Thursday, October 28, 2010


Well, I finally got around to posting on my Etsy page.
Business is slow but finding time when you are a home/mom based business is hard to do sometimes.
There always seems to be something to do and no time to do it.
At this time I don't have embroidered items on Etsy.
Instead I chose to post some of the NEW stock I have left over from custom embroidery jobs
that I did and over ordered.
These blanks are perfect for embellishment.
They will make great gifts for birthdays or Christmas.
Since it is Thursday and I usually post on Thankful Thursday let me say now that I am
so thankful to have known the women of SuperWAHMz for so many year. You are awesome.
I am Blessed for sure to have you in my life.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Comfy Cozy review by snickersncream:)

Loads of thanks to Melissa - and her daughter! for a great review of Comfy Cozy Glow in the Dark pillowcases! Just in time for ideas for fun gifts for the holidays, Melissa gives Comfy Cozy a big "yes" to buy! We've teamed up with Melissa's blog and are you can enter to win a pillowcase by visiting her blog!

We're looking forward to a great holiday season, but you should place orders early to ensure delivery!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Are you a SuperWAHMz, too?

Are you a WAHM?

Do you blog about it?

Here is your chance to tell the world that you are a work at home mom!

From now until midnight October 21, 2010 you can link to your blog here. From the entries, we'll select our 3 favorite WAHM bloggers to interview on SuperWAHMz!

Be sure to follow this blog so you can read the interviews!!


  • CONTEST ENDS 10/21/10

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Comfy Cozy #168 in Contest!!

Well the final decisions are in and Comfy Cozy ranked #168 out of several thousand entrants in the Startup Nation contest.

At first I was a little disappointed - everyone wants to be in the top 10 LOL But after realizing HOW MANY companies had entered
I am just thrilled to be in the top 200!

Because I'm so excited I want to offer everyone a special 10% Discount on their orders:)

Visit to order. Please enter VOUCHER CODE: 10CC when you order and mention "Startup" in the Comments Box.

Click on the link below to see our Profile and learn more about the contest:
StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Martha Stewart - Dreamers

Pretty Cool! I was chosen as the Doer of the Week! Martha Stewart Dreamers into Doers is a terrific web site with so many fantastic women - all making their dreams come true. Martha Stewart - Dreamers

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Leading Moms in Business Contest! Vote for Comfy Cozy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I'm delighted to be teaming up with Terry Grahl of Enchanted Makeovers for an upcoming event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania titled: We Can Do It/A New Generation...Sisters Turning Lifelines into Bridges.

Jolene Bungalow Gal of Quite the Stir B & B is sponsoring this amazing event that transforms shelters for women & children by providing furnishings, painting the shelters & support. The Bed & Breakfast will be the site for a special event hosting the residents of the shelter. The guests will be receiving a Gift Bag filled with items that are both inspirational and useful. Many of the items are being donated by other members of Martha Stewart Dreamers Into Doers.

Comfy Cozy is donating our Glow in the Dark "dream" pillowcases for this event and others across the country. Our goal is to give hope to the women and children that find refuge in these shelters.

See how you can participate in the event in Gettysburg or an event near you by visiting:

DIY Market Research

Hi there! Hope the summer is going well for everyone:) I do wish business at was as hot as the temps here in eastern PA!

Below is the link to an article from Country Business Magazine. Great tips on do it yourself marketing. I've already gone to and hope to generate some well needed feedback from my customer base.

Good Luck!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Work Smarter - Closing the Sale.

My sister, Caryn Gresham, forwarded a e-newsletter to me yesterday. It included the following article on closing the sale. Something that even after years of being in business, we tend to forget the basics of "being in business".

For more info on the newsletter, check out the link below the article. Happy Selling!

Work Smarter...

By learning the 4 D’s of closing the sale.

Whether you’re a salon owner, general contractor, herbalist or attorney, as entrepreneurs, we are all in sales. This may be new (and scary) territory for those who have spent years in a chosen profession, mastering that particular skill. But now as a business owner, not only do you have to be a wiz at accounting or an expert dog groomer, you also need to know how to market and sell yourself as well.

