For the Women Who Do it All – Happy Mother’s Day

This year, I have really felt my mom’s presence in my life. I can feel her watching over me and picture her smile. I’ve had lots and lots of dreams about her, almost like she’s checking to see what’s going on with all of us lately. One thing I do know is that she wants us to thrive, be successful, and be happy. I remember the days when I would be sad as a little girl and I would run to her crying, she would rub my back and tell me not to cry anymore. Just that simple gesture would get me to stop crying. And this year, that’s what I feel she is telling me this Mother’s Day. Don’t cry, love others. So for once, I’ll listen to my mom. 😜

Growing up I had a lot of women in my life that are like moms to me. They would babysit me, take me out, pick me up from school, cook for me, comfort me when I’m sad, give me advice, the whole 9. And this year, I want to make sure you’re acknowledged and loved. To my aunts, grandmas, and family friends – thank you for being there for me. You took me in, treated me like your own, cared for me, and loved me. You helped shape me to the woman I am today. I hope you all know that I am grateful, that I love you, and I am blessed to have you in my life. Most of you have children of your own and you made time and space for me in your family, thank you for that.

I hope that one day I could be just like my mom and all the amazing women in my life. They do it all, they don’t complain, and they do it out of love. I strive every day to be a better woman, wife, and friend. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. You deserved to be appreciated, respected, and loved today and every day for all that you do!


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Jackalope Artisan Fair Pasadena, CA

A couple weekends ago, CO Creative Cartel participated in our first Jackalope Fair in Pasadena. Pasadena is one of my favorite cities here in LA – great food spots, friendly people, and tons of things to do/see!

If you haven’t heard of Jackalope Fair it’s a 2 day event that is hosted at Central Park in Pasadena. Independent artisans come together and sell tons of neat stuff! Everything from jewelry, clothing, stationery, toiletries…the list goes on and on! I love shopping at these events because I get to support the small business community as I hope others will do for me.

It was a bright and sunny weekend (aka hot) but it was quite the experience! It was my first time showcasing alone and let’s just say that there was a learning curve to setting up my booth solo dolo. After day 1 was complete, I stayed for a little while to fix all the problems from set up and day 2 went much more smoothly. 

So how did we do? Well let me just say, as an artisan you can’t really base events on your sales entirely. There are different factors as to why people don’t buy. If I did the event 1 or 2 more times and still nothing really came from it then I probably wouldn’t sell there again. But like I said, these events aren’t really a 1 and done type of deal. Sometimes you need to feel out the crowd that the event attracts. In this case, the event organizers were great and worked hard at promoting the event, they had volunteers that were very helpful (offered to watch my booth if I needed food, a bathroom break, etc.), and the foot traffic was good. If I just based the event on those factors then it would look like the event would be an all around success.

But bottom line, would I do Jackalope Fair again? Probably. To be honest, the show was a bit slow in sales but high in exposure. I just barely made enough to cover the cost of the booth. But my goal for these events are to gain local exposure, so I chalk it up to advertising dollars. If my goals were different and my focus was only on sales then I probably wouldn’t do the event again because I didn’t make much.

Those of you that do events like this, which are your favorites? I’d love to go support and check out other ones!


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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

OOOWEEE! Our busiest time of the year is upon us!

Mother’s Day has usually been busy for us year after year. During the spring time it’s always a time that’s busy in the retail world. Typically the spring is the start of craft show season here in LA and this year is no different. 

We’re going to be doing 2 craft shows this spring – Jackalope Fair on April 29-30 in Pasadena and Patchwork Show on June 11th! It’s our first time at both shows so I’m really excited to talk to our customers and local community in person. Both of these events are free to the public if you want to attend! It’ll be tons of fun I promise 🙂

Even though my mom isn’t here with me anymore Mother’s Day is still extremely important to me. My other mom, my mother-in-law, is the most beautiful and loving person. Ever since Charlie and I have been together she has welcomed me into her family and loved me like I was her own child. I’m so thankful for the bond we share. She and I have this special mother/daughter relationship that I cherish. Without her, I don’t know where I’d be.

Me and Mom, Christmas 2014

I’ve been shopping here and there for the perfect gift but here are a few things I’m personally eyeing for Mother’s Day.

  1. Burt’s Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Gift Set. If you read my skincare regimen post from last month you’ll know that I’m loving Burt’s Bees. It’s a good, mostly natural product that doesn’t break the bank. I’m loving this gift set they put together!
  2. Essie Spring 2017 Mini Kit. My mother-in-law and I love doing our nails. This mini kit would be a perfect small gift!

  3. Miss you Most Mother’s Day Card. This card means a lot to me. I designed this card when I lost my mom and debuted it at Unique LA in 2016. I was surprised how people resonated with the message. I talked to people that also lost their moms just like I did as well as people that just couldn’t be with their moms because of distance. Sometimes the best gift is just a heartfelt note. <3
  4. Le Petit Crap Bag Tote. This is one of my mother-in-law’s favorite products that I sell! She has a great sense of  humor. She loved it so much that she actually bought a bunch for her coworkers too!

Looking for something for your mom this Mother’s Day? Use promo code MOMLUV17 now through Sunday, May 14, 2017 to get 15% off on everything in our shop! Plus, spend $40 or more and get free shipping (no promo code needed) 🙂


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