the right person. Click HERE to read Sara’s fond farewell. And if you’re up for a new business for yourself, you can contact Sara HERE and see what the future holds for you.

Divine Twine in Martha Stewart

May 19th, 2010 § 30 comments § permalink

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It’s in here…

Thirty-two might just be my new favorite number (scooch over 33). That’s cause 32 is the page number that Divine Twine is featured on in the June 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living! Happy dance, jazz hands, ginormous smile all at the same time. I got my hands on an issue yesterday (delivered to me along with a cupcake from my best pal, Denise) and have left it on my counter open to page 32. It’s a surreal experience every time I walk by it.

The New Whisker Graphics Website

May 18th, 2010 § 10 comments § permalink

I feel like Steve Martin the The Jerk when the new phone book arrives.

I’m am beyond thrilled to announce that the new Whisker Graphics website is live!! It went live last night and I went to sleep with the biggest smile plastered across my face. It’s been almost 2 years since I first opened my shop on Etsy; two years of hard work and trying to figure stuff out. There were many moments of feeling like an old dog with a myriad of new tricks to learn. Though I have a (vintage) degree in Graphic Design, when I started Whisker Graphics, I had to teach myself some Illustrator, some Photoshop, and some web stuff (90% of which I’m still clueless about). I started with printed stationery then added editable DIY Printables and eventually Divine Twine.  And now, it’s so nice for all my products to have a well-organized, easy-to-navigate home of their own. I worked with an amazing team that I would highly recommend at Aeolidia to make the website a reality. Shoshanna and Arianne were beyond patience and helpful every single step of the way.

Here are just some of the things I LOVE about my new site:
– Customers can immediately download their Printables after checkout (no more waiting for me to email the file)
– The Printables are easily purchased in different color choices
– It has a Mailing List sign up (and Aeolidia designed a pretty coordinating newsletter template for me too)
– My wholesale customers can place their orders on the site too (easier for them, easier for me, yeah!)
– There’s a whole page devoted to Questions and Answers about how the Printables work
– Customers can sign up to be notified of when the new colors of Divine Twine are in stock by clicking the “Request re-stock notice” on the item page (and the system automatically emails them when I stock the store!)
– The time saved by not having to relist items that sell and emailing order and shipping notifications
– The ability to have multiple quantities available within a single item listing

A HUGE THANK YOU to my family, every friend (both web and in-person) and customer who encouraged and supported me along the way!

I’m going to ride this good-feeling wave of accomplishment until the next new trick I need to learn presents itself. That’s likely to be tomorrow!

Sneak Peek of New Site

May 12th, 2010 § 5 comments § permalink

I’m so not good at waiting. I was the kid who would daily squeeze and shake (and on occasion maybe take a little, teeny tiny peek of) my presents under the tree on the days leading up to Christmas. Well, for those of you who can relate, here a little tiny peek of the new Whisker Graphics website that’s coming soon. It’s been 3 months of hard work from the team at Aeolidia and myself, but it’s going to be worth it. I’m so excited!!

Great Resource for Small Craft Businesses

April 23rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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I love to learn. About people. A new skill. About cool products. But, I especially love to learn about business and how to make one grow. Enter Crafting an MBAbusiness thinking for designers and makers.  I stumbled upon this blog several months ago and haven’t missed a post since. Megan Auman is the brains behind this wonderful site that is full of very useful information for small (but wanting to get bigger) craft businesses.  She’s even written an e-book for crafters on how to sell wholesale and do trade shows.  Every Friday Megan posts links to relevant business articles around the web. PLUS she’s created a Book Club. Megan and Crafting an MBA are cool on so many levels. If you have a small business or are thinking or starting one, definitely check out Crafting an MBA.

Red and White Divine Bakers Twine

March 27th, 2010 § 6 comments § permalink

The last new Divine Twine color coming in a couple of months is red and white. It will be known as Cherry. I know there’s other red and white bakers twine on the market, but I get frequent requests for it so it seemed logical to add it to the line. The red is a little deeper and the white is definitely more white compared to other bakers twine (though it’s hard to tell in my photos that have a blue cast to them!).

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I think it looks great with Green Apple for the holidays, Aqua for July 4th, Cotton Candy for Valentine’s and Oyster just because.

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Gray and White Bakers Twine

March 24th, 2010 § 11 comments § permalink

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Here are a couple of photos of the second new color of Divine Twine that should be available by mid-June at the latest. Gray and white twine which will be called Oyster when it makes its debut. I love this color. It’s soft and sophisticated, well as sophisticated as bakers twine can get.  It looks so pretty paired with the Lemon, Cotton Candy (pink) or Orange twine.

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Pink and White Bakers Twine ~ How Divine!

March 22nd, 2010 § 21 comments § permalink

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I received samples of the new Divine Twine colors. Yea! Since it takes me forever to take photos, I’ll have to share the 3 new colors one at a time with you. Up first, pink and white bakers twine or as it will be known when it makes its debut, Cotton Candy. Pink and white bakers twine is the second most requested color I receive, after red and white. I worked really hard to create a pink that would contrast well against the white, but still have a soft, sweet look. I’m really excited (and relieved!) how it turned out. It should be available for sale by mid-June at the latest (I hope!).

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Possible Cool Gadget Alert

March 17th, 2010 § 6 comments § permalink

Each August I buy 10 spiral bound notebooks for $1 at Target during school supply shopping. I use them all year long to organize my ideas. One notebook per topic, business idea or area of my life. They get messy and disorganized. Fast. About a year ago I was telling (whining to) my husband that someone should invent an electronic notebook. Something that could accommodate multiple notebooks that you could hand write (not only type) your information into. You could add or rearrange pages so your info would stay organized in a way that makes sense to you. I really wanted something that would keep all my ideas and notes in ONE flexible, ever-expanding place.

Along comes the iPad. I got so excited until I realized it was basically a giant iPod Touch. I don’t care about watching movies or listening to music or reading books on it. It seems more like a (pricey and cool) toy. Not what I’m after.

Last week I found out about Microsoft’s (maybe) upcoming product called Courier. Be. Still. My. Heart! If it ends up working like the videos below show, then I want me one. Bad. I love that you can sketch in it. It’s a tool, not a toy. Take a look at these videos from a few months ago. They don’t show an actual product. But still. It’s pretty dang cool. I hope it becomes a reality (at a price I can afford!).

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