Friday, August 29, 2014

Burlap Love {Busy Bee Burlap: Product Review & GIVEAWAY}

Spring & summer are the seasons of weddings, right? Beautiful, sunny, absolutely gorgeous weddings. A good friend of mine was married during this time, and I was excited to be able to receive a personalized burlap print from Busy Bee Burlap, a new Etsy shop offering custom prints for all occasions. Fall weddings are just as magical, with the changing colors and many possibilities, and a burlap print would make a great gift.

I love the look of burlap for home decor. I love it even more when you can personalize it. What's really awesome about Busy Bee Burlap is that it's all 100% Risk Free, guaranteed! You get a beautiful, affordable, top-quality burlap print made just for you and superior customer service. They are absolutely delightful to work with. Plus, they offer complete satisfaction with a risk-free guarantee.

Let me tell you about the process really quickly:
* I told owner Mike that I was looking for a wedding gift, so he pointed me in the direction of some really great couples prints available.
* I chose the print I wanted, and gave him the names and year for customization.
* He responded with a three possible designs, different fonts. I chose which font I wanted, and the Busy Bee got busy!
* I received the print super fast. And it came out to be the PERFECT WEDDING GIFT!

The print comes with detailed directions for the best way to frame it. I quickly went to the nearest Joanne as soon as I could to choose a frame for it and make it gift-giving-ready. Here's the result:

I chose a wood frame with a rustic tint, which matched the burlap perfectly. The picture doesn't do it any justice at all. I was short on time, and the lighting wasn't great, but I hope you can tell how beautiful this print is framed.

These beautiful burlap prints make great engagement, wedding, anniversary, and housewarming presents. The newlywed couple I gave the print to loves it!!!

Now let's get to the fun Q&A session I had with Busy Bee Burlap owner Mike! 

How did you choose your shop name?
I wish I had a great story to share, but it is really quite simple. One night, Michelle and I were creating several designs to put on Etsy. It was late and we still had a lot of work ahead of us. She made a comment about us being “busy as bees”. The name “Busy Bee Burlap” immediately came to mind. I did some quick research to make sure it was available. It was, and that’s how we got our name.

What inspires your designs? What made you want to work with burlap?
We get our inspiration from many sources: our favorite Bible verses, suggestions from family, friends, and customers, and sites like Pinterest. If we see a design we like on another medium (such as wood signs), we change something about it to give the design our own unique touch.

Our work with burlap began as home DIY project. We wanted a framed “Family Established” print in burlap. After looking at several designs, Mike decided to make our own. After several attempts, he figured it out. Several friends and family members saw our print and said they’d like to have one of their own. We eventually decided to expand the number of designs and make them available on Etsy.

Do you offer a variety of sizes for your prints? How about custom colors?
We currently offer the prints in 8-1/2” x 11”, though we’ve received several requests for larger prints. We’re looking into the possibility of offering larger prints in the near future.

We’ve tried many color options – both burlap and ink. We’ve found that black ink on natural burlap works best. We do have a few designs that include color in small amounts, and we’re open to working with customers to create a custom design or to use different colors where it will work. 

As summer comes winding down to an end, describe your idea of a perfect summer date night (his & hers answers).
Mike: With 3 kids ranging in age from 8 to 16, any date night we get is pretty awesome! My idea of a perfect summer date night is going out for a nice dinner, and then hanging out and talking with Michelle for a few hours in a coffee house, or checking out the local music scene (we’re in Nashville, after all). We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary earlier this year, so my idea of a perfect summer date night is much different now than it was 20 years ago!

Michelle: My idea of a perfect summer date night would actually be during the day. I’d spend the entire day with Mike just visiting flea markets, antique stores and estate sales. I know…very exciting, right? We both really enjoy digging and searching for unique items at these sales – especially wood furniture that we can restore or repurpose. I’d finish the day with a nice dinner and dessert.

Connect with Busy Bee Burlap!

Want to order a Busy Bee Burlap print? Use coupon code 2JUSTBYOU to receive FREE domestic shipping. Plus, international buyers can receive $3 off with coupon code SAVE3.

Mike and Michelle are generously giving a beautiful custom burlap print to one lucky reader!
Valued at $19, you can win one by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends Wednesday, September 17th at 11:59 PM, EST.

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What do you like about Fall Weddings?

*** Disclosure: We were given complimentary product(s) for the purposes of conducting an honest review. We were not compensated by monetary means. All opinions are 100% my own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 10 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

G+ Growing Circles Hop #33

Time to share your awesome content.
Use our party hashtag and let's party!


Check out this week's Party Hashtag Feature.
Each week, we'll be choosing a random G+ post that used our party hashtag to feature at the party post.
This week's feature is from Boost Your Photography, offering some great apps for photography on your mobile devices. 

Be sure to stop by Boost Your Photography's G+ page and add to your circles! (You can click the image above.)

Link up AND use our party hashtag for your chance to be next week's feature.

Co-Host with us.
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!


To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Appreciate Everything {Words for my Wednesday}

I've always been one who is pretty big on appreciation. There are a lot of things we take for granted every day. As we start saying goodbye to summer (I'm not really ready, but it's being forced upon me!), I look forward to fall and that it brings with it great change: Changing weather, changing leaves that are always so pretty (but a mess to clean up), and a perfect time for gratitude and reflection. Just as spring is the time for new beginnings, fall is a time to let things go and shed the brittle leaves to make way for new ones to come - on the trees and in our lives. 

This post might seem a little premature to many of you, I know. Thanksgiving is not here yet. Halloween isn't even here yet. But you may or may not know that there was an earthquake over this past weekend in the Northern California Napa Valley. That's really close to home for me. Not many people were injured, but there were some homes completely lost due to fires in the aftermath. I watched one of the couples on the news, and the wife completely broke down on camera, as if it had actually just hit her during the interview and talking about it that she had lost her home and everything in it. It was heartbreaking.

I just want to focus on the realization that anything can be lost at any given moment, and we must appreciate everything that we have in life. Many of us don't realize all that we have until it's gone. I don't want that to happen to me.

I love this next quote. Absolutely love it. It's just so true.

So remember that every day is a great day for gratitude. A little appreciation can really go a long way.

What are you appreciating today?

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