Thursday, January 28, 2016

Between Holidays...

In South Louisiana, we're lucky (for many reasons) but if for none other...Mardi Gras.  Or in retail, for me, its the bridge between Christmas and Easter and a lot of fun to plan displays, research products and even design a few of my own.
This year Mardi Gras is early, February 9th.  It's a quicker season than we like but we try to remember to carry the spirit with us throughout the year.
I was fortunate to sell out of this towel before Christmas and get blanks back in time to screenprint another run to hopefully last us through Mardi Gras.  This is my "Live Everyday Like Fat Tuesday" linen towel.  This year I revised my popular towel to be a "double print" in that I screen it twice to reflect two colors.  It's harder (I admit, I've never tried it before) and I was quite nervous I'd never get the prints to line up but it all came together...luckily!
I also sell this design through Cafepress, which is available on most anything they print...including dog tees!  Yes!  And new this year...
is my Mardi Gras Hair Don't Care design, again at Cafepress.  Most often they offer coupons when you click on the site and currently they are offering 20% OFF with code XOXO20 at checkout!
I also have a Mardi Gras based design in my newest Spoonflower collection, Louisiana State of Mind. 

I'm still developing a few ideas for the next season; Mardi Gras is such a niche market but its one that the people who have been touched by Louisiana and New Orleans never forget.  I love getting warm messages from all over the United States from a former Louisianian that treasures something I source or have made.  Home sweet home, y'all!

Featured in this post:
  • Fleur de Lis Mardi Gras Ornament with fine glitter - at Nest Interiors
  • Live Everyday Like Fat Tuesday towel - at Etsy or Nest Interiors 
  • Mardi Gras theme T-shirts (plus more) - at Cafepress
  • Louisiana State of Mind Fabric in Mardi Gras colorway - at Spoonflower 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Revelations & Celebrations...

Happy New Year! Between the intensity of running the retail store and online shops, plus my twins very first Christmas, I took some time away from the blog to focus where needed.  No resolutions this year either, I'm discovering revelations about myself instead...I'm really trying to delve into the good stuff and the bad stuff.  One thing for sure, my year 2016 mantra is to not always be working. Sounds funny - but until you run your own business, you can't understand how hard it is to shift from always being ON.
We started the year with a family vacation, to the beach - in January (freezing) but the perfect time to think to yourself in an amazing and serene landscape.  I highly recommend the Little Pearl Cottage in Grayton Beach - pet and baby friendly, could not ask for more!
The bird watching was amazing; I went to two state parks surrounding Grayton Beach and still didn't see as many birds as right in Grayton Beach.  If you go, find the Western Lake boat launch...there is an adjoining private property (without entering it) - you can view lots of birds from the fence.  If they're home try not to look creepy.
Back at the shop, things are mismatch of Mardi Gras (Feb. 9th) and Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th), if you can believe it, a few people have asked about Easter (who are you people!!)  Slowly, I'm pulling it together in the shop - online, I'm doing much better with updating new stock as ordered and arrived.  Another goal/intention of the new year is to put 85% of our inventory online.  It somewhat conflicts with my "not always to be working" intention but I keep telling myself I always have tomorrow.

  • I wanted to say a word of thanks to everyone that supports my Etsy shop -- this month I made 1500 sales.  Etsy has been a great home for me and connected me to customers I could of never had just standing still in my brick and mortar.
  • On a personal note and as an armchair ornithologist, I'm excited to announce that we have a rare winter hummingbird at our home since late October.  A Black Chinned Hummingbird - rare for Southeast Louisiana and as of right now the only record of any winter hummingbird for Tangipahoa Parish.  I think this deserves a post on its own and I'll recap once the season is over, but isn't he lovely...
  • And - short notice but it's FREE swatch day at Spoonflower; its the perfect time to try one of my patterns.  They also have a few "cut and sew" patterns just made for the 8" x 8" swatch.  
Featured in this post:
  • Mardi Gras Fleur de Lis ornaments - large scale and on sale at Nest Interiors
  • Bethany Lowe Valentine Silhouette Ornaments - Discontinued and at an excellent price at Nest Interiors 
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