Out and About

Every once in a while, I like to share some of the facebook posts from other shops that carry our signs.  Check these out: Downtown Tecumseh shared their version of our subway art (available at British Tea Garden): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151749353469215&set=a.10150108674299215.286023.342392164214&type=1&theater Catching Fireflies has an Ann Arbor, Rochester and Detroit version: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151764630433320&set=pb.124666573319.-2207520000.1380049574.&type=3&theater Kean’s Store in Mason has the Mitten State subway art: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=572409559472791&set=a.135052289875189.20879.116854815028270&type=1&theater Paper and I in Marshall just received their order (and my mom’s family is from Marshall, so that’s exciting!!): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=514823941927583&set=a.390496297693682.93421.390485281028117&type=1&theater Allegan Community Pharmacy has a nice selection of our Michigan signs: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=400424636734885&set=a.378900722220610.1073741825.252558528188164&type=1&theater Lana’s Boutique has a Kalamazoo and St. Joseph version of our subway art: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151721760406357&set=pb.92327031356.-2207520000.1380050050.&type=3&theater La Dee Dah in Menomonie, WI has our very first out-of-state Subway Art! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151725922082930&set=pb.376990337929.-2207520000.1380050098.&type=3&theater Coyer Candle Co. has our signs (and It Is What It Is has their candles!! it’s fun to work together!) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151578603686712&set=pb.230335391711.-2207520000.1380050161.&type=3&theater And Two Fish Gallery in Leland has this ever-popular sign: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151591945757555&set=pb.319442492554.-2207520000.1380050233.&type=3&theater   If I missed someone, let me know and I will link it!...

Morning Coffee

Every morning, after the kids leave for school, and before I have to get ready for work, I sit on the couch and have a cup of coffee.  I watch Fox 17 morning news, check Facebook, sort out my work emails for custom signs, and browse Pinterest.  This morning when I logged on to Pinterest and started scrolling, I found two of my signs pinned by Catching Fireflies!  (last week, I finished up and shipped out a custom order for their Berkley, Ann Arbor and Rochester shops!) The first summer It Is What It Is was open (2011), we took a little family trip up to Mackinac Island.  I did a lot of shopping.  There were so many great little shops!  The one that stuck out most in my mind was Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.  She had so many Michigan-made items, and her shop was so unique!  I bought a little handmade magnet by A.I. Paper Design from Little Luxuries.  When I got home, I looked up A.I. Paper Design, and found out that the creator has retail shops in Michigan called Catching Fireflies!  I have not been to Catching Fireflies in person (yet), but their website and blog is fantastic.  She gives marketing and display tips, great gift ideas, recipes, and so much more! Anyway, when I started up my little wholesale business at the end of January of this year, the first shops I thought of were, of course, Little Luxuries and Catching Fireflies. (because they have always been an inspiration to me for my own shop.)  I was so nervous to email them and tell...
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