A Year of One Tiny Heart

by Kristin Lewis


October is my favorite month of the year. There is something in the rustling of the leaves, the slant of the sun, and the crispness in the air that feels like home to me. It seems fitting, because I adore this month so much, that October is home to my wedding anniversary and now the anniversary of One Tiny Heart. One Tiny Heart started out as a conversation, which turned into a dream, and then materialized into way more than I could have imagined. I opened the Etsy shop on October 6, 2013 (two days after my wedding anniversary), and I still remember clicking the button that made it a "live" shop and thinking "Is this really happening?" I took a leap of faith into the abyss not sure if I would fly or fall but being open to either.

I still remember getting my first "non-family member" sale and thinking, "Oh my goodness, someone other than my mother thinks my stuff is cute!" After the holiday rush, I decided to look for other ways to branch out, and on my birthday, April 25, the One Tiny Heart website was launched.

The shop and response from customers has been more than I could have dreamed. Just this month, we hit 500 sales, and I'm so very grateful for everyone that has helped make this year happen. Many thanks and much love to all of you who have supported, liked, purchased, and encouraged me along in this journey. I am forever grateful for the love and support you all have given me. A special thanks to my husband and love, Carey, who has put up with craft supplies all over the house, the hustle and bustle of last minute orders, and who has made countless trips to the post office on his way to work. Your support, care, and quiet encouragement is invaluable. I love you!

Here's to many more years of banners, parties, and a One Tiny Heart.

Love,

Kristin


New Banners On The Way....

by Kristin Lewis


I have absolutely loved making and designing banners for the past nine months! I'm constantly thinking of new ideas and how to add new details to ones I have already made. If you live in the south or have been to a southern wedding recently, most likely you saw burlap used on the decorations or invitations. Burlap is certainly all the rage and taking over the world! :) What could be better than combining the look of a onetinyheart banner with burlap? Here's a sneak peek of what's to come. :)


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Weddings then and now....

by Kristin Lewis


Weddings and wedding showers have changed so much since I got married six years ago. Back then, we were still picking things out of magazines and catalogs. The internet was alive and well, but the online wedding market was just getting started. We got most of our information from places like theknot.com or bridal magazines. Etsy was just taking off and Pinterest was several years away from being a wedding staple. I absolutely love all the personal touches brides can choose from now. Anything is on the table and everything is available. I would have had a different, more personal wedding had I gotten married now. I'm sure I would have stressed 10x more deciding over small details such as should I have Bit-o-Honey or Runts at the treat table (and would have come to the conclusion...why not both?), but it would have been a lot more fun to plan. As it is, my mom and I made a lot of the items for my wedding. From the place cards to the table numbers, most personal touches were handmade my either me or my mom. We even made bookmarks as wedding favors to mark our special day.


I've had such fun tapping into social media while moving with the times for the brides of today.  I was asked to make banners for a bridal shower for the sister of a dear friend. We came up with the idea of creating a hashtag banner to allow the bride's friends and family to capture all their wedding memories into one place. While I was making and designing the banner, I was remember how we relied on people to post their digital pictures to snapfish.com. Hashtags and Instagram make it so easy to have all the candid wedding pictures in one spot. Some of the best pictures from my wedding were ones that other people took, so it would be great to have them all easily accessible in one place. Ah...these modern brides. :)


Love IS Sweet

by Kristin Lewis


One of the things I love best about One Tiny Heart is being able to work with brides. I've had the pleasure of designing and making countless wedding banners, and it is such a joy to work with the bride as she tells me the vision for her wedding. Recently I've become twitter friends with a gal, Lisa, that hosts #BridalBabble on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. CST. If you have a free hour and want to talk about anything and everything wedding related, please join us! This is what my daughter's room looks like after #BridalBabble. She plays while I babble!

Anyway, Lisa is getting married TOMORROW, and she approached me about making a banner for her treat table. She envisioned a banner that says "Love Is Sweet" with hibiscus flowers to separate the words in eggplant, lilac, and silver colors. I sought out just the right stencil (and found a stencil with 3 flowers...so stay tuned for more banners to come!), and set aside an evening to create her banner. I used eggplant for the letters, lilac for the flowers, and a touch of silver on the corners book ending the saying. I also added a few silver craft crystals to give it that extra sparkle. Strung with a purple ribbon, her banner is ready to adorn her dessert table inviting her guests to take a sweet treat. Much congratulations, Lisa! I wish you the most perfect day tomorrow and many, many years of happiness.



Milestones and Celebrations

by Kristin Lewis


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A dear friend of mine requested a banner to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of her Pilates Studio, CRN Pilates in Chicago. I was happy to design something for her to celebrate such an important milestone in her life both personally and professionally! I remember the day she purchased the studio, and it has been a joy to watch her business grow and expand to what it is today. Recently, another friend from a different part of my life saw the Anniversary banner I designed and requested one for her parents as a surprise for them at their anniversary party. Her parents both attended Louisiana Tech University, and she wanted the banner to reflect their love of their school and their life since then. They are celebrating 40 years of marriage this year, and I hope to one day reach that milestone in marriage with love, support and gratitude. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell! I wish you many more years of happiness and love.