Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hip Hop - Mushy Post and NEW DONNA D.

warning: LONG POST. 
p.s. ALL LINKS will be available at 10 am CENTRAL TIME.

here we are.
how amazing is that?

i feel as though my week goes from Monday to Thursday INSTANTLY.
i guess that is a good thing...
my sincere apologies for any emails that have not been answered....
i promise i will get to them.

i sometimes wish that you could all see what happens on a daily basis here at Unity.
we should really set up a live WEB CAM.
This week I am going to focus on the girls in front with me....
{but i do need to just put a little plug in RIGHT HERE saying how much i admire the peeps in the manufacturing as well}

Back to the girls in front....

i have these 4 amazing women in my life.
that work SO VERY HARD.


Between these girls it all gets done.
{here is just a small sample}
customer service
book keeping
bill paying
in store samples
email answering 
Kit of the Month 
sale decisions
release decisions
mailing out donations
mailing out challenge blog product
mailing out product to publications
getting out HIP HOP prizes
forum participation
publication graphic design decisions
co-branding work
design team communication
barcoding criteria
phone calls
website updates
website product add
ning sight
facebook marketing
CHA preparation
....and so very much more. 

it ALL gets done beautifully and with grace and consistency.
i stand in awe of them.
{we will be bidding farewell to one of these girls soon - but that is a WHOLE other blog post - stay tuned....
i will miss her.}
as Unity Grows it is my hope that we will add more people that hold the inner peace,  kindness and compassion not to mention the determination & dedication that these girls hold. 
they stay calm at all times and carry themselves with the most positive spirit.
so a little shout out to my girls

i pretty much love them.
can i say that?

this is us...getting crafty for store samples.
look at the little table to have set up.

We were busy, busy, busy!  
I didn't get to check my email till nearly 10 pm last night!
enough said.
this is our J-O-B - how FUN is that, though?!

Beautiful Eryn.

love these girls. 
love them TONS.


enough mushy stuff...


a little Donna Downey for ya!

Donna is the BEST!
CLICK HERE for her Blog.
{so very, very inspiring...and so VERY, VERY talented!}

It was ALL Donna's Idea and they ARE AMAZING!
They vary in size - and are about 8" long!
They are BEAUTIFUL!  I am going to STAMP THEM on my office wall and show you have FABULOUS they are!

I was going to stamp them on my office wall, however my day ZOOMED right by today.
We also have a NEW FAVORITE of mine.....
"She Said"
I love it.

CLICK HERE to see ALL THE NEW STAMPS on the Unity Website.


NO WAIT!!!!!!
that is 
you visit all the blogs of the Unity/{ippity} Design Team.

...SPEAKING OF - the Unity/{ippity} Design Team...
i am going to get a little mushy again....

did you know?????
that before Unity & {ippity}
some of the girls on the design team had NEVER been on a design team in their LIVES?!
how fun is that?

DID YOU KNOW...that when i picked these girls - I didn't even know what a DESIGN TEAM WAS? I just knew I had to have one.....HA!
cause other companies i figured UNITY SHOULD.
  I WAS DETERMINED to do it MY WAY and not look TOO MUCH into what other companies were doing.
{after all Unity is mine - so i can, right? - rules stink - and so does doing things like everyone else, so i don't.} 
I like the Unity way....I am not one that likes to be told WHAT TO DO or HOW TO DO IT.
so typically i manage to listen to MY heart and do it MY way
I know that surprises you.

So 2 years ago.....I picked some of these girls based on how cute i thought their cards were.
that's it.
cute card = wanna be on my team? 
These girls were Fresh and NEW.... entirely.... to being ON a design team.
...and I had NO CLUE what i was doing 2 years ago.
THESE were the FRESH faces I picked - I think I was pretty smart - don't you?!
none of them ever on a DT prior to Unity....

Jen Buck
....and maybe even a few more i don't know about!
isn't that a beautiful thing?
i have enjoyed watching them become more and more amazing through the last 2 years.


