Monday, November 30, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My second Swap Package came in! I just want to say, I've been a fan of this shop ever since we were paired up for the Shop, Swap & Blog event. I was so excited to open this one because the packaging was simply stunning. Once you find yourself wandering into this charming little shop, you wont wander out as easily. STELLA + HODGE is filled with quality, handmade surprises hidden here and there. Devon does an amazing job drawing you in with her packaging as well as her gorgeous handmade items. Read as Devon shares about her business below.

Interview with Devon of STELLA + HODGE

A bit about you: I'm a midwestern girl, born and raised. I've been making stuff for as long as I can remember. I went to art school and studied and explored all kinds of art. I've been working as a graphic designer for the last 6 years with a strong passion for packaging design and product development. I believe presentation is everything. I'm the girl who spends just as much money and time on wrapping the gift and the gift itself.

What made you start your business:
I'm a total creative geek and am always coming up with new ideas and things I want to make. I've always loved giving creative handmade gifts and have always wanted to sell my handmade creations. That is what led me to etsy.

What do you plan to accomplish with your business:
I'm happy as long as I'm creating beautiful, handmade products that people enjoy. And whether buyers purchase for themselves or as a gift, I want receiving my package to bring a smile to their face. I want STELLA+HODGE to stay a hodge-podge of items. So people can visit and find new things. There is something for everyone.

What you get most out of having your own business:
I love the freedom of creating exactly what I envision and being able to work at 2am if that is when I'm feeling creative. And etsy is a wonderful community. The helpful nature of other shop owners and the warm feedback from happy customers makes it a really positive experience.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I recently signed up for the Shop, Swap and Blog event over on Pattie's blog, Structured Chaos. I am so thankful she went through all the hard work of coordinating this fun event for everyone! I was so excited to open my first package from Holly at Vinyl Wall Art. Let me just say, I wasn't expecting this little package to explode with all kinds of little, beautiful surprises! Visit Holly's charming store, blog, or facebook.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Eco Tip: Mothball Alternative

Did you know..

..Mothballs often contain a compound called para-dichlorobenzene? The reason mothballs contain this compound is because it is very harmful to moths.. but, guess what? This carcinogen you are putting in your drawers with your clothing is also very harmful to you!

A safer way to keep pesky moths out of your favorite clothing items is to buy sachets with the scents of lavender and cedarwood. Moths steer clear of these scents and you'll be one step closer to making your home greener.