Fortunately, mastering the sales process isn’t really that hard once you break it down into these four simple stages from

Discovery. The first thing you need to do is to make sure the potential client is likely to benefit from your product or services. That means you really need to know who your target audience is and what it is they want.

Diagnosis. Then you need to be able to help the client see the problems (or pain points) inherent in their current situation. People are pleasure-seeking creatures. If they recognize a situation is uncomfortable, it’s natural for them to want to fix it or make it better.

Design. Once someone is interested in making an improvement, your job is to show them how your product or service is designed to help. Get the potential client to envision how much better off they’ll be once they’ve dealt with this issue (with your help, of course!).

Delivery. By now, the potential client is on the verge of committing, and the last action you need to “seal the deal” is to show her exactly how what you have to offer will be THE answer. There are many ways to do demonstrate your abilities, such as a formal presentation, before and after photos or a free trial. Be creative, and be confident!

"Would you like to learn how to combine the passion, strengths and experience you already possess to create the successful business of your dreams? Would you like to move away from “dollars-for-hours” work in order to cultivate more wealth, more time and more happiness? If so, grab your FR.EE copy of the Richer. Smarter. Happier. Success Starter Kit at”

Monday, June 21, 2010

Moms in Business - Unite!

I just learned of the Natl Assoc of Moms in Business. COOL! They are having a contest, which of course, I think is a perfect choice for a winner. They will be selecting the top 200 mom owned businesses.

I hope that you will vote for me - over and over again:O) AND, share the link below with your friends that just might think my Glow in the Dark pillowcases are a fun product and that this mom is a winner!!

THANKS! And if you are a wahm (or a superwahm as we like to call ourselves!), go ahead, enter your business too!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

While we all enjoy this long weekend let's please take a moment to remember the reason for this holiday.
God Bless our troops and God Bless America.

Friday, May 28, 2010

21st Century :)

Here I come, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century LOLOL
I need to work on my website.
I think it is about time I learn how to do that myself and
maybe take a class or two on search engines and how they work.
I need to learn how to blog more efficiently and
I need to learn how to tweet LOL
OH.... and I need to make a newsletter.
Not much to learn there. Maybe I CAN teach this OLD dog some new tricks.
I think I might be looking forward to the challenge.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Social Media - I'm all in a "twitter"!

So, I created a Twitter account a few weeks ago. I haven't been back to it since. Don't have time for the "learning curve". UGH! I need another something on my "to-do" list. I love new stuff and want to be part of it, just don't know how anyone finds the time to do it. Is it just me?

I have a personal facebook page and a professional facebook page AND a page. Trying to keep my ducks in a row, my personal and professional life separate and use social media to promote

Anyway, I saw this article - ok, it was posted on my Facebook page from a "friend". It's my kind of article. Short, sweet paragraphs with specific topics, no long seminar, e-class or verbage that is over my head!

I may be Tweeting sooner than I thought! I'd give you my twitter account to follow me, but I don't know how to do that YET!

Hope you get something out of the article too:) Click HERE to read it.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dreamers into Doers

Last summer I joined a group on the Martha Stewart web site called Dreamers into Doers.

It's a terrific group of women, just like me that have started their own businesses, are following their dreams and doing something they are passionate about. Recently, we've started a "headlines" area where we post all the events, pr, product releases, etc that happen to us. It's incredible to see some of the amazing things these women are up to.

I'm delighted to be part of the group. Comfy Cozy will be donating inspiring pillowcases to one of our members organization, Enchanted Makeovers. The organization is like the "extreme makeover" for women's shelters.

Below is the list of our latest events and accomplishments:

Across the pond, you'll find Editor Queen Lena, and staff do a remarkable job offering up all things vintage, from Home Furnishings and Decor to Gossip, Fashion and the latest News. WATCH This Magazine soar!

