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July Newsletter: Loyalty Program

July Newsletter: Loyalty Program

Have you signed up for our Star Points loyalty program yet? It takes less than 5 minutes to sign up for our loyalty program and start earning "Star Points" that can be redeemed for future purchases. 

It is a simple as 1 - 2 - 3!

1. Visit lelunastar.com

2.  Look for the purple rewards box at the bottom of the page. It's a purple rectangle with a white star.

3. Enter your information and confirm your account.

You'll earn points just signing up for the program, following us on Instagram and Facebook (this needs to be done through this program) and by shopping with us online or at our local events. 

Once you earn 500 points (or spend $50 with us) you'll receive a $5 off coupon. Since you earn 200 points just by signing up, you'll be earning those coupons in no time!

If you signup using the same email address that you entered when ordering, your loyalty program account will be credited with past purchases. If you have any questions or are having any problems signing up, please contact us at info@lelunastar.com and we will be glad to help.

January 2021 Leluna Star Update

January 2021 Leluna Star Update

It's a new year. Time to look back and plan ahead. 

2020 was a year for...well, let's hope for the memory books. Right as I was planning on starting my always busy Spring market season, everything shut down - events cancelled - and the future of my small business was put into question. 

Thankfully, I was in a position to put my years of sewing experience and my collection of fabrics to good use and began make cotton face masks for those that needed them and for the public. When things were so uncertain, having control over something helped me out a lot...as did knowing that I was providing a service for my community. 

As the rest of the year went by, it was obvious that I (personally) would not be doing any in-person events for the rest of 2020, so it was time to focus even more on my website and online sales. The writing was on the wall: 2020 was going to be the year of online shopping. 

Which, in all honesty, pushed me to do what I've been needing to do for awhile. It was time to clean up and clean out my website. But how do you choose what stays and what goes? I love making all the things. Reality check though...not possible. I will probably always be available to make all the things that I have made in the past...but the website (and my business) needs some streamlining.

In addition, and even more importantly, I need to get back to creating what brings me joy because when I do that...it is obvious in my work and to my customers...new and the always loyal customers. 

That being said...2021 is going to bring more change to my small business than any other year has. The website will be getting revamped and there will be a large number of products that I will no longer be offering. Any of those items that I still have in inventory are now part of our Winter Sale and can be found in the Closeout Sale section of the website and once they are gone...that's all folks! 

What's coming?  More of the things that I love making...but so many new things that I can't wait to share with you. January will be a month of cleaning up but also of creating. So so so much creating!!

Here's to starting off a new year on a fun note!

Gift Guide: Imaginative Play

Gift Guide: Imaginative Play

Imaginative Play...It's a kind of open-ended, unstructured play, with no rules, goals, or result – except that kids learn a lot along the way. That's what we encourage at Leluna Star and the motivating factor behind everything we make: Foster creativity. Spark Imagination.

This gift guide is focus on three collections that do just that: Felt Dress Up Masks, Pretend Play Sets and Crowns and Wands

Felt Dress Up Masks
We have been making our Dress Up Masks for years and my daughter has been wearing hers for just as long. There is something special watching a child "become" a character that they have seen in their favorite movie or TV show. They bring them to life as they act out their adventures. Most of our felt masks are available in Small and Large sizes, with the large size fitting big kids and adults. 

Felt Mask    Felt Mask

Felt Mask

Pretend Play Sets
When I started making these Pretend Play Sets a few years ago, I made them primarily for my daughter to use. She was always looking for more "accessories" to use when she pretended to be a waitress or chef or doctor. Now one of her favorite things to do is to record a video of her "unboxing" new playsets as I finishing stitching them out. 

  
There are thousands of dress-up clothes out there, but finding quality accessories isn't easy. My daughter is now 7 and we have been through lots of dresses and costumes that last a year or two before they are outgrown or falling apart from hours of play. However, the crowns and wands that I've made her are still being worn and played with years later. We have princess crowns, pirate hats, and even bad guy/girl accessories...because someone has to play the bad guy, right?  

Gift Guide: Where I Like to Shop

Gift Guide: Where I Like to Shop
As you shop over the next few weeks, I will always encourage you to support small businesses. Why? Small businesses are the foundation to our communities. It's been proven that small businesses are more likely to support more small businesses. 

