Wednesday, March 28, 2007

beers, steers & my baby brother's wedding

I'm really excited to be heading to Austin this weekend to attend my little bro's wedding! We try to make it down to Texas at least once a year to visit, but I don't think we've been in Austin in about 5 years.
It will be a quick trip, but full of fun.
First, a trip to San Marcos, where I attended university. Time to catch up with my favorite professors and do a little drinking and shuffle board at Riley's. This place is awesome!
Then back to Austin to dote on my nephew and have a grand ole' party with everyone.
Be back soon!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

How Novel

I was recently in contact with a store we used to do business with. Just catching up...seeing if they had, indeed, received the catalogs and e-mails I'd been sending their way. I hadn't heard from them in a while.
It's a puzzler to me because they seemed like a perfect fit for us. A really cool store run by two incredible moms that care about their community, building a network of other mothers and carrying unique small label products. A store that is also a meeting hub for mamas that are into natural parenting, celebrating creative WAHMs and with some sort of an environmental consciousness.
Hey! I'm a WAHM....we are a sweatshop-free company...artist run...offering organic cottons...
So what went wrong? I have no idea.
They said they would keep us in mind for the future and offered this cryptic tidbit:

"At this time, we don't have a lot of demand for novelty t's."

Was this an insult or a compliment?

nov·el·ty (nŏv'əl-tē) Pronunciation Key
n. pl. nov·el·ties
  1. The quality of being novel; newness.
  2. Something new and unusual; an innovation.
  3. A small mass-produced article, such as a toy or trinket.
cite: American Heritage Dictionary

Mostly, I wonder what it is that would define my products as being "novel" in comparison to any other shirt you'd buy at a kids' boutique?