Sunday, July 31, 2011

giveaway winners & discount codes!

The winners are:

The Pickled Poppy Ruffled Clutch:


Designs by Abby Lynn Accessory Package:


Ninth St. Notions Store Credit:


Don't forget to use the following codes for for free shipping and/or a discount!
The Pickled Poppy: THANKSABUNCH for free shipping
Designs by Abby Lynn: OHYELLOW for 15% off!


Winners, congrats! Email me (kimdavis09ATgmailDOTcom) and I'll get you hooked up with the appropriate shop owner! :)

love. 




Friday, July 29, 2011

favorite things friday: guest post from jami!

While the 'rents are in town, I thought it'd be fun to have someone share THEIR favorite things this Friday. Thanks Jami, for hopping in on such short notice!




Hi, I'm Jami. I blog over at Call Me Blessed. and this is my version of Friday Favorites. Thanks for having me Kim!

One of the best gifts of this blog world is the handmade shops I have found. I love discovering new things to wear or decorate my home with. My pocket book(yes, I'm 80)  may not agree, but buying something I know someone has made with their own two hands using the talents God has given them is a blessing.

This first set of pics are items (or versions of items) I have actually purchased and LOVE. Please go check out these ladies and their shops.


1. camera strap cover from Mel {V} designs
2. fabric necklace from Beaux Bijoux Jewelry
3. fabric earrings from Picking Blueberry's
4. Jeremiah 29:11 print from Naptime Diaries
5. wooden quote sign from Barn Owl Primitives
6. yarn and felt wreath from Sugar Money. *bonus: all proceeds from these wreaths go towards this family's adoption.

Now here are some of the things on my wish list, or as I like to say, soon to be in my hot little hands.


1. mini patchwork bunting from the merriweather council
2. Miss Lyndsi necklace from Sunshine and Carousels
3. i love my bed wall art from Three Red Apples
4. fabric flower headband from The Olive Tree Boutique
5. poetry frame trio from The Mandolin Goose
6. custom name pillow from in His grace

Happy shopping!
You can find me at my blog here, my shop here & on twitter here. I'd love for you to stop by and say "hi".


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

summer of pies: old fashioned peach pie


What's my favorite kind of cobbler? Peach

Why I haven't tried to make a homemade peach pie yet? Who knows.

Despite that fact that two of the peaches I used were actually nectarines, the "pie juice" bubbled over & got all over the bottom of the oven, and the fact that I, again, used store-bought crust, this pie was perfection. Delicious perfection.

I adapted the recipe by combining three recipes I found, adding more cinnamon, using less butter and basket weaving the crust on top & adding a cute little heart. Paired this gem of a pie with Blue Bell and it was game time! Not only did Chase approve, but we had some friends over for dinner and they loved it too! :)


Here's the recipe I used:
1 package of pie crust (comes with 2)
1 egg, beaten
5ish cups (6-8) peeled peaches, sliced (messy!)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp butter

1. Preheat oven to 450°
2. Place one pie crust in pie plate. You can bake for less than 5 minutes to harden up a bit, but make sure to poke with fork a few times so it doesn't puff up.
3. Gently mix lemon juice with sliced peaches in large bowl. 
4. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, flour, spices, and salt. Again, mix gently with peaches. 
5. Pour into pie crust & "dot" with butter. 
6. Place other crust on top, brush with egg, and cut slits to allow steam to escape.
7. Bake for 10-15 minutes and then lower heat to 350°. Bake for an additional 30-40 minutes. 
8. Let cool and serve with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. ;)



Enjoy, my friends!

love. 




Wednesday, July 27, 2011

date + day trip = day trip

One thing I'm very passionate about is the idea of "dating your spouse." For us, with no kids on the radar ((yet)), I think it's super important to build a solid foundation of getting in the routine of date nights that are built into our monthly budget and are not an option ((but um, why would I NOT want to get all dolled up and eat at a fun place with my handsome husband?!)). 


Even if you do have kids, I would argue that it is of utmost importance to build in a babysitter and a date night as often as possible into your budget ((you are probably rolling your eyes at me and saying "easier said than done, kimmy!")). Well guess what? Do you have direct tv/netflix/hulu+/iphones/etc? Then I think you just *might* have some wiggle room in that budget of yours. 

For us personally, dating my spouse has to be a priority in keeping my marriage exciting, healthy, and believe it or not, Christ-centered. Marriage is such a gift, and that's how God created it. Dating your spouse doesn't have to be extravagant, but chinese food & a movie//getting dressed up ((and possibly doing your hair & makeup?!)) and going to a sit down dinner//going to see a movie & splurging on popcorn, but sneaking some candy in//going for a picnic in the park are all EASY ways to keep the flame alive, if ya know what I mean. Our spouses are to be treasured. 

