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Earth Day FREE Shipping April 22, 2011

Did I say FREE Shipping? Oh yes I didi! Today only, for Earth Day, I'll be picking up the Canada Post tab and shipping any coffee sleeve to you. I'm helping you make the switch from the old carboard slippy sleeve or double cupping. Check out my selection and I'm sure you'll find one that will suit your style.

How are you celebrating Earth Day this year? Are you making any changes? Driving less? Using less power?

check out this link –>> http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&sc_id=67807&seller_id=41529&op=new

 

Enjoy!

Tara xoxo

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Crafty Friday – April Showers April 9, 2010

Bumbershoot. Earrings. by clevergirl

april showers may bring flowers by calobee

PLAYING IN THE PUDDLES - Red White Umbrella - Nickel Free Stud Earrings by TheFlibbertigibbet

Reusable Coffee Cuff - Spring Showers by boutiquekarma

Rain Cloud Artisan Sterling Silver Necklace Labradorite Iolite by popnicute

April Showers Letterpress Notes, Set of 5 by paperlovelypress

Puddle Jumping - Guinea Pig with Umbrella and Raincoat Art Print - 8 x 10 by WhenGuineaPigsFly

 

Biz Works – Week 2 – My Ideal Customer April 8, 2010

So my week 2 (or your day 2) of the Lounge of Commerce’s “7 days to Awesome”  has me looking inwards to find my ‘ideal’ customer. The people I see myself reaching for with my products. For the sake of this exercise I’m looking mainly at my Cafe brand of the Boutique Karma line, although I’m sure I could stretch most of it to my Spa line as well.

Who is it that I see buying my stuff? Why does it matter? Why not just put myself out there to everyone? Someone has to bite right?? Ummm… not really. If I spread myself to thin I may never be able to make a connection with the people looking for my mug huggers, coasters or reusable coffee cuffs.

So with Beth from the Lounge of Commerce and her fabulous list of questions I ended up with the following notes about my ideal customer:

She is between 20-35 years old, of any marital status. She lives in the suburbs with a 25-45 minute commute she makes a modest income with a little bit of wiggle room for some perks for herself. She probably spends 30 -45 minutes online in the evening checking her email, Facebook, digg and gossip websites. For fun, she enjoys going out with the girls for coffee or dinners – to catch up or escape the kids for some ‘me’ time.

Why would she want my product? She likes having a little slice of personal heaven – Her morning cup of coffee is hers, to sit and enjoy it in the morning with a fun Mug Hugger is another way of showing that there are certain things in life that are still all about her. By stopping through the drive through for her regular double-double she slips her cup through her coffee sleeve, she keeps her fingers cool while driving with that hot, hot coffee and when she gets to the office it serves as a fun accessory setting her apart from others. Yes, there is the eco-friendly issue of the coffee sleeve (she likes to brag about that), but if truth were told it serves more a style thing, let’s be honest, if it were all about saving the earth she would pour her coffee in a thermal tumbler instead of burning the gas in the drive through and wasting paper product daily on the takeout cup.

What excites her? Well, she enjoys taking time to herself, it could  be going for a walk, sitting on the balcony with her feet up reading a book, bubble baths, massages.. if she’s a mother these moments are few and far between, so she takes it very seriously. What scares her? She hates how as she gets older her responsibilities change and she finds it much more difficulty to find that time for herself.  This is why the moments when sipping her coffee or driving in the car are so precious to her.

Aside for online here are 10 places she may enjoy shopping:

gift shop
at a small coffee shop boutique
health food shop
farmer’s market
small indie shops
chapters indigo
the center kiosks of the mall
garage sales – you never know when you’ll find that gem
consignment shops

oh should I add she may be a compulsive shopper for low ticket items, my cafe line of products falls right into her fun budget of $10 or less (in fact even with the shipping included)

Aqua Reuseable Coffee Cuff in Wishing Flower

 

March Madness – Giveaway of one lucky coffee cuff March 1, 2010

Here we are in the month of March. I think March is a great month, it signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Here in Montreal there is a distinct difference between the beginning and end of the month as the snow thaws and spring begins to reveal itself ever so slightly. Spring is like a new beginning and in Montreal it always kicks off with the St. Patrick’s day parade. The parade is a joyous celebration where everyone is Irish – all the vast cultural communities head to the streets for a grand celebration. Usually, remarkably the weather is gorgeous (sunny and mild) signalling that spring is here. Of course it could also be the ‘special’ beverages that make the crowd feel a tad bit toastier.

