Thursday, April 30, 2009
I just created this custom invitation (above) and thank you card (below) for a friend's son's 2nd birthday party! She wanted something simple with a photo, with a blue & green design.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I just listed this frame in my shop! Isn't she pretty? :)
Here is Holly's Description from Etsy:
Meet Miss Holly! Holly has a casual elegance about her that makes everyone feel right at home. She loves all things beautiful and is wearing a gorgeous damask paper designed by Amy Butler. She is sprinkled with Swarovski crystals!
This hand decorated frame is 12x12 overall, with a 4x4 opening for your favorite photo. Made beautiful with paint, designer paper, genuine Swarovski crystals and a gorgeous silk flower. Painted, sanded, distressed and decoupaged by yours truly ;)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This is one of the orders that I have been working on! I think this photo is so perfect for this Girly Girl invitation! Nice job, Erin! It is fitting that Erin is doing a flower theme for her daughter's first birthday, because she owns a floral and event design company!
Happy Birthday Lucia! Have a fabulous party!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Taryn is one amazing chic. By day she is a pharm rep, by every other moment she is running a successful wedding videography business, all while being a fabulous mommy to her two little ones. Check out her & her husband's amazing work HERE.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Miss Amy, you've brightened many of my days!
Miss Annette, we didn't spend much time together, but I know you'll be happy in your new home!
Farewell my lovelies!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I'm getting busy...really busy. I think if I had someone to help with the kids/house and perhaps help with some of the admin/crafting for the TomKat Studio, I would have this under more control.
If you know anyone who would be interested, please have them email me! I would be fine with a stay at home mom, who could bring her own child (or two) with her and entertain my kids for a few hours, a few days a week!
In the meantime, I'll be having lots of cupcakes! :)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Here it is at Kate's Lollipop Party:
Here it is at Lisa's Boutique Party:
I started looking for a cupcake stand after I saw this FABULOUS photo from Amy Atlas Events. Swoon! This photo makes my heart skip a beat:
I LOVE the letters stuck to her stand, but I just ran out of time to give that one a try!
For the Wilton cake stand, to make the paper circles I just traced each layer of the cake stand onto paper. Then I cut it out about 1/4" in from the line I made. Then I cut a slit from the outside edge to the center of the circle. Then I cut a small circle out in the center. It was just trial and error, just keep cutting until fits! Then I taped the slit together. It doesn't have to be perfect since the cupcakes cover it anyway!
For Kate's I did try to attach paper around the edges, but it was very frustrating to get it to stick. The edges are actually curved to "show off" the cupcakes, so trying to attach paper to a curved circle was next to impossible. (you can see the overlap in the photo above...does not make this perfectionist very happy!) Maybe ribbon would be easier, since it's more flexible!
Good Luck! Send me pictures if you decorate one!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
All Things Cupcake - These girls are obsessed with cupcakes! They just featured my Sweet Cupcake Collection! SEE THE POST HERE
Head of The Table - A gorgeous entertaining blog filled with great ideas wrote "A Real Treat" about the Lollipop Party and my Yummy Lollipop Collection on Etsy! VIEW HERE
Project Nursery - Just posted Kate's Lollipop Party - "A Sweet Success" VIEW HERE
Sweet Cuddle Cakes Blog featured my Little Birdie Invitations in an inspiration board they created for a Pink Baby Shower! CLICK HERE
Thanks for the LOVE, you fabulous blogging party girls!
I can hardly contain myself. I can't believe I've kept this off my blog this long...
Tomorrow, I have a local magazine coming to my house for several reasons. Remember how I do happy dances, in particular "leaps" around my house when good things happen? This would be one of those moments. First, I am being featured in an article about Mom-trepenuers ....mommas staying home with little ones and running businesses from home. I've been in business for a long time (real estate), but in this new little venture I have surely found my passion. Lucky me, I'm going to get some local exposure for it, too! Yippee!
Second, after I met with the publisher, she asked if I would be willing to style a party for the fashion spread in the magazine.....ummm, hello? YES! Dream gig, right?! Another happy dance....
So let me start with this Mom-trepeneur thing. If you don't know me, I would say that I am a "working girl". I have ALWAYS worked and always been very motivated. How many girls do you know that were AVON ladies when they were 14? Who does that? Obviously, it was something my mom suggested and I went for it! My real estate career started early as a weekend receptionist (the month after I turned 16), and then going to real estate school on a summer off from ASU, when I was 18. I also babysat, worked at LA Fitness, interned for a culinary magazine, sold Gold Canyon candles and did tea parties for little girls. Oh, and the real stuff after college...I worked for a large advertising agency, several real estate companies, and then partnered with my momma to open our own real estate company about 8 years ago.
Here I am, in an awful real estate market, with two little ones and the opportunity (or need) to stay home with them. (I must say thank you to my wonderful hubby and mommy who are out there working hard in that awful real estate market!) Being the the person I am, I cannot sit still....and discovered the world of blogging. Okay, so I did try to blog about real estate previously. However, I am a very POSITIVE person and I just can't find much to say that is positive about the real estate market. Not to mention, if someone wants me to show them properties, it's tough to be available when you have two small children. So with a little time on my hands and a need for accomplishing something (not that raising children isn't an accomplishment, but you know what I mean), I decided to blog about things that make me happy..and The TomKat Studio was born (Tom = Tommy, Kat = Kate)!
