Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Free Printables!! Valentine's Day Cards

I created some cute Valentines for my daughter to use for school and thought you might like them too! They coordinate with our cupcake party collection! Access the printable, letter size sheet here. They are 3 1/2" x 5" slightly larger than usual - my beginning writer has trouble squeezing her letters on to the little cards!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Green Beansie Ink heads to NYC!

As many of you know, Green Beansie Ink (aka me) is part of a social networking community (similar to Facebook) created by Martha Stewart, called Dreamers Into Doers. I joined this group In February of 2011 and have met some wonderfully talented ladies, including my friend, Sarah DeJesus of Dreamers Joy Events & Design whom I have the pleasure of working with regularly!

My favorite feature of the site is reading about others who have started their little businesses from home, some while staying home with the kids like myself, reading about their challenges, successes, etc. On a whim, I included my shop name on the list to be considered for a Doer of the Week feature. Much to my surprise I was chosen this past August and shared my story with other readers! When they contacted me to fill out the questionnaire, I did so and thought that it must be part of a screening process and that I wasn't really chosen. Then one morning I woke up (bleary eyed from being up with my newborn) to a congratulatory email from Sarah who had seen my feature!!

Long story short, when Dreamers Into Doers announced an opportunity to visit the Martha Stewart Living Headquarters for a conference, networking, meet Martha and attend a taping of the Martha show, I jumped at the opportunity and entered the lottery and won a ticket! (See last year's event here.)

I must admit, I'm jumping up and down excited but a tad nervous to mingle with all of these hip, talented party planners, designers, MARTHA, business owners, etc. I'm just a mom who likes to create pretty designs! For the next two months I will be stressing about how to update my wardrobe according to 21st century standards (without spending any money), creating business cards, and finalizing childcare arrangements and trip plans! Stay tuned for my post-Martha Stewart conference update!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Free Download! Printable Inspirational To Do List!

Access download here

I just finished reading the "Martha Rules" book. One thing she says she does is start every day with a to-do list. I used to do this but have fallen out of the habit. This led me to the idea to create my own printable to-do list with inspirational quotes about anti-procrastination and achieving success!

My favorite quote I found is by Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

I love this!! This inspires me to take action, put myself out there, and I of course love the nautical reference...reminds me of my dream to beside the ocean someday.

I'm sharing my printable to-do list with you lovely readers so that you can be inspired daily as well! Three letter size sheets are included with six different inspirational quotes. Just download, print multiple copies, cut on the lines and staple them together to create your own to-do notepad!

See the preview below!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Look and Name! Green Beansie Ink!

Old Logo:

New Logo:

I'm excited to share our new look and name!! As I approach a year in business, I've been thinking about where to take the shop - what do I enjoy most, what is most profitable, etc. I started my Etsy shop focusing on birth announcements and holiday cards and did not learn of "party printables" until a few months later. My "hobby" shop quickly grew in a new direction into a party business! I have had a blast creating the many party schemes floating around in my head, and bringing to life the idea of many talented event planners and fellow moms throwing parties! Therefore, as I had a break over Christmas, I decided to develop a new look and name. I have dropped "Cards" and replaced it with "Ink" to broaden the shop name. I have also changed my logo which offers a better peek at my simple and elegant design style.

As I think of the new year ahead of us, I'm giddy with hope and excitement about all of the potential, possibilities and new projects I'll be working on. My husband asked me yesterday, how do you find the drive to work when you're at home? My response, I just want to! This is what I do for myself, what I love, what inspires me and what keeps me excited about life! (Okay, my two precious girls and wonderful hubby might also have something to do with that too...) I love the creative design outlet, the challenge of one day competing with the "party printable leaders" and the daily interaction with so many wonderful clients and collaborators.

Thank you to all who have made this a really great year for me!

Here's to 2012 and all of the exciting challenges ahead of us!
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