Here are some of my favorite small businesses to support and why:

Pretty Clever Words
As many of you know, Laura with Pretty Clever Words is one of my partners in business and a true motivating factor in my life. Her motto that "Words Matter" is evident in her work, art and life. If you are looking for unique gifts that inspire and motivate, please visit her page at prettycleverwords.com.

Years ago, I met Mike with Mike D's BBQ at a local market and probably scared him to death with the amount of chatting him up I did. Over the years, he has become another one of my partners in business and an accountability partner that keeps me focused during the crazy times. It has been a true honor to be a part of the journey to watch his business grow and watch him reach huge goals that he set for himself. If you haven't already, get you some of his award winning sauces and rubs today!

I love a good pen and this year I treated myself to a beautiful pen from Wallton Craftworks. This is another small business that I met at a local market and have admired their work for awhile. These pens would make a wonderful gift for anyone that appreciates taking the time to handwrite something special. 

I don't wear much jewelry...but give me a set of big earrings any.day.of.the.week!  Any time that I wear any earrings from Adornments by Anousone, I get compliments! So treat yo'self!




If you know anything about me, you know that I like to eat. I also love cheese. Pour some of Cottage Lane Kitchen's pepper relish over some cream cheese and you have a simple appetizer....that I will eat all of, if you let me! I met Samantha with Cottage Lane Kitchen at a local market and have always admired her positivity and attitude to get things done and how she supports her fellow small business owners.
If you are looking for even more small business owners to support, please visit The Traveling Tent (online or follow on Facebook). Laura with Pretty Clever Words and myself have been working to curate gift guides highlighting small business owners that could all use your support now and all year round.

Adventure Awaits: Creating a shared bedroom

Adventure Awaits: Creating a shared bedroom

Before life officially gets crazy(-er), I wanted to sit down and put together this blog post about the changes we made to our daughter's room as we get ready for the arrival of her baby brother. 

BEFORE:

AFTER:

There were two main goals in this redo: Create a space that will grow with both of them for a few years because we can not be doing this every other year...and create better storage spaces in their room, without taking up too much space for play!

Of course, the thing that was taking up the most space in her room was her bed. She had a full sized bed before the redecorating began and it took up so much space! I mean, she LOVED her big bed...but hello, we needed more floor space. 

The first thing we decided on was a bunk bed was in her future. To begin with, once the baby transitions out of his toddler bed, they'll still be sharing a room and it's a great solution. We went with the Ikea Mydal bunk bed frame (I've included links to as many items as possible at the end of this blog post) and painted it white. We purchased mattresses from Ikea as well. Her duvet cover set was from Amazon and I had just purchased it for her full sized bed, so I ended up cutting it in half and sewing it into 2 twin sized comforters. It's two-sided and really adorable.

The crib was from Ikea and I am a minimalist when it comes to cribs. Safe and comfortable are my only requirements. The Gulliver crib was exactly that. It transitions into a toddler bed, so we will get plenty of use out of it over the next few years.

 

I've made a few crib sheets for the crib but came across this sheet from Target in their clearance section and just had to grab it! Plus, you can't have too many crib sheets in my opinion. 

 

 

Of course, with making sure those two large pieces of furniture fit where they needed to, that didn't leave me with much room for a dresser. I looked everywhere and ended up coming back to Ikea again. I chose the Dyfjord dresser in white and changed up the hardware for a more modern feel. I knew I would be using it as a changing table as well for a while and this was the perfect height for me, perfect width for the space and the right amount of storage. 

Speaking of storage, give me organized dressers every day of the week. Seriously. I have used these Skubb boxes from Ikea for years and grabbed another set for the kid's dresser and closet. They are really great for socks, baby onesies, underwear and more!

Books. Books. And more books. 

This kiddo has more books than she has clothing....and I'm completely okay with that. We have read to her every single night she has been alive (unless of course she has fallen asleep before we get to it) so she has a large collection of books. 

 

Our awesome friend Bruce, created this custom window seat for us that has so much storage. Besides the two sections for her books, underneath the window seat cushion there is a hidden compartment for stuffed animals and dolls. Again, I was determined to not let an inch of space in this room to go unused. 

The window seat cushion and pillows were all sewn by me and I knew that I wanted to go with a monochromatic color scheme with pops of color throughout the room. 

