Saturday, December 5, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I ordered olive green and red recycled envelopes for the holidays designs, which should arrive early next week, and I will spend the Thanksgiving "break" writing out my holiday cards to my friends.
It's beginning to look, and feel, a lot like CHRISTMAS!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I just completed the 2010 catalog which will go to print this week. I now need to post it on the web site.
We made many changes to the collection for the coming year. I have been so stubborn regarding the square format of my cards, which I prefer. But customers and reps have repeatedly asked for 5X7 format so I chose 12 of the best selling designs and reformatted them into the rectangle format. It will be interesting to see the reaction in the coming months.
We also included the "NOTE TaGS" into the collection and I am very excited about this addition. I like the vintage meets retro appeal and pre-sales have been very good.
My licensing deal for Cocktail Napkins with Boston International fell through last month but I will be licensing a collection of Washington State images from a Seattle artist in 2010. The artist, Glen Smith of "Rainbow Connections" painted beautiful scenes of the area he knew and loved and has had a line of greeting cards with his images for many years. Since passing, his collection is now in the hands of his daughter, Susan Wolfe, who is my Washington State sales rep. She has graciously asked me to produce a line of magnets using these amazing images. I am looking forward to a long and profitable union with her.
I guess the theme for the upcoming year is best described by my pal, David Bowie, Chhhhhhhanges.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The note tag is made of heavy duty card stock so it can be used as a notecard or gift enclosure.
The tag itself is so cute and then it slips into a paper library pocket for added effect! It will be packaged with a 4 x 6 envelope and packaged in a clear cello bag.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I collect vintage magazines and often take images in the to use in my work. For years I have wanted to do something with all the vintage car ads that fill each magazine. America is in love with their cars and are fasinated with its legacy.
I have scanned about 20 different vintage makes and models and created FRIDGE MAGNETS! The image you see is proposed packaging to sell them in a set of three, all with a vintage route 66 kind of theme. So much fun!
Each magnet is approx. 4" long and 1.5" high.
I will also be working on a collection of luggage tags for 2010 to round out this retro travel theme!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Each mirror is 3" round and can either have a single or double monogram or an entire name added to the front to personalize it. So far, this is the only design I have created and while it is classic and simple, it may be a bit too Lillian Vernon...if anyone knows what I am talking about!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Now the "he said, she said" is in print with emails and text messages and can be easily referenced if needed...boy has that gotten a lot of people in trouble!
No, I am not a Twitter gal, but I get the concept.
I had an inspirational day yesterday and created new cards, magnets and buttons. My reps like to have a "new release" of merchandise at least twice a year so I needed to snap to it. But as an "artist" those moments of creativity just don't happen everyday. I was on a roll and stayed indoors all day just to crank out some new material. It felt great and I needed the burst of energy.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This is a nice compact size and holds up to 36 mirrors. (6 slots which hold 6 mirrors each)
This item is now featured on the web site and will be in the updated catalog, which is a press as we type!
Other projects in the studio this week include updating our catalog and web site. Our web site lists all the stores we sell to and we have had so many new accounts recently that I am way behind in adding them to the list! Look for a store near you! www.mindseyecards.com
Enough blogging...back to the manufacturing!
Monday, May 25, 2009
I have been making these buttons for "Ann Arbor" for over a year and decided to include them in my wholesale catalog. It allows a store or boutique to create a unique item for their business without the high costs and high minimum quantities.
Despite the economy, sales are brisk and steady. I introduced a collection of pocket mirrors, created 12 new rectangle magnet designs, 16 new button designs and updated my catalog with ALL new products. Sample products and catalogs were then sent to my wonderful existing rep force throughout the U.S. Without the support of my sales team, Minds Eye Design wouldn't survive!
I placed an ad on Great Reps (.com) to increase my sales force in territories not already covered and now have representatives in Florida, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. Conversations are on-going with other sales teams and individuals in other territories as well so I hope to add to the list soon!
