Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Vintage Vibe: May Finds

Vintage from Hungary - How Cute!
This is the second time I've actually found this pretty fabric!
These vintage sushi mats are sooooo cool; use as intended or as chic placemats
This vintage oversized cup and saucer is a super find!

May is nearly over but I didn't want to let this month pass without a look at some of the new vintage finds in the shop and offered in our Etsy shop.  It's a busy time as we're just returning from Texas (still sorting out items collected there) and in a couple days will be in Mississippi scouting for new (old) finds!  

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

May Day, May Day

I'm not sure why this month, in particular, has been so, so, so darn crazy!  I just know May 2016, has changed everything for us going forward; from losing a dear friend at the get go, our twins started walking, a work contract gone sour, a new business direction hatched.  In the middle of all of that, it was time for my annual check up at MD Anderson to see if my Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma had recurred.  It has not, woo hoo, and this being my 5 year anniversary I will now be transitioning to a survivorship clinic within the hospital. 

To celebrate we picked a halfway point, Orange, Tx to stop and stretch our legs...so glad we did as we happened on Shangri-la Botanical Gardens.  It's a bit of an oasis right off the interstate.  And check out these tremendous purple martin houses; they are modeled after ones kept in the 1930's & 40's at the Stark House and downtown Orange.  I don't believe they are functional any longer...but I would love to have a mini version!
There was a small butterfly house we paid extra to see; only three species identified but it was one of the best maintained bird houses I've ever seen.
We were fortunate to catch the tail end of a temporary garden exhibit "Big Bugs" by David Rogers.  Each sculpture was magnificent and blended with the gardens perfectly.
This led us to Heronry Blind, where large platforms were being made use of by many, many nesting great egrets and double breasted cormorants. 
We can't wait to go back!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fabric Scrap Bags are Back!

This month has been cray-cray; seriously things have changed so much in the last 15 days, I feel certain it will have a ripple effect for the rest of my life...but more on that drama later; because fabric, yes fabric

I've eeked out 5 scrap bags -- the last time I did this was a couple years ago and they were very popular.  This seasons bags are quilt or novelty cottons, mostly divided by colors with a mix of vintage and newer but out of print designs.  Some have odd cuts and