Thursday, January 15, 2015

Springtime Ready



Winter has barely started, and I have the full on winter blues. So, to combat that, I have been trying to fill my shop with springtime. Like this vase HERE. Are you all ready for spring as much as I am??

Monday, January 12, 2015

Houzz

I am very careful when expanding into selling on other websites. I want them to be user friendly to me as a seller, but I also want the customer to have a good experience as well. Currently, I sell on Etsy, Brika, Bourbon and Boots, Scoutmob, and now, I am a proud seller on Houzz.
Remodeling and Home Design
Houzz is a different kind of website. You will get what I mean the very second you click on it. I have been super impressed with the level of service by the employees of Houzz. I have been very happy as a seller on my current websites, and so far, it looks like that trend will continue with Houzz!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New in 2015

With 11 days left in 2014, I am looking forward to 2015. I have been working on my "what I would like to accomplish" list. One of them is to more regularly introduce new items into my shop.

I probably averaged 1 new item a month in 2014, if I were to guess, I know it felt mostly like I was skating by with re-circulating old stock.

And while, I wouldn't re-list items I no longer felt passionate about keeping in my shop; I do know that it is not smart business practice, and I wouldn't attract new customers, if I wasn't creating new work. So, I want to make that a priority as I move forward.


The vase above (HERE) is the first in my Farm Animal Series I am working on for 2015. I hope to have all of the animals completed and listed by the end of February.


I am breathing a sigh of relief that the holiday rush is over and I am going to enjoy the holidays with my family.


I wish you all Happy Holidays and Peace and Love in the New Year.


xo

Friday, December 5, 2014

Not nearly summer...but..

....I am already dreaming of it!

And obviously it is nearing Christmas, so I should NOT be feeling this way, but I can't help it. I am ready for flip flops and the sound of ocean waves.



This is especially strange coming from my mouth, as I do love Christmas: the traditions, being with friends and family. And tonight, we are taking the girls to see Rudolph onstage...I am excited about it...

but.. can we move the show to the beach?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Staycation

Bobby took this week off from work. The girls are out of school until December 8th, they are in year round school here, which is essentially 9 weeks in, 3 weeks out, throughout the entire year.

We had originally planned to take a vacation somewhere, but ultimately we decided on hanging out here, doing day trips, getting things done on the seemingly never-ending list we have for what needs to be done around the house.

Here we are at a State Park called Raven Rock.
What a place of beauty, a great hike, the perfect autumn outing.

And it has been a great week. I think we will be planning more staycations in our future!

There is no place like home!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween 2014



Allison was a witch this year, a la red shirt, skirt, tights, horn headband, and red hair paint. Emily was a witch - a costume we already owned from Allison wearing it 2 Halloweens ago, and black hair paint. Easy, peasy, and they loved it!

I hope your Halloween was great too!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Why.

I recently went to a small business seminar put together by an organization called Vend Raleigh . It was very informative to say the least. And I am still processing all of the information gained, and trying to implement them into my business.

One of the things discussed was the very personal reasons behind the why you have your business.
These are my why.

What actually started out as a happy accident when I decided one day, I want to make a vase! And then it turned out kinda neat - leading to months of experimenting better techniques - making it up as I went

It gave me a hobby, something to do when the girls were having naptime. And this whole entire creative side of me that I wasn't even entirely sure was there - well.. it was there!

And then came the little, very very little bit of extra money. My confidence growing - OTHER PEOPLE like this TOO!!

And the sheer love loooove of this artwork, of getting my hands dirty, of creating something beautiful that someone may want in their home -how cool! And my kids saw that and they love this about their Mom. They say I am an artist. And even though I am still working on calling myself that, when I hear them say it, I get chills.

And I know, without any shadow of a doubt, that if I didn't have the full and unending support of my husband, that I could not be doing this.

Here we are a few weeks ago:


My family is my Why.