Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Neworking Meeting Update for Tuesday September 22nd

My excitement just keeps building after every meeting. The ideas and the connections are inspiring. I wanted to give those who attended and those who were unable to attend a review of the topics discussed at this week's meeting.
1. Naming the group. I will need your ideas for the networking group's name by October 1st. Once I receive all of your ideas I will be posting them on FB for us to vote on.
2. Once we have a name I will have a Facebook page created. This will then be our base for information exchange.
3. Facebook offers pay per click advertising that may be an advantage to some of our businesses. I know that my business has seen more traffic from it.
4. linkedin.com is another great free networking resource. Make sure to add me as well!
3. CoCo Chanel. This may sound funny at first but I just watched a documentry on her life this weekend. I was shocked to find out that she was an orphan and in 1913, she opened up her very first shop which sold a range of fashionable raincoats and jackets. The first shop even went out of business. One of my favorite quotes from her was "I gave women a sense of freedom; I gave them back their bodies: bodies that were drenched in sweat, due to fashion's finery, lace, corsets, underclothes, padding.".
To get every detail check out these books
Chanel : A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen
Chanel and Her World : Friends, Fashion, and Fame by Edmonde Charles-Roux
I am hoping to have at least one example like this a month. If you have any ideas of women business owners of the past that would be an inspriation let me know.
4. For Tracey's business with Market America we came up with the idea of showcasing a product of the month on Facebook. She could then update everyday a new detail or important information on that product to help educate her customers. This could also be done with a blog or Twitter.
Thanks again to all of our members!
The next meeting will be October 6th at 9:00am. Please rsvp if you are able to attend.
Christine

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fall Showers

Yes, it is sad Fall is right around the corner. But it is my favorite time of year! My new Enchanting wedding shower design made me realize that I only have one Fall design for wedding showers and nothing for baby showers. So I have taken a few of my design to combine them into these beautiful fall invites. The wedding shower invites I took to the next level by using the trees and the leaves but abandoning the usual fall colors for purple. Keep in mind all of my designs can be adjusted to fit your color schemes.

















Monday, August 17, 2009

Annie's Wedding Shower





Sunday was my friend Annie's wedding shower. It has been a while since I have attended such an event. And I must admit a small secret. The only reason I really attend showers is for the cake. LOL! The cake did not disappoint me. It was chocolate cherry with vanilla frosting, yum! Made by the groom's sister Kelly. Games are not my favorite thing at these events. But when they started passing around spices to see who could guess the most I just told them to hand me the prize. The Martha Stewart in me did not dissapoint. I got 10 out of 12 right and won!

Now it is gift time. Of course I didn't get her anything off the registry! Annie and her fiance Kyle love their cars. So I deceided to create a pin up of annie next to Kyle's other baby, his Camero. I also found at a local shop the cutest underwear with a mechanic's patch on the front with Kyle's name on them. I found that they can also be purchased online at www.blumegirl.com. (These would also make a great bachelorette gift!) Her reaction to the gift was priceless! It also inspired a new design for my pinup collection!
http://www.takeitpersonallybychristine.com/

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This Week's Featured Wedding Invite

Last week I had the pleasure of working with Carla Lee on her amazing wedding invitations. Carla and her fiance Christopher wanted to incorporate their two minature grey hounds into their invite. Of course my cartoon wedding invites offer a unique alternative for this situation. Carla mailed her carefully choosen photos to me. Once received I looked through them to choose the best images. I couldn't believe the charisma these dogs possess. By the time I was done I was laughing and planning my second dog purchase! (ok future purchase Isabelle may note be ready yet) Not to be upstaged by their dogs the couple themselves were just as expressive. And I must say the bright colors of the design done in green and orange had me rethinking my own wedding colors. That is one color combo I don't use often enough. So cheers to another not only inspiring couple but inspiring family!

Christine Anderson
www.takeitpersonallybychristine.com



Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Amazing Baby Shower Cakes

One of my recent customers was looking for a custom design. She was kind enough to send with her photo examples of the items she was using for the Baby Shower. The theme of the shower was storks. As I was looking through her paperwork I noticed the photo of a stork cake. Along side of it she noted "The cake no one can make". I'm thinking to myself no one.... I know someone. So I did some research and found that one of my past customers Christee was only an hour away. Christee makes some of the most amazing cakes. So I forwarded her info to the customers in need. Christee contacted me a few days ago to thank me for the referral. I gasped at the gorgeous photo of her cake and adorable cupcakes with my work as the backdrop.

So make sure to check out Christee's work at www.badasscakes.com I did notice they are creating a new site. But she is also listed as one of my friends here on myspace so you can check out her work there as well.

So to all of you with small businesses like myself, let me know what you are up to. You never know when I may need you!


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tea Length Wedding Dress

For many brides the search for the actual bridal gown is the most important part of the process. I found this to be true for myself when searching for my own dress. Of course I had to be more difficult than your average bride. I did not want your average dress. Our wedding is going to be more like a small party of 50-60 guests in the theme of old Hollywood. So my goal was to find a dress that was around knee length. I was lucky enough to find a line of brides maid's dresses that came in white. Now mind you my search was not very long and I ended up with a fabulous dress. But low and behold I find a website that fits every aspect of what I was looking for in a dress after I have actually found one! So to all of your brides looking for something a little different I suggest checking out Stephanie James Couture. http://stephaniejamescouture.com Now if I could just find someone to create my invitations LOL!