Monday, April 14, 2014

The best part of buying homemade goods is the packaging. There's so much thought and personalization behind it, and I really wanted to be intentional about my own packaging as I printed and shipped my first order, today. I knew I wanted to include kraft paper, a handwritten thank you note, and a Japan prayer card within each envelope — and I had to force myself to stop there. I was tempted to purchase customized stamps, stickers, and paper tissue to dress up the packaging, but it all costed a pretty penny. The Target dollar section is a goldmine when you don't want to spend too much. :)

Here is a peek into my workspace:

I'm sorry all of my posts have been on my Etsy shop lately — it seems like that has been the one thing consuming my mind. I'll try to lay off a bit and write more life lately and faith posts, especially with it being passion week and all. :) Thank you for holding tight and I hope you are having a lovely passion week thus far! 

Don't forget to like Coffee & Honeycomb on Facebook! :)


Friday, April 11, 2014

I launched Coffee & Honeycomb Design Shop yesterday and have already made three sales!!! I know that's not a large number to most people, but to me, it meant the world. :) I'm thankful for the positive feedback and encouragement I've received so far! 

A lot of this (this meaning small business, etsy, designing) is still new to me, so I'm figuring things out as I go along... Like where to find inexpensive shipping materials. How to present your products in a presentable way. Including branding items to make the process more unique and personal. Pricing. Just, everything. I'm realizing that more people who want greeting cards and wall art don't want the digital file because it requires more labor for them (printing, cutting). People have been asking for physical items; so I'm trying to adjust to this demand! A few of my listings have switched from digital to physical, and I plan to slowly move everything over to physical soon. 

It's a lot of guess and check. Elise Blaha's old posts on "running a small business" have been tremendously helpful. I've been digging through her old archives to find insights and inspiration, and she has a lot of information from where she orders materials to the branding process. What about you? Are you small business or ersy owner? Any tips you've learned along the way? 

If you hadn't had a chance to check out the etsy shop yet, here are some things you'll find. (: come stop by! 


Don't forget to like us on FACEBOOK & spread the word to all of your friends. :) Thanks!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I don't know about you, but I am jumping up and down for JOY. Pure freaking delight. 

This shop has become my baby in the last few weeks, and I worked my butt off to get it up and running! I would love, love, love it if you took a look around and shared the link with all of your friends. Help me spread this baby — I think you'll like it, too. (:

I initially launched COFFEE & HONEYCOMB DESIGN SHOP because of my love for paper and design, but mostly as a means to fundraise for my upcoming Japan missions trip! There's a set amount each team member is required to fundraise — and that amount is pretty stinking steep. So, this baby of a shop was born. I thought it was a brilliant idea! To take the mission from this blog (gracious words are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones) mixed with my love for digital designs to create work that people could actually buy and support my trip! Once I got started, I dove in and pour all of my heart into it... Let me tell you, it is so, so, so fun. Sigh beans.

ANOTHER PSSSSSST! Coffee & Honeycomb is now on facebook! Click "like" and you'll find all the latest updates on posts, Instagram photos, inspiration, and Etsy listings there in one easy spot! I would love to chat with you there. Who knows, maybe there will be a prize in the near future... :) I promise to inspire and delight the heck out of your news feed, daily.

A BIG, BIG, BIG THANK YOU to all of you guys who show up here with me. You guys keep me inspired and encouraged for days. Without this blog, I never would have discovered my love for design, my love for typography, and such a great support system fueling my work! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Okay, too much talking... HERE IT IS! CLICK, CLICK AWAY:



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I plan on introducing my Etsy shop really, really, soon! (and even making it Facebook official. Mehehe.) I already have 20+ items listed including greeting cards, custom invitations, and typographic prints; and it's given me a better sense of exactly what Coffee & Honeycomb Designs is... What kind of home does the work belong to, what kind of work is it, essentially, what is the brand identity at its core. To be honest, it keeps changing. As my taste and style evolves, what I see this shop to be has been, too. Today I made it a goal of mine to narrow the shop down to four main colors: the color scheme. It was such a fun project, but also a tricky one considering I am one indecisive human being and I have a deep affinity for black and white. I tried to venture out a bit into colors that could create a bigger space to work, but still aligned closely with my minimalist style...

Now, I know the shop isn't up yet, but I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek of what I have been working on and this branding process I am currently in. :) I hope you enjoy and get a bit more excited for the launch — I know I am! Feedback, as always, is welcome. Cheers!



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Big news. Really, really, big news. News that all still excites me to my bones.
You ready?

First of all, I am going to Japan this summer for a one-month long missions trip. (!!!) 
It took weeks of wrestling and long conversations with friends to make the leap, but now that I have, I haven't regretted it yet. (Full story to come.)

Second of all, I am launching my etsy shop, COFFEE & HONEYCOMB DESIGN SHOP. This shop will be full of digital prints, custom invitations, and custom logos! (Link to come.)

Last but not least, I am employed. Did you read that right? I AM EMPLOYED. (: Starting this September, I will be a Marketing Communications Planning Associate at General Mills. A bit long, but doesn't that name just sound GOOD? General Mills was my top prospect because it had such a wide portfolio of brands (including some of my personal favorites) and outstanding work culture — I feel so fortunate and excited to launch my career there!

:) That's it! That's my big news.
So many reasons to be thankful this season. What a wild and rewarding semester it has been. I still can't believe I'm going to be graduating in two months and entering real world...
Can you say #postgradproblems or what?


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy April, friends! :)

Many of my goals from March didn't happen so you'll see them repeated again this month. I was just busy wrapping up several personal projects, so I didn't get around to some of them but that's okay. Many other things were accomplished so I was happy to see these projects appear in April's list again. 

Here are my baby steps for April. I actually created a fun little goals sheet for myself because I'm super excited about this month — and I created a free printable for you, too! Download it for yourself, add your goals, post it up where you can see it! If it's right in front of you, you'll be more likely to remember and accomplish the goals. 

The one on the left is mine, and the one the right is for you! Just right-click it, press 'save', and print it! Easey-peasey. :) 

I'd love to see what your April goals are, as well. Feel free to comment below or send me a link to your own blog/instagram sharing your goals. We can keep each other accountable! Don't forget #coffeeandhoneycomb



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Last week, I was home for spring break and made it a goal to step out of Starbucks to try some newer coffee shops. I'm sure glad I did. The two coffee shops I tried were River City Roasters in Downtown Wheaton and The Wormhole in Wicker Park.

Both shops were unique in their branding, interior design, and coffee making, but one thing was the same, their dedication to coffee. Good, good brew. Of course, I am the girl who drowns a cup with creamer and syrup, but hey, I can still appreciate a good cup of joe.

This week inspired me to begin visiting different coffee shops each time and making a coffee guide! Bottoms up. (:

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