This is late (our birthday was YESTERDAY) and will be short -it's been a busy birthday week for me! To add more to the mix, my family is heading off early next week to visit my mom, which will be super fun, but does require a bit of getting ready and getting things done around here.
I can hardly believe it's been a whole year of New Leaf already! And at the same time, it sort of feels like I've been doing this forever. I so love to make things and having the opportunity (and motivation!) to do it every day is such a gift! New Leaf has grown quite a bit over the past months: we started three Etsy shops, attended lots of trade shows, met for some awesome staff meeting over some tasty food... Before starting this business, I had NO experience with anything business-related (and still have days where I wonder what on earth I am doing...), so I've learned a lot and make some great connections with other business owners and of course, our most excellent customers. I have really loved the personal side of owning a small business, how I get to manage each transaction and make sure things get to people quickly and in good condition, changing things to suit me and New Leaf and our customers... And I have to say, hearing your feedback has probably been the best part. It not only makes me happy to provide people with beautiful products that they love, but it also reassures me that I am on the right track!
Thanks so much to you all! I hope our Birthday Sale lets you know how much we appreciate you!
Cheers to an awesome first year in business and to what I hope will be many more years of New Leaf!
It seems appropriate that I've been procrastinating this blog post, considering it's about getting organized. It's a new year for New Leaf, and I have great goals of how organized I'll be this year, while more than likely, things will remain as ever. Putting things off till the last minute, my mess of a workspace overflowing until I have to do something about it in order to see the actual desk... Though you wouldn't know it by looking at the mounds of clutter surrounding my work area, I really do love being organized. I've been finding some great tools for staying organized, both in record keeping and in physical office space, so I thought I'd share a few of these gems.
I love baskets -it's so easy to toss stuff into them, but if you have lots, there's still some organization, and they hide things so well. These are from sewingmomma on Etsy. I love the neutral linen fabric with the flowers to spruce them up.
What kind of a shop owner would I be if I didn't plug my own goods? Really though, I have one of these memo boards above my desk. Not only does it look lovely, it helps keep stray bits of paper organized. Where to find yours? At newleafhandmade on Etsy, of course.
Again, I love places to stash things. I also like the idea of them stuck to the wall, unable to disappear. You can find these and ones in other styles from Thitaree on Etsy.
Etsy shops, from left to right: Magnets from fridgeFancies, Twig Pencils from brionesandco, Button Thumbtacks from ButtonUpsDesigns.
And if I had space for some bigger things:
Etsy shops from left to right: Green Shelf from TRwoodworks, Metal Drawers from TagSaleFinds, White Shelf from usacreations, Ribbon Caddy from pattyspaperprojects.
And for any other small business owners who love great record-keeping tools:
You may have heard that we invested in a wire binding machine not-so-long ago to replace our plastic binding machine. Though we love our first notebooks (those bound with plastic combs), we find the wire-bindings to be even lovelier, making it possible for the notebooks to be folded right back for easier writing.
The good news about our update is that we are itching to clear out all our plastic-bound notebooks in order to make way for the wire-bounds. Thus, a sale is born. All throughout October, you will get a free plastic-bound notebook with the purchase of another. The free notebook must be of equal or lesser value. This offer excludes all our wire-bound notebooks. This is a great time to get some early Christmas shopping done, or just to treat your notebook addiction...
Get in on the deal!
Choose the notebook you'd like to purchase from our Etsy shop, and during checkout let us know in the 'Message to Seller' box which notebook you'd like free. Check out our Notebook Section now.
I haven't been posting much on our blog lately. August is always a busy month as the garden gets a bit labour intensive: picking, canning, freezing... I enjoy the work though; seeing those lovely jars all lined up on my shelves makes it worthwile.
I've also been working on opening a new shop, a subdivision of newleafhandmade, which has been keeping me busy. For a while now, Celia and I have been talking about a women's clothing line to add to our shop, but with all the different things we want to make, it made sense to just open another shop, only for apparel. I'm going to switch our necklaces over there too, once I get a handle on things. So far I've only listed a couple things, but we've been talking about adding some baby and toddler wear: upcycled clothing, pillowcase dresses, and tutu's.
In keeping with New Leaf's mission of making less of a mark on the earth in our creating, our clothing is pre-loved: thrifted and upcycled into one-of-a-kind pieces. Enjoy! Check in often as well; we'll be adding items as we complete them. You can subscribe to the shop feed on the bottom left sidebar to get regular updates.
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Maria & Cecelia
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