05-04-2015

We Also Have Something New To Show You.

Well, Diego and I have covered our Monday morning weekend recap up here in the Treehouse from Kate’s baby to the Mayweather fight. Here are our unresolved questions:

  1. What would it require to leave the hospital within 6 hours after giving birth to an 8.6 pound baby delivered in less than 2 hours of labor?
  2. And then also presenting this new baby on the steps of the hospital in the most perfect silk tunic dress and heels looking like you just stepped out of a day spa with a fresh blowout, makeup application, and manicure?
  3. And was that baby even real? My baby’s upper and lower eyelids didn’t meet until he was well past 2 years old.
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This is our real baby Jack, pretending to sleep on the day he was born.

We’ve decided it might require being a princess and having a personal staff of 9-10 people dedicated to such things, PLUS a staff of up to 3 for that fake baby of hers. Let’s not allow the unsettling events of this weekend make us working moms feel any less amazing than we already do. It just isn’t reality, girls. My baby Jack was 11 pounds and (duh) delivered C-section, I was pregnant for 15 months*and I didn’t leave the hospital for 5 glorious days. I also didn’t brush my hair until his 11th birthday.

Okay, so that is not all we discussed today. The biggest news up here really is our new NEW WEBSITE that we soft-launched on Friday afternoon. We want to know what you think! Watch your email inbox later today for a free freight code for trying it out. We’re getting closer to pulling our act together!

XO, Christi

*Not really, I was pregnant for 17 months, but who’s counting?

01-20-2015

Mint® Guest Post: Lorelei Casanova-Hancock of Cricket Stitches

Hi, my name is Lorelei Casanova-Hancock and I am the owner of Cricket Stitches. I have been proud Mint retailer since 2008, and I am thrilled Christi asked me to be the guest blogger for Mint.

Whenever I have customers come to me for baby gifts my go-to line is Mint. I like to pair up something gingham or seersucker from Mint with a bib or burp cloth and add a cute appliqué for something spectacular and unique for my customer.

I’ll start by asking my customer what color/colors they would like me to use. Next I pick something from Mint like a Cosmo Bag, Bloomer or Boxer. A lot of times I will use one of the said in a neutral color like grey and use the color the customer wanted in the design. You can see for Ivy (see picture below) I selected the Grey Gingham Bloomer with a bib and a cute appliqué.

In the next picture, you can see I used a Cosmo Bag in Chocolate Seersucker. My customer mentioned Mason’s parents are Hipsters so I went with the fox appliqué. What’s more hipster like than a fox? My customer and Mason’s parents were thrilled with the gift!

Little Mallory needed a backpack for preschool so we set her up with the Grey Gingham Small Backpack. The small backpacks are perfect for preschool age children! The love carrying around their own stuff!!

Mallory’s favorite color is yellow (which is perfect with grey!) and she is all about the Princesses so we put a carriage on there for her.

I hope this post gives you some (Mint) ideas for the next time your customer needs a cute gift.

Cheers, Lorelei

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06-04-2014

Will we see you at Market?

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If you have been wondering whether or not you should make the trip to visit the Mint showroom at the Atlanta Gift Market July 8-15, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Not only will you be privy to the new styles and colors before they are available on the website, but also you will be able to see, touch and smell (did you know the Rainbow Seersucker smells like Wrigley’s Fruit Stripe gum?) the goods and get new ideas for your in-store displays and marketing.

Nearly all of the samples you see in the showroom are done by customers. I am amazed at the creativity of all the Mint Sisters! I look forward to seeing all of the different fonts and thread combinations, as well as new applique and heat press designs.

Additionally, Market customers get free freight on all orders written during the show! That’s a significant savings, especially this time of year when stores are re-stocking nap rolls and backpacks for back-to-school.

Still not sure? What if I told you there will be magic calorie-free cupcakes that taste so good they will make you mad at your mother?

Beer? Wine? Cocktails? Lots of yukking it up with Christi and Co. on the floor? Aerial performances? You’ll never know unless you stop by!

Come see us, July 8-15, in Building 2, Floor 6, Showroom 679. We’ll be there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 8 and 15, and Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday, July 9 through 14; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12.

Hope to see you there!

Suzi Homemaker (a.k.a. Suzi Crowder)

05-30-2014

Mint Market Dates/Hoarding/New Stuff!

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Many of you don’t know this about me, but I suspect I was a raccoon in a past life. I have the potential to hoard anything. You can verify that with my husband or child. Thread, ribbon, paper, shells, art supplies, baby animals…but I keep it to a minimum so that A&E doesn’t come knocking on my door. Which brings me to my reason for blogging for the first time since the new website went live: I’m glad you can’t see our office today!

