Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pin It To Win It Winner!!

We have a winner in our Pin It To Win It contest!  The winner will receive this adorable pink, grey & white bow hat in their choice of size.  Thank you to everyone who repinned the photo and participated in the contest.
Using, the winner is...  Shayla Wilkes!!!
Shayla, please contact me at with your shipping address and size hat needed :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Time for a Change

I started Little Love's Designs in December of 2010 with no clue on what to expect.  Money was tight and I only had about $200 to spend on supplies.  I bought a few yards of fabric, some elastic and some plastic rhinestone buttons from Hobby Lobby thinking maybe I could just sell enough headbands to buy more supplies and hopefully one day I would even have enough money left over to cover the cost of diapers for my then 1 year old.

Fast forward to March of 2011 and things really started to pick up.  I was able to start ordering 200 yard spools of elastic, metal rhinestone buttons instead of plastic (I was moving on up in the world) and the sales just kept coming in.  When things started to get busy I was excited but constantly felt guilty because it was taking so much time away from me spending time with my daughter. 

When I was pregnant I decided to stay home with her until she started school but with me being so busy with making headbands and filling orders I started thinking maybe she would be better off in a day care where she would get more interaction with other kids and adults.  The thought that I was allowing what had turned into a full time (more like 80 plus hours a week) job for me to make me consider sending her off to day care constantly bothered me every single day.

Last September- November was a blur, between those 3 months I had over 700 orders through Etsy alone.  I would work from 7am- between 2-3am and still felt like I wasn't making any progress in getting caught up.  After the holiday rush we decided to move to TN to be close to my family.  This would give me some help with my daughter and we would also be moving into a home with a extra room just for LLD.

Since our move at the end of May I have found ways to be more productive but still find myself wishing for time to spend with my daughter.  I have been considering switching to ready to ship pieces only for a while and came to the conclusion last night at 1:00 am while making the final plans for my daughter's 3rd birthday party this weekend that it was time to make a change.  Not only for my own sanity but also for my daughter who deserves to at least have a couple of hours each day of my full attention.

After tonight I will no longer be listing my rolled flower/rosette headbands in the Etsy shop on a made to order basis.  Once I am able to get caught up on my current orders I will be making the rosette designs available once a week and will only be accepting a limited amount of orders.  These are the most time consuming designs and is what causes my processing time to be so long on orders (usually 10-12 business days but sometimes more).  By only accepting a limited number of orders for this style each week my goal is to cut the processing time frame down to 2-5 business days. 

I hate having to make customers wait so long for their order so I'm hoping this change will make everyone happy.  You get your packages quicker and I get some time to spend with my daughter :)

I will be posting a poll on Facebook to see what evening each week you guys would prefer that I make the rosette headbands available, if you could take a second to let me know which date you would prefer I would appreciate it. 

In the meantime, the rosette designs will be in the Etsy shop tonight until midnight so if you have been wanting to order one of these designs now is the time to do it (it will probably be around 2-3 weeks until I start listing them again on a limited basis).

I will continue to work on new designs that I can make and ship quickly.  I'm currently looking into broadening the products I carry to include cotton knit hats for newborns (similar to the ones they use in the hospital) but in cute prints/colors and with handmade flowers for the girls!

Being this busy is definitely a blessing and I can't thank everyone enough for your support and for sharing LLD with your friends!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The New Little Love's Designs Office

I love seeing photos of other vendor's work spaces, it's nice to be able to see exactly where your order is being made and is a reminder that these are small businesses being run by 1 person who designs, edits, lists the products for sale, handles customer service, makes the products, ships the orders, etc all while caring for their family. Our family recently moved from North Carolina to Tennessee and while I wasn't looking forward to packing & unpacking everything, I was so excited that I would finally have a room to myself for everything related to LLD.  Here are a few (ok, quite a few) photos I snapped today of my new office.  It's still not completely organized but somehow using Instagram covers up the mess a bit :)
Computer area- I decided to buy a new computer at the end of last year with a bigger monitor, but my favorite purchase of all time is the Dymo 450 Turbo that is sitting on top of my printer.  If you own your own business and ship from home, please do yourself a favor and get one of these, it has cut my shipping time in half!
My 'little love'... the whole reason I started LLD ♥

