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  • A New Bundle of Joy Just Arrived

    Sweet Baby Snuggles

    Within two minutes of meeting me you will easily discover that I have two toddlers and I love being a mother. My oldest, 4, will start preschool in the fall and my youngest, almost 2, is my snuggle-bug. Since I work from home, I also spend my days working and designing with the kiddos by my side. I can’t help talking about my boys because they are a huge part of who I am now. I also have a love for itty bitty newborns I tend to get baby fever frequently. I would have 10 kids if I could!

    Now don’t get me wrong, kids can be a challenge and there are some days that are just plain hard (I’m lookin’ at you day 50 quarantine) and I feel like giving up, but most days are amazing. I love the sweet little hugs and seeing the world through the eyes of someone discovering things for the first time. Oh, and the baby snuggles. Are. The. Best.

    photo by Amanda N. Douthitt Lifestyle Photography

    Announcing the New Birth Announcement Collection

    At the beginning of April, I launched my Wedding Invitation Collection, but in light of everything going on in the world and having what feels like 10 friends currently pregnant or just having a baby, I decided to launch a Birth Announcement Collection! I’ve designed these in the past for myself and my friends, but I never truly had a collection in my shop or Etsy store. 

    With social distancing in full force, friends and even family members won’t be able to see your new bundle of joy in person for a good while. Sending snail mail and a photo of the new baby is as important as ever right now. Cue printed birth announcements. 

    There are 16 different designs to choose from. Girls, boys and gender neutral. Each customizable with your baby’s name, birth stats and names of the proud parents and siblings.

    Bonus: I’m even throwing in return address printing with these cards because I know as a new mom, the more someone else can help you with right now the better!

    photo by Amberlee Christey Photography

    Taking Photos of the Baby – Tips from a Pro

    Let’s talk photos of the baby. The photo you submit to me does not have to be a professionally taken! In fact, I know a lot of mothers who won’t have the opportunity to have visitors at the hospital right now let alone a birth photographer. Once we are all able to see our extended families and get back to normal, I highly recommend booking a session with a professional photographer. Photos of your baby at 4-6 months are still precious reminders of how little and new they were and, in my opinion, worth the investment.

    In the meantime, my friend Amanda, who owns Amanda N. Douthitt Lifestyle Photography, is sharing her tips as a professional photographer to capture those fresh moments of the baby in the hospital with only your phone!

    LIGHTING

    • Turn off all artificial lights, use the hospital windows, and photograph during daylight.
    • If you leave on any artificial lights your images will have harsh shadows and a yellow color cast to them.
    • Push your bassinet horizontally as close to the window as possible. 

    DECLUTTER

    •  Throw garbage away
    •  Make your bed
    •  Put everything away

    WHAT TO WEAR

    • If you’re wanting to switch from hospital attire stick with neutral colors. 
    • Stay away from clothing with words, bright or neon colors, and strong patterns. 
    • Neutral colors keep the focus on the baby. 
    • Coordinate outfits to compliment instead of trying to match.

    CELL PHONE TIPS

    • Turn off the flash
    • Tap the area you want to expose for
    • Use two hands to stabilize
    • Don’t use the selfie-camera
    • Don’t zoom

    POSING IDEAS

    • Swaddled baby in bassinet or bed
    • Unswaddled baby in bassinet or bed
    • Closeups (hands, toes, nose etc.)
    • Mom & baby (mom looking down, feeding, nursing, interacting)
    • Dad & baby (diaper change, nose to nose, looking down and interacting)
    • Adult hands with baby hands or feet
    • Kisses
    • Prop your phone or on something and then set the self-timer
    • Ask a nurse to take a family photo of all of you

    photo by Amanda N. Douthitt Lifestyle Photography

    Download The Full Guide

    Amanda has a 4-page PDF guide available for download which goes more in depth on what to pack in your hospital bag for photos, what props to bring, and editing techniques! If you would like to download a copy, you can contact her by sending an email to and.life.photo19@gmail.com

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  • Paper Hearts on a Podcast!

    So You Said Yes – The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Planning is a podcast by Brittany Anne‘s and it covers topics such as finding the perfect wedding dress, the appropriate venue and now it answers important questions about your wedding invitations! Brittany met with me in my studio where we chatted all things paper. Some hot topics discussed were the contents wedding invitation suite, how much postage you may need, plus my tips and tricks for staying within your stationery budget while still having a beautiful design!

    If you’re just beginning to plan your wedding and want more information about invitations, start by downloading my printable wedding stationery timeline and filling out this form to tell me all about your wedding.

    You can hear the whole episode by following the link below (it also includes helpful information from Haley of Studio Lane Calligraphy about watercolor designs) and don’t forget to subscribe to listen to all of Brittany’s Wedding Planning topics!

    Episode 6: Save the Dates, Invitations, & More!

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  • What It Means To Shop Small

    Shopping Small – The Handcrafted Cooperative –

    I’ll admit, shopping local is something that wasn’t always important to me. I didn’t truly understand the importance of the shopping small movement. It wasn’t until I became a entrepreneur myself that I knew how much hard work and love went into each small business and their products. The blood, sweat and tears are something we all know comes with any job, especially a small business, but what I didn’t realize came with the gig was the overwhelming support of the creative community. The friendships I’ve gained since becoming a small business owner is something I was surprised by and I’m incredibly grateful for. These business owners, these REAL PEOPLE, are so welcoming and kind. We all have struggles in our craft but at the end of the day we all love what we do and enjoying bringing joy to each person who makes a purchase from us. We love building other another up rather than tearing each other down to make our community stronger.

    The Handcrafted Cooperative offers a seasonal retail market dedicated to handmade items created by the most talented independent makers in our area. We help improve our local economy, support small business, and keep our community unique.

    I am so excited to be a part of the Holiday Market this year.

    This week alone, I’ve worked with two other Handcrafted Cooperative vendors bouncing ideas off of each other about our booth set ups and chatting about last minute product additions. We are all excited. We want you to be excited. We want all of Morgantown to be excited. This Holiday Market is going to be the best yet and we can’t wait to see you there. Even if you stop by to browse, listen to the live music or grab some coffee, that means so much to our community of creatives. Your support of the event brings just as much joy as a making a purchase.

    I can’t say enough good things about the coordinator of this whole shebang, Megan Ursic. Talk about an amazing, purpose driven gal. Megan’s positive energy and smile make you feel like old friends even if you’ve just met. She founded the Handcrafted Cooperative because there was a lack of markets in this area focused on makers and handmade goods. This market would not be successful without her ambitious goals to make this the best maker’s market in the area. Thank you, Megan, for your passion and bringing us creatives together for such an amazing event. The lineup of vendors is good, real good. Go check out the line up here!

    The Handcrafted Cooperative
    Saturday, November 17, 2018  |  10am – 2pm
    413 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV
    Free Admission and Family Friendly
    http://www.thehandcraftedcooperative.com

    New Products

    Here’s a preview of some of my new products making their debut at the event this Saturday. To say I love Christmas is an understatement. I had so much fun with these new designs!


    Allison Kotarsky

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  • Greeting Cards

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    Well, here’s the announcement I was so excited for! Greeting cards are now available for easy purchase in my shop! Shop Now!

    Soft watercolor florals printed on premium stock ready to brighten someone’s day. Who doesn’t love getting a real card in the mail? I know I do! I had greeting cards at the bridal shows and they were received really well. Many people asked if they could buy them online, and now you can!

    My email subscribers got a sneak peek yesterday along with a coupon code for discount shopping. If you don’t want to miss out on the next offer or announcement, be sure to sign up! 

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