Our first newsletter/blog post of 2019 is here and it is stuffed full of news and more for this upcoming year!
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you saw the biggest news for 2018: the arrival of Joseph Donovan to the world. He has been a crazy fun adventure already and an unwilling baby model at times.
His arrival has meant some major changes for my family and business with the biggest one being a scaling back of weekend craft fairs and pop-up markets. I will still be doing markets throughout the year, but not as many as in previous years.
That has meant a focus on revamping the website, creating new items for both the website and events, and adding new inventory to the website. More on that later!
Our Event Calendar will be updated with events that we will be doing throughout 2019 - with March being the start of events for us this year. Our first two events will be Downtown Cary Food and Flea on March 10th and Pop Up Raleigh on March 16th. Remember, I may not be doing an event every month - so catch me when you can!
Of course, I know that my customers love being able to purchase items whenever they want and the website is the best place to find everything we make. However, there are 3 retail locations that you can currently purchase a selection of items from us on a daily basis.
The Artisan Market at 305
Three Little Birds
Read with Me Bookstore
Back to the big website changes: besides revamping listings left and right...I am also getting around to putting together something that I've been wanting to do for some time now. I call it "Shop by Character" - listings that are organized by a specific character and within it are all the items that I can create based on that character. For instance, in love with a certain Arabian Princess? Have a kid in your life that loves Racing Cars? Check out the first two of our Shop by Character listings to see what is our big goal for 2019!
Similar to last year, each month I will send out a newsletter and create a blog post that lists all the new items that I have added to the website that month. Instagram is the best place to see the new items as they come out, of course.
- Valentine's Day Headbands
- St. Patrick's Day Headbands
- Valentine's Day Hair Clips and Pins
- Unicorn Floral Headbands
- Bunny Ears Headbands
Children's Onesies and T-shirts
- In a World Where You can be Anything, Be Kind
- St. Patrick is my Homeboy
- My Favorite Bearded Guy is my Daddy
- Unicorn Dreams
- Unicorn Squad
- Just a Good Mood Dude
- Never Sleep Osaurus Rex
- Ready for Recess
- Best Adventure Yet
- Little Stinker
Cookie Headband or Barrette is 50% off until February 3rd!
Buy One, Get One 50% off on our St. Patrick is my Homeboy tops until February 8th using the code SHAMROCK50.
Before life officially gets crazy(-er), I wanted to sit down and put together this blog post about the changes we made to our daughter's room as we get ready for the arrival of her baby brother.
There were two main goals in this redo: Create a space that will grow with both of them for a few years because we can not be doing this every other year...and create better storage spaces in their room, without taking up too much space for play!
Of course, the thing that was taking up the most space in her room was her bed. She had a full sized bed before the redecorating began and it took up so much space! I mean, she LOVED her big bed...but hello, we needed more floor space.
The first thing we decided on was a bunk bed was in her future. To begin with, once the baby transitions out of his toddler bed, they'll still be sharing a room and it's a great solution. We went with the Ikea Mydal bunk bed frame (I've included links to as many items as possible at the end of this blog post) and painted it white. We purchased mattresses from Ikea as well. Her duvet cover set was from Amazon and I had just purchased it for her full sized bed, so I ended up cutting it in half and sewing it into 2 twin sized comforters. It's two-sided and really adorable.
The crib was from Ikea and I am a minimalist when it comes to cribs. Safe and comfortable are my only requirements. The Gulliver crib was exactly that. It transitions into a toddler bed, so we will get plenty of use out of it over the next few years.
I've made a few crib sheets for the crib but came across this sheet from Target in their clearance section and just had to grab it! Plus, you can't have too many crib sheets in my opinion.
Of course, with making sure those two large pieces of furniture fit where they needed to, that didn't leave me with much room for a dresser. I looked everywhere and ended up coming back to Ikea again. I chose the Dyfjord dresser in white and changed up the hardware for a more modern feel. I knew I would be using it as a changing table as well for a while and this was the perfect height for me, perfect width for the space and the right amount of storage.
