Monday, November 29, 2010

My Stuff in a Store?

I was recently approached by a gal from The Franklin Shops and asked if I'd be interested in selling my products at her location.  I will admit, at first I was super excited!  To think, someone wants to sell my stuff in her store!  But then I realized that this particular store is a like a giant space for many little boutiquers.  You rent out a space- small, medium or large, and they take care of the staffing, the payment processing, the everything.  It is quite a neat little concept, and the shop really does look like it will be super cool.

The shops are scheduled to have their grand opening on December 17th, and I must say I have given it some serious consideration.  For a small price, I could have my accessories in a brand-new shop in downtown Fort Myers, opening right before the holidays and season.  Here is some press I found about the shops.  What do you think?

If nothing else, go take a gander when it opens!  I think it will be worth your while!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Keeping with my tradition, we picked out this bad boy on Black Friday:
And then on Saturday, I played Christmas music and decorated it! 

I even used some of my leftover bulbs to fill a vase (above) and a little fish tray (below).

By the way, the framed print you see here is a free download from Alisa Burke.  Happy decorating!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Project Desha Clutch

Working on a new project... a new line, if you will...

Here's a sneakety peak!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Knit Shine

Excited to say that my crafting adventures have extended into revisiting my short-lived stint with knitting.  Steph taught me in college, and I think I got about halfway through a scarf and gave up.  That is not at all unusual for me.  In fact, pretty much every one of my endeavors is a blast from the past: a tweaked, polished-up version of a trial in a previous life.

I am pleased to share the Festive Felted Garland tutorial from the Purl Bee:
Image from the Purl Bee

I would go ahead and commit to doing all of my holiday decorating with crafty items, but we all know I simply don't have the patience for that.  Maybe someday I will have that much time, but honestly I hope not (unless I'm being paid for it). 

I titled this post "knit shine," because I thought about how knitting can add a new element to my already past-my-current-abilities crafting repertoire.  I found some pretty sweet you tube knitting videos, so let the games begin.  I'll keep you posted on my progress, which until further notice will be little to none considering I still have three bridesmaid necklace and earring sets to make. 

A few other reasons why my progress is stalled:

  • I do, you know, have a completely separate full-time job as a banker.
  • Raph and I have been tirelessly waging a war against homeownership.  So far, we are losing.  There has been a lot of bloodshed.
  • I have been daydreaming about what to ask Santa for this year... can anyone say Emerson Made???  I am completely obsessed with anything and everything from this website:

  • What I really need is a sewing machine.  I tried to hint at my mother that perhaps her old, completely not-used-at-all, collecting dust machine could serve a better purpose in my house.  She either did not get the hint or graciously ignored me.  The latter is more likely true.
  • Thanksgiving is next week!  Should I cook something?  (Most of what I make doesn't turn out very well.  Breads, however, I am good at.  Banana nut bread?  Corny corn bread?  What shall it be?)  All I know is we will be going to a HOCKEY GAME the night before the big Turkey Day, and when you have hockey, what more do you need?
That's all for tonight, folks.  It is way past my bed time.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One space between sentences???

So depressed. I just found a post on How About Orange that references Typography for Lawyers, a site that claims only one space is necessary between sentences! In fact, he goes so far as to say that you should almost never use two! My typing life is over. I have been using two spaces for ages, even advising others that this is the correct method. So much for my journalism degree. Good thing I went into banking!

(I used only one space in the paragraph above. Practice makes perfect!)

Brain Overload

Oh, so many millions of things on the brain!  A glass of wine and a seat at the laptop...

1. Another sale for the store, desha.  And some new hearts!  Yay!  I have lots of new goodies to add, but no photos yet to upload.  AND this whole time-change ordeal is going to cut into my natural light... so I may need to study up on the use of artificial lighting for photography.  Right.  In all my spare time.
2. A project for bridesmaids... learning to do post earrings.  Will keep you posted on that one (no pun intended!!!).
3. The home-buying process.  Oh, the emotions run so high!  I think every person involved should go out for cocktails when it's all over.  A big party to say, "I hated you about two days ago, but now I love you because I have ___________ (insert "a new home!" "or "commission!" here).
4. On that note, still having daydreams about interior design... 

Image from Kemble Interiors
Celerie Kemble is my new favorite (obsessed with above bedroom), again thanks to my clients who introduced me to Global Guide.  It is really a publication that lists homes for sale nationally, ranging from $500,000 euros to millions and millions of dollars.  But each edition features different business people who impact the real estate industry in one way or another.  This month Celerie was in it, and I find her inspiring, as I did Tory Burch.  Of course, I am blond these days, so perhaps that is what I love most about them!
5. Nicole, is your wedding really this weekend?  Are we old now?  Currently trying to finagle some way to make it to the ceremonial rehearsal in Tampa at 6 and simultaneously allow Raph (the mechanic boyfriend) time to shower after fixing jets all day long.  Hmmm... will be tricky...  Maybe someday there will be showers in cars.  That wouldn't be more distracting than texting.

As you can see, I have a few things flowing flowing through the brain at the moment, not to mention that my condo is in need of some serious TLC.  I think now would be a good time to start on that (will be playing music loudly for motivation).  But before I do, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't share with you my latest jewelry inspiration:  Malene Birger.  She sells things in Danish krones.  At first I thought it all was outrageously overpriced, but then I figured out that a krone is about .19 US dollars.  Check out the "Queen of Fashion in Copenhagen," as MTV has dubbed her.

Happy shopping!