I spend a lot of time in my studio office working at my computer or work table. Oftentimes when I'm doing repetitive tasks like sleeving cards, packaging orders, or assembling mailings I listen to a variety of podcasts. Right now I have a solid mix of podcasts that cover current events, running a small business, or how things work. Here's a rundown of my favorites. All of them are available in the iTunes store!
I spend a lot of time at my desk and have been making adjustments to ensure that my desk space is more ergonomic. Aside from working on my posture and taking frequent stretch breaks, these three products have really helped to improve how I function at my desk.
This chair is amazing and hands down one of the best desk chairs on the market. While it is quite pricey, you can usually find gently used ones on Craigslist. I perused listings for weeks and was finally able to locate an unused chair going for nearly half off the retail price!
No more hunching over to look at the laptop screen! This stand keeps my screen at eye level.
A few months ago I began experiencing some weird nerve pain that I associated with using my standard wireless mouse. One of the changes I made was investing in this more ergonomic mouse. It reduces strain on your wrist because you grip the mouse more naturally like a handshake. The pain is now gone!
I've been spending a lot of time with my pad and pens lately as I prepare the next collection of cards. Before the designing began, I spent some time analyzing my different card categories and looking at which cards were my best sellers, both to my retail and wholesale customers. Here's the top sellers from seven different card categories:
Yes, it is 102 degrees here in Austin, but in the stationery world, summertime means beginning preparations for the upcoming holiday season. I'm very excited to be offering flat Christmas gift tags this season. They are sold as boxes of 10, and, as a bonus, come with red and white bakers twine! I have a few more surprises up my sleeve for the holidays that I'll be sharing soon. Here's a photo I snapped while assembling tags for a wholesale order.
I recently ordered some new stamps from the USPS and love seeing them on envelopes! I've mentioned before how the Postal Service has really upped its game when it comes to well-designed, eye-catching stamps. Here's my new favorites:
I'm very excited about the newest retailers stocking Happy Cactus Designs products!
First up, the beautiful shop Lilify in Monterey, California. Not only do they have a brick and mortar shop, but they also do amazing floral arrangements.
Next, Love Ding, a fabulous new shop in South Austin (pictured above). This gem of a shop is chock full of beautiful modern furniture, tabletop accessories, paper goods, art prints, and more. I was really impressed with the well-curated selection of items.
Finally, you can find our merchandise at paper & i in Marshall, Michigan. They stocked up on a lot of cactus and floral designs so their customers can add some blooms and cheer to their homes when the chilly winter sets in.
You can see a list of all of our retailers here.