Ok, that was the longest tangent intro ever in the history of Yellow Songbird. Yowza. Moving on.

Last week, on one of Chase's days off, we took a day trip to Ft. Collins. He planned a tour at the New Belgium Brewery, dinner at a deli that has "the best Rueben's ever" ((I love Ruben's and these were made from corned buffalo beef! yum)), and a double feature of Cars 2 + Transformers 3 at the drive-in movie theatre. The tour was full, but we got to taste some yummy beers on the house ((confession: this was the first time ever that I actually drank more than a sip of beer without making an ugly face)). We then went and enjoyed a long and epic dinner at Choice City Deli. We went to the drive-in but it was still an hour or so from sundown, we didn't care to see Cars 2 ((which was playing first)) and we still had quite a drive home. SO we skipped it this time around.

Enjoy these photos from our fun date!






What's been your favorite date you've been on lately? I'd love some fun, creative date night ideas and be able to compile them for a fun date night post!

love.



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

sponsor highlight + giveaway: "we like pretty things here"

you have a few more days to enter last week's group giveaway, so click here and get after it!

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Meet Jaclyn, the gal who runs the eclectic etsy shop, Jaclyn1423. Her slogan of "We Like Pretty Things" is pretty accurately portrayed in this shop! Everything in Jaclyn's shop is handmade, upcycled, vintage, or all of the above! Triple win. I love that the jewelry found in Jaclyn1423 has a vintage feel, and everything is SO unique. I LOVE when handmade artists stick to their style. 

Here are a few of my favorite pieces found in her shop:

Jaclyn is offering all of you sweet readers a chance to win this GORGEOUS vintage pendant, valued at $20!. Isn't it fantastic?! Geometric shapes are SO popular right now,  so you will definitely be styling rocking this unique piece! 

Here's how you enter:
Head on over to Jaclyn1423 and tell me your favorite item in the shop. (mandatory entry)

To earn extra entries
1. Follow Yellow Songbird via Google Friend Connect over there on the left. (one entry)
2. Follow both Jaclyn and myself on twitter. (one entry)
3.  tweet/facebook/blog about this giveaway (one entry).  
Feel free to use this:

I just entered to win a SWEET vintage geometric pendant from @jaclyn1423 on @ohsweetjoy's blog!
http://tinyurl.com/2ddk985



 Make sure you go over to Jaclyn's shop and poke around. You will definitely find something you can't live without! And just in case you do, feel free to use the discount code 14ohsweetjoy23 for 15% off your purchase!

Connect with Jaclyn:

love.

Monday, July 25, 2011

((shop update)) "boutique style" headbands

I just released FIVE new headbands into the shop. These are part of the "boutique style" collection that are all one.of.a.kind. I've been pleased that none of them ever stay in the shop for longer than 24 hours! That said, snatch 'em up quick. They sure are pretty! :)



love. 

sweet little getaway

Chase ((finally)) has a break from school for a few weeks and I got some time off at Anthro, so we escaped yesterday afternoon to come to our favorite place. I'll be soaking up a lot of this:


Along with some:
peace
quiet
sounds of the river
swapping iphone-holding with hand-holding 
((with the exception of instagram of course ;) ))
time in the sun
maybe a hike or some jeep off-roading
non-interrupted Jesus time

Be back in Boulder tomorrow! :)

love. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

favorite things friday: top 10 favorite movies


Favorite Things Friday this week will feature my top TEN favorite movies of all time. So, in no particular order, here they are.

Ready?

OK.



1. Dumb & Dumber
2. Napoleon Dynamite
3. Hook
4. Big Daddy
5. Elf
6.That Thing You Do
7. The Sandlot
8. Now & Then
9. Julie & Julia
10. ((not pictured)) Meet The Robinson's
((one of mine & chase's first dates was at a drive-in to see this movie!))


What's your favorite movie of all time?


love. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

10 tips on using social media for your indie biz

I wanted to compile a list of pointers of how to use social media effectively for your business. This can be handmade, commercial, restaurant, small scale local...any kind of business. Granted, a lot of these ideas will be through the lens of a handmade business, but they can easily be applicable to any venture. 

These are all my opinions from personal experience, so take them with a grain of salt, or a whole salt shaker, for that matter. It's just a guide to help some of you who are wanting to grow your business, but are on the fence about marketing your indie biz via social media. 


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1. Tweet often. 
Don't let people forget about you. The more your brand is in your customers' minds, the more likely they will make purchases from you regularly. I tend to see a dramatic lull or rise in sales depending on when I've tweeted or not tweeted. 