 

 

Maddie has some "special books" that I wanted to find a place where they would be protected from a little brother and this space behind the door was a perfect fit for a DIY bookshelf project. I used this tutorial on Pinterest, but there are a ton out there.

I went back and forth with doing a large mural on this wall, but I also knew that my painting skills are limited, so I went with these stars from Wordy Bird Studios on Etsy and I am so happy that I did. I choose the Gold color and they are a muted gold color, so it is just enough shimmer when the sun hits them without being "too much".

The cloud lights are from Ikea and are a soft glow nightlight effect. The "cloud bookshelves" are another DIY project that I created. We used spice racks from Ikea that were used as small bookshelves when Maddie was younger and used some scrap plywood to cut out clouds. Some small finishing nails and a coat of white paint - done!

Speaking of paint - I had these two colors picked out for awhile after a random trip to Lowes one day. White Pepper (4001-1A) and Opal Slate (4001-1C) were the two colors used in this room. 

 

 

One of the sweetest things in this room, other than my babies of course, is this custom canvas from my dear friend at Pretty Clever Words. Every night we put Maddie to bed, as we are walking out of her room we say "Hey Maddie...I love you..." and then she rushes to say "I love you to the moon, the stars, the sun, and all the way back to all the planets again." ... and we say back, "I love you just like that."

I can't remember when she started saying it but it is seriously my favorite part of the day. If I have had a bad day or things are just going so wrong - her sweet little voice puts a smile on my face every time.

The moment I realized that we would be redecorating this room, this piece of artwork was one of the first things on my list and Lulu at Pretty Clever Words knew exactly what to create. It's difficult to see in the above photo, but it looks like the night sky and Maddie loves it too!

 

The one corner of the room that will probably get the most use - the changing table. With Maddie we used a dresser top as well and it worked great. It was the perfect height for me and once they are out of diapers - boom - back to a regular dresser. 

I created the baby mobile myself, as well as the changing pad cover (it matches the other crib sheets not pictured). The Dr. Seuss inspired artwork is from Home Goods. 

 

Will you look at this sweetness? Maddie is obsessed with stuffed animals. Seriously, she names each one, remembers where she bought it or who gave it to her, sleeps and plays with them all the time....seriously obsessed. She was on the hunt for the perfect stuffie for her baby brother for months. I offered some options that I thought were pretty cute...nope. Not good enough. 

Then one night I was updating our baby registry through the Target app and she was looking over my shoulder (adding her two cents) and she saw this stuffed animal set: A bigger bunny in a superhero cape holding a smaller bunny - both with their superhero masks on - ready for their next adventure. I mean, it was a done deal. 

The other thing that stays by her side every night is her "blankie" that a friend handmade for her. Besides his own stuffed animal (because let's be honest - she may not share any of her animals with her baby brother) - he needed his own blanket. We went to Joann's, she picked out the fabric, helped me cut it out and pinned it, sat on my lap as we sewed it - and it makes me so happy every time I look at it. 

So there you go!! All we need is to bring little man home and the room will officially be "complete". 

 

Links to Items:

Ikea Mydal Bunk Bed
Duvet Set
Ikea Gulliver Crib 
Ikea Dyfjord Dresser
Ikea Skubb boxes
Baby Mobile: Custom design by Leluna Star
Window Seat Cushion: Custom design by Leluna Star
Window Seat Pillows: Custom design by Leluna Star
Gold Stars Wall Decals by Wordy Bird Studios on Etsy
Ikea Dromsyn cloud wall lamp
Ikea Bekvam spice rack (used for cloud bookshelves)
Custom artwork by Pretty Clever Words

2018 is here and so are some big changes for Leluna Star!

2018 is here and so are some big changes for Leluna Star!

Well, another year has come and gone (way too fast, in my opinion) and I have spent the last week or so reflecting on what an amazing year it has been! I have met some amazing people, customers, vendors and organizers this past year - all of whom have encouraged me and motivated me to keep doing what I love.

