Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday

We did it!  We had the biggest Small Business Saturday in our history of the event...we even broke our Grand Opening sales record of 2008...and that was quite an accomplishment!

As with every year, I include a free surprise gift with every in-store purchase $25 and above.  The gift is always something unique to the shop, i.e. it's never been sold in the shop previously and most importantly its handmade by me.  Sometimes I fall short of the handmade options based on time and my health...but in one week's time, I squeaked out this pretty new primitive flour sack towel with one of my popular old stand-by designs.

I have to admit American Express made this year's merchant loot extra sweet...super nice canvas totes, buttons and stickers (which the kids loved!)

Thank you to all that supported us today, we really felt the local love!  Online, you can join in through Cyber Monday in my Etsy shop and save 15% -- just use CYBER15 at checkout.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Louisiana State Vintage Style Souvenir Towel

It's here!  My new Louisiana towel!  Lots and lots of people having been clamoring for a vintage style Louisiana souvenir towel in my shop.  And for a few years now, I've not been able to find a suitable choice through other vendors or through my own designs.  Then, stored in the attic...I find this adorable head scarf from the 1960's in my grandmother's things.

It was perfect and I got to work semi-quickly on cleaning the image up and readying it for transfer through the emulsion process.  I had some quality control issues that perhaps on a second run we can broaden the image back to its full glory...but the towel, a bit too stinkin' cute!

Currently these are available in my brick and mortar and online on Etsy.  This is a small run currently and I hope, if received well, I will stock it year round in the coming months...but why not just grab it it while the grabbins' good!

Also, My Don't Make Me Go All Cajun on You towel has been restocked too and makes a nice companion towel to the new Louisiana design.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Featured Friday Fabric - Hometown Special

Today's offering are two new Robert Kaufman prints...two that seem to be a perfect fit for my hometown of Ponchatoula, LA.
First up is this fun strawberry print, Metro Market, designed by Margaret Berg.  It's the state fruit of Louisiana and we celebrate it in town in a big way with a Strawberry Festival.  It sells by the yard and is available for purchase here.
And in honor of our town mascot (why yes, we do have an alligator as our mascot and he lives right in the center of town), is this adorable print from Ann Kelle, Urban Zoologie.  Snap it up here.

Oh, by the way, I've joined the Goody Goody Giftswap this year...a fun Secret Santa type gift swap for creatives and other independent shops.  Check it out and maybe you'll get moi!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do Over...

Today is my do-over day from yesterday; which from the start was one fiasco to another.  I've never done this before but I actually just turned off the lights at the shop and locked the door around 2pm and didn't look back.  Call it a mental health day...a hot bath, lavender chamomile tea and lots and lots of rest has put me back in fighting form!

This week I am focusing on putting some of our new Louisiana-made and Regionally based products online:

Re: Garlicky Vinaigrette is quickly becoming one my fast favorites.  It's a dressing, It's a's good!  (also gluten free, if that's an issue for you)  Seriously, we brought a bottle to Houston for our friends to try and we nearly went through the whole bottle in two days!  It was conceived by two BFFs and produced in small batches in the kitchens at LSU in Baton Rouge. They also make a New Orleans style crouton that I can't even put on the website because we sell out too fast (ok we eat a good share of them too).

Made in Jackson, MS (just a short 2-1/2 drive from the shop) is the exquisite letterpress prints from Thimblepress featuring the state flower within the shape of the state.  Each print measures 11" x 14", signed by the artist, and includes a package of wildflower seeds.  I'm hoping this will be a real keepsake gift at the shop for 2014.

And here is a work in progress from me (shall we say a soon to be Louisiana made product):
Found in my attic, dating to the the 1960's if I could guess, is this adorable silk-screened head scarf.  I've already cleaned up the image and edited step is to burn it on the screen and print.  I plan to produce a new towel but I may do a few tank tops and totes.  Fingers crossed that this happens this weekend!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm Sew Fancy...

As promised, I received a nice little shipment of Cavallini papers and stamps last week and I think most items are listed by now.  My favorite, though...out of everything is this brand new vintage decorative paper wrap featuring all sorts of good and great sewing ephemera!
Perfect to hang in a craft nook, line a sewing box, or wrap a gift for a sewing sista!  Anyway, as you can tell...I am pretty biased about this one.

more to come next post!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

There's a Sparkle!

With less than 60 days until that even right?  I've been pulling out stashes of holiday goods I've squirreled away all year long.
I know there are lots of people that complain when stores put Christmas out before Thanksgiving - sorry (but not sorry!).  It may still be 75 degrees here in Louisiana, but people still want first pick of our Christmas stock.  Give the people what they want!
Already, I have almost sold completely out of my silk-screened Merry Christmas Y'all holiday towel.  You could of knocked me over with a feather when I checked inventory after the weekend; more blanks are being expedited as I write!
Tinsel ribbon is back, now in gold!  Sadly, silver has been most popular and only one remains in stock (not listed online, in store only)
Another new product, German Glitter silver; no other color available yet.  I think this is new for my vendor as well as my shop.  It's lovely and I just can't wait to have a minute to play with it!
And though I never seem to find the time to cross stitch anymore, for those of you with better time management skills than moi...let me remind you about my Holly Fleur de Lis Cross Stitch Pattern.  It stitches quick but if you are making multiple gifts...better get started.  It's still $3.95 and an instant download on either Etsy or Craftsy.

Next week I should have an update on our stock of Cavallini paper posters (some brand new ones just arrived!), paper tape, and stamps...harroo!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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