Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Stop & Smell the Roses: It's Launch Day!!!

Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to week 10 of Stop & Smell the Roses!


I am so happy to be back this week because I am finally able to reveal that exciting news that I have been hinting at for weeks!!!

Bear in mind that my news is not as exciting as adopting a baby (and if you haven't read Mandy's post from Monday...you really need to. It will bring tears to your eyes). But like I my MAMACITA is in this blog with me, which is pretty exciting all by itself, even though she doesn't think so. Ha!

So without further ado...




AHHH!!!!!! Can you believe it? After all that talk about opening a business for the past few years on this blog, it has FINALLY happened! And we are so happy it did. I know there are billions of Etsy shops and billions of crafters with their own businesses out there...but this is still very special to us. It's something my mom and I can do together and hopefully be successful enough to pass the business on to Addie some day. It's a family thing and we are so so proud that we have finally made this dream come true!

Thank you all for making it through our long and goofy video and if you have time today, we would love for you to check out our new blog and shop



We are going to be adding TONS of new items in the coming weeks but in the mean time, please know that my mom and I do take custom orders. If you don't see something in a color you want, please send us a message and let us know. Also, I am working hard to build my collection of invitations and cupcake toppers so if you have a party theme in mind...let me know! I'm sure I can whip something up for you :-)

Thanks so much friends! Now I am going to scratch one more thing off my bucket list. Half Marathon...you are next :-)

39 comments:

  1. AHHHHH!!!!! This is so great. So, so, so great!! My mom and I are the same which makes me like this even more!!! I can't wait to check out the shop...I'm always in need of kids' gifts and I'll probably decide I need a rosette necklace of my own. I'm so excited for y'all!!! Congrats :)

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    1. Thanks Nina!!! I know I already replied to you via email, but I just had to say thanks again for your enthusiasm :-)

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  2. Oh my gosh! I love it and have a great feeling I will be giving you some business in the future! It is so amazing that you and your mom are doing this together!

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    1. Thanks honey...I hope to see ya around the shop. Ha!

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  3. This is SO EXCITING!!! Congratulations!! When you said you showed your mom the rosette necklaces & she responded..."I can make that!" It SOOO reminded me of my mom!!! She ALWAYS says that when I show her stuff online!! Looks like you guys already have a ton of great stuff put together! I wish you guys HUGE success on your launch!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Tonya! Looking through your Mom's Etsy shop today it is CLEAR that your mom has talent too!! WOW!!!! And thank you for the sincere congratulations. You are such a sweetie :-)

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  4. Well aren't you both so cute today?? I was very excited to make my first purchase! You are both so talented, and I'm happy you were able to finally get your shop going!
    I'm posting as Anonymous because I can't figure out how to just put my name today. It's Tara, though! :)

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    1. You were our VERY first customer Tara!!!!! Thanks girlfriend :-) xoxo

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  5. I am so excited!!! I will be ordering from y'all ASAP! :) I definitely need to get myself a rosette necklace and I'm LOVING those little rosette clutches! I am seriously THRILLED for you guys!! I cannot wait to see what else you have to offer! Congrats!! :)

    P.S. Your mom is SO cute!! It's awesome that you guys are doing this together!!

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  6. Your right ,it brought tears to my eyes ,so exciting and I need one of everything---jK-but I do love the ruffle rossete bag. I could take with me to the VA hospital( I'm there a lot with hubby) but thee is a lady that sets up shop there with different clients wears ,mostly all hand made ,your stuff would go over so huge in a setting like that. The only thing they have to offer in need for baby or children is expensive "Melissa and Doug " items in the so called px/gift shop a big hmph because everything including the marine hats I by my husband are all made in china . enough complaints from me-and wish you all the success with your new venture!

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    1. YOu definitely need the ruffle tote Judy! Thanks so much for stopping by :-)

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  7. OH MY LORDY I NEED ALL OF THAT STUFF! Actually, you gave us one of those grab and go bags for P Man and we LOVE it and still use it all the time. I am so excited for you guys! You are so talented and Jan...is the bomb! :) I am heading to go buy some stuff RIGHT NOW! Can't wait to spread the word about The Polka Dot Posie!

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    1. Yay!!! You were like one of our first sales EVER!!!!!! Can't wait to send you your goodies. Mamacita already has the fabric cut and is ready to sew :-)

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  8. I love it! Yay for mother daughter activities :) There are so many people who will be buying this stuff, and that includes me!

