Are you thinking ahead to Father’s Day? It is coming up June 20th. You can check out my Father’s Day or Parenting cards and if you’re thinking of making a purchase, I recommend doing it sooner rather than later! (Gotta leave some time for that snail mail to arrive.) If you’d like, I can even write in the card on your behalf and mail it directly to your dad… just ask!
It’s been a rough week here at the Hug and Kiss Designs headquarters (ie. my house). My husband had an accident and ended up fracturing his neck! Luckily he’s alive and walking (we know it could have been a whole lot worse), but it’s definitely a tough time around here.
I’m letting you guys know because I might not be as “on it” with my social media and email and whatnot, but I want to assure you that I’m still around! It’s just now in addition to running my own business, homeschooling my kid, and avoiding the corona virus, I’m a full time nurse for my injured husband! So needless to say, my plate is pretty damn full.
HOWEVER, I am still processing and shipping orders! So don’t hold back, I will get you your cards and magnets and coasters and whatnot! I’m trying to limit my trips to the post office to once a week, but smaller orders are typically mailed within a couple of days since I tend to have enough stamps on hand and I’m a 30 second walk from a mailbox.
For those of you that have done orders lately or have liked/commented/shared my social media posts, I want to thank you again for your continued support! This crazy new COVID world we’re living in has been rough for small businesses like mine, so it really means a lot to know you’re out there rooting for me!
In my last post I wrote about how I believe laughter is the best medicine and I’ve done a little research on the claim. Turns out laughter actually has several health benefits! So take a break from watching the news or binging Netflix and read some of my cards! When you visit my site or social media it makes me feel useful AND it helps YOUR health. (I feel like Ralph from the Simpsons… “I’m helping.”) If you find something hilarious somewhere else – share with me please! (Social media links at top of page)
Small businesses are facing a challenging time and I’m not going to lie – Hug and Kiss Designs is one of them! As a result I’ve had to make some changes to the way I handle my little company. Most notably is the way I handle my inventory. Normally when I run out of a particular card, I print more. That has stopped (which really sucks for my print shop friends!) I’m in the process of counting my inventory and updating the numbers on my site. As it stands, I’m sold out of some of my top sellers and I have no clue if or when I may have more made. Other cards only have a copy or two, while others have plenty! If you’d like to check the stock of your favourite cards, just click on them to see the details.
As I continue to count my stock and update the site, I’m finding damaged cards. Cards that have traveled to and from shows, dry humping against another card, leaving rub marks or cards that got a weird dot on them when they were printed. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not in bad shape, in all honesty, most people probably wouldn’t even notice the damage on some of them… either way, I don’t feel right charging full price for them. I’ve decided to mark these cards as “DAMAGED GOODS” and sell them super cheap. They’ll be sold in mixed bags 10 cards for $5 (that’s 50 cents each!) They’ll be up here soon.
While Mother’s Day isn’t for another couple of months (May 10th here in North America), it’s time for my Retailers to start placing their Mother’s Day card orders! So for you wholesale folks – check out the new Mother’s Day cards, Father’s Day cards and Parenting cards and get your orders in by March15th so I can ship by early April!
I hope you're all doing well and enjoying the first few days of spring!
How am I? Well, I'm glad you asked… life has been a little tricky for me lately. Long story short, I was sick for a few weeks (bronchitis) and then 2 weeks ago I coughed so hard I broke a rib! No, I'm not an 92-year-old woman with osteoporosis, I'm just a really powerful cougher. (I know cougher isn't a word, but you get what I mean.)
ANYWAYS, it goes without saying that I haven't been able to work much lately despite having to get ready for the upcoming One of a Kind Show in Toronto! The Toronto show is the only one in our calendar this spring (sorry Edmonton and Vancouver, we will NOT be at Make It this year). For those of you folks in Ontario, we're giving away 4 free pairs of tickets to the One of a Kind Show over on our Instagram account. Just like us, like the post, and tag a friend you'd bring. Easy. The show lands on the Easter Long weekend, so chances are you'll have at least one day off that you can attend… right?!?
For you Wholesale accounts out there – I emailed you about it today, but just as a reminder…. ORDER YOUR MOTHER'S DAY CARDS BEFORE APRIL 1ST!!!!! For you wonderful customers that aren't ordering for a brick and mortar shop (ie. you are not wholesale accounts), no worries. You have PLENTY of time to get your Mother's Day card orders in!
Okay, that's it. I'm going to get back to the slow and painful process of cutting cards.
Happy Goof Off Day!
Valentine's Day has come and gone and I'm finally settling back into my normal work routine… Creasing, folding and cutting cards for the masses! Earlier this month my husband and I spent the weekend in Vancouver at the Taboo Show. It was my first time at that particular show and it was such a warm welcome from lovely, sexy, hilarious, fun-loving people! If you've never been, the show celebrates sex, self-love and everything taboo! (So of course my cards were a perfect fit). I've never been to a show with a strict 18+ audience and it was certainly a pleasure not having to turn kids away from my booth all weekend (the half-naked customers were just an added bonus). Anyways, thanks to you of you that dropped by my booth at the show, I hope to see you again next year!
Next up on my list of Events is The One of a Kind Show in Toronto! The show lands on the Easter long weekend this year for those of you wanting to add it to your calendar (that's March 28- April 1). I've already started preparing by getting my Mother's and Father's Day cards in order.