goodbye 2011, hello 2012!

Wow, it's been awhile since my last post! Hmm, mid-October...yep, that's right about when things got crazy around here and have only recently calmed down. October was my best month yet as a legitimate business (yay!) and the two months that followed, while slower financially, were busy overall with first winter colds, travel for business and pleasure, and of course, the holidays. I nearly met my goal of making it to 500 sales in my Etsy shop in 2011 (477 as of December 31st - not bad, huh?). My new goal for 2012? To hit 1000 sales! That's over 500 sales in the next 12 months! Think I can do it?  We'll see!

In the meantime, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite holiday card orders last month, above, as well as the card I made and sent on behalf of my own family.

While we never (okay, maybe a freak dusting every 10 years or so) get snow here in the Bay Area, I went with a snowflake motif this year to coordinate with the envelope liners I bought on clearance two years ago.

I love the slightly unusual holiday palette of moss green, pool blue, and curry yellow and ran with it.

Inside the square folded card is a "year in review," inspired in part by Amanda Jane Jones' amazing 2010 card that I saw on this blog last summer.

Since the design is somewhat inspired by another designer's work and, mainly, because this design took so long to put together, it's not something I'll offer in my shop. But it was a lot of fun to create and share!

Here's to a great 2012!

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