My point....


i know what it is like to want something SO MUCH it hurts.
it took us {chris and i}  4 straight years to get Unity off the ground.

pure intentions
lead you in the best directions in life.

you will stumble. you will get frustrated. it is not easy - if it was easy - EVERYONE would be doing it.
{that last one a very smart lady told me this week - right, Amy?}
Unity LOVES women.
not to mention the dreams they hold in their heart.
it is the one thing that keeps me determined on this crazy train ride. 
the women.
oh. how. i have been inspired by you.

Unity Design Team UPDATE:

in the last couple months we have had a couple of our Unity Girls step off the team. 

Goodbye to Amber
Goodbye to Renee.

I always will be grateful for all you contributed to Unity.

HUGE, HUGE THANK YOU to both of you.


Sale Today!
SALE starts at 10 am Central 
25% off
{case sensitive ALL CAPS - one discount code per order}
Good ONLY on the Unity Website.
here's the best part......
1 FREE RANDOM STAMP with every $10 spent.
{after discount, before shipping}
These will be RANDOM STAMPS  - Please no requests.
if you spend $10 - you get 1 free Random Stamp
if you spend $20 - you get 2 free Random Stamps
if your spend $30 - you get 3 free Random Stamps.

THE Random Stamps WILL AUTOMATICALLY be added to your order by the fabulous peeps in shipping!

This is the MEMORIAL DAY weekend sale.
It will apply to ALL ORDERS through MONDAY!
How FUN is that?!
The free stamps will be chosen from various kits, including past Kit of the Months.
If you happen to get a Unity stamp you already own - send it to a friend. 
Pass it ON! :) 
Someone will love you for it.

Time to Click into the amazing world of Unity & {ippity}!
Press the BUTTON below and enter the Unity - {ippity}/Donna Downey World.
Prepare to be amazed!

 Don't forget to join us in the Splitcoast Unity Forum HERE.

i think a few quotes are in order.
my heart feels it.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother or father, your past, your circumstances, anybody or anything..... EVERYONE has challenges. Please realize that you control your own destiny.

{Ippity} {Ippity}


Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

SUCH a beautiful post!!! Your Dt is awesome so inspiring. Unity has brought so much to my crafting and so much to my life I have made so many friends because of Unity love that!!!Keep doing what you are doing!!!!


Jodi C. said...

WOW, Angela!!!! THANK YOU for those beautiful words!!!! You and Unity continue to inspire me through the hardest time in my life right now.

THANK YOU for your amazing quotes, some of which go into the inspiration journal for my daughter, a work in progress all the time.

Unity has inspired me in so many ways!!! I found that one thing I needed so much!!! My hobby-My therapy....and it was all by chance!!


StampinCathy said...

WOW! This post is so amazing. I want to thank Unity and all the peeps that keeps Unity going. I think the DT why change it. Sorry to see a couple of the DT leave, but hope they come back to visit with us. I just love UNITY and all the creative and inspiration everyone shares. Unity is a great company! Great stamps, peeps, and the customers are amazing too! I hope this makes sense. To sum it up...I LOVE UNITY! They are my go to stamps.

JPScraps said...

Awesome post. I think it's the reason everyone love Unity so much. The people that make up Unity are like no other!!!

Diane S. said...

Wow Angela you are amazing-it must be so fav to work with you-your post today was so beautiful and your stamps just keep getting better and better-the bad part is I don't know what to pick!!LOL have a beautiful day

Maria Levine said...

Fabulous Angela! You should put in a Unity web cam, that would be cool! LOL! I'm sure you guys are super busy all the time but I'm sure it's a blast!

Gotta love all the girlies on the team! sorry to hear that Amber and Renee are stepping down, they will be missed. Can't wait to see the new DD stamps!

Lacey said...

Thanks for all you gals do! I'm glad I found Unity (and added it to my addiction). You have been inspirational. Great group of gals.

Thanks for your hard work & passion, it shows through.

Also, you are all enablers and my pocket book may hate you - but i don't ;)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOW--loved reading this post! Great DT--and the way you picked FUN! They are super lucky to work with you and Unity/Ippity! LOOOOOOVE all of their creations and everything about Unity/Ippity! Can't wait to do the hop--that comes after I do some work!