Of course, once upon a time I was one of the lively (please read slightly inebriated) parade goers screaming and dancing at the sidelines. They were fun times, and public drinking seems almost tolerated at this one event in Montreal as long as things remain peaceful. I think the rowdiest I got was maybe singing slightly off tune. Here’s to Saint Patrick’s day being a week away and to celebrate we will be hosting a giveaway right here on the Boutique Karma blog! I’m so excited..

First I’ll let you know what the prize is:

Coffee Cuff - Lucky Clover

You could win your very own Lucky Clover coffee cuff to strut around with on Parade day, going to the office, on your walk around town, while your kids are swimming in the pool, etc. It’s a super cute cuff with an Irish flair, do not be fooled, you could use this one year-round. The contest will run until Midnight Friday March 5th, and the coffee cuff will be sent out on Saturday morning in order for the winner to receive as rapidly as possible.

here’s the details on how to enter & win extra entries for each entry, only #1 is mandatory:

1. Please take a look around the shop and tell me your favorite item:  ARTFIRE or ETSY

2. Please tweet about this contest, making sure to @boutiquekarma so I can count your entry  (limit 1 extra entry per day)

example: check out this fun contest on Boutique Karma and win! https://boutiquekarma.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/marchmadnesscontest/ @BoutiqueKarma

3. Become a fan on Facebook, if you are already just mention it and it will count: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boutique-Karma/132339529999?ref=ts

4. Refer someone and have them name you as the person who sent you here and receive a bonus entry

5. Follow me on twitter

Good luck to everyone!

Tara

 

Because I Love You Sale – This Valentine’s Day weekend only!! February 11, 2010

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Valentine’s day is the perfect weekend to say I love. This year I want to say I love you to everyone who has taken part in the Boutique Karma journey. For all those who have purchased, followed, hearted, twittered, fanned me, etc. Even to those who may have just stumbled upon me today.

This weekend I’m offering my first blogged & fan page event, it is the perfect sale to launch and gain exposure for my new Cafe / Coffee Shop line:

Here’s the details:

I’ll be giving everyone who purchases between now and Monday morning a free coffee cuff of their choice with the purchase of $10+ from my shop. In the notes to seller please mark the coffee cuff of your choice. Thats it, no hidden details. Just make the purchase and mark down which one you’d like. This sale is applicable in my Etsy or Artfire shops 😀   Many of my coffee cuff are one of a kind to my store, if the coffee cuff you’d like has been ordered already I may contact your for your second choice.

So please get your shop on and head over to my Artfire or Etsy shops and put in your order.

Coffee Cuff - Orchid Roundabout

Daisy Dream Coffee Cuff

Daisy Dream Coffee Cuff

Aromatherapy Eye Pillow - Sophies Garden in Fuchsia

 

Boutique Karma – Cafe Collection January 31, 2010

Spotted Owl

Over a year ago, when I first contemplated opening shop I was knitting (something that seems so far off recently), and I was making different colored coffee cuffs for my trips into the city. I was so excited by this idea that I wanted to share them, and when I saw the price sellers were offering on Etsy I decided this idea was ludicrous and went on to offer different things. Along came my other lines: casserole carriers, crayon roll ups, coasters, eye pillow & bobo packs.

Many people who follow me on twitter or know me in the ‘real’ world will know that I LOVE coffee! I’m sadly addicted and dependant on the drink. I’m a slave to my fabulous coffee maker and in moments of crisis I will trudge through the drive through (or brew some in my Tassimo). Yes, I did separate coffee maker from Tassimo. I have a wonderful grind & brew machine which make glorious coffee.. my Tassimo is a nice quick fix/latte maker. This being said ‘make what you love’ kept nagging at the back of my head. So over the holidays I had made these cute coffee cuffs for friends & family to go with their Christmas gifts and I’ve had these Mug Huggers in the plans for such a long time that I decided it was time to launch the Cafe Collection line.

The coffee cuffs are a beautiful way to accessorize your take out coffee in the morning (noon & night). They are an extension of your personal style, keep your hands from burning, and a green way of doing away with the disposable paper sleeves certain companies use or double cupping from other competitors. Most of my coffee cuffs will only be available in my store once, they are made from the last piece of material after cutting my eye pillows. Less waste = greener studio.

My Mug0-Huggers are so cute & fun. I’m so happy with the finished product. There is an inner lining of Thermolam batting to keep your coffee a touch warmer and your hands warm nice and comfortable. They secure through the handle using a small and discreet elastic with a vintage button.  I’m purchasing buttons upon availability at http://www.enfo.etsy.com an organization selling items to help low-income families in their area.

Lotus & Leaves

Daisy Dream

Spa Roundabout

Gothic Weave

Remember – all items are available at my Artfire & Etsy stores for your shopping convenience!