Favorite Podcasts to Listen to While Working at My Desk

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

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!

      • Design Sponge's After the Jump
      • How Stuff Works
      • The Lively Show 
      • The 99U Podcast
      • Stuff You Should Know
      • Freakonomics Radio
      • NPR TED Radio Hour
      • Radiolab
      • NPR Snap Judgment
      • New Yorker: Out Loud
      • New Yorker: The Political Scene

Colorful Baby Gifts for a Newborn Boy or Girl

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

With a number of friends and family members expecting new babies in the coming months, I'm on the hunt for colorful and fun gifts for newborns. Here are some favorite finds.
1. Happy Cactus Designs' Welcome Baby Rainbow Dots card is perfect for a boy or girl.
2. A rainbow patchwork elephant pull toy from Vilac.
3. Super sweet striped socks for tiny baby feet. 
4. Serena & Lily collaborated with Hanna Andersson on sleeper onesies for babies. Love this star print!
5. How cute is this crocheted cat from Anne-Claire Petit?!
6. Outfit baby for chillier months with a precious bear hat from Baby Gap.

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Three Must Haves for a More Ergonomic Desk Space

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

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. 

Aeron chair with lumbar support

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!

mStand laptop stand

No more hunching over to look at the laptop screen! This stand keeps my screen at eye level. 

Anker ergonomic mouse

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!

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Analyzing Inventory: Happy Cactus Designs Best Sellers

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

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:

Birthday: Happy Birthday to You Dotted Cake
Patterned: Midnight Rose
Thank You: Pastel Flowers
Baby: Welcome Little One Ducks
Love: You Are My Sunshine
Friendship/Thinking of You: You're the Best
Holiday: Rainbow Tree

Holiday Gift Tags

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

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. 

Favorite New Stamps

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

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:

Ferns stamp // Songbirds stamp

La Florida stamps

New Retailers

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

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

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