So about those changes to come in 2018:

  • Monthly Blog and Newsletter: At the beginning of each month, I'll be putting together a monthly blog and newsletter. Both will contain my upcoming events and markets as well as a "What's New" section that will detail the items that I have added to my website in the past month. Any special discount codes will only be in the Newsletter, which you can sign up for on any page on my website (scroll to the bottom).
  • Fab Friday: All new weekly releases will be released at 3pm every Friday and announced on our Instagram and Facebook pages. You will be able to use the "FABFRIDAY15" discount code to save 15% on this collection of items. As always, the collection is updated every Friday.
  • Craft Fairs and Pop Up Markets: I participated in a lot of markets last year (just ask my husband) and while I love doing them, I will be doing less monthly shows. Spending my weekends with my family is crucial to me and I will be focusing more on my online presence (more about that next). So, be sure to check out the Event Calendar for where I will be every month. Additionally, I will be bringing less of "everything" with me to these local markets (again my husband thanks me). I spend so much time packaging product for these events that I have decided to cut down on that time and focus more on making new product, adding it to the website and selling it that way. As always, if you would like to order something from me and pick it up at one of my events, you can use the code PICKUPORDER on my website to remove all shipping costs and I will contact you to make arrangements.
  • Website Changes: After speaking to customers at my events as to how they shop through my website, I'll be making some changes to the website to make it easier to navigate and find what you are looking for. Those changes will be taking place throughout the month of January - so please be patient with me as I make those adjustments. I always love hearing from my customers, so please contact me if you have any suggestions.

Every new year means a fresh start and I'm excited about what this year is going to bring Leluna Star. Cheers to growth, excitement and happiness!!

We are packing our bags and hitting the road in October!

We are packing our bags and hitting the road in October!

We have 2 big events in October and can't wait to see you at them. 

 The Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is event is October 19th and October 20th in Raleigh at the North Hills Club. Admission is only $5 and with that $5 admission you get a ticket for a door prize drawing of your choice. You may purchase additional $5 tickets for more chances to win! A portion of all $5 proceeds will go to #teamchriscombs to help #strikeoutALS. What better reason to come and shop!? No matter how many times you come to shop there is only a one time $5 charge to get in!

 

  

It is our first time at the NC Oyster Festival but this year marks the 37th Annual NC Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. What started as a simple oyster roast in the late 1970s has now become one of the largest oyster festivals in the country. Always the third weekend in October, the NC Oyster Festival draws 30,000 people each year to shuck, shag, shop and of course, eat!

Festival goers enjoy live music all weekend from popular regional bands. On Sunday, we welcome GOOD CHOICE KITCHEN featuring Evonne Hardy as she does a live cooking segment featuring oysters.

Showcasing over 150 vendors, attendees can shop for unique and exclusive items including this year’s Local Lane attraction featuring local boutique businesses with product giveaways each day.

Rounding out the festivities are the annual oyster eating, shucking, stew and shag contests. 

Read more at Travel South Mag.

 

COMING IN NOVEMBER...
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"If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you're a princess."

"If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you're a princess."

A girl that kicks butt and takes names? Yes, please!

The Island Princess group may be one of my personal favorite of our "Once Upon a Time" summer theme. The Island Princess finger puppet set would make wonderful decorations fora cake or even as party favors.

 

Along the same lines, our Island Princess Masks are ready for anyone this is ready for a fun day of dress-up and imagination play.

 

Speaking of dress-up, our Crowns and Wands and Felties are one of our favorite things to make but the Island Princess versions are something special. Made from multiple colors of wool felt, they are made for hours and hours of play.

 

This group closes out with a sweet Crayon Holder and Dress Up Doll!

 

"I'm tired. I'm hungry. My tail's froze. My nose is froze. My ears are froze. My toes are froze."

"I'm tired. I'm hungry. My tail's froze. My nose is froze. My ears are froze. My toes are froze."

This group is small but full of cuteness!

Our Dalmatians finger puppet set has more cuteness than most with just a little bit of a bad guy in there!

 

Who will win the game? Bad Guy or Puppy Dog?

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

The simple times of childhood seem to fly by so fast. Always make time for long walks in the woods and a good book. 

 

This group for our "Once Upon a Summer" theme could very well be the picture of childhood. Sweet, lovable and adorable. Our finger puppet set is available with a Honey Pot bag, perfect for storing the puppets. 

 Our masks are a wonderful addition to any party, as are the stuffies or key chain for a gift. 

 

We also have our popular Tic Tac Toe Game with the cutest honey pot and beehive pieces!

 

Hope your day is super sweet!