One of my favorite November traditions here is our Thankful Tree. I always love watching the bare branches be filled out with leaves that represent a wide variety of things to be thankful for, from both our customers and employees. Taking time to be mindful of the things we have to be thankful for is so important. We love to encourage that here all year round, not just in November. I have always noticed a difference here in our work flow when the Thankful Tree is up though, it's like we start the day off on the right foot.
This year has been such a tumble of chaos. I find myself searching for the things to be thankful for more often than in years past. There are so many wild things in 2020 that are discouraging and heartbreaking. It's challenging to find gratitude in the midst of all that is happening in our world right now. I personally feel that it is worth hunting for in the midst of it all. I look forward to the other side of this era but I am challenging myself to stop and take notice of all that there is to be thankful for along the way. There is so much to learn, to grow from, and to not ever repeat. In my own personal life, gratitude always produces growing and I find it to be valuable in really... strange, but good, ways. So I am going to hunt for it and find all of it that I can this year. Do you want to join me?
I've been contemplating how we even have a thankful tree at the shop this year, maybe I will find a way to do a virtual version of one soon. In the meantime, I've dreamed up something fun that will hopefully spark some inspiration. Whether you win it or not, I hope that you find and create your own adventure of gratitude. We are so thankful for all of you this year!! Your support & love of our funky little shop means so much to all 16 of us. Thank you for keeping us here, keeping the lights on, and keeping our dreams alive.
Stay safe and keep making lots of art!
Choose-Your-Own-Adventure In Gratitude Giveaway
Hold my coffee cup- gotta grab my magnifying glass....I can't even count how many items are in these pictures! Of course there is a unicorn theme because they're not only cool & mysterious creatures but they are also very rare to find. I thought it was a perfect theme since gratitude for things in 2020 is (possibly) about as mystical as a unicorn in real life. The magic is always real~ whether it is being thankful or chasing unicorns!
Fair Warning: There will be a mini adventure to follow for the lucky winner and a partner of your choice. I can't say much about that adventure, because that's top secret. I can say that it will be fun, involve gratitude, and that you can choose your own path. Remember those Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books as a kid? I'm imagining it kind of like that but it might not involve as many sharks or wild rides. It may include painting, drawing, sculpting, writing, and other artistic forms of expressing gratitude but of course you will get to choose which path you take. Official rules for entry and sneak peek at the adventure will be listed down below.
I'm including 2 camper enamel mugs with a shout-out in the giveaway to another small business that I personally am thankful for this year. Rational Unicorn Legal Services has helped me with several things this year and I appreciate their practical and fun approach to business law. There are often jokes and puns mixed in with business law, so of course I love that too. My favorite thing about them is that they are a B-Corp and give back to the community. They work with many artists and creatives to help them build solid legal foundations under their dreams of business. Check out their series of workshops called "The More You Glow." They are affordable, or pay what you can, and focused on many things that you need to know being in business as an artist. If you do not know what a B-Corp is then I would recommend learning more about them and finding some local ones to support.
OFFICIAL ENTRY RULES & SNEAK PEEK
1.Tell us how you will creatively express gratitude using these supplies.
2. Give a shoutout to a small local business you’re especially thankful for this year. (If you cant decide it’s ok to list more than one!)
3. Tag someone you will share this gift with and set a game plan to find creative ways to express gratitude together- even if you don’t win this, it's is a good idea!
We mostly use Instagram these days but you can tag a friend & share on any social media, then email us a picture of your posts. If you are not on social media at all that is ok too, just email us your entry and we will give a shout out to your favorite local businesses on ours. This also means that kids can enter but only with permission from parents included in the entry submission.
We will choose the winner by drawing a name from a hat on 11/13 and announce the winner on IG.
You will have 30 days to follow your adventure and report back to us.
Contest winner agrees to do the following:
1- Follow the adventure inside the box. This will include several projects that are specific tasks. You may even make it a contest or game if you'd like. This adventure can be followed in the same house or via zoom with a friend outside your house. Never travel alone- choose a companion to share in your journey.
2-Have fun in the adventure! Be inspired! Find gratitude in the midst of 2020!
3-Share the adventure with us! This can be videos or pictures of your process & finished tasks. It’s ok if you’re shy and don’t want to show yourself or be tagged but we will tag your page or links if you are ok with that.
4- Keep the remaining supplies for your own creative use!
Use coupon Code UNICORNS in our online catalog shop this month for $5 off when you spend $25.
Thank you for your love & support during this strange year!
Heather Reed is the Assistant Manager/Buyer and office rockstar at IBF. She writes all of our emails, blog posts and and manages all of our social media sites. Heather is also an artist and has experience in lots of various mediums. You will usually find her researching new products, finding the best bargains, writing, painting, enjoying nature, all while chasing around her two vivacious little boys.