Thursday, April 23, 2015

Due Date...

Two days before my actual due date, we got the call from the NICU to "room in" with our son.  It had been a typical Saturday at the shop until that call - we closed as quick as we could, car seat in one hand and diaper bag in the other, we sprinted to those NICU double doors.  We still are waiting on our little girl to complete our family, but this little guy is giving us lots of practice and has already worked with me two days at the shop.
I also committed to a fuchsia while navigating being a new mom.  They notoriously do poorly in our hot Louisiana...but its so pretty.
That same morning, I bought the fuchsia...then got the call, I fortuitously saw this beautiful painted bunting.  The first time I saw one, last year, I was deciding that I wanted to be a mom.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/230883843/four-footed-lover-rabbit-aged-decorative?ref=shop_home_active_5
So work with a newborn is still happening, but at a much slower pace and that's ok.  This is one of the new pretty aged papers I received last week.  I've only photographed and listed this one and that seemed to be a pretty huge achievement for the week.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/230877195/vintage-round-ruched-pillow-in-red?ref=shop_home_active_6

https://www.etsy.com/listing/230877195/vintage-round-ruched-pillow-in-red?ref=shop_home_active_6
And this lovely vintage ruched red floral pillow; perhaps one of my last thrifting finds for awhile.
a ceramic hen on nest.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/226590078/vintage-multi-color-check-retro-fabric?ref=shop_home_active_4
and this fun vintage fabric -- I have yards available and not a clue (nor time) to figure out what to do with it, so it's listed until I have a purpose and I may pull it (grab it quick!)


--Lisa

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Friday, April 17, 2015

April Showers...

Today is the first day all week that we've had a bit of a break from an onslaught of heavy rains or April showers.  And you know what they say...April showers brings May flowers (at this point, perhaps an ark, too).  Let's hope this is true because we just opened a beautiful new line of heirloom seeds in our shop.
This this is why I love what I do.  Sometime in 2013 when we traveled to the Atlanta market, we took a side trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  In their well-curated gift shop, I found Hudson Valley Seeds.  I bought a package, one of their Art Packs - a commission design enveloping their lovely seeds.  Funny that I went all the way to market and found this gem elsewhere.  
Of course its two years later...life happens.  But the idea of little package stayed with me and I even bought some seeds from their retail site.  This year I convinced myself that perhaps its not just me; that maybe my customers would be enamored with these seeds too. 
So here we are!  Hudson Valley Seed Library allowed me to custom my order to seeds just right for my area and I should say -- I picked many easy to grow varieties for the budding gardener.  Nasturtiums, zinnias, sunflowers (staples of my garden always) and organic herbs which includes a nice basil medley, oregano, and catnip (cat lady representin').
I've kept back a few packs and through the raindrops, I've been directly sowing them to bring on those May flowers and test what I do indeed like.  In the shop, its already been immensely fun as I love talking about these little seeds.  I just had a conversation with an eight year old today about Milkweed and the benefits to our monarch population.  She was sold!  I've also listed these on our website, take look yourself and see what you can sow!

some pictures in this post are courtesy of Hudson Valley Seed Library

--Lisa

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New around here...

Come and gone was this weekend's Strawberry Festival...a mix of tourists drunk on strawberry daiquiris, hipsters from New Orleans buying armloads of strawberry flats, and wide-eyed children dragging their parents one-armed to the carnival rides.
We hang back.  Hoping people are nice and they don't barf in our planters.  By that account, this year was a success!
Our dear friend, Mary, opened her very own shop next door to us Saturday during the festival.  This cowgirl was one of her first customers...oh she was something else!
I was a bit more focused on this crowd.  Every year in front of my store, Southeastern lubber grasshoppers hatch.  They become huge, ominous black looking things...but they eat mosquitoes and that alone is one great reason to encourage them.  The bebes are miniature versions of their future adult selves...and with anything miniature, I'm always in wonderment.  They all hopped into the plants away from the constant procession of street feet, gobs of them...and not a soul noticed even with the throngs of people pushing down the street to the festival.
And a couple new introductions in the shop before the Fest.  I found through Etsy Wholesale a new soap line: Three Sisters Cauldron.  I absolutely love the packaging and it smells wonderful...I'm ready for some product testing STAT!  I'll be adding these pretties to the bath section of our main website very soon.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/229208251/fleur-de-lis-vintage-style-hunter-green?ref=shop_home_active_8
Also, new...a green checked prim style towel that I silk-screened with a simplified fleur de lis.  I really adore these towels I've been using (see my primitive ticking stripe towels).  They are super thick and launder so nicely.
Now the rain is washing over us for a few days; April showers, right?  But it's brought in this bright blue guy...an indigo bunting.  Always a thrill to see them and this year they are playing in the rain puddles non-stop.  So, while they have fun in the drops, I'll carry on inside where it's dry and there's plenty to do.
 
--Lisa

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