Monday, December 31, 2012

See ya later 2012!

2012 was a HUGE year for Designs by Nicolina! I had no idea what to expect. Having spent most of 2011 trying to get my Etsy act together, figure out what sold, what kind of policies I should have, what wasn't important to spend time on and what wasn't important to spend my time on. I had several things I wished for going in to 2012. I didn't even imagine I would have the kind of year that I did.

In January I blew through my goal of having 1 order/ day {seems like small beans now, but it was my absolute dream!} getting 83 orders that month. My sales continued to go up up and UP!

By summer time Cameron {hubby} and I decided that the best thing for me to do would be to quit my day job and focus solely on my business. So in July I stopped getting regular paychecks to work from my little office at home - and it was the best decision we could have ever made.

I went from wishing to have 1 sale per day to having to work 5 days a week to keep up. With the help of Cam {my post office runner & book keeper} I was able to focus on designing and production.

I introduced the art prints to my shop early Fall and they have been an amazing addition to the shop! Helping me keep strong sales through November and December finishing off the year with an amazing customer base who keep coming back.

So here is where December ends - me, sitting in my studio {studio tour coming next month} completely overwhelmed with the love and support I have gotten from my friends and customers, shocked that my little Etsy shop I opened on a whim in 2010 is no enough to where I can stay at home and do what I love, and EXCITED for 2013 and the things to come for Designs by Nicolina!

2013 is going to be an amazing year! Look for more blog posts, more DIY projects and more ME!


Monday, November 26, 2012


Cyber Monday SALE!!!!
No code needed just go here and shop shop away!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Friday Preview!

Are you ready to kick of this shopping season! This year we are doing our first big Black Friday Deal and we are running it from November 22nd - November 24th! So you have more time to cash in on the savings!

EVERY SINGLE ART PRINT IN MY SHOP is buy one get one FREE - equal or lesser value - no limit! All you have to do is add one to your cart and then in the notes to seller at checkout let me know what free one you want!

Go to my FACEBOOK PAGE  to find out how to also get free shipping!

See you on the 22nd!

Monday, October 29, 2012


I am so excited to introduce a new item from Designs by Nicolina!
>>> Signature Chevron Thank You Notes <<<
They are the perfect size for everyday use and come with a matching envelope

Create your own pack by choosing your color and how many you need!
Wholesale now available for these items! Feel free to send us an email for more info!

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Blushing Bridal Lingerie Shower

I usually find that the toughest client to please is myself, so when it came to planning a Lingerie Shower for one of my friends, I had to design something totally new!

Check out the new

 Inspired by this bride's love of all things pink, this invite can be designed in the color combo of your choice!

See the invite HERE 
and the cake topper HERE 
all other items such as the "Get Ready to Blush" door sign and the large posters shown over my mantle can be designed and purchased by request! 


Wednesday, August 8, 2012


I am so very excited to introduce the new addition to my shop...
Party Favor | Treat Bags!
Just Click HERE

They come in so many great colors and patterns to compliment any party or event! And for a limited time here is a coupon for 10% OFF your bag order with the code NICOLINA10 until 8.15.12

Monday, August 6, 2012

FEATURED PARTY: A Baby Gator Shower

Check out this adorable baby shower one of my friend Jennifer threw a few weeks ago! She used the Gator Baby Shower invite that you can find RIGHT HERE!

I also designed matching cupcake toppers and a gift sign for the outdoor shower! Check it out and let me know what you think!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

7 Things to Remember About Etsy Sellers

Before I started selling on Etsy, I was a customer. I used it to feed my love of unique handmade things, and eventually it turned into a business for me.

But I always try to remember I was a customer first, this helps me provide better service to my customers.

So here are 7 things that you should remember when you are buying on Etsy...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


We all know that within 25 minutes of getting on Pinterest you are completely addicted! So you promptly send out invites to all of your BFF's so they could join you in your obsession! Then once you get all of your friends addicted too, it is all you can talk about. 

My friends and I are no exception to this rule. 

So I came up with this brilliant idea... 

Along with this great idea came an invite {of course}
check it out...

So here's the idea...
All your invitees prepare a appetizer, meal, snack or dessert that they have pinned. Then they look over all of the fabulous DIY projects they have no doubt pinned and bring all of the supplies to complete one project.
Sounds like fun right?

The invite is super easy to purchase, download and fill out as it is one of my INSTANT DOWNLOAD TEMPLATES in the new graphics shop
/// Purchase Here ///