After getting some great responses on projects that I posted, I decided to throw together a shop on Etsy to sell some of the things that I like to make. Seriously, I really just wanted to see if anyone would buy my stuff. I've made invitations since I can remember, but I have never attempted to sell them before. Not that I wouldn't want to, but more for lack of time when running another business.
So......here I am....a Mom-trepeneur and loving it!! I feel like I'm just getting started and have so many ideas, but I'm going to have to figure out a workable balance! In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the thrill of a new adventure!
Okay, so this post went way off in a direction that I didn't foresee.....so more on the magazine shoot tomorrow! I need to go to bed, if I want to try to be pretty tomorrow....
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Martha Stewart sent me her "Craft of The Day" today (I subscribe), and I thought these would be fabulous to make and use on my frames!
UNTIL, I clicked on through and looked at the list of 15+ supplies you need and the detailed 16 step instructions! Beautiful, but no thanks! Anything that starts with boiling paper probably isn't worth it.
CLICK HERE for full article & instructions
I DARE YOU! Make these and live to tell about it!
Monday, April 13, 2009
I had hoped for more time to prepare, but orders are keeping me busy! (Hence the fact that I haven't posted since Wednesday, except to say Happy Easter?!?) But I did get it all together last minute, literally printing postcards to hand out 15 minutes before leaving for the party. Eeek!
I made cupcakes (as usual) and made cupcake toppers (one of my fave products I make) that said "The TomKat Studio"...how about that for a promotional item? Win 'em over with sweets, right?!
The party went great! I sold 2 of the 6 frames that I brought and also have a few girls wanting custom frames made! Email me, girls! :) I talked to some of the shoppers about invitations, so hopefully they will remember me when they are planning their next party!
THANK YOU, LISA!!!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I miss blogging and reading blogs all night. Now I'm folding, printing, designing into the wee hours of the night instead. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE it. I'm just really overwhelmed. I'm going to have to create some sort of schedule, rather than just sneaking off to my favorite room every second that I can to work on orders!
Checking my email is so much more exciting these days! A new sale?! I immediately jump up and down and run around the house. It's just an amazing feeling when someone wants to actually buy something I make.
Who doesn't like compliments? Okay, so maybe I like them more than most...some sort of personal issue I have, but boy...this new gig is really making me feel loved! I am talking to customers everyday who are so excited about my products and tell me how great my work is. I am connecting with other crazy party-obsessed mommas who start planning their kids' birthdays way before I do! (I have a lollipop customer who wants them for December!)
I started this business (I guess since I am actually selling something you can call it that now?) on a whim. It just seemed like the next step after blogging and getting a little following. Throw my products out there and see what happens?! I really don't have a plan! I have no systems in place and I am totally winging it. But that's okay, I can figure it out, step-by-step....long night after long night.....
Some of the LOVE I've been feeling:
Navy Sou, an amazing photographer in California wrote this blog post about The TomKat Studio yesterday. I want to kiss her for her glowing post! CLICK HERE
Kate's lollipop party was featured on this new party website, Creative Parties & Showers yesterday.
I was asked yesterday by Thoughtfully Simple if they can post Kate's party, as well!
Here's an email from a customer, the same one who emailed me to tell me she was screaming when she opened the file of the proofs for her products:
Hi Kim, I received my pkg on Friday and it's TDF!!! I'm hiding it from Bella in a drawer and I find myself sneaking in there regularly just to "look" at everything again! I LOVE ALL OF IT!!! My BFF received her invite yesterday and LOVED it!! I can't wait for the rest of our family to begin receiving the invites - the calls will be pouring in over those!! Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! - Adelina
This is crazy! All I know is I constantly find myself SMILING at my computer....is that weird?
Monday, April 6, 2009
Inquiries have definitely picked up for the frames this week (after a price reduction across the board)! I was getting a little worried and thought about just focusing on invitations, since they are getting noticed! But I really LOVE making these, so I'm going to keep doing both for now!
Also, I had a customer notice the polka dot frame with the beautiful black bow and rhinestone buckle in one of the group photos (shown at top) on Etsy. The actual frame isn't up because it was a sample/prototype that Kristi made, that we plan on making more of in the future. So the customer will probably take that one off of our hands!
My friend, Lisa invited me to display my frames and invitations at her boutique party this Friday! I'm nervous because I have a ton to make before then! But really excited to see how people like my products in person! (I've only tried selling on Etsy so far!) Wanna come visit me at the party?!?! It's in Chandler. Email me! Please come, I need some support! And for all of you that come to my annual boutique party every December, the same purse people will be there!
Cheers! I'm off to assemble some lollipop invitations......Tommy keeps asking, "Momma, lollipops AGAIN?" Cute.