Speaking of storage, give me organized dressers every day of the week. Seriously. I have used these Skubb boxes from Ikea for years and grabbed another set for the kid's dresser and closet. They are really great for socks, baby onesies, underwear and more!
Books. Books. And more books.
This kiddo has more books than she has clothing....and I'm completely okay with that. We have read to her every single night she has been alive (unless of course she has fallen asleep before we get to it) so she has a large collection of books.
Our awesome friend Bruce, created this custom window seat for us that has so much storage. Besides the two sections for her books, underneath the window seat cushion there is a hidden compartment for stuffed animals and dolls. Again, I was determined to not let an inch of space in this room to go unused.
The window seat cushion and pillows were all sewn by me and I knew that I wanted to go with a monochromatic color scheme with pops of color throughout the room.
Maddie has some "special books" that I wanted to find a place where they would be protected from a little brother and this space behind the door was a perfect fit for a DIY bookshelf project. I used this tutorial on Pinterest, but there are a ton out there.
I went back and forth with doing a large mural on this wall, but I also knew that my painting skills are limited, so I went with these stars from Wordy Bird Studios on Etsy and I am so happy that I did. I choose the Gold color and they are a muted gold color, so it is just enough shimmer when the sun hits them without being "too much".
The cloud lights are from Ikea and are a soft glow nightlight effect. The "cloud bookshelves" are another DIY project that I created. We used spice racks from Ikea that were used as small bookshelves when Maddie was younger and used some scrap plywood to cut out clouds. Some small finishing nails and a coat of white paint - done!
Speaking of paint - I had these two colors picked out for awhile after a random trip to Lowes one day. White Pepper (4001-1A) and Opal Slate (4001-1C) were the two colors used in this room.
One of the sweetest things in this room, other than my babies of course, is this custom canvas from my dear friend at Pretty Clever Words. Every night we put Maddie to bed, as we are walking out of her room we say "Hey Maddie...I love you..." and then she rushes to say "I love you to the moon, the stars, the sun, and all the way back to all the planets again." ... and we say back, "I love you just like that."
I can't remember when she started saying it but it is seriously my favorite part of the day. If I have had a bad day or things are just going so wrong - her sweet little voice puts a smile on my face every time.
The moment I realized that we would be redecorating this room, this piece of artwork was one of the first things on my list and Lulu at Pretty Clever Words knew exactly what to create. It's difficult to see in the above photo, but it looks like the night sky and Maddie loves it too!
The one corner of the room that will probably get the most use - the changing table. With Maddie we used a dresser top as well and it worked great. It was the perfect height for me and once they are out of diapers - boom - back to a regular dresser.
I created the baby mobile myself, as well as the changing pad cover (it matches the other crib sheets not pictured). The Dr. Seuss inspired artwork is from Home Goods.
Will you look at this sweetness? Maddie is obsessed with stuffed animals. Seriously, she names each one, remembers where she bought it or who gave it to her, sleeps and plays with them all the time....seriously obsessed. She was on the hunt for the perfect stuffie for her baby brother for months. I offered some options that I thought were pretty cute...nope. Not good enough.
Then one night I was updating our baby registry through the Target app and she was looking over my shoulder (adding her two cents) and she saw this stuffed animal set: A bigger bunny in a superhero cape holding a smaller bunny - both with their superhero masks on - ready for their next adventure. I mean, it was a done deal.
The other thing that stays by her side every night is her "blankie" that a friend handmade for her. Besides his own stuffed animal (because let's be honest - she may not share any of her animals with her baby brother) - he needed his own blanket. We went to Joann's, she picked out the fabric, helped me cut it out and pinned it, sat on my lap as we sewed it - and it makes me so happy every time I look at it.
So there you go!! All we need is to bring little man home and the room will officially be "complete".
