Thursday, June 19, 2008

Insanity in 8 hours...

mason and i just got back from the dog park (where he was totally & repeatedly trounced by a french bulldog... poor little man; he falls so hard for those squishy faced lady dogs); as soon as i get him cleaned off, i will go back to stuffing my shop. I've already had a couple test runs and my thought is this--- i'm going to request that people go ahead and COMPLETE payment when they check out and i'll refund the shipping money right back to you. It's much easier that way (for both of us). If you don't read this before then, that's fine too. We'll figure it out.

Some people have already been scoping things out and asking some questions so here's answers for the masses:
* i AM adding more to the shop--- car magnets, decals, stickers, more tshirts, a game or two, more coloring books, some frames and boxes, a couple new journals and some more knitimals. all the updates will be done by midnight.

* all the coupons, discounts, gift certificates and referral coupons will be sent either WITH your order or by email after the fact; those can be used after this sale (not during, and not combined with any other discount or deal).

*you WILL receive ONE "free shipping" coupon per referral i get. For example--- if two of your friends place orders and use the code in the "message to seller" section of the invoice AND mention your name & email address, i will send you TWO "free shipping" coupons; if 10 people place orders and name you, i'll send you TEN free shipping coupons. pretty cool, huh?! you can use those coupons (one per order/ address) to have orders sent to you, or anyone else, for that matter!

*I will send the referral code to anyone who places an order, so you will be able to pass it along; i also know some of you have been sending/ forwarding my email to your friends (before you get a referral code)--- that's totally cool too. Just "cc" me on it, and that'll count.

*yes, i will restock throughout the sale, but i don't have a ton to restock with, so if you see something you love and you'd like more of them, send me an email and i'll let you know if i have more--- if i do, i'll happily list them for you.

Ok! i think that covers it! remember, now is a GREAT time to stock up on gifts for the rest of the year. The sale will run through July 1st, at which point all the offers expire and the prices will go back to normal, so act quick like bunnies! xoxo, danamarie
massive giant super summer sale of awesomeness!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

HUGE SUMMER SALE! starts friday at midnight!

here it is kids... the MASSIVE greenstarstudio SUMMER SALE of 2008!

there's no time to play around here--- this one is big. get ready. i've gotten a lot of emails already, so to keep things fair, here's the deal--- the sale (and all its assorted glory and gifts) will begin at midnight Thursday (or 12am Friday morning, however you prefer to view it... me, i like thinking of it as Thursday night, but then again, to me "next weekend" means the one 14 days from now and "THIS weekend" means the one 7 days from now... not that any or that matters since the sale is THIS Friday, or Thursday, depending on how you look at it).

so, starting this Thursday, June 19th at midnight (or 12am Friday morning), any and every item in my etsy shop will be ON SALE. The prices have all been cut, in some cases by as much as $30, and are ready for the snatching up. But it's not just the huge savings over the usual online and show prices that's at stake here... oh no, there's a lot more. What more? Read on...

*free shipping, within the U.S on all orders (no matter what size!)

*every order will be sent out with a 10% off coupon, good for your next etsy or festival purchase, of ANY amount.
(if you're sending the order as a gift, i'll send you the coupon separately, if you'd like).

*every order over $10 will get a $5 gift certificate that you can share, give as a gift or use yourself on a future order of $50 or more. (again, if you're sending the order as a gift, i'll send you the coupon separately, if you'd like).

*first 10 orders places will be sent out with a free greenstarstudio bumper sticker

*share the love? yep--- send your friends my way and YOU'LL get greenstarcash. When you complete your order, i'll send you a code--- if you pass it along and your friend places an order with the code, i'll email you a coupon for free shipping on your next order!

*AND LAST BUT SOOOOOO NOT LEAST...Every order $40.00 or more that is placed through my etsy shop from June 20th through July 1st, will be entered into a drawing. Drawing will be held on 7-2-08! The winner will win a $20.00 gift certificate good for online OR in person purchases through 2008!!!! (Winner will be notified via e-mail & posted on the blog & in the shop announcement!)

can you EVEN believe it? such incentive!
and if that weren't enough, you can add "do-gooding" to the list. That's right, it's time to announce the greenstarstudio charity of the month for June through August (since we're starting a little late). My good friend Ashley is running a 60 mile race in Seattle to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 60 miles!? dang! she's going to need our help--- participants have to commit to over $2,000 to participate and i intend to help her get there, SO, from now until August 1st, i'll donate 5% of all etsy sales to Seattle 3 Day and to the race for the cure for Breast Cancer.

