Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TPL Trunk Shows

Do you love The Preppy Ladybug and want to share it with your friends?  Would you like to earn rewards to put towards your own order?  You are in luck - I am now doing trunk shows! 

There are two ways to do a trunk show.  If you live in the Atlanta area, I can come to your house (or wherever you would like to host a party), and set up a beautiful display for your friends to shop.  Your friends will receive 10% off their purchase, and you will earn money and discounts to put towards your own order based on how much they buy! 

If you don't live in Atlanta, but would like to get in on the fun, consider hosting an online trunk show!  You will still earn the same rewards, but your friends will purchase from my website using your discount code.  I will give you invitations that you can email, tweet, or post on facebook or your blog.  Your friends will have one week to make their purchases, and at the end of the week, you get your rewards!

It's fun and easy!  Send me an email at shannon@thepreppyladybug to set up your show!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

For the Love of Veggies

I have been craving some veggies lately.  While my husband was traveling this week, I creating some delicious dishes! 

I got the new Cooking Light magazine and was inspired by the Grilled Zucchini recipe.  With the new outdoor kitchen, I just had to try it out!  This is seriously the easiest thing to make.  Just slice zucchinis and toss them with olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, and put them on the grill!  I chopped up some fresh tomato and feta cheese and put the whole thing over bow-tie pasta for a quick meal.  Other variations in the magazine include combining grilled zucchini with fresh parsley, mint, lemon zest, and minced garlic.  Yum!

Before grilling
On the grill
Oops!  I lost a couple!
The other dish I made was couscous.  We had my friend, Kara, and her husband over for a Labor Day cookout over the weekend, and she brought this dish as a side.  It was so delicious, I had to try it myself.  Again, this was such an easy recipe.  I cooked Far East Couscous (pine nut flavor), and added halved grape tomatoes and feta cheese.  That's it and it is SOOO good!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's *almost* Showtime!

A couple of months ago, I signed up to be a part of the Girls Love to Shop event.  It is on September 16-17 at Cobb Galleria convention center in Atlanta.  This is my second big show, and I have been working like crazy to try and get ready for it!  I hope that everything I have been doing will pay off.

I have been trying to figure out how to display all of my stationery.  It is hard because I can't just put out a bunch of stuff to sell like other vendors, since most things are custom made for each client.  I had the idea to make big bulletin boards to show off lots of different items.  My fabulous husband built my boards on Labor Day, and I am working on painting them this week.  Here is a sneak peek of what they are going to look like!

Once I have drawn customers into the both with my awesome bulletin boards, I wanted a way to show everything, so I am making these big "scrapbooks."  They are essentially my first catalog, so if they work out, I am going to create a printed catalog based on these after the show.  All of the options including fonts, colors, sizes and pricing will be shown.  I think I will have a total of 3 books once I am finished.  Here is a peek of the new books!

I have a bunch of free tickets to give away for the show, and I made up this poster for my mom to put in the workroom at her school.  If you want tickets, send me an email with your address to!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oh, Happy Day!

My darling, loving, dear husband is nothing if not consistent.  This includes his ability to start projects around the house and not finish them.  He is notorious for beginning a project that he assures me is going to be fabulous, and two years later decides he might just get around to finishing it.

Our deck is the biggest project in the works right now.  When we moved into our house 3 years ago, it was falling apart.  "Don't worry," he said, "it can be easily replaced."  We got settled into our new home, and about 2 years ago, he started the project.  He was right, the old deck ripped right out.  We rented a dumpster and by the end of the day, it was gone.  After a trip to Home Depot, we had everything we needed to start the new one.  It started out well enough.  He framed a huge new deck, laid boards, even put in railings with decorative metal poles all the way around.  The finishing touches just weren't done, and then came the idea for an outdoor kitchen.  The kitchen had to go in before the finishing touches could be put on the deck.  Again, he planned it out, set up the frame, and got as far as the counter top before stepping away.  Football season was busy and it was followed by a long winter and a string of excuses.  Other projects gained precedence inside the house.  I must say, my crown molding in the bedrooms, chair and picture frame molding in the dining room, and built-in closets are beautiful!  However, I got so frustrated with the deck not being finished, I had everyone in the family only giving him Lowe's gift cards and grill parts for his birthday, Christmas and every other holiday.  Finally, after expressing over and over how wonderful it would be to have football parties on the deck this fall, we took a trip to Lowe's to buy the granite!