Links to Items:
Ikea Mydal Bunk Bed
Ikea Gulliver Crib
Ikea Dyfjord Dresser
Ikea Skubb boxes
Baby Mobile: Custom design by Leluna Star
Window Seat Cushion: Custom design by Leluna Star
Window Seat Pillows: Custom design by Leluna Star
Gold Stars Wall Decals by Wordy Bird Studios on Etsy
Ikea Dromsyn cloud wall lamp
Ikea Bekvam spice rack (used for cloud bookshelves)
Custom artwork by Pretty Clever Words
*Blink, Blink* - Where did September go??
Autumn is my favorite time of year and with everything that is happening this year, this year isn't any different. I've been focused on making Halloween and Thanksgiving items and getting them onto the website as quickly as possible. Finger puppets, masks, stuffies, new designs....September was a fun design month!
September Fab Friday Releases
Here you can find a list of all the new items released in September:
- Little Moose Outfit
- Out of this World Key Chains
- Halloween Finger Puppets
- Mummy Stuffies
- Thanksgiving Finger Puppets
- Hair Clips and Pins:
- Classic Halloween Masks
- Monster Hotel Masks
- Halloween Stuffies
- Burp Cloths
- NC Has My Heart Key Chain - Special fundraiser for Hurricane Florence relief!
You can find all the Fab Friday Releases on our website here!
You can find us locally at two events in October, so come on by and enjoy the cooler temperatures and support local artists.
Please keep up with us on Instagram for any updates on our events. With the baby due in early November, these dates may change (but keeping my fingers crossed that they don't!)
October is always a busy month for me between custom orders, events, personal life - so here we go! We will be adding new items all throughout the month, so be sure to follow us on Instagram to see the previews as we add them to the website.
Remember: if you subscribe to our monthly newsletter you will receive a discount code to save on all items in the Fab Friday Collection every month.
Just like that...2018 is coming to a close. Well, for me...not the rest of the world.
With baby boy arriving in November, I will be taking a break from craft fairs and markets in 2018. I have 4 more planned events for the year, so please come on out and see me there!
Of course, you can always order through our website at lelunastar.com and we ship throughout the United States - and for the rest of 2018 - shipping is free!
Keep an eye on our social media platforms for any updates to these events.
This has been a busy month over here at Leluna Star and we have so many new products to share with you. We changed how we do our Fab Friday releases this month. Instead of it happening every Friday, we will do one blog post on the last Friday of the month with highlights of the new items released throughout the month.
Here you can find a list of all the new items released in August:
- Pigeon Masks
- After School Bag Tags
- Unicorn Rainbow Sketch Items
- Wizard Cheer Bow
- Flag Nameplate Snap Tabs
- School Hair Clips & Pins
- Allergy Alert Key Chains
You can find all the Fab Friday Releases on our website here!
You can find us locally at two events in September, so come on by and enjoy the Autumn temperatures and support local artists.
What do burp cloths, bookmarks and board games have in common? Find out in September!
September will include new cheer bows, Teacher items, Halloween hair clips and stuffies and more. We will be adding new items all throughout the month, so be sure to follow us on Instagram to see the previews as we add them to the website.
This summer has been another busy one. One of these years, I'm gonna go to a private island for the summer and actually disconnect. That may be the only way I get some real rest!
With my busiest season right around the corner, there will be some changes coming to Fab Friday - and I am honestly very excited about it. Some weeks I am so consumed with getting orders out and inventory created for retail shops or events that I don't get the chance to create new items for Fab Friday. The thing I love about Fab Friday is that whatever I am working on is new and different ... something that I don't want to rush through.
So because of that, I will be changing Fab Friday to a monthly event. The last Friday of every month will truly be fabulous as I will release all my new items at one time. I'll be sure to put together a blog post that highlights them as well as anything new I'm working on for the following month.
I am also tossing around the idea of creating a Suggestion list/post on our Facebook page for items that my customers are looking for. Let me know in the comments what you think about that!
This is the last Fab Friday for a month, so I went all out with a little bit of everything! Crowns, Masks, Headbands, and Dress Up Dolls!
Dress Up Dolls
All of our dress up dolls are made from felt and are created to be durable, non-paper dolls. All of the girl outfits will fit on all the girl dolls, as will the boy outfits on the boy dolls.