Sponsor Feature + Giveaway – And Everything Nice

Meet Anna from: And Everything Nice – She has a brand new shop of paper goods on etsy. Christmas cards, note, cards, and invites! She is such a sweetheart and I know you will LOVE keeping up with her! She is offering some last minute stocking stuffers in a GIVEAWAY! Your choice of note cards!
To ENTER (must be a follower or subscriber of IHOD):
- Simply visit her shop and let us know which note card set makes you smile:)
Extra Entries (separate comment for each):
- Favorite her shop on etsy <3
-Follow her fabulous blog!
- Blog, Tweet, or Faceook about the giveaway
example tweet: Just entered to win the #giveaway @inhonorofdesign for a notecard set of choice from @theniceblog
For the lucky lucky winner of Make Your Day Designs Serendipity Set……. #17 Swoodsonshoeclips!
Please email me your address when you get the chance! Thank you for entering!

Meet the Blogger: Rachel of Lovely Clusters

*I am so happy to introduce you to Rachel- one of my very first favorite blogs. She is bursting with talent and inspiration:) If you are a small business owner take note! :) 
Which has been the best aspect of blogging for you?
Being able to meet new people from all around the world that have similar interests to me. I feel like I am part of a great supportive community and I love how everyone is so nice and generous. 

What inspired the Lovely Clusters Gallery/Shop?
It actually started with a sentence that I saw on Rachel Ashwell’s blog. On one of her beautiful photos she wrote “clusters of loveliness”. I just adored how that sounded so I started thinking of a way I could use those words. I decided to create a theme on my blog where I would create a cluster of images whether it be by color, category or mini portfolio of an artist or designers work. During that time I started getting really into Etsy and got lost on it for hours on end. I felt like I was rummaging through a flea market. I thought that by cataloging my favorite items on my blog and by adding them to my favorites on Etsy, it would be a good way to go back and find lovely sellers and items, but the navigation wasn’t quite right. I am a graphic and web designer so I figured that I could design a website where you could easily find favorite sellers and items by color or category. Once I had that idea I mulled it over in my head for 2 months and one day I just decided that I had to do it. It has been so much fun ever since!  I love meeting new sellers from around the world and constantly being inspired by the large amount of creative individuals out there.

(source via Lovely Clusters)
What are your favorite resources for inspiration and creative ideas?
I am an internet junkie so I am constantly looking for beautiful photos from pinterest.comflickr.comtumblr.com and of course other blogs on my google reader. Lately I love browsing chic magazine and catalogs online on issuu.com.


For small business owners, what have been the #1 tools for your success?
1. Online Networking with other small businesses and bloggers through twitter, blogging, facebook, and email. I would not be where I am today without it all.
2. I also don’t know what I would do without photoshop. My internet browser and photoshop are the two things I open up first thing in the morning.
3. My camera has also been quite handy. I get the best responses when I add my own photos to the blog and its a great way to log my creative path. 

Just for fun- what are your 5 must haves as a designer? My Inspiration Board , Photoshop, Printer/Scanner, Camera



Lovely Clusters


Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: A Little Glamour and Glitz

1. Turquoise Big Bow Headband – The Artisan   2. Camelia Necklace – Anapinatelier
3. Serendipity Necklace - Days Gone Design   4. Mini Bow Shoe Clips - No.144
5. Georgia Satin Clutch – EmmaGordon  6. ipod sleeve - ellivenstudio
7. It’s A Wrap Bracelet -LeeLaLa  8. Swap Flowers Brooch – Vadjutka Jewelry
Here is the last of the Handmade Holiday Gift Guides! 
THANKYOU to everyone who submitted their shops! Had so much fun!
* You could win #3 by entering the Make Your Day Designs giveaway! Check it out:)
P.S. This is the last weekend my shop will open before closing for the Holidays! I will be offering a weekend long sale! 20% off your entire purchase by entering HOLIDAY20 in the coupon code section. Have a wonderful December weekend!
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