My project for this week will be choosing a POP (point of purchase) display unit for the POCKET MIRRORS so the stores are better able to merchandise them and increase sales. I love introducing new products and designs but the added responsibility is always finding packaging solutions and appropiate counter displays at an affordable price.
I love my job!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Please vote for which one of the designs is the LEAST OFFENSIVE...but funny of course!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This handy notepad comes with 30 sheets ready to be filled with your ideas, shopping lists, errands and things to do. Each page tears off easily so you can take your notes with you.
Check out more stuff at www.UrbanObservations.etsy.com
Artists! Why do we have a need to create and constantly challenge ourselves with new ideas? Big ideas, little ideas, ideas just for the fun of crafting and creating and other to actually earn money and make enough to buy a new pair of strappy sandals, just in time for spring! hehe
Tuesday, I had a the privilege of hosting a "craft" day with local Ann Arbor artist, Kate Kehoe. http://www.chicalookate.etsy.com/ Kate and I did a machine swap and I used her 3.5" compact mirror maker and in exchange, she used my 3" x 2" rectangle magnet maker for some of her wonderful photo designs.
What a fun afternoon! Besides sharing machines we also shared techniques, etsy tips and thoughts for the upcoming craft show circuit. I will be featuring some of the compact mirrors I created on my etsy page so check them out! http://www.mindseyecards.etsy.com/
A huge thank you to my assistant, Natasha Keasey, for being my model in several photos!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Gotta love 'em, sticky notes I mean, not men!
I have piles of sticky notes with quotes, ideas and things I need to do. I am also a list maker and have four or more notebooks going at once...just to clear my head!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
We currently have an EMPLOYMENT rate of 93%! I wanted to bring this to everyone's attention to think about today. We will see the economy get better and confidence restored....now get back to work and give your 100%!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Silly philosophy tickles my funny-bone! This artist and seller is one of my ultimate favorites. I plan on buying more for gifts as they make people laugh and that's the best gift you can give in my opinion! This Etsy seller comes highly recommended by me and I am a big fan of shopping on-line! Thanks Mindeyecards!
I network in my job and this is so appropriate to what I do...Not to mention gossip makes things interesting. I sure appreciate the retro artwork on this particular one. Seller is professional and wraps each magnet carefully! Go for it and buy em' up because in the retail stores they can cost a bundle!
My girlfriend laughed so hard when we were surfing Etsy and found this magnet. I had to get it for her. Anything that makes you laugh hard is money well-spent in my estimation. I bought 4-5 magnets and will buy more.
Pack Your Bags We're Going On A Guilt Trip Magnet
My favorite. It suits me so well. I think of it often even though it is on the frig at home. It makes me giggle and smile each time! So worth it, when the humor is so healthy for a stressful work day. It would make a fun gift too!
Win or Lose Magnet
This magnet is going to my warped Brother. It is a crack up! Who wouldn't love this gag gift? Hilarious!
Stiff One Magnet
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
My eight year old came up with this saying after I repeatedly asked him to brush his teeth. So, the saying isn't just for us old folks anymore! Must be hereditary!
This image is available in a Birthday Card, Fridge Magnet and Button on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5326734
I guess my big news is that I am finally going FULL TIME with my business, Minds Eye Design, this month! Thanks to my wholesale clients and my wonderful Etsy.com customers. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5326734
I have dreamed of this day since September 2005 when I realized that I did indeed have a viable business. What is Minds Eye Design, you ask? I design retro inspired greeting cards, fridge magnets and buttons. My official title is "Creative Diva"! My designs are reflective of my personal life, my friends and family and the current social environment. I take note of things going on in the world and the world around me. I know that everyday situations can get us down, frustrate and confuse us but at the end of the day all we need is a GOOD LAUGH! That is the best remedy for all that ails us.
I guess the best way to describe all of this is to post some of my work....