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Small Business “start-up” and social media… AAAAAHHHH!

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I just hired my 16 year old, career-“gamer”, son to be my social media marketing manager!  Because… YIKES… trying to turn a smalltime Etsy business into an actual small business that is worthy of a highly taxable LLC (*cough* that I never should have applied for *cough* didn’t do my research *cough* *choke* *die* *cough*) is a G.I.A.N.T. undertaking.  I have spent more hours on Pinterest than I care to admit researching social media marketing DIY. Pinterest used to be fun for me.  Pinterest used to be a time-suck, where I would fantasize about all of the fabulous things that I could totally do if I had the time, you know, if I wasn’t so busy scrolling and clicking Pin.  Now, I kinda dread Pinterest.  It’s like… work and shit.  Like going from really, really, really enjoying the rare-treat of Georgetown Cupcake and then working for Georgetown Cupcake at sub-entry level where you have to lick the beaters clean and by the end of day one, when you’ve licked your 100th beater, you vomit and vow to never eat another cupcake again.  Yeah, learning how to start a business on Pinterest is just like that, I imagine.*


Dear Georgetown Cupcake,
I would totally come lick your cupcake beaters for a day and vomit in your kitchen in exchange for a free dozen.  Contact me via Pinterest if you are in need of day labor.

Anywho, so learning the in’s and out’s of social media marketing is really, really, involved.  It is not as simple as “Hey, guess what I posted on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Linkedin, YouTube, etc… etc… etc…”.  There are optimal times stamps and photoshoots and social media content and blogs and online stores and building relationships and hosts and sharing and commenting on 5+ social media venues a day and they all have to be linked together.  And, yes, there are websites/apps that can post on your behalf to multiple social media venues, but you still have to create the posts and the visual media to go with them and schedule them. So basically those apps just make sure your posts hit social media at peak times, you know, in case you are napping bc you were up until 3:00 AM researching, creating content, and scheduling.  And, also, for you cheap-bastards like me out there, you have to pay monthly for these apps to post on your behalf to anything more than Twitter and Facebook.  The other 35,000+ social media venues are still dangling clouds over your head unless you cough up $15+/month.


So, yeah, like I said, my 16 year old son, who is on multiple social media venues all day long, anyway, like it’s his business… is now actually his business, which is actually my business, so….

Yes, I can see how this can go horribly, horribly wrong.

To be continued…

*full disclosure- I don’t really think anyone or a dog, as photoed, really licks the beaters at Georgetown Cupcake.  They are truly an impeccably clean and posh bakery that has the most amazing cupcakes.  All jokes aside, go buy two- one for you, one for me.

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Go on and VOTE! Blog-tastic Giveaway!

It’s Election Day!  Yay!  And after you choose our President and vote yes or no to same sex marriage or to allow casinos in PG county (if you live in Maryland), hop on over to Patching Hearts

where you can enter to win a free onesie (boy or girl choices sizes neborn-12 months)

Giveaway Personalized Girl Onesie

Boy Giveaway Personalized Onesie

or a pair of boots (infant/baby sizes 1-6)

Giveaway Boots

made by yours truly, here at EVmodernbaby!  You can enter a maximum of 8 different ways today and then continue to enter by commenting on Patching Hearts everyday to optimize your chances of winning.  Not only is Karen and awesome mother and great friend, but she is a talented mommy blogger, so be sure to “follow” her blog whether you enter the giveaway or not!  Have fun and I hope you win!

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Where I’m meant to be

Dear old free website,

Thank you for not abandoning me as I abandoned you!  I left you for someone very high-maintenance and have regretted it all along.  I am so glad that you welcomed me back with open arms and accepted all of my high-maintenance web content accept for the super cool store page and some awesome widgets and the fact that I think I see a lot of double posts that I think I’m going to have to spend a lot of time clearing up.  Booooo!  I hate love really love you free website.

Yours truly for eternity,


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Pinterest is the DIYer’s dream come true

Internet surfing got a whole lot easier when Pinterest came along.

Let’s face it, though they love to use the excuse, men aren’t alone in their tendency to be “visual” creatures by nature.  We all love pictures, visual aides, and a link for directions.  Recipes, crafting tutorials, color palette inspirations, style ideas, hair braiding tutorials, funny quotes, etc…  Pinterest has it all!  My latest obsession… free patterns for children and baby clothing, of course!  So, I’ve set myself a minimalistic goal (which may still be way too ambitious, considering that baby #4 is coming out whether she wants to or not this Wednesday… that’s the day after tomorrow… I just threw up in my mouth a little) I would like to try to complete one of these Pinterest inspiring patterns a month.

And for the month of March…. dun da da dun…..


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…and here is your first tutorial link!

Ahhh, so I noticed, in my “About” page, that I would offer tips and tricks for the beginning sewer.  Since I’m a beginner myself, I’ve noticed good help is hard to come by… except for the occasional tutorial on YouTube, but even then you have to have a pretty substantial background in sewing.  For instance, the most popular tutorial search that I make when I sew is “how to add a zipper”, but you have to know what type you want to do (lapped, invisible, centered, etc…) and you install zippers at the end of your project which makes it oh-so-tricky because if you screw it up… well, you’ve just screwed it all up.  Crap!

So, I thought the first tutorial link should be the easiest and most requested by mothers.










Shew… I know, I worked really hard on this post for you guys;)

Actually, I didn’t at all… in fact, I didn’t even make sure that the link to to tutorial worked.  Good grief!  Never fear, all is working perfectly well now!

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Welcome to evmodernbaby.com!  This is a brand new website that I’m designing with my wee little brain and a book called “WordPress for Dummies”.   If you were a subscriber or follower of http://www.ellecielvert.com please switch to this site, as ellecielvert.com will cease to exist on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.  Sorry to make the transfer difficult, but I felt as though evmodernbaby was easier to remember/spell than ellecielvert.  This website is also hosted, so I can do neat things with it, like install a “Products” page where you can view my current products and order them with a simple click of a button and pay directly through Paypal.  I’m so excited, I could pee my pants!  Be patient, my little grasshoppers, as it takes me an exuberant amount of time to learn web and css code.  Expect a lot of changes in this site’s appearance and the “Coming Soon!” products page.  I hope that everything will be in perfect running order by Dec. 31, 2010… just in time for the “Cutie Pie Contest” poll!

Once again, thank you for your continued support!!!

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Cutie Pie Contest – update

A new shipment of clothing is ready to be delivered to Europa in Cambridge, but will be delayed.  When my computers crashed, both within a month, they took my clothing tags with them.  All of my memory was lost and apparently, my tags and logo were not saved on the backup external drive.  Of course!!!  So, I’m having to revamp my logo and tags from scratch and it’s taking longer than anticipated.  Onwards and upwards, though!!!    Shipment should be available by the planned 2nd week of November date.

EV Cutie Pie Contest- 2010

I have received a few photos already and I’m so excited.  Please know that you are welcome to enter multiple photos of one child.  The only rule is that the child must be wearing a different Elleciel Vert item in each photo.  Votes will be tallied per photo and then totaled per child.

In addition, those who enter a professional quality photo will be eligible for a free gift.  That’s right, win, lose, or draw a professional photo is worthy of a free EV gift (stay-tuned for details)!  Please ask photographer to brand the photo (for their own advertisement) and to release the photo for use on this website.  If you or the photographer have any questions feel free to email me @ ellecielvert@gmail.com.

P.S.  EV’s version of baby boots (Ugg-style with an EV twist) coming soon!!!