For the last few months, I have been working with Evie Caprel, business consultant specializing in entrepreneurs. I have to say that I wasn’t sure that I was up for the challenge, to look as closely as I needed to at my small business, The Nib and Quill. Did I really want to dig into the ins and outs, the good and the bad? Was I ready for what I was going to find? Would I be strong enough to face the music to fix my business, in order to achieve the greatness that I knew I wanted and deserved?
I am thrilled to report that together, Evie and I have accomplished so much in this short time. And I have to say it has been easy. Well, not really. But Evie has this special way of listening to you, to really understand where and when you need to dig deep. She’s compassionate and has really helped me break through these invisible walls that I have created.
I have seen new growth in my business since Evie and I have joined forces. Although, I still have a bit of tough work ahead of me, I know that nothing is impossible now. Thanks to the help from Evie. So I encourage you, reach out to Evie on LinkedIn. It will be the best thing you do for yourself and your business.
I have a few quiet moments and would like to take the time to share. As many of you may know, I was recently selected to be one of six unique artisans to be featured in The Artisan Group’sTAGazine for the 2015 GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge. Needless to say, I was shocked and completely honored to have been one of the 6 chosen.
It really made me stop and think about my work and how inspired I truly am by what I do and how I want my books to inspire you, as well. My rustic guest books, journals, and special event books, just to name a few, are created to inspire others to document their history. I want people to be able to share and capture their precious memories, birth announcements, artwork, or their everyday childhood memories. And I painstakingly sew my books with care to ensure they will last a lifetime, creating heirloom quality as I sew.
Handmade journals with a vintage feel
Each journal page is hand torn to create a special vintage feel, which I am known for. Authentic skeleton keys are added to remind us all of the times gone by. I seriously get excited just thinking about my journals and what they really mean to me. My packaging and presentation is just as important to me as the book itself. I gift wrap every journal as if I am receiving it myself.
The attention to detail is not forgotten here! I include little vintage inspired goodies along with extra journal paper to test your pens. Often I use fountain pens and I personally like to have a test sheet, just in case. I really want my customers to have an enjoyable experience when they purchase from The Nib and Quill.
It brings me great joy knowing that I can pass along my books to my children. And I can only hope that my customers will feel the same way. So, whatever you decide to fill your Nib and Quill journals with, just know that they were created with love and care in mind. I know that it will show, from my craftsmanship to my packaging. Thanks for letting me share with you today!
I have been so very busy with The Nib and Quill that I seem to have little time for anything else. Of course, my family is my main concern. They always have my heart first. But the one thing that I am missing most is my journal time. I find it so silly that I make these beautiful journals to write and note all the wonderful things in my life and I never have the time to actually write in one.
During one of our family outing this weekend, Hayes (my hubby) shared a quote. It was, “Never a day without a line ~ Horace”. It just struck a chord with me. I have decided to run with this in my life, as well as make it my new business motto.
I don’t know about you guys, but I know I feel so much better after I can jot down a few lines before bed. I like to reflect on the wonders of the day.
A little thing that I do with the kids is look for God’s daily gifts. I believe that He blesses us with a “happy” and it is up to us to find it. This weekend we were driving through the Arboretum in town and within 10 feet of our car was a deer munching on the leaves of a beautiful tree.He glanced at us several times, but knowing we were no danger to him, he continued to eat. The children thought it was so amazing. That was just one of our gifts! This is just another example of things that I like to journal.
What is the one thing you do to ease your mind, help with stress, or just plain fun for the day that you can’t live without?