so, now what?
1.) grab a drink and get comfy.
2.) head over to the SUMMER SALE!
3.) shop your heart out, fill that shopping cart and checkout.
4.) choose your payment option (to complete your order) but DON'T pay yet.
5.) once i receive the notification of your purchase from etsy, i'll adjust your invoice accordingly (taking out the shipping amount) and send it back to you.
6.) when you get the new invoice, you can log into paypal and pay!
7.) if THAT all seems to complicated, you could always pay the amount they tell you, and i'll refund you the difference when i get the notification.

the fine print:

8.) if you are one of the first 10 shoppers, i'll throw a bumper sticker in with your goodies.
9.) everyone gets a 10% off coupon (to be used at a later date-- not for this sale)
10.) every order over $10 will get a $5 gift certificate (also to be used later)
11.) every order over $40 will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift certificate.
12.) after you've completed your order, i'll send you a promo code you can pass along to your non-greenstar friends & family. When they place THEIR order, they'll need to include the code in the "message to seller" section of the invoice at check out & tell me who referred them (including your email address). When i get all that info, I'll send YOU a coupon for free shipping on your next purchase (valid through 2008 ).

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Shop Update & Crazy Sale! (coming soon)

you know that Knitimal you've been eyeing for the last couple months? do you recall promising yourself that you'd only buy hand made things for the kids from now on? remember when you fell in love with that print online? you know how you've been wanting to order a custom Knitimal for yourself for a while? do you remember cursing the entire day last weekend when you drove from store to store looking for the perfect gift to bring to your neighbor's daughter's birthday party? well... i might be able to help you out.

i'm thinking it's time to reward my good friends & loyal shoppers with a little summer shopping spree! On Friday, June 20th, we're going to celebrate summer in style... greenstarstyle. i'll be spending every spare second this week filling my etsy shop with a little bit of everything (brand new knitimals, games, soaps, books, magnets, decals, tshirts and more) getting ready for a big blow out!

now is the time to stock up on birthday gifts, holiday presents, and generally cool stuff to keep in that box you stock with gifts for those events that catch you off guard. i've been working overtime the last few weeks to prepare for show & retail re-stocks and now i have too much... ah, benefit from my diligence you will!

i don't want to spoil the fun, but i will say this--- EVERY order will be eligible for free shipping, so you'll pay nothing to get your new goodies; prices will be marked down substantially on all early 2008 edition Knitimals, and most other items as well. In addition to free shipping, all orders will receive additional discounts & some people will even get surprise gifts sent along as well.

SO, start scoping out the shop and mark your calendars.
I'll be back on Thursday to give you the final details!
xoxo, danamarie

learn something new!

the summer is a good time to try out new things.

like... say taking a picture every day (2001), pink hair (2002), biking everywhere (2003), writing letters instead of sending emails (2004), being a "tourist" in your own town (2005), making soup from scratch every thursday night (one month of thursdays in 2006...ok, that one wasn't as successful as it could've been), or applying for a home loan (2007... that one didn't get very far either).
For me, this summer will be about education. And i think it would be a good project for you too. Here's my proposal, start with a one day workshop; one where you'll come in open minded and walk out with 2 or 3 pieces of art.

i taught a painting course through the muse, in frederick, md, a few months back. the actual workshop was 4 hours long and students learned color theory, painting techniques in acrylic and watercolor and left with at least 3 paintings each. It was pretty amazing. I love watching people learn new things. Every time i teach, i find i learn something new too... and that's pretty cool.

this time around, i'll be teaching a workshop on Painted Paper Collage Quilts... Using a variety of dyeing, drawing, painting, and decorative techniques, we'll turn plain paper into strips and blocks of paper "fabric". Use these to piece together beautiful abstract and narrative collage quilts. Always wanted to quilt, but don't know how to sew? Why not trade that needle for glue and turn scraps of paper into art, with paper piece "quilting"?

this is a REALLY fun, REALLY easy way to make very attractive gifts and decorative pieces for your own home. I promise you, its VERY easy. You'll be surprised by how simple and relaxing this technique is!
the workshop will be Sunday, June 29th, from 12- 4pm, in Frederick, MD.
for more info & to sign up
spots are filling fast, so hurry up and sign up today!

**** If you're looking to learn how to draw, and want a little more intensive course, try a drawing class! I'll be teaching a beginners & intermediate drawing course through school 33 in july and august. to register & for more info click here!

****as an added bonus, all workshop participants are eligible for 10% off their next greenstarstudio etsy or festival purchase!***
xo, danamarie