April Showers

April Showers | www.sycamorestreetpress.com
  1. April showers bring May flowers and I’m loving these floral gift tags.
  2. I’m a big fan of bkr water bottles, especially this frosty blue one.
  3. Obsessed with the minimalist design of this wireless speaker.
  4. I love this shade of icy blue nail polish.
  5. Siiigh, this chair is at the top of my wish list.

-Annie

New Custom Stamps & A Giveaway!

Sycamore Street Press

THE STORY:

When we launched our collection of hand lettered & hand drawn custom stamps last fall, I had no idea what to expect. They’re our first non-paper product. Putting all the money, time, and effort into designing, planning, styling, photographing, and promoting them was a complete leap of faith. But that’s what being a creative entrepreneur is about, right? So we went for it, and were delighted with the wonderful response! Thank you!

The bear return address stamp has definitely been a crowd (and personal) favorite, so I decided he needed a few friends from the mountains to keep him company.  Today we’re launching the elk, wolf, bighorn sheep, and cougar / mountain lion stamps. Each comes as either a return address stamp or monogram stamp. But really, you can ask me to write pretty much anything in them, as long as it fits. (We’ve had requests for shop names, URLs, random words…)

FUN FACTS / INSPIRATION:

We live in a mountain valley, and huge herds of elk often spend the winter just a few minutes walk down the road from us. I never get tired of seeing them. Also, one night when I was pregnant with Ingrid, and lying on a couch right underneath an open window, I heard the loud, screeching call of a mountain lion right outside. Terrifying. We’ve also found tracks just a hundred yards from the house, and a few neighbors have actually spotted these giant cats. (This is why I don’t go out walking after dark.)

GIVEAWAY:

Okay, ready for the giveaway!? Just visit our collection of custom stamps in the shop, and let me know in the comments below which one you’d choose if you’re the winner. I’ll post the winner here on this same post, next Tuesday, April 22. Good luck! - Eva

p.s. We’re doing separate stamp giveaways on Instagram and Facebook this week, so head on over to those spots for the chance to win a total of three different custom stamps!

 Also, re-building a strong brand, why we chose to live in this small mountain valley, and the minimal bohemian look

Internships!

Internships available at Sycamore Street Press

The weather is warming up and it’s time we start looking for new interns! Kirk and I love working with interns, and have even ended up hiring a few after the internship was over!

This year, we have a lot of exciting projects in the works here at Sycamore Street Press. We are looking for interns with experience in one or more of these areas: accounts & sales, crafting/DIY, business, PR/social media/marketing, writing/copy writing, online shop management, food/recipes, photography, styling, hand lettering, web programming, and event planning.

In addition to one or more of the skills listed above, we are looking for people who are hard-working, enthusiastic, detail oriented, and responsible. And of course, an appreciation of paper goods and design is a must!

All interns will be expected to help out with some of the day to day tasks of running a paper goods business, such as packaging cards. They will also be able to work on more specialized projects. Depending on the timing and their area of expertise, that could be anything from assisting at a photo shoot, to making crafts for a blog post, to strategizing business growth, to trade show planning.

If you are interested, please contact me by emailing eva at sycamorestreetpress dot com.

And if you know someone who may be a good fit, please pass along the information. Thanks! – Eva

Image Credit: Candice Stringham

My Secret to Work / Life Balance

Thoughts on Work/Life Balance by Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press

There seems to be a trend lately where people are saying that work/life balance is a myth. That it doesn’t exist… that you shouldn’t even try to achieve it.

I disagree.

It’s true that no one can achieve a perfect work/life balance, because no one is perfect. And I don’t think we should beat ourselves up over our imperfections. But I think if we closely evaluate what our priorities and circumstances are, and act upon them, most of us would be able to come up with a balance that works for us.

I’m not holding myself up as the perfect example here. I’ve made plenty of mistakes — that’s for sure. But as a mother of two small children/wife/artist/business owner, etc… this is an area I’ve thought about and worked on quite a bit over the years. For what it’s worth, I’d like to share the little trick that works for me.

My secret to work/life balance after the jump…

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