2.  Promote, but don't spam. 
Scheduling "new blog post!" tweets can be tricky because a. not everyone is "online" the same time you are, but b. tweeting the same thing every hour on the hour is obnoxious. Also, when you've sold a few things and you tweet "sold & re-listed" about 6 times in a row with a link for different products, it's totally overkill. A general rule of thumb that I personally follow is tweeting something 3 times in one day is the absolute maximum. 


3. Keep Things Positive, but BE REAL.
It's ok to say that you aren't having a good day, but when most of your tweets are about how tired you are, etc., it gets exhausting! We also know everything isn't always "sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows" all the time, so don't act like it is. Your fans/followers/customers want to see that you're normal and that you aren't perfect. 


4. The Golden Rule. 
I tend to abuse this one because I am sometimes a bit snarky. One, I feel like I want to be "real" with my followers. Sure, I could easily be a happy go lucky tweeter, but then are my followers getting a false sense of who I am and what my business is about? You be the judge. I think only tweeting positive things tends to trap you in a fake facade. Bottom line, be nice. 


5. Free is Fun!
Free things go a LONG way for sales. "Free Earring Friday" was always well received for me, personally. Make a minimum purchase or allow a certain item purchased to be paired with a free gift. Promote it via social media and watch sales come in that you AND your customers are excited about!


6. Offer Exclusive Discounts/Sales. 
Reward your followers! Sometimes I put exclusive "friends & family" discount codes on my personal Facebook page for just that, friends and family. Other times, I promote a discount code exclusively to twitter..same with Facebook. Discount codes are a great way for people to make impulse buys AND are great ways for your customers to feel "treated" to one of your new products! Who doesn't like a sale?! 


7. Be Inspiring & Helpful.
Encourage others, tweet/blog pretty things, and don't just be about you. Put someone else in the spotlight and feature people who are inspiring to you! Retweet someone's giveaway, fun blog post, or new item. What goes around, comes around!


Along with that, 


8. Don't Be Too Exclusive
I learned this lesson the hard way and tried to "de-clutter" who I followed on twitter. I learned that if I'm truly trying to be a "light" to the handmade network, then I can't be exclusive and I should return the favor and follow people. You never know, you may just find some new blogs to follow and inspiring people to interact with! This also goes for using twitter as a chat room for you and three of your "tweeps." I promise it's annoying as the word "tweeps."


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9. Be Interactive.
Twitter and Facebook can be great conversation tools. Don't just "blab," respond and encourage community on your pages! Involve your customers in decisions on colors, future items, fabrics, etc. 


10. Behind the Scenes. 
I know that I love to see behind the scenes work from my favorite bloggers, designers, crafters, etc. People are interested in what you do all day ((or else they wouldn't be following you on twitter/facebook)), so show a sneak peek of a new product, snippets in to your studio, or a fun personal project you're working on. It gets people excited about your work and can potentially lead to quick sales when you release those new products!


((Bonus)) Real Life Balance. 
Again, people want to see you being REAL. They want to see that you have friends in real life, and that you love your husband/family. I think this also helps in being able to switch out of "business mode" when your "work day" is done. Also? Get off the computer/iphone every once and a while. Your friends & family will appreciate it. 




What helpful tips have you learned by using social media for your business? What pointers would you have for using social media effectively? 
Discuss  in the comments section below :)


love.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

sponsor highlight + giveaway: ninth street notions, the pickled poppy, & designs by abby lynn

I LOVE highlighting my wonderful sponsors to you. They are mega talented and it's so fun for me to "share the handmade love" with y'all! Let's have a group giveaway!!! :)






Fresh, floral prints. Bright, gorgeous patterns. Fun, functional zipper pouches & accessories. That's what you get when you shop The Pickled Poppy. I absolutely love her selection of handmade goods. She has a great eye for fabric selection, which I'm a sucker for! Combine all that with great prices? Baddabing. We've got ourselves a GREAT shop! 



Today, Autumn is giving away this adorable clutch AND offering you guys a sweet little discount code for free shipping! In case you cant' see the pink font (oops), use code THANKSABUNCH for free shipping off your Pickled Poppy order!


Find more from the Pickled Poppy here!

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I met sweet Abby at Texas A&M and was always impressed by her endless style & fashionable self! :) When I found out she was going for it in the handmade world, I was so excited for her! Designs by Abby Lynn features delicate poppy bobby pins, headbands, and clips that can be used for babies, children, or adults. I LOVE the colors she chooses. They're so fresh & happy!