Tons of containers of supplies!  Crocheted hats on top in the clear containers, fabric, silk flowers & elastic on the bottom shelves and all of the brown boxes are filled with fabric flowers!
Containers of crocheted hats! This summer I've been working on stocking up for the fall/winter busy season

Each container is labeled with a picture of the hats inside and a style # that makes it easier for me to keep up with inventory
My workspace- It's hard to tell in this photo but the table is raised up to the same height as a kitchen counter.  For some reason I work a lot faster when standing up so no chairs for me :)

  My collection of elastic! I ran out of room on the rods above my worktable so the rest of the spools are still in the box I packed them up in until I can find room for them.
Drawers of pre-cut strips of fabric for our rosette flowers

A couple of new designs I'm working on
My shipping table with supplies on the right and my backdrop for product photos on the left
I had this designs a couple of months ago with words to describe LLD, now that we've moved I finally have a place to put it!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Little Love's Designs Online Party

Do you love Little Love's Designs? Do you have a wish list of headbands for your 'little love'? Would you like to get everything on that wish list for free?

Now you can by hosting a online headband party! Once you register as a hostess and reserve your online party date you will receive a special discount code to be used at checkout through our Etsy store, which will give your guests 10% off their purchase and will allow us to track your total party sales.

Once you have your party date (online parties last 48 hours) and your special discount code, start spreading the word to all of your friends, the more time you put into advertising, the more free products you will receive!  We will provide a flyer that you can fill in your name, party date and contact information so that you can email or print it out to give to all of your friends.

At the end of your party, we will calculate your sales and email you a statement showing total sales and what discounts/ amount of free products you have earned.  Along with the free products and half off discounts that you can earn, you also have the opportunity to earn an additional $5 store credit for every person who books and hosts a party as a result of your party (this credit will be given once your guest has hosted their party).

Below you will find a chart showing the benefits to hosting a Little Love's Designs Online Party.  The total party sales amount reflects the total amount of sales before shipping charges.  When redeeming your 1/2 off items, these cannot be combined with any other special offer or purchased with your Free Products credit.

To book a online party, please contact us at  Please keep in mind that because of the high demand, we are limited to 2 parties per week.  Party dates will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.  When contacting us, please be sure to include your name and dates you would like to host your party.

Party Sales
Free Products
½ Off Items

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Willow House Giveaway Winner

And the winner is...
Lilly said...
I love the Savannah Beverage Server. I am a new fan!
Contact Angie at to claim your prize!!

Thanks again to Angie for hosting this amazing giveaway!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Silk Rosettes- Introductory Pricing Sale

I'm so excited to finally launch our new line of silk rosettes! I love our satin rosettes but the rich colors of the silk can't be beat, especially for fall/winter designs.

To celebrate our new line, we will be offering the following special pricing until Sunday, July 3rd.

Stacked Raw Silk Rosettes- Reg: $18.95 Sale: $15.95

Triple Raw Silk Rosettes w/French Tulle- Reg: $18.95 Sale: $15.95

How to get the discount:
-To get the introductory pricing simply enter code: SILK in the notes to seller box at checkout and I will refund your Paypal account for the sale.

Be sure to keep checking back in on our shop, we have more colors of silk on order and will be adding those throughout the next few weeks!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Willow House: Giveaway

I have to say... I am super excited about this giveaway! I met Angie several weeks ago when I came across her website and fell in love with the products in her Willow House catalog.  Willow House has so many great home decor items as well as beautiful serving dishes and must have items for your kitchen.  I have ordered several of the Willow House products but here are a few of my favorites:

Angie has been so kind to offer a Nola Party Bucket with Stand to one lucky winner!

How to Enter:
*Mandatory*- Like Angie's Facebook page and let her know Little Love's Designs sent you. Then visit her website, pick out your favorite Willow House product and come back here and leave a comment letting us know which product is your favorite! Make sure to leave your email address so that we can get in touch with you!

Extra Entries (leave 1 additional comment for each extra entry):
- Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook page
- Post a link to this giveaway on Twitter
- Purchase a item from Angie's website

***This giveaway will remain open until Sunday, July 3rd at 10:00 pm EST and is open to US residents only.  I will announce the winner Sunday night here on the blog!