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Periscope Up!

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By popular demand – the Periscope Pillow is now in the Craftsquatch store. Now all you eager scopers can complete you Social Media Pillow collections by grabbing one of these!

Meerkat users – don’t despair! I have not forgotten you; check back in the store to get yours too!

New pillows are shipping!

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The tail-end of the Christmas orders are going out this week. If you placed your order after the December cut off date, you should be seeing your Social Media Pillows, of all designs, on your doorstep in the next couple of weeks. Every year we get closer and closer to our goal of chimney delivery in time for Christmas morning. We’ll get there!

Contest winners will also be hearing from me shortly!

 

 

Limited Edition! Limited Quantity! Limited Time! – Squatchmas!

Hi guys! LOTS to cover, so settle in! First off, while for most of you the holidays are a time of joy, family, and the exchanging of Craftsquatch pillows as gifts, around here things are a bit more hectic with caffeine fueled all nighters, towering fluff-ernos of pillows, and mystified postal workers. In order to cut out the chaos and ensure that everyone gets their Craftsquatch order full and on time for the holidays, I’ve decided to make some changes to the shop for the rest of the year..

1.) We’ll be limiting the types and numbers of pillows for sale in the store.

There will only be 40 of each pillow available for purchase. So if you have your eye on an awesome pillow or want to grab a few, DO IT NOW! These pillows will run out quick! Holiday orders close November 15th!

Once they’re gone, they won’t be back till after the new year.

2.) But wait, there’s more Squatch-fan! Will be adding some Limited Edition pillows for the season. Welcome: Snapchat, Kik, Youtube, Whatsapp and Pandora pillows! Again- grab them while you can, they too are limited to a total of 40 pillows through the rest of the year!

Row20143.) One more thing, FREE STUFF!  Every order placed for the rest of the year automatically becomes an entry for the chance to win your whole holiday order FOR FREE! This includes shipping anyhwere.

Please retweet/reblog/reshare news of Squatchmas to all of your friends and followers alike – every share using the hashtag #Squatchmas enters you for the chance to win one of the 5 Limited Edition pillows – a winner every week. So lots of Wins for everyone!

I’m really looking forward to sending you all some awesome Craftsquatch pillows this holiday season and hope you take a moment to Share and Win a pillow prize!

Thanks for a great year!

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A GREAT business trip.

 

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Ok, Ok, so maybe it wasn’t a “business trip” per se – rather a conference aimed at creative entrepreneurs. I am of course talking about Pioneer Nation, the inaugural event of the fine folks who put on World Domination Summit in Portland, OR every year.

This being the first entrepreneurial conference I’ve ever attended, I was a bit nervous in the company of my much more established and totally awesome creative-peers. However, there was nothing for me to be nervous about – the other attendees, the organizers, the panels and the related activities all renewed my vigor and enthusiasm for Craftsquatch and let to some awesome ideas for new pillows!

 

Pillow(s) of the week – *New* Google+ and Facebook

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This weeks Pillow(s) of the Week are the upcoming Google+ and Facebook pillows that I’ll be updating in the Craftsquatch store soon. There’s been a whole lot of simplification of logos going around lately; reducing formerly multi-coloured/faceted designs down to simple white logos on coloured backgrounds (check out Feedly and Grubhub for instance). Not that we’re complaining; a simplified logo means a cleaner designer and greater versatility. Which is something we can get behind both as crafters and designers :)

Keep checking back in the store for these pillows updated as well a few new items!

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Pillow of the Week – grubHub

grubcollageOm nom nom! After a long day of sewing pillows in our home-studio, grubHub is our favorite place to order food from the couch, which is where we’ve inevitably collapsed to watch our favorite science fiction series’ (what are your favorite science fiction series’?!). In a city like Chicago, grubHub is like teleporting around the globe with your taste buds. Thai, Indian, and Mediterranean are the foods we love the most! Mmm, this Pillow of the Week makes us salivate like Pavlov’s dog. Droooooool. <3 :)

Behind the Scenes – Craftsquatch Typography

customsjulWe realized while creating custom pillows this week that Craftsquatch has made custom pillows for enough companies to represent every letter of the alphabet with their logos. A real study in Craftsquatch typography! :) Here’s a small sample of the custom orders we’ve been working on! <3 :)

Pillow of the Week – feedly

feedlyRaise your hand if you’ve recently become very familiar with this icon (raises hand). Much to our initial chagrin over at Craftsquatch, we chose feedly as our new RSS Reader after the painful death of Google Reader. We’ve quickly come realize that feedly is fantastic, particularly as an Android app. So, maybe there’s a slight learning curve for some of us (wink wink), but the interface is really an improvement once you’ve accepted the loss of Google Reader. Too soon? RIP Google Reader. <3 :)

On the Map – TeaGschwendner

Tea GschwendnerTea BoxesLocated at the intersection of State and Division, TeaGschwendner is arguably the best specialty tea shop in Chicago. With an entire wall of boxes filled with various tea types, color-coded for easy browsing, we leave with at least our favorites (Le Touareg – the best mint green tea we’ve ever tasted and (tea) Earl Grey (hot) No. 69 – an old classic heavy on the bergamot), as well as a couple of mini-sampler bags that the always-friendly staff stuff to the gills with teas you’d like to try before you buy. Taste test their brewed samples and check out that façade – it definitely stands out on this block in the bustling Gold Coast neighborhood! <3 :)

A Beautiful Pillow Plug

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Craftsquatch received an awesome plug from the ladies of A Beautiful Mess on their Instagram page yesterday! That’s the Pillow of the Week we created of their adorable photo app icon. Check out the A Beautiful Mess app in the iTunes app store! :) <3