I have exciting news!!
Heather Bluhm of Bluhm Studios is offering a special for LolliShops vendors.

*****The Deal*****

A LolliShops banner and avatar (either coordinated to banner or modified picture supplied by vendor)
for $30, regularly $45.
Custom business cards added to the package: $40 (1 side) $50 (2 side) regularly $50/ $65.
Mention code “Lollishopper” in email for special pricing. Valid until September 30th, 2008.
Contact Heather by clicking this button:

Or you can email her directly at heatherbluhm@yahoo.com

If you can’t do this limited time offer right now, Heather will be a vendor and the in-house designer for LolliShops, so you will have a chance to buy business cards, blog design and other design needs.
But if you want to check “Make a Banner” off your check list, now is the time!
I want to see your banners too, so make sure you upload them to the Flickr Pool and the Guild!
~Sadie Lou

Other News…
The winner of Laura Bray’s Elegant Whimsy contest was Patti of 7 Rose Petal Path
Congrats! Laura needs your address so she can send you your prize!

What exactly does “froufrou friendly” mean?
Before I answer that question, just keep that question in your back pocket while I get you riled up for a minute. I met with the company building LolliShops yesterday, and we talked about some exciting things–so my excitement is going to rub off on you.

I want to talk about the community that LolliShops will nurture and grow. Right now, there are all these websites, blogs, boutiques, shops, photo sharing going on. LolliShops is going to pull all these elements together in one place. Right now, we’re scattered. I know that for me, it’s hard to find time to keep up with everyone’s giveaways, swaps, shop updates–etc.
I always hear about something too late. I was super fortunate to get in on Kari’s Sweet & Sinister swap.
I missed out last year so I was determined to get in on it this year! But even the best of swaps have to close at some point so it will be nice when we can view all the giveaways & swaps at glance.
LolliShops will be the froufrou friendly market place, sure–but that’s just part of the fun!
My idea is to have our blogs feed to our shops.
We will have a cute message board ( not a forums) where we can all post links to our giveaways & swaps.
There will be a featured seller every week where the featured seller can share her studio with us and maybe pick some other shops that she visits on LolliShops–sort of what we do already on our blogs but out in the public–to really nurture this community we have built up.

LolliShops is going to host its own rewards, contests, giveaways, swaps…
I think it would be really fun if we did a whole site craft-a-long and then had links to everyone’s submissions…
Just a lot of great ideas floating around in my head and I always welcome more
lollishops@gmail.com

One idea Heather Bluhm came up with was for LolliShops to offer tips on how to photograph creations, watermark your images, give a tutorial on how to protect your art on Flickr and other photo sharing websites…
…the LolliShops blog will continue to be full of great information like that even after the launch.
So get your thinking caps on girls and tell me what you would like to see! We’d love to hear from you!
*hugs*
Sadie Lou