How a Mug for Mamas is helping Mamas across the World

 
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Motherhood is a beautiful thing. It is joy-filled, exciting, refining and exhausting. The title of mama, no matter how it comes to you - whether through birth or adoption, is something that is held dear. Becoming a mama myself this past year has been one of the greatest joys in my life. I absolutely love the title.

So, I dreamed up a beautiful mug for all the mamas out there. One that will proudly show off your name while holding your coffee or tea to nourish your sleep-deprived self. A mug that you can gift to the mama in your life who means so much to you so she can proudly be reminded of the name so many call her. Mama’s are known for giving of themselves to others and this is exactly the thought behind this mug as well.

The Mama Mug | The perfect mug for mamas that gives back to other mamas around the world.

The Mama Mug | The perfect mug for mamas that gives back to other mamas around the world.

The Mama mug features beautiful gold floral illustration pattern that I had sketched out a couple different versions of before settling on this one, and the hand lettered word ‘mama’. I created it so that the design would wrap around the mug, and be visible on both sides. This way no matter how you hold the mug you can see, and show off your title of mama!

Mama Mug | Available from Machelle Kolbo Design Studio

Mama Mug | Available from Machelle Kolbo Design Studio

While this mug was still in the idea phase, we received a magazine from one of our favorite non-profits Hope Venture, based here in Lincoln, NE. The Hope Venture’s goal is to bring hope and dignity to the most disadvantaged people in the world. The magazine highlighted the different projects and giving opportunities they are a part of across the globe in India and Africa.

As I flipped through the magazine, one particular page caught my eye. The project would directly impact the lives of pregnant women in Africa through a kit that cost just $7. For $7 I could provide an expecting mother clean and safe supplies to aid her in the delivery of her baby. My mind instantly flashed to the whole team of people that helped me give birth to our son, the pristine hospital room, the nurses checking in on me, the warm blankets, the monitors, my OB etc. Every mother who has given birth, no matter where it was knows the experience and all the particulars that went into it. My heart instantly connected with these moms, and I knew I wanted to help them. Just $7 to help a woman have clean safe supplies to deliver her baby? Sold. Sign me up. Then God gently whispered to my heart, “Remember that design idea you have for a mug? What if you used that to help these mamas? What if you invited others to be a part of helping these women?”

The Mama Mug | $7 from the sale of every mug will be donated to the Hope Venture to purchase Mama Kits.

The Mama Mug | $7 from the sale of every mug will be donated to the Hope Venture to purchase Mama Kits.

With that nudge from God I became even more excited to create this design. I decided that with the sale of every mama mug $7 would be donated to the Hope Venture’s Mama Kit project to provide an expectant mother with potentially life-saving supplies. Your mug purchase gets you a beautiful mug to enjoy, and will provide a mother in Africa the supplies she needs.

I’m really excited to see these mugs get into your hands to show off your title of ‘mama’, and see the impact we can make on other mamas across the world. If you want to learn more about the Hope Venture and the impact they are making in our world you can see a full list of opportunities on their website.

You can find the mama mug right HERE in the shop. The mug is a part of our spring line, full fun floral details and products all designed to love and encourage YOU! I hope you will take a peek, and can’t wait to see these mama mugs in your homes. Here’s to all you mamas out there!

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My Market Display Set-Up

I frequently talk about products in my shop and what has inspired me to make them. Many of you know I sell paper goods online through Etsy, but I also sell them in person at market events throughout the year such as Bench Made and Love, The Locals. Creating a display that is attractive, showcases my product well, and allows customers to view products is very important to me. So, today let's chat about my current set-up and why I did things the way I did. 

Coming up with a display set-up has been ever evolving for me. As I add more products I need to rethink how items are display, what is using my space wisely, and how my set-up communicates to customers. This year I re-worked a couple things that were not utilizing space effectively, and ended up using an L-shaped display pictured below. 

Machelle Kolbo Design Studio Set-Up 

Machelle Kolbo Design Studio Set-Up 

Stackable Wooden Hexagon Display // Machelle Kolbo Design Studio

Stackable Wooden Hexagon Display // Machelle Kolbo Design Studio

One of my FAVORITE new things is this stackable hexagon wall. I had to twist my husbands arm quite a bit to make it, but it turned out great! Part of my logo is comprised of a hexagon, so it was only fitting to extend this shape to a part of my display. The hexagons allow the display to expand vertically and showcase prints and products. I also wanted to create a statement, and hope this wall of hexagons does the trick. 

Machelle Kolbo Design Studio Stackable Hexagon Wall Display

Machelle Kolbo Design Studio Stackable Hexagon Wall Display

Another one of my favorite pieces is this pegboard display board (below). I wanted something that could house cards, prints, journals or whatever paper products my heart desires. We used these wooden spice racks from IKEA, and stained them darker. To make them functional we mounted them on to pegboard, but can adjust their placement when we need. I love how I can adjust this display should the need arise, and clearly display various products.

Machelle Kolbo Design Studio Pegboard Card Display

Machelle Kolbo Design Studio Pegboard Card Display

Machelle Kolbo Design Studio Wooden Shelf Display

Machelle Kolbo Design Studio Wooden Shelf Display

Last, but not least I have this handy little shelf. This shelf is also adaptable to display what I need. It easily holds cards and journals and adds warmth and character to my display. This shelf has been with me since the start of doing market events and it holds a special place in my heart. 

I certainly hope this can inspire other makers in their pursuit of creating a market display. Enjoy!

 

The Story Behind The 'Beloved' Print

Words have a way of working their way into our hearts + minds - for better or worse. I know frequently it is the negative words, the comparison, and the doubts that are the loudest. So, as I was intentionally creating new designs for this year I sought to find words that could combat that negativity. 

The word that spoke the loudest was 'beloved'. The word beloved shows up frequently in scripture, and means 'dearly loved' or a 'much loved person'. I knew that this word needed a place in hearts and homes. 

For me personally I want this word to be a daily reminder that I am loved. I'm a worrier and so frequently my worries are talking the loudest. So when I need to be reminded that I am so much more than what I do, this word and its powerful meaning come to mind. 

The Beloved Print // Find it here mkolbodesignstudio.etsy.com

The Beloved Print // Find it here mkolbodesignstudio.etsy.com

Friend, I made this print for you. To remind you that you are dearly loved, precious, adored, treasured and admired. So, when you don't feel like enough, or feel defeated by comparison, when worry is weighing you down, or are having a plain crummy day - remember you are beloved. 

This is such a beautiful reminder for the walls of your home. I hope this design can love and encourage you today. Make it a great one friends!