NEW ECO-LUXE STATIONERY!

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Thank you all so much for your warm wishes and great advice, it was so greatly appreciated. I haven’t had a chance to go through every one of the comments yet, but I plan on it!  I went back to work this week and even though I was so tired I thought my eyes would bleed, but I went back with gusto.  I have to.  As you know I was super sick and wasn’t able to work for nearly six months and we have medical bills that are astronomical so maternity leave is not an option for moi, we are are two income household. I have been putting the baby in her carrier and work in 1 hour to 1.5 hour increments.  It’s amazing how efficient you can get when you have to be, I thought I was efficient before but you don’t even know how organized I have become, I’m like a very tired, but efficient machine.

I thought I would have at least 3 more weeks to get some of the new offerings up in the shop for holiday, but I was only able to get some of the new stationery offerings up before baby.  I didn’t want to add stationery until I had the perfect stock, I am a little nuts about paper and I love either extra thick or onion skin thin, not in between.  I am using a beautiful luxe cotton cardstock and having the sets professionally printed, they are perfect for gifting!  I had been asked about the monograms being turned into stationery forever and viola, here it is! I also have the wax seal, a clean modern type and a glamorous typeset one.  I will soon be adding the striped bow (one of the most popular designs). I have some new stamps that I think will be a welcome addition, but I haven’t figured out how to shoot product in the tiny window of time I have.  Gosh, I have so many things I want to add!  I can’t wait to share with you.

I am weary to do a giveaway because I haven’t had the winners claiming the prizes which makes me sad, lol, but in the spirit of holiday and being so very grateful I am absolutely going to do a giveaway of one of the sets.  So I will make this super simple and ask:

What are you grateful for this week?

Answer the question by Sunday, December 1, 2013 and I will announce the winner on Monday, December 2, 2013.  December already? Wow! And because Black Friday is around the corner I think a little discount code is order, THANKS2013 for free shipping on orders over $40 (international too!) until November 30th. Good luck!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

MEG FISH & CO. | HOLIDAY ISSUE

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I know Halloween just passed, but I have been in the holiday spirit for awhile now, maybe it’s because as a shop owner you need to prepare so far in advance for holiday that you are aching to get your goods up and celebrate the season, or it could be that I am one of those crazy holiday people. Confession, I have always referred to Christmas time as ‘Tristmas’, yes, I know that may not be PC but tell that to my five year old self. I am just into the holidays.  So it was with great excitement when my friend Meg, a talented photographer and all around creative said she was working on a holiday magazine.  I love Meg’s simple style and her authentic voice. I have recommended her books and templates previously (I am going to have to order baby’s 1st year book template!) and I do think the holiday issue will be a welcome inspiration addition.

Meg featured the Besotted Brand wreath monogram stamp for easy + elegant wrapping, I never realized previously how nicely they worked for holiday but they do indeed!  To celebrate the mention I would love to give away one wreath monogram. Just answer the following question by Sunday, November 10, 2013:

What indulgent gift would you love to receive this holiday? (it could be completely unrealistic!)

And the winner of last week’s giveaway was–Kate, I loved that her sentiment was both cheeky + thoughtful. Please email so I can get your prize sent off to you.  Speaking of prizes, the last two bestowals have gone unclaimed, I have started to put the winners up here so definitely check to see if you have won, I put your name and your answer just so there is no confusion on whether it was your answer. You can find the winners page under the ‘resources’ link at the top of the site. I announce all winners on the following Sunday/Monday of the giveaway. Unclaimed prizes will be just that, unclaimed so if you play, please come back to get your prize!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

LITTLE BIRD STAMP GIVEAWAY

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I have been in some sort of organization mode for the better part of the last month. I am usually very organized but it has reached a fever pitch, I am trying to organize to the the ‘nth degree. I have slowly been adding the new offerings like the charming tiny bird above, hand drawn with a crown no less! I also have a beautiful new ink color in stock a deep espresso brown. I have wanted this color for a while but my vendor used to only have chocolate browns, or reddish browns or general ugly browns; this deep, dark brown is perfect. I have to be careful with getting too attached, the last two colors I fell for they discontinued as soon as I professed my love for them.

