Today's a special day, y'all! It's been an entire year since I put on my virtual big girl britches and opened up my very own shop! I can't believe it! Even though I've been selling on Etsy for quite some time, having an online home where people could shop Stephanie Creekmur products, truly was a dream come true. I waited patiently (or rather, not so patiently) as other new shops popped up, and though the wait was hard, I'm so proud of what I've created (with the help of many talented individuals!) and I can't wait to continue to watch it grow!

Today I'm happy to share the updates to our website (blog updates will come soon!) as well as a few new products!

Maybe one of the most noticeable changes is our new logo! Y'all may remember, way back in March, I shared some reasons why I was changing my logo. It was something that had been on my mind for awhile, but once I saw my branding was a little too closely imitated, I knew it was the right time. I worked on many concepts and in the end decided to keep it fairly similar but I wanted to hand lettered it myself. I'm so happy with the outcome and it's been so fun to see all of our new packaging come in sporting the new digs!

I love the fact that no one else can have a logo with the same look. While I absolutely adored (still do!) my previous logo (calligraphy by Angelique Ink) there were way too many other shops out there with similar logos. Now our shop has a face that is truly it's own!

We've also added a few new products to the mix! I think my favorite is this Release It Notepad!

To celebrate our one year shop anniversary, we have a free gift for the first 40 customers who spend $10 or more. No coupon code necessary - if you are one of the first 40 (seriously, that's all we have folks!) to make a purchase you will receive a set of 5 Southern Sayin' Note Cards. Keep for yourself or gift to a friend! Each set will contain 5 different southern sayings and we are not able to let you choose the selections but we promise, they're all adorable! :)

AND, if your'e still with me! I thought I'd give a few updates on my summer since it's been kind of quiet around here, since MAY! I don't know about y'all, but when it's Summertime it's extremely hard for me to keep focused! All I want to do is head outside and relax by the pool! It's strange that I also feel my most creative in the Summertime, I just wish I could have someone else make it all happen! Ha!

First up, my sweet Bella Mae was hit by a car the first night I was in Haiti. She was heading down to my aunt and uncle's house (they live about 2 houses down across the street) to see if she could find me. It's been harder to lose her than I ever could have imagined. She was my baby and the hurt has been deep and left me feeling like something is missing. Because it is. RIP Bella Mae Creekmur. I'm so thankful I was able to be your mama for the almost 4 years we had together.

As I said, Bella was killed the first night I was in Haiti. I didn't hear the news until the next afternoon so I had at least one peaceful evening. This is the view off of our living quarters. The mountains are so beautiful and this photo just doesn't even do it justice. Where we stay is much, MUCH better conditions than what the people of the village surrounding us have. I am thankful for the tiny comforts from home (running water for showers and an actual toilet) we have but it always leaves me feeling a little guilty. I had a great time on the trip but I have to admit I spent a lot of it just trying to hold back the tears for my Bella.

I have lots of updates for you regarding the road repair (Love One Another project) and the money we all were able to raise! Thank you SO much to those of you who donated as well as those of you who purchased the Love One Another print for your homes!

And last, but certainly not least - please meet my newest addition, Dixie Mae Creekmur. She is 8 weeks old today (I've had her about two weeks now!) and she has lifted my spirits in more ways that I could have imagined. I was a little worried it was too soon to be getting a new puppy, but I'm so thankful I did. I didn't quite realize just how sad I was until I got her. I so wish I could watch her and Bella play together. It would be so cute but I know that if Bella were here I wouldn't have Dixie.

And, I think I'll leave it at that! I hope you enjoy the new products (we have more coming in a few weeks - think back to school!) and our little facelift! I hope y'all have a great rest of your 

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