THANKS for everything:)

Maria Gurnsey said...

I just LOVE posts like this from you. I feel every word you speak and YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I'm so honored to work with you and your amazing companies!!! You inspire me constantly and I LOVE that :)

Debby/Darthy said...

Oh Angela what a touching post. Thanks for your beautiful thoughts and words. You know what, I'm a demonstrator for another stamping company and yet I feel more kinship with Unity and Ippity than I can say. I love this company. It generates excitement and passion and a feeling of friendship and camaraderie and for that I thank all of your terrific team. I love the quotes you post and today in particular they resonated with me. Have a fabulous day and thanks again for doing such a great job!

AJ said...

I for one would like to say THANK YOU for ALL of the amazing opportunity you have given us all, and also THANK you for our friendship. I am glad you always so positive and LOVE that you can see both sides of everything. And also I am willing to bet that *most* of your customers would also say the same thing- thanks for SHOWCASING so many of them on A REGULAR basis.

AJ said...

ALSO- MANY MANY Thanks for treating ME with respect, kindness, and basic human dignity. :)

Natalie said...

{{{{{group hug}}}}

BonnieRose said...

Yeap I sure do control my own destiny. Thks for just confirming that today. Yes I do. Creating this weekend is gonna be so much fun!

Carisa said...

what a great post! i love how open and raw and emotional you were. it is YOUR company - you SHOULD do it your way. it's working, isn't it?! LOL if it ain't broke...don't fix it!!! :) i am new to the unity/ippity but as soon as i saw it i knew i had to HAVE it so i became an ippity chick. now i'm venturing into unity. LOL funny how that works...but when i see something i love, i can't help it! thanks for running your company the way you do. your dt is amazing! so much inspiration there.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...
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Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Just left a comment about the hop--LOVED it, but was having trouble with two sites for I waited [something I have problems with--Patience:)]...and now it worked:)

Sorry for the deleted comment:) GREAT HOP! LOVE the stamps--LOVE the DT projects--LOVE UNITY! Always do:)

Kimmarie Baker said...

I LOVE your mushy gushy posts! I would have loved to been picked for your DT, if I only knew about Unity back when. lol Going to go and hop now. I can't wait to see the new stamps and the great inspiration that is always here!

Suz said...

Those photos say so much with all the stress & deadlines y'all still have so much fun. It's amazing how far Unity has come in just 2 short years. It's refreshing to find a company that gives unknown people a chance to design & then sticks with them. I really respect your loyalty to them because they really do make Unity Stamps shine each week with their talents. Beautiful post. I felt like instead of the music that was playing I should be hearing "I did it my way..." Keep following your heart because when you do happiness is sure to pave that road

the whimsical butterfly said...

You sweet, sweet DO what you DO and it WORKS. YOU GIVE. ALWAYS. ALWAYS, ALWAYS giving. Not just to us on your DT, but to ALL. to WOMEN. It is so important as women that we do not STOOP to the stereotypes that are given to us for being catty or jealous. That's what I LOVE about this team. WE. ARE. UNITY. Each other's BIGGEST cheerleaders and supporters. We have become a family, and I am BLESSED to be a part of it! LOVE this release and know that every Donna Downey sentiment I see myself...and I most DEFINITELY see YOU. LOVE YOU!

Kristy Young said...

Aww what a gorgeous post!! Sounds like a fabulous bunch of ladies including yourself! Looks like you all had a great time crafting too, fun fun. Im so excited I just subscribed to KOM! YAYAYAYAY Cant wait to get my goodies and to start making some delicious cards.
Kristy xx

dahlhousedesigns said...

I just love how you run Unity Angela and how you have surrounded yourself with such wonderful people. Over and over again people comment on how they would love to be apart of Unity family (including me). I am so thankful to be apart of Ippity.

The DT is so amazing, sad to see Amber and Renee go and I don't even want to say goodbye to any of the ladies you listed.

Anyway, thank you for always sharing a bit of yourself in all that you do.

lisa a.

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