Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Drumroll please...

...introducing my new Etsy shop, Beacon Hill! Look over to the side, you'll see the goods right there. I am so excited for this new (big) development in my presence on Etsy. I have sooo wanted to create goods for children but I have felt like they just don't jive with the rest of my shop. I imagined someone scrolling down the page, perusing each item, seeing a neckwarmer, a knitting pattern, a tote bag, a table runner, and... a bib??? Or a baby blanket? Nah, it didn't fit. So the time was right to start this new venture and let it be devoted solely to handmade goods for the modern child.

My plan is to operate both shops simultaneously, in order to keep the goods and identity focused. Everyone says having 2 shops is really like keeping track of 4! I can kind of see why...it's a lot to plan (ordering materials, keeping up on production, photos, listing, promotion) when two shops are involved. But, I'm up for the challenge. Bring it on!

A special thanks (more like a huge SHOUT OUT) to the AWESOME Jen Stuart of Studio 71 Design, who worked so hard to produce the amazing graphics for Beacon Hill! She totally came through for me and I love, love, love the look. Thanks, Jen!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fall goodness.

Chilly evening air + yellowed leaves stuck to bare, cold feet + roasted marshmallows + gooey chocolate + graham crackers + sticky fingers and messy mouths = so, so good. Welcome, Fall.

The Drawing Room and corduroy messenger.

A custom design. Thanks for modeling, Angela! Enjoy!
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

TV love

...or should I say DVR love? Because really, I would never get to watch any shows I enjoy if it weren't for my DVR. Having said that, I'm sooo looking forward to a few of my favorites, back this fall! Like tonight, I got to watch this and it totally makes me laugh out loud! Kirk gets a little annoyed with me by the end of watching any of these, because of my constant chuckling. Yet tonight, I must say I was a little touched by the engagement. Why? Well, because it took place in a setting of public transportation. (Who cares, right?) It's just that I have a special place in my heart for proposals (real or make believe, doesn't matter) that happen amongst cars/planes/trains/subways etc. because this is where I got engaged. But, I digress.

Anyhoo, back to tv... After a little of the above mentioned show, we watched another episode of this (is it perverse of me to thoroughly enjoy all of the swearing?). And tomorrow night I'll get to see my favorite show (DVR'd tonight - is that even a verb?) I love it! Can't wait to see how this season will unfold. Makes me want to travel the world, you know?

OK, it's late and my book is calling. Major shop updates soon, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Some random bits.

First, I admitted to my group in MOPS today that my family is insisting I am turning into my great-grandmothers. Now, I don't think that's a bad thing, and neither do they really. It's just my recent foray into, say, pickle-making, or jam-making (yes, bread is on the horizon as well) that has them suspicious that there is a little-old-lady lurking within me.

Instead of taking it as an insult (because I am a modern woman, after all), I am embracing that inner old-lady and I am going to make a quilt. Many of you know that quilt-making is actually not that "old lady" as it used to be perceived. Many young, hip women (ahem) have taken up the craft and are putting their own sophisticated, modern spin into it. Enter Denyse Schmidt. A leading artist in the quilting world, she has this amazing book which to me is really eye candy. I just flip from page to page and my heart flutters at the colors and design of it all. Everything is slightly askew. There are no true right angles. Clean lines and simple design (isn't that in my shop mantra?). So, here is a look at some of the fabrics for my project. Oh, and they are from Denyse's awesome "Katie Jump Rope" line.As I was taking this photo yesterday, it also dawned on me how not too long ago I had a perfectly clean and lovely dining room table. Alas, no more. Please enjoy the view in all of it's cluttered, imperfect glory. (And that giant roll of paper? That has my quilt pattern, ready to be cut and made into templates).Of course, I had to shove the roll of paper off to one side when the mail came. Oh, how I love it when I get an envelope full of possibilities in the mail.And finally, after coming to terms with the disaster that is the dining room table, I trooped into the kitchen to take some product shots for this. I thought I'd show an unedited shot, so you can actually see how with a little cropping you can take a goofball-looking photo into something that is at least presentable for the masses. In particular, don't you love my photo assistant in the lower right corner? Usually she's on the phone and taking notes (as all good assistants do) but here she decided she needed a little break, apparently.