This is truly a happy day, because the granite counter top was installed!  Yay!  Now that it is in, the rest of the deck can be finished!  I have been promised that in the coming days and weeks, he is going to finish staining the kitchen, replacing boards that have warped in the last couple of years, and put all the finishing touches on the deck.  Now that I have told you all about it, I can hold him to it!  I wish I had before pictures, but enjoy some pictures of the counter top being installed this morning. 

Before Granite
Cutting out for the grill
We have counter tops!
From the bar side
Even Coach is happy!
Here comes the fun part....I get to start DECORATING!!!!  I need chairs for the teak table we purchased from Restoration Hardware Outlet, bar stools for the kitchen, furniture for the living area, and other cute decorations.  I hope with it being the end of summer, that I can find some things on sale or clearance!  What is your favorite place to buy outdoor furniture?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Can you believe that Halloween is right around the corner?  It seems like fall descends upon us earlier and earlier each year!  As much as I love summer, I am looking forward to everything that fall brings: football, changing leaves, apple picking, and of course, Halloween!

I have created some fun Halloween stationery to help you and your family celebrate the season!  Since candy and treats are kid's favorite part of the holiday, we'll start with treat stickers.  These are a great way to identify your child or your family's treats.  Whether at a school event, or handing out treats to neighborhood children on Halloween night, these stickers will make your treats stand out!  They are also a great way to let parents know where a treat came from when it ends up in a big pile of candy and treats at the end of the night. 

 Stickers come in 3 different sizes and are $4.50 per page.

Dress up your envelopes for the season too with these whimsical address labels.  I put them on anything I mail from birthday cards and holiday cards to mundane bills.  I like to think that I make someone on the opposite end smile :)

 Stickers come in 3 different sizes and are $4.50 per page.

Because handwritten notes never go out of style, coordinating stationery is also available in two different styles: flat correspondence cards and mini folded note cards.  I love the flat cards, but the mini cards are perfect for writing a quick note!  

Flat Correspondence Cards come in sets of 12 for $12.50.  Bundle packs with 24 cards and 24 coordinating address labels are also available for $26.50

Mini Folded Note Cards come in sets of 10 for $12.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the new Halloween line and are starting to get into the holiday spirit!  Visit The Preppy Ladybug online to view all my designs!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Preppy Brown Eyed Belle Giveaway!

If you love giveaways, head over to Brown Eyed Belle blog today for your chance to win stationery from The Preppy Ladybug!

If you don't follow Brown Eyed Belle, you should! Julie's blog is absolutely darling and the pictures she posts everyday are eye candy! If I am ever in a bad mood, I head over to her blog and am instantly rejuvinated by her whimsical posts and gorgeous pictures.

Julie has given her followers many ways to win:

1. Follow Brown Eyed Belle blog

2. Become a fan of The Preppy Ladybug Facebook page

3. Become a fan of the Brown Eyed Belle Facebook page

Extra entries:

Follow The Preppy Ladybug and Julie on twitter

Leave comments on her blog post for each entry and a winner will be selected next Tuesday, August 23rd.

Everyone is a winner in this contest! I am offering readers a 20% off discount in my online shop through the end of August! Use code BEBJULIE at checkout!

Good luck everybody!

Thank you Julie for being a great blog friend!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I'm Back!

I haven't blogged in a long time, but I making a comeback effort! Since I have been gone, I have made great strides in my business and in my personal life.

I have opened my own e-commerce website! My Etsy shop is still open, but I designed the website myself and I am so excited to have my own place online. Stop by and check it out! Also follow me on facebook and twitter to keep up with the latest news and sales!

I now do wholesale. If you have your own store and would like to carry my products, please send me an email at

In my personal life, I quit my job as a fashion designer to pursue my dreams. I could not be happier with my decision and I am loving everyday now!

Please be sure to follow my blog and I look forward to keeping up with you!