We’re up to *here* with new samples for market, trying to decide which colors go best for appliques and embroidery. Diego, Lainey and I have been very busy preparing for Dallas & Atlanta, filling the workdays with cupcake tastings & reading the details about Kimye’s wedding out loud to each other. Just kidding, and who is Kimye? We’re super busy. Y’all coming?  It’s going to be a fun time…new things and free freight on your showroom orders! Bring me your ad in the Americasmart book for a surprise–in either showroom!

Let’s Make A Date: June 18-24 in Dallas (Mint is in our own showroom in the Trademart 1-1339) and July 7-16th we’ll be in Hotlanta in our showroom (Mint/Building 2, 6th Floor. #6-679 if you’re a pro with the Americasmart showroom numbering system).   Email us if you’re on your way to either show and we’ll set up an appointment if you’d like!

Back to the wedding details samples!

XO Christi

02-26-2014

Welcome to the New Website: Chapters 1-349

gordieTa-Da! The new Mint® website is finally up & running. I thought this blog feature may appeal to more of you–especially the Mint® Friends who aren’t Facebook members. I know you’ve missed a few free freight sales and announcements and I sure don’t want to leave you out of the club.

Please take a moment to look around the new website! We’ve all put a lot of work into making your Mint® experience even better. Things you might or might not notice on the new site:

– A shipping calculator that doesn’t multiply everything by 2,509. That’s right. It’s accurate and it’s ready to go. You should test it! Many times. 😉

– The option to choose expedited shipping (Please don’t forget that real humans pack and process these orders. It still takes a day or so to process them, and we are closed every other Friday…if you need your order expedited, you might want to email us to make sure we can meet your deadline before you spend eleventy billion dollars on shipping. Which is non-refundable.).

– After your order has made its way down our sophisticated pipeline to our shipping department, you’ll have the ability to receive UPS tracking numbers immediately in your account. I know, welcome to 2001, Christi. But our old system was from 1985 and it was a miracle that it could even import orders from The Internets after 29 mouseclicks over here in the Treehouse.).

– The ability to make your reorders so easy you’ll want to place one every single day! I just know it!

– A much, much more organized product layout–this time you won’t have to solve a Rubik’s Cube to try to find items sorted by style, color, fabric or gifts by occasion. You can even search by keyword! I know, I know!

-A website with tiny robots inside that make things happen almost magically over here at Mint®.

– Suzi Homemaker’s blogs will now be mixed into this Mint Blog–which is FULL of helpful information that I am not qualified to address, like how to embroider the pocket on the nap roll, what type of backing to use on a Gumdrop Lunchbox, and how to sew right through your own finger and survive to talk about it. Pictures included.

– My own input regarding information like which fonts we used on our Market samples, colors of threads we like on things, places to eat during Market (have you seen me lately? Food is obviously pretty important) and what wine to pair with your internet time in the evenings (5:01 p.m.).

– Jack’s Pick, which has nothing to do with the picking of noses or other places (which one might expect when asking for input from an 11-year-old), also will be a new feature. He’s always been helpful during the design process; now he’ll choose items that he likes and tell us about it.  Most of you have known about Jack since he was a toddler, so you’re familiar with this Jack stuff. He’s my first baby, Mint® is my second. Gordon (above) is my third baby!

– You can now do things with our Mint® website that I’ve always dreamed of: print your order history, save your credit card for that late-night/wined-up easy internet purchase, see the new items all together, see actual product pictures printed on your sales order for easier receiving, and I can’t remember what else, but I know you’ll like it.

– Instead of standing around, shoveling amazing Lenox Cupcakes mini cupcakes into my mouth, I will actually be able to pull up your order history, my inventory, search zip codes for you…I might be helpful when I see you in the Mint showrooms for once. How refreshing!

I hope you’ll still want to read my emails for free freight and sales, Market dates, product information and updates. If you don’t currently receive these monthly emails, please email us at info@ohmint.com and request to be put on the list. There are some things I can’t write in public places (sale prices, etc) so I think you’ll want to receive them.
Thanks for taking a minute to look through the new site & the blog! I’m very curious to know what you think about the changes. Don’t forget to email me with any concerns or suggestions to improve it. Remember to use all caps if you’re screaming.
Christi Chittim,
Mint® Mother
P.S. Are you still awake? I promise not to write such lengthy blogs from now on…this is just so exciting!