December 29, 2011

The Last Week of 2011

Where has this year gone? It seems like only yesterday that I was starting my journey and nervous on how it would go.  So far, I'm so thrilled that Nana G Creations has come as far as it has in such a short period of time. In 2011 we've accomplished:

  • Completed the set up of 3 Selling Venues for Nana G Creations, with one that I'm going to be closing down due to overload. 
  • Forming and beginning to add product to my new business - Maur Designs by Nana G. This site was created to provide an outlet for my crafty creative side of items not related to babies. Purses, Totes, Accessories, and anything else that I can think of.
  • Began using Facebook advertising  (Wow, that was a stretch for me).
  • Added an additional 10 products to my website.
  • Joined a great organization called "The Artisan Group" who participates in Swag Bag gifting to the stars. So far, I have sent products to Jessica Alba's two daughters, and Hilary Duff for her soon to be little son. I'm also participating in the Swag Bag (my business cards) for the Golden Globe Awards in January, and the Academy Awards in February. I will also be to a gifting for another event coming up in April, 2012, but can't talk about that one yet.  It's going to be exciting though...I'll let you all know what it is when I get the go ahead. For now..mums the word. 
  • Had a new Blog designed. How do you like it?
  • I'm sure there are more, but these are what stand out right now.
Some plans for 2012 at Nana G Creations:

  • Add some exciting new products! I have 4 products that I've been working on in between orders. Some I've posted here just as a show and tell, but haven't been able to list them in the shop. Like these two adorable hand sculptured pillows. 

  • Offer some "Just Because Sales" for no reason.
  • Start a new monthly or weekly Blog featuring a new Artisan's work. Since there are so many people that love to shop "handmade", I thought by letting you see some really talented people's work, would be great. I personally prefer to shop online with a person that comes with a recommendation or that someone else has purchased from before.  I'm excited about this feature, and hope that you will be too.
Thanks for Listening........

December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas...

It's Christmas Eve., and I finally am able to sit back and relax. I'll be spending the day with some of my children, and Skypeing with those that live out of state. Presents and lots of food... Yippie.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday season.

Nana G Creations

December 20, 2011

Christmas Countdown

It's getting close isn't it... It's a special time of year for us. We are planning on staying home, having the youngest two children, and one grandchild over for Christmas dinner and present exchanges.

It's different when your kids are gone living their lives independent from you. I miss those days when we'd be hurrying kids off to bed, to wrap the last of the presents, quietly get them under the tree, and fall into bed after 1am only to awake by 6am by kids screaming that Santa had made it during the night. Those were the days! Now... I still individually wrap little stocking stuffers (other presents under the tree), and that's what everyone want to open first. They take their stockings, sit next to each other on the floor and compare their goods -lol. I take pictures and they love every minute of it.

Wishing all my friends the Merriest of Christmas'. 

December 6, 2011

The Heart of an Angel

I want to tell you a story about how an amazing gesture of one woman, and how it sparked the hearts of so many.

On November 11, 2011, Holly with Royal Metals  on Artfire mentioned in an Art Fire forum that she had been thinking about doing something for the poor little children that are in her local hospital.  Her heart was yearning to be able to help these children make a jewelry piece for their moms for Christmas., so she made the call. 

A week later, the hospital contacted her, and agreed to let her come and help the children. The excitement for her thoughtful jesture spread throughout the forum, and other jewelry designers jumped in and began sending her beads, wire, and all kinds of supplies she would need to make sure that each child that was able to leave their rooms would be able to learn how and make their mom a gift. This is being done at her own cost of supplies.  She never asked for help, it was offered in abundance.

So, with a new joy in my heart, I want to say how very proud I am of her, and all the wonderful people that joined in on Holly’s goodwill gesture.  This truly was a true Christmas blessing for children and their parents.  I can picture in my mind how excited they were to be able to actually make their mom’s a present that they can cherish for the rest of their lives. 

Holly plans to return to the hospital several more times before the Holiday, and continue her volunteering into 2012.  

So,  is anyone doing a special Christmas Blessing this year?

December 1, 2011

New Design for New Beginnings

I just had my Blog redesigned, and I can't quite get the hang of things yet.  Hope you'll be patient with me. I am going to try and add back some of the things that are missing, and hopefully add some gadgets that I think will be exciting.

While I'm redesigning, here are some pictures of what I made for my Celebrity Gifts to Jessica Alba and Hilary Duff.

Jessica Alba's Daughter's Gift

Hilary Duff's Gifts
They are due to be delivered to both on Friday, December 2nd. I'm hoping like crazy that I'll get to see Jessica Alba's daughters using my gifts in a magazine. Wouldn't that be crazy?  Hilary's baby isn't due until March, so I'll have to wait a while for those.

If there is any news from my gifting, I'll be sure to let everyone know.