Four years ago, I developed Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome shortly before having my son. This will be my third year participating in the DFW Promise Walk for Preeclampsia to raise money for research and education about these diseases. Please consider supporting this cause by donating at the link below, and you can also ready more about my personal story. We would also appreciate prayer for this annual fundraiser, for the researchers who are trying to find the cause and a cure, and for the awareness and education of women to know about the disease and especially to be aware of the symptoms.
This afternoon I went to Hobby Lobby to purchase supplies for an upcoming order. As I was checking out the clerk told me that per a new company policy, I would need to verify my tax-exempt status the next time I came into the store in order for them to issue me a new card with a one-year expiration date (customers now need to re-“apply” for a new card every year). In order to guarantee customer compliance, the clerk was also required to keep my original card. As a prior accountant and HR manager, I understand the reason and necessity for such a policy, and I am perfectly willing to follow the rules and complete the verification process.
However (and you may think I am silly), I found myself just a little bit sentimental about the fact that I would no longer have my worn, battered, and well-loved Hobby Lobby card. In some ways, it is a representation of how proud I was to start my own small business and how exciting it was to have the privilege of purchasing supplies for business projects tax-free. I have used it numerous times over the past six years, and it definitely shows some battle scars, but now I must bid farewell with many fond memories.
*I must add that I really appreciate Hobby Lobby for having a relatively painless process for tax-exempt purchases in comparison to several other stores. It is so helpful to have a card to represent your tax-exempt status instead of having to bring an exemption certificate or look up your business information every single time you make a purchase. This new policy makes it a little bit more complicated, but as I said above, I completely understand why it is necessary. Hobby Lobby is and will remain one of my very favorite local places to find supplies for my business. 🙂
Happy Early Valentine’s Day! I have added several designs for Valentine’s cards to my Etsy shop. They are 4″ x 6″ and come in sets of 25, which is perfect for a typical classroom of 24 plus the teacher. If you would like to order a different quantity, please contact me directly, and I will create a custom listing.
I introduced a new gift item on Etsy this week which I began selling at craft fairs for this holiday season. They are little, book-style ornaments that have origami accordion pages for pasting up to 8 photos. I made a bunch of these for family gifts several years ago, and they are treasured keepsakes (especially for grandparents). There are two sizes (2″ x 2″ and 3″ x 3″), and I also have provided the option for you to send me the photos which I will print and attach for you before mailing. I hope you will come see my shop on Etsy which also showcases my holiday photo cards and diaper wreaths, and will soon include my custom invitations and Printvitation™ Kits.
Tomorrow, help us celebrate the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® by supporting small businesses near you and around the country. Small Business Saturday® is “a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. On November 26, we’re asking millions of people to Shop Smallsm at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge.” You can read more about this special shopping day at the Facebook Page or website.
Also remember, tomorrow is the last day to purchase the Plum District deal. During this sale weekend, you can choose whether to apply the Plum District voucher OR the 10% sale coupon; you may not use both coupons on the same order.
This week, Simply Rosy is featured as a ‘Plum Steal’ on Plum District in Dallas County and Collin County! The deal is $10 for $20 worth of products from the Simply Rosy store. For that $20, you can purchase a digital file of your personalized Holiday Photo Card to print however/wherever you want, or starting at just $5 more purchase printed photo cards. You can also use your voucher code to buy most of the other products in our online store, or save it until January to use towards a custom invitation order. Go check it out!