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    1. Thanks Ms Ginger!! We sure hope so :-)

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  9. Other than me looking like a dork and blinking like I have a ton of sand in my eyes, I'm excited about our new venture. Ha! I have the best marketer and sales specialist - JEN!!!! Thank you everyone for the kind comments. I'm looking forward to adding holiday items and other ideas that are brewing in my head!

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  10. JEN!!! I am soooo thrilled for you both! I am heading over to the shop now to order myself a rosette necklace, looks like those are already a hit! Hope you have all the success in the world!

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    1. I already emailing you but THANKS SO MUCH!!! The rosette necklaces are the bomb. And now that we can make them, you can pretty much assume I will wear one every day. Ha!

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  11. Jen my love, I totally left you the longest comment EVER confessing my undying love of your new shopbut it's missing now?! :( I think I may cry.

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    1. I actually read and responded to your comment in my e-mail...I don't know how it disappeared??!! Weird!! But here it is...as proof to show how damn SWEET you are!!


      OMG I'M SO EFFIN EXCITED I JUST MIGHT PEE MY PANTS, JEN!!!!! You already know about my obsession with anything polka dot (twin thing again, seriously could we have any more in common?!?!?) and I think your products are all just so unbelievably adorable. They're like an even better (personalized) version of Vera Bradley (which I obsess over). Seriously A-DOR-A-BLE!!! I can promise you right now that I'll be one of your biggest customers - especially when I have kids. In fact, I might end up with your entire stock. For cereal. I loved every single thing you showed... so consider yourselves warned. Battle stations Jen and Mamacita!

      In all seriousness, I'm so happy for you guys. I know your business will be an instant success. All of your products are stunning and I'm so excited to watch you kick butt! :) xoxo

      P.S. I can't believe how talented your Mama is?! She can literally look at something online and then whip it up within a day? Is she a fallen angel, or something?!

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  12. Everything is so cute. I love that you are going into business with your mom!

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    1. Thanks so much Cate! Sharing this biz with my mom makes it twice as special :-)

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  13. Jen- I am so thrilled for both of you. I am also excited for me since I know now were to go to get my boy's future b-days t's! Congratulations, what a wonderful moment!

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    1. Aww...thanks Amy!! I've missed you not blogging the last few months. I need to hop on the board so we can catch up :-) Thanks so much for the best wishes!

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  14. CONGRATS TO YOU AND YOUR MOM!!! How exciting girl! I love all the cuteness. I cant wait to check it out :) You girls are going to be so busy, cute, cute, cute products!

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    1. Thanks so much Cheryl!!! Hope you are having a blast on Vaca!!!

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  15. So excited for you! Your products are adorable! I will definitely be making a purchase :)

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    1. Thanks Michelinne!! I've missed you around here lately :-)

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  16. This is incredible Jen!!!! Sooooo exciting for you!!! And I will totally be a devoted customer now that I have the site bookmarked!! Great vlog and best wishes for a successful venture for you and your mom!!! :)

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  17. You two are too fabulous. I just want to come and sit & gab all day while you guys are sewing and designing away. That is supportive, right?! ;-) Can't wait to make my first purchase! Afterall, I still have my handy dandy coin purse that I bought from Cutesy Tootsie! That damned thing has held up WAY better than those damned B. Makowski purses that suck my account dry. Hahaha! Love, love, love this!!!

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    1. Thanks girlfriend!!! I can't believe you are still using that change purse!! My mom was so happy to read that. Thanks for always supporting our crafting endeavors :-) Love ya! xoxo

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  18. Jen this is ah-mazing news!!!! Seriously these items are adorable!!! :) I will definitely be stopping by the shop soon. What a great team you and your Momma make! Congrats!

    Ps. This makes me want to do a vlog :)

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    1. Thanks sweetie!!! And I really REALLY think you should link-up for the vlog next week!

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  19. Hey all bs aside if your going to do this make sure you grab your domain name and all other registerd trademarks involved with your company's name! Rolling thunder

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    1. Thanks for the tip Joe...I mean "Rolling Thunder" :-)

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  20. congrats!!! I will definitely be checking your shop out! I'm all about the "small" business!!! I'm sure I could use your help in getting things for Olivia's 1st birthday party. :)))

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