Abby is giving away some AWESOME loot to you guys today! The winner of today's giveaway will receive a floral bobby pin, a small floral hair clip, and a headband of your choice to go with the interchangeable clips. Winner picks colors! Not to mention, use code OHYELLOW for 15% off your purchase at Designs by Abby Lynn. Win-Win situation, folks. Win-Win. :)

Find out more about Abby here & find her here on twitter!

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One of my favorite things about etsy is finding shops that specialize in more than one thing. One stop shopping makes my heart happy! At Ninth St. Notions, you will find precious hair accessories, fashionable rings, handbags, earrings, and fun necklaces! Better yet, Amanda is about to add a line of coin purses to the shop. 



Today's winner will receive a $15 store credit to Ninth Street Notions. 


Find more from Amanda//Ninth Street Notions on her blog!

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To enter this GROUP giveaway, all you have to do is tell me your favorite memory you've made this summer so far!

To earn extra entries
1. tell me what your favorite items are in EACH shop (one entry). 
2. follow yellow songbird via Google Friend Connect (one entry).
3.  tweet/facebook/blog about this giveaway (one entry).  
Feel free to use this:
GROUP GIVEAWAY on @ohsweetjoy's blog! Enter to win loot from @abbylsaunders, the pickled poppy & ninth st. notions! http://tinyurl.com/2ddk985


love. 


Monday, July 18, 2011

handmade monday: yellow owl workshop


Something that makes my heart extra happy is when small, indie, handmade businesses get super popular and their goods are sold on a more prevalent level. 

Yellow Owl Workshop is a business based out of San Francisco, California that makes intricately detailed & original stationery, stamp sets, prints, pendants, and unique ceramics. A store that I love to frequent, West Elm, carries their stamp sets, which I have several of and adore. 

They even just came out with a book, Print Workshop, which can be found here! So exciting :)

I LOVE seeing handmade success stories, don't you?!

Let's get to know Christine, the designer behind Yellow Owl Workshop, a bit better, shall we?

((photo courtesy of here // here))

What inspires you most?
Wow- this is very hard because I am inspired by different things everyday. Unlike a big company that has research and sales teams to tell them what is selling, I am fortunate that I get to make what I want because I just want it for myself!  And I am all over the place. For my most recent line of cards I was looking at different languages. Nautical Flags and Morse Code and Pictograms are languages that are usually only seen in their real-life applications.  I wanted to pull them in to stationery because I think they look cool but are also functional!

What is your favorite color/color scheme?
I love working with strong primary colors-- red, yellow and blue.  

What is your favorite part about running your indie biz?
People!  We are so lucky to count so many of our stockists as our friends.  These people are as passionate about quality and design as we are!  I also have admiration for all my stationery and gift compatriots-   Seems like everyone I meet in this field is cool, supportive and over-flowing with talent!  I also just wrote a book about printmaking at home (Print Workshop: Hand-printing techniques and Truly Original Projects) and I love getting notes and questions from people using the techniques for their own projects.  I get to go on an on about different glue and ink types and I am in heaven.  And last but not least I love the people I work with!  Virginia, Maria and Emily, are brilliant and they really keep Yellow Owl Workshop going!  

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Thank you, Christine! I'm so inspired by your work & success. 

Check out more from Yellow Owl Workshop:

love. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

favorite things friday: yellow + coral

Happy Friday, friends! I've been loving the combination of yellow & coral lately. It's such a fresh color combo & I keep finding myself finding a way to wear both. Here are some yellow + coral finds that I thought I'd share!


1. Sweet Summer Coffee Cuff ((new design in the shop)) 
2. Summer Sweet Poppy Necklace by RachelleD on etsy. 
3. My Heart Blooms For You print by O'Reilly Ink on etsy. 
4. This "clothesline" fabric by Heather Ross. I just love it! I found it over at one of my favorite online fabric shops, bloomerie

5. Not to mention, I am loving my coral linen toms. :)

Have a lovely weekend! 

Do you have something yellow + coral in your handmade shop? I'd love to see it! Leave a link to it in the comments section!

love. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

giveaway winners & discount codes

There are lots of winners to announce today! Scroll down to see if you won & take advantage of the discount codes offered for a limited time.

Bobbin Winding Headband & Clutch

Notecard, Garland & Gift Tag Set + $5 store credit from Rainy Day Colors

Any (two) 8X10 prints from In His Grace

Dressing on the Side t-shirt (1)

Dressing on the Side t-shirt (2)


LIMITED TIME DISCOUNT CODES!
OHSWEET20 for 20% off at Bobbin Winding

YELLOW10 for 10% off at Rainy Day Colors

YELLOWSONGBIRD for 20% off at Dressing on the Side

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Congrats winners! Email me ((kimdavis09ATgmailDOTcom)) with your mailing info to claim your prize & I'll get you hooked up with the shop owners. 

love.