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February 2014 - Paper & Cake

Love Abigail at Paper and Cake!  I created a Custom Design Pillowcase for her daughters Pillow Fight sleepover!  FUN!  She also featured Comfy Cozy® in her Bizz Buzz :)

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February 13, 2014 | 1 Comment » 

Paper & Cake small business feature story Comfy Cozy

At the beginning of 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting this month’s small business feature story owner, Peggy Vincent, at an event in New York with Martha Stewart. She so cleverly brought one of her pillow cases for all the attendees to sign and give to Martha at the end of the event – brilliant, right? Anyway, I’ve enjoyed following the momentum her business has gained in these past few years and am excited to share with you all, Comfy Cozy.

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How did you come up with the idea for your business?

Each year for Christmas I hand made gifts for my nieces and nephews. In 1993 (ack!) I saw Glow in the Dark paint in the craft store and immediately came up with Glow in the Dark pillowcases. They were all young enough that the glow effect made turning out the lights fun making bedtime easier for my brothers and sisters.

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{Photo from “Hot Cocoa” Party styled by Greyson Designs}

Where do you find inspiration for creating your product?

Originally I created what I thought were good designs, my personal preferences combined with timeless, non trendy, themes. As the business grew, requests from customers entered into the decision making process.  While trends are fun to incorporate into a line of products, the risk of having inventory once the trend crashed made that a smaller percentage of my designs.

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{Photo featured in Cupcake Mag}

You can’t possibly spend all your time with pillows, what do you do in your spare time?

I would spend all of my time in my gardens, flower, herb and vegetable gardens. I love every aspect of gardening, including pulling weeds – great therapy!! I love being outside, spending time with my husband, boys and our beagle. I’m becoming a bit of a Cricut banner addict and have been sewing since I was 10 years old.

If you could choose a dream client, who would it be?

Paper & Cake of course lol! For years I worked directly with the owner of Femail Creations, Lisa Hammond (she has since sold the catalog). She was amazing to work with, together we created dozens of designs, mainly inspirational for girls/women. For a client that did a large volume it was easier than some clients that are only 1 time 24 piece orders!

Dream clients are ones that don’t try to tell you how to do YOUR job. They allow me to explain the process, the costs etc without repeatedly saying “Why can’t you do it this way?”. That makes the entire process frustrating and some things just can’t be done their way. In the end when it all works out, they are happy – that is a dream:)

What is the most difficult part of what you do?

Marketing. And time management, especially in the last few years with all the social media to keep up with, which I haven’t mastered:(  It used to be managing a few things, now finding the time to throw in social media updates, sharing is difficult for me.

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Have you had any unusual/difficult/ridiculous requests?

Comfy Cozy® was always geared to creating designs for children and/or be inspirational. About 10 years ago I was asked to create a somewhat “suggestive” design for a client. The pillowcase said “Tonight” on one side and flipped over to the other side where it said “Not Tonight”. The glow in the dark text expanded on each of those concepts. The good part of that requests is that it prompted me to create GLOWFX DESIGNS, now the division of Comfy Cozy® that non “kid oriented” and/or business Custom Designs are promoted under.

What do you see for yourself in the future? What is on your bucket list?

I would like to have a book published, currently have 2 works in progress. I want to expand my custom design business and work with party planners and businesses like Paper & Cake to create one of a kind products and designs that can be sold as part of a theme. I believe consumers want party gifts that are fun & functional, not just a goodie bag of “throw aways” or candy.

I plan on making it to Ireland one day, convert a section of our yard into a field of lavender and taking my children to see the Grand Canyon.

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{sneak peek of a new party by Paper & Cake}

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