Peggy Gaffney... your blog was tremendous!
Peggy Shaffer Vincent...your pillow cases! Amazing
Terry Grahl...Great Article about The Recipe of Hope on the following Blog!
Dawyna Claryn-Your Music Rocks
Brenda Foehrkolb - Brenda Star Studios and the fantastic Art Show was a must see!
Meilie Moy-Hodnet-A fantastic Product
Bea Kuntz-Spring is in Bloom at
Eileen Smith Dallabrida-Keep up the reporting Genius!
Lisa Oliver?-What a Dream Project
Keren Brown-Keep the Passion Alive and
Rachel Gaffney-Selling Fine Irish Linen and Keeping The Passion of Great Food and Ireland Strong
Kim McCool-Porcelain portraits and limoges of the finest
Kathy Hammer-Tasteful and Tasty Fine WV Salsa!
Taryn Sisco goes Green For Spring - (Don't miss it!)
Check out this Site! Endearingly Wonderful Mary Richey!
Jean Roth-Keep the Images and Stories Rolling -- and --
Jennifer-"Oh Fancy Girl"-Be Fancy!
Debbie Maddy-HOW PROUD ARE WE fellow DID?
Annette Fry-This is well worth a second READ!
Bridget Mack-Go Ministries is on the GO...
Victoria Silva- (What's not to like here ;) )! Bring it on!
Carolina Martin- (new Grandson and All)
Lisa Umansky-Perfect Pound Cakes!
Karen Eyler-Keep Caligraphy Strong
Beth Shotwell Baker-With an eye to the Dreamers and Mentoring Strong-
Tina Czarnota-Ms. Author? Founder of International Bed and Breakfast Day? Keep the mystery and intrigue headed our WAY!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What Is Your Why?

Last week, I spent two amazing days at the American Express OPEN Women's Business Summit in Houston, Texas.  600 women attendees left recharged and armed with new knowledge to help them grow their businesses.  If you follow me on twitter, I will share some of those gems. 

The most important tool in your arsenal is your WHY.  Why do you want your business to succeed?

"According to Count Me In's 2008 research with American Express OPEN, 46 percent of women business owners want to grow their business to help themselves and their families; 48 percent want to gorw their businesses to help their community and the world" - from Nell Merlino's book Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way . . . In Life, In Love, and At Work

I want my business to be successful because I have a troop of 24 Girl Scouts in grades Kindergarten through 5th from a variety of walks of life.  I have noticed that some of the older girls already have low self-esteem.  They need to see me acheive my dreams so that they know they can have, do or be anything they want! 

These girls have inspired me to go out on some serious limbs to acheive my dreams.  Last week I actually strutted my stuff as a Gayla Bentley fashion show model!  Being IN a fashion show has been on my "bucket list" since High School!

What's YOUR reason??  I invite you to post your why in the comments.  Declaring your why increases your chances of success.  Go ahead!  Tell the world why you want your business to succeed!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Every month I am asked to paint a piggy bank with a sports logo, college mascot or cartoon character.  Every month I say no

Why?  Because these images are copyrighted and I do not have the license to reproduce them.  It is illegal for these images to be sold on unlicensed items, and I could be sued.

My piggy banks would look so cute painted as various NFL helmets, and I could make a lot of money painting these.  I have to admit it is tempting.  But, it is not worth the chance of losing my business.  The business I have worked so hard at for over 20 years.

It baffles me the number of sellers on the web and etsy who do paint licensed characters and logos.  It is illegal.  Yet they continue to do so.  To me, it is unethical.  

Whether or not a customer begs you to paint a licensed image is beside the point.  It is against the law and you should have the integrity to tell the customer that.   

Is an easy buck worth the chance of a lawsuit?  For me, it's not.

Monday, February 1, 2010


Last week I created a Facebook page for Comfy Cozy. Now, I'm trying to learn how to use it effectively to build business, gain customers without offending anyone. Tall order. I received an email from Inc. magazine this morning with loads of information. Check it out: or

In the meantime, drop by the Comfy Cozy Facebook page and become a fan! When you do, I'll send you a special Code for Buy One Get One FREE pillowcase:) is looking forward to a GREAT year - join us!

Sunday, January 31, 2010


I try not to work on weekends.  But I usually do.

