Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Announcing

(edited 10.13.08 - just removing the pics with all my contact info... ya know...)

...No... I'm not pregnant. LOL!
...No... I'm not all of a sudden, a walking encyclopedia.
...No... I'm not about to venture to the beautiful coast of Italy on a 6 days/7 nights cruise - although that MAY happen Springtime, 2010 - right daddy? :)

What I am announcing is...

I'm starting my own businesses. :) Yes, there's an "es" at the end. Plural, y'all. LOL!

The first has been in the making for years. I have always wanted to teach piano lessons out of my home, and for one reason or another, have neglected the calling - and put it on a back burner. Now I've gotten the ball rolling, and have got a whopping 3 students to keep me in check. :) It's going great, and I'm really and truly thrilled that it's finally gotten started - here's my little flyer I put up to start my advertising - and it got me one of the three! :) (The other two had inquired at one time or another at church, as there is rarely a meeting during which I'm not sitting at the piano, at some point. :) I wouldn't have it any other way, though! Truly.)

(picture of music flyer was here!) :)

Then, in addition, I've decided to follow in Aly's footsteps (while wearing her out with ooh-gobs of questions) and start a photography business. I am super excited about this - as I've grown to really love being behind the camera these last 5 years, forever snapping the three beautiful children I've been so bless to call my own. :) If you have a few minutes and would like to check out my website, it can be found here: www.shutterwhimsy.com. If you're wondering why I picked the name - I'll try to explain it... I knew I wanted to have a name that was a little... different. You can't be that surprised. LOL! So - along the way, as I've looked at many other photography websites, I came across one cool business name. Then, I knew I wanted to hopefully evoke a certain something in the name of my business similar to hers. So yeah, she was my inspiration. Rodney & I sat together one night at the computer typing out names in a photoshop creation, and he thought of "shutter" - and I thought of "whimsy" - at almost the same exact moment. And my most recent baby was born. I'll call it a "she." :)

So - as with the School of Music, I decided to print a little flyer to hang at Brady's preschool - just to get the word out. I am happy to report that quite a few pull tabs were torn off (that's a good thing!), and I have two sessions booked for late October and early November. You have no idea how exciting this is - not to mention very, very helpful to our less than overflowing bank account.

(picture of shutter whimsy flyer was here) :)

Also, my business card that should be delivered tomorrow. :)

(picture of shutter whimsy business card was here) :)

Thanks for looking - and do spread the words with your Triangle area friends, if applicable. :) Off to fold clothes. They've been a little neglected lately! LOL!

19 comments:

Fawn said...

congrats leah!!

Lindsay said...

Leah I am so proud of you for following your fabulous dreams. You really are so talented! I will have to book our family pictures before you are too busy!

Dana G said...

Best of luck with you new ventures Leah! You will do great!

Emily said...

Awesome, Leah! I'd take you up on both if I was in NC. Seriously! Good luck! I'm very excited for you, and maybe one of these days I'll do something cool like that, too. I don't know what, but I want to do something. I keep toying with the idea of a restaurant called "Charlie's Kansas Barbecue." Would you eat there? :)

Erin said...

You are a Wonder Woman! Kudos to you my sweet friend!

Strommer Family said...

How awesome is that!! Oh I'm so proud and happy for you!! And yes that should DEFINITELY help the bank account!! Hey where is Rolesville in relation to say Charlotte? Tell you later why I asked!!

Fisher Crew said...

I was wondering what you did with all your "spare" time since you don't like to read! Your businesses are two of my favorite things as well. You are so talented, I'm sure you'll be swamped soon!

leah said...

Thanks guys!

Emily - you have to know I'd eat there, girl! Really with the names Charlie and Barbecue both in the title - you can not go wrong!

Ruth - Charlotte and Rolesville are about three hours apart. That is, of course, you are the proud owner of a jet. Then it's more like 30 minutes, I hear. LOL!

And to the rest of you - really, thank you so much! :)

Susan Hancock said...

Hey baby girl, you are doing a great job getting your businesses rolling! Whew- you can do it, I get tired just thinking about it all!

Your cards and letterheads look so wonderful! You will do fine because you are such a go-getter. I love you the best!

Erin Marriott said...

You are amazing, Leah!! Wow, hooray for your two new businesses!! I'm so excited for you, and if I had kids that were 5 and up, we'd be at your piano waiting for a lesson! We will definately have you take our pictures!! How exciting, congratulations! You are such a go getter!!

The Robinson Family said...

Leah - I have nominated you "Female Entrepreneur of the Year". I am proud of you and the 2 new businesses. Good Luck with everything!

Tricia said...

I know you will do great! I think everyone that comes into contact with you will just love you and refer everyone they know to you!!! Best of luck!

natals said...

Isn't it funny how when we start blogs with certain phrases or words we have to immediately disclaim pregnancy. lol

Best of luck with your businesses! I'm sure you'll do great!

Regan said...

Congrats on the start of a ton of fun for you! When you have a moment, could you email me the piano and website fliers? I have some coworkers that may be interested. Talk to you soon! (Email is: reganbrownreynolds at gmail dot com) - Regan

natals said...

I tagged you! See my blog for details!

Kyle and Aly said...

Le,

If anyone has the ability and talent to do this- it's you. Congratulations. I love you the most. Aly

Emily said...

I know you're probably busy changing the world one piano lesson at a time, but you're TAGGED anyway. :)

allie said...

Leah, I'm tagging you! It's not too bad - just 7 things. Go read my last post to see what to do. Can't wait to see what you say!!!

Jami & Boys said...

i will definitley take you up on your new business (i'd take you up on both, but i think that drive would be a little much for weekly piano lessons). yeah for the hancock's talents!