I did a little organizing of this here blog as well! It’s a work in progress (so many tweaks I want to do) but I have added an easy access to some of my favorite hand lettered + calligraphy fonts, these are just some that I have mentioned previously but I will be adding to it on a regular basis and even breaking down the categories. I am working on getting all the Lettering interviews organized in one place (I have a great one coming up this Thursday). I created a tab for both tutorials and DIY and also for my fave foto posts (lots of great film resources!) I tried this before without success but I am trying again, I have added a category for announcing winners, check to see if you won last weeks prize!

So, enough about my organizing frenzy, let’s give away this little bird stamp and an espresso ink pad, no? This question came courtesy of my friend Mary and we posed it to a few friends and family members with both thoughtful (and hilarious) responses.

If you could write a note to your your younger self, what would you say in only two words?

Answer this question in the comments by Sunday, November 3, 2013 and check here to see if you have won! I am excited to see your answers, mine was ‘be you’. I felt like I spent my early adulthood trying to be everyone but myself, now that I am older I realize that I’m not half bad.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

BESOTTED BRAND NEW OFFERINGS!

WREATH_MADEWITHLOVE_Ia_BESOTTED BLOGI am very excited to be adding some new offerings before holiday!  I know from how many times the hand drawn wreaths have been downloaded (a mind boggling amount) that people want a hand drawn wreath in their life so I decided to pair it with Miss Jess’s amazing Jacob Riley font.  I usually don’t disclose the fonts I use in my designs but this is one that I just love and I think may get overlooked in all her beautiful script offerings, you need to own it (and hopefully my stamp), also take a peek at Saltpetre as well!  I think this stamp will be perfect when prepared with your homemade cookie recipe, I made it so it could fit on the large parcel tags where you can write a note to your recipient on the back! I believe it will have a longer life than just holiday so it’s an excellent addition to your stamp arsenal.

SPECIAL DELIVERY NORTH POLE I BESOTTED BLOG

Our postmark stamps have been a favorite since I launched them way back when with my first shop.  I have never done a separate cancellation stamp before but thought it would be a sweet addition to this new offering, I hope you like it as well!  You can always get your own custom postmark stamp here and add your own creative text! I have a few more pieces and a new ink color to reveal but I think in the interim I should be giving away one of the above stamps, don’t you?

Just answer the following question by, Sunday, October 27, 2013:

What is your favorite Christmas/Holiday song?

The winner can choose their fave stamp from above!  I always announce the winners on the bottom of my Monday posts so if you played last week then please check to see if you won the prize has not been claimed yet!

P.S. Mrs. Limestone has unveiled her new Halloween decorations for 2013, it’s out of control creative (as always!)

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

TORRIE ASAI FOR BESOTTED BRAND

Made with love torrie asai for besotted brand

I can’t tell you how proud I am to start introducing Torrie Asai for Besotted Brand! Torrie is a new to lettering and by some twist of fate I have ended up becoming a bit of a mentor to her.  I saw that she had not only talent, but drive; what she lacked was confidence in her role as ‘creative’. I believe everyone has the ability to be creative (one of the main motivations behind this here blog), it just manifest itself in different ways for each individual (some people are great cooks, good with computers or numbers, organizing, even getting dressed, etc.  There’s many variations of creative!), it’s recognizing what you are creative at and working on it that will make your gift shine. I honestly can not believe how far she has come from our first correspondence, she’s worked so hard to develop her lettering practice (note she doesn’t even do this for a living!) and it really shows.  I even tapped Torrie to do the lettering for my last branding client, which is where she developed the style we used on this first offering, we call it ‘Sofia’.  We wanted a feminine, modern flowy hand that was still legible and Torrie nailed it.  We have more offerings coming before holidays, but I was just too excited after I received the sample above that I didn’t want to wait!  A huge congrats to Torrie!

Since I am anxious to show her work off I urge you to tweet and pin it, why?  Well, it would be nice to support a fellow creative but also because I will be giving one away of course!  Just answer the following question by Sunday, October 20, 2012:

What are your creative talents?

I will announce the winner next Monday, October 21, 2012.  Good luck!

P.S. I will be back later today with a tutorial on stamping like a pro on the cotton drawstring bags!

P.P.S. Use the code freeship01 to get free shipping on any of the stamps this week!

P.P.P.S. Torrie just turned me on to this new blog by some powerhouse internet celebs, I think you’ll like!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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