We seldom have weekend plans, and I actually like to paint, so I, more often than not, find myself sitting at the kitchen table working.

Once in a while I think maybe I should find a hobby.  Knitting or something.....then I remind myself that I do like to paint, and I am lucky to be able to make money at what once was my hobby.  And so I go back to work.

I really could use a good book to read, but I haven't taken time to go to the library and browse.

Not a big movie watcher.  I really don't do anything to de-stress...

And I wonder why I start to feel burnt out.....maybe I should take some time to myself, huh?

Friday, January 29, 2010


After a really busy holiday season, and weeks spent catching up on orders, I am finally working on orders that were placed in January.  Yay!

I am finally just about caught up.  Well, caught up in the sense that orders are shipping about 2 weeks after being placed.  And that's not too bad for hand painted to order items.

I saw a shop on etsy that has an 8-12 week turn around time!  Holy cow!  That is totally unacceptable.  Waiting 3 months for an order?  And yet they get orders.....

I start to stress when I am 3 weeks behind.   Anyway, I am getting caught up and have a few new ideas I want to paint.  So, when I have some time, I'll paint something new and get those creative juices flowing again.  Stay tuned...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Facebook & Twitter for your business

Please don't read this expecting advice on using Facebook and Twitter for your business.  I have none.  Not one iota.  I am writing because I don't get the whole social networking thing in connection to business.

I have a facebook page.  I haven't visited it in months.  I don't have time.  And I hear you can have a facebook business page, but I don't have time for that either.  Since I can't type well, I haven't even looked at Twitter.

I understand that you need to network to build business.  I guess that pertains to some businesses.  But as a one mom business who hand crafts her product, I do not see how it applies to me.  I spend most of my time painting, and packing, and various other business related tasks, where do I find time to Facebook or Twitter?

I am not bashing either network.....I am just trying to understand.  Is it because I am already busy with my piggy banks, that I don't have time or need for them?  Am I just behind the times and don't get it?  Am I missing out because I am busy painting?  Am I just Twitterilliterate?  Or Facebookphobic?

Someone enlighten me.....I don't want the world to pass me by.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'm Back....I Think

Haven't posted here in eons....kept meaning too, but life got in the way.

Had a super busy holiday season.  Man oh man, it was scary.  Mostly because I got the majority of my porders the LAST day I was taking them for Christmas delivery.  Up until then, I was comfortably 2 weeks behind.  Then, on December 1st I recieved 23 new orders....that is a new record for me and my website.

I think I am finally getting caught up's been a long few weeks.  I feel like I am working ALL the time.  And I am getting tired of it.  Hopefully I am getting to where I am caught up and can take my weekends off again.  I miss the down time.....

This week has been one of those weeks.  I ordered some new piggy bank molds...they came on monday.  The boxes are huge and heavy.  This time, the boxes looked like they had been broken open and smashed.  So I took some pictures.  Then we opened them.

It looked like the boxes had been broken open, the contents droped in the mud, rolled in the dirt and then just tossed back in the box.  I took more pictures.

I emailed the guy I get the molds from and told him it looked like ups had a problem with the shipment.  For as dirty and disgusting as the molds were, they actually survived the ordeal intact.  But would require a good bit of cleaning up.

He wrote back and apologized, but HE had packed them that way.  He was out of styrofoam peanuts, and that was all he had.  The peanuts looked like they had been dug up out of the ground.  Really.  *sigh*

So I haven't written back yet.  I don't know what to say.  I am flabbergasted that he would send anything like that.  Yes, the molds are fine, but it took me over an hour to clean them up and get them ready for use.

My hands are tied....he has my master molds and I cannot get new molds anywhere else : (   I'm not really mad.....disappointed I guess.  We've done business together for years now and I can't believe he sent my stuff like that.  He could have at least let me know what was coming.  Or asked if I minded waiting for packing materials to come in.  I was in NO HURRY.

I don't know.....I am tired.  Tired of dealing with my business for now.  I think I need a vacation.  Or at least SOMETHING to look forward to......