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Party Packages are Here!

3 Mar

I’ve been working my little buns off on my “night off” for a while now.  Every Tuesday I get the night off to do something I want to do, which usually involves going to Starbucks with my laptop and working on new products for Cup of Tea.  It may only be 2 hours, but it’s 2 hours where I don’t have to think about trying to get my screaming baby to sleep, or entertain him, or feed him. It’s 2 hours where I can just be me and recharge with a nice hot chocolate.

So here is what I’ve been working on: party packages.  I saw some on Etsy and realized that’s something I needed to get into.  There is a great demand for cute matching decor for children’s birthday parties.  Parents want their child’s party to look nice, but also don’t want a lot of work and don’t want to spend a lot of money.  My party packages include everything you could want to make your party look fabulous, at a reasonable price.  They are easy to print at home and assemble with minimal supplies and zero experience or “craftyness”.  You can see my party packages in my Etsy shop.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/cupofteaphotocards


Mompreneurs: Sweet Stella’s

13 Jan

A long time ago, before the earth … scratch that, before the baby was born, I was busy trying to create birth announcements for my little one.  It helped that I had a friend who was also pregnant and looking for birth announcements of her own.  Well, this little hobby turned into an obsession, and eventually into a business idea.  How did I get this business idea?  One person: Shannon at Sweet Stella’s.  She is an amazingly supportive friend and a great mommy, and now, she’s ventured out on her own to create Sweet Stella’s.  Sweet Stella’s is a place for creative, handmade gifts such as ornaments, piggy banks and tooth fairy boxes.  Shannon is venturing further and stepping her toes into decor and party accessories.  I had the opportunity the other day to chat with Shannon about Sweet Stella’s and what it means to her.

1.  Why did you start Sweet Stella’s?
I started Sweet Stella’s primarily for a creative outlet for my overactive imagination…and a desire to not return to work once my maternity leave is over. It has grown by leaps and bouds…starting with one painted glass ornament into a full kids line and our new party line.
2.  What inspires you?
Ooooh…very good question! I find inspiration in the simplest of places. My kiddo’s super-cute shoes, patterned paper, old Gothic architecture…and in conversation with amazing people. Just tonight, I sat with an amazing woman for three hours chatting and dreaming – and I have ideas that will take me well into next year! You don’t have to look too hard to find inspiration, and if you are looknig too hard, you just might miss the simplest ones!
3.  What is your favourite product?
My favourtie product, by far, are the Personal Piggy’s. Each one is different and I love the challenge that some parents give when they describe their kiddos to me. Every pig has a story, and a home, which makes making them such a delight.
4.  Do you have advice for other mompreneurs?
I’ve been asked this time and again over the past few months, and the number one piece of advice that I have is never let anyone tell you what you can’t. If you listen to every can’t, you’re going to believe that you can’t. Tell yourself that you absolutely, without a doubt, CAN and then do it.
Shannon from Sweet Stella’s can be found on twitter, on her blog, on her website and even on Facebook!