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April is letter writing month and updates

A couple of posts ago I posted about the stationery sets I have been working on. It is now April, which is National Letter Writing Month! To celebrate, my sister Kimmy made this video to show the stationery sets in action. She is huge into fountain pens as well so it is mesmerizing to watch her write! FYI – my hand writing looks horrid compared to her easy flow script! I need her to start signing the thank you notes I send out with orders!!

Last year, I joined the International Geek Girl Pen Pals club, and sent off a Harry Potter and Dr. Who stationery I made for my partner. She was really sweet, she sent me back some Sailor Moon and nintendo stationery!!! We are instagram pals but we are both moms so letter writing kinda fizzled after awhile. I might try the club again, the group of girls are awesome and I am always on the look out for pen pals or other geeky friends!

So much in fact, I decided to host a birthday event for Usagi aka Sailor Moon at my friend’s restaurant in Houston – Viet Nom Noms (my hubby and I made his logo). The event will be June 30th for Usagi’s birthday. I put an event on facebook, shared it once among friends and on the Mind Speaks’ instagram and boom – over 400 people interested. I doubt that many will come but this event is just some Sailor Moon bingo, giveaways and just to meet other geeky magical friends. Wish me luck – I am getting nervous now. Wish me luck!

OH, our Etsy shop is having a sale for National Letter Writing Month! Use WRITEON as a coupon code! One of our best sellers was restocked after a large order! One buyer bought a handful of the dino sticker sheets! I wonder if they are for bday goodie bags, students or the buyer really loves dinosaurs? Either way, I so happy they liked the stickers! These macarons sheets are brand new to the shop! I am in the middle of making some new stickers as I am typing this!

Stationery and stickers

I finally started to do something I always wanted to do. Design stationery and stickers! I know, totally weird but when I was 14, my favorite hobby was playing with Paintshop Pro and designing greeting cards and I had large collection of Lisa Frank stickers. My dream job was a mixture of Hallmark and Lisa Frank. After 10+ years working in design for other people – I decided to work on stuff for myself.

I finally got my butt into gear and make some sets. It might seem silly to some people but these themed items have been extremely fun and I love how they look, its been really fun!

My stationery sets include the watercolor succulents, colorful hello and 2 fandom sets for Dr. Who and Harry Potter (slytherin).

Our sticker sets include watercolors of succulents (hand painted by Kimmy), dino origami and my newest set: gamer glam.

My sister Kimmy made a video showing the stickers up close.

I already have new sets coming in 2018. If you follow me or Mind Speaks on instagram you can see previews after Christmas.

Planner obsessed

A new little planner shop opened in Houston, it’s called A Little Craft Place. They sell awesome washi from Japan and France, some Carpe Diem and Webster’s Pages planners. Have no idea what those words meant? I didn’t either, until my sister Kim took me to the world of planners! Let’s roll back – in 2015 I bought us these Russell+Hazel binders so we can organize our notes and calendars for Mind Speaks.

I created inserts and calendars for the binders but they were only 1 inch and we couldn’t seem to fit in everything we needed. So we used these for awhile. If you look through our Mind Speaks Instagram, you can see videos of the inserts I made.


Fast forward to September 2016. Kim’s bday – she wanted to visit the store I was describing above. As a bday gift, I got her the A5 mint. After browsing the store I noticed the other colors they had, if you know us…we are very weak with colors and matching. I ended up buying Kat and myself planners as well. It was crazy but they called out to me!! Kim got a mint A5, Kat a pink one and I got the teal.

A5 is the size I was used to with my binder but the rings hold way more! I started to work on some insert designs for the planners! The calendar pdf is free to download over here. IF you rather have the calendar and inserts printed and cut already you can get those from our etsy store over here.

So far, these planners are awesome – if you want an A5 but the Webster’s price is too much, Michael’s made some amazing A5 planners by their Recollections brand! If I didn’t buy the Webster’s I would have been all over these!! Awesome price as well – and if you get a 50% coupon with Michael’s…..BOOM! Even better!

Do any of you use planners? What is your favorite layout or set up?

Goodbye Starman

He was probably my first crush. As a kid, Labyrinth was a gateway movie to imagination and strange infatuations. When I was turning 13yrs old, my mom asked what I wanted as a gift. I wanted to use ebay to bid on something. That something was my first online purchase ever – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust vinyl. I stayed up all night watching the bidding and won, mom sent off a money order since this was 1998 and mom didn’t trust online shopping yet.


bowie

He really was special to me growing up – I woke up to an early morning text from Kim and cried most of the morning. Thank you David Bowie for shaping up my childhood and making me the strange person I am today.

I made this poster for a local Bowie art show.

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