Thursday, January 29, 2009

Introducing our new intern...

For those of you who don't know, we've been pregnant. We don't just hire interns around here - we grow them.

Please help us welcome our daughter!

Naomi James Roberts
January 1, 2009
12:32am (Happy New Year!)

You can be sure she has some slammin' birth announcements in the works. We'll post pics when they are done.

Unsolicited Blog Feature!

We have been longtime fans of Dooce, or Heather Armstrong, is an incredibly talented woman, web designer, writer, and mom. If you have seen pictures of her house - particularly her daughter's room - featured in the kid's blog, you'd think she definately has another career in interior design if she wanted one. If you are unfamiliar, just read the About This Site section. This sums up Heather in a nutshell. In short, she is someone I would make a friend in a heartbeat.

So, you can imagine how delighted we were to be featured in Heather's Daily Style section on Monday! Go ahead, go visit... yep, #2, that's us! Our Rabbit Coasters, available in our Etsy shop, scored an unsolicited feature in one of our favorite blogs!

Oh, Heather, we're blushing...

Kiva Loan - Eugenia Molil Jean Group

It's time for a new Kiva loan! Today's loan will help a few entrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic expand their businesses.

Here is the info from their Kiva loan page:

Name: Eugenia Molil Jean Group
Location: El Seybo, Dominican Republic
Primary Activity: General Store
Loan Requested: $650.00
Repayment Term: 5 months
Loan Use: Purchase new consumer goods and expand business with new personal care products

"Eugenia Molil Jean is bank coordinator for a group called Llegando Lejos (Going Far). Her group has five members. She is 35 years old. She lives with her spouse and five children; ages 16, 11, 8, 7 and 2 years old. She sells chicken in her own community in El Seybo. She has already received three loans from Esperanza and is about to receive her fourth. She would like to increase her business by selling a greater quantity of products, such as sugar and coffee; and to expand her activities by selling deodorant. She finds keeping the clients happy to be the biggest challenge in her daily activities. She would also like to improve her house and make her business grow to provide for her large family. On behalf of Esperanza and the Llegando Lejos Bank of Hope, thank you for your support!"

Please join our Kiva Lending Team

Sunday, January 18, 2009

EverGreen Options

Last year we made a commitment to make Uncommon Envelope a sustainable business. One of our first steps was to have the electricity for our studio come from green power sources. In order to accomplish this we participate in Tacoma Power's EverGreen Options program.

The techie in me would love to work on a home project to generate our own power. Maybe something involving solar panels or a giant wind turbine in the back yard, but we'll have to settle with this for now. We are always on the lookout for better ideas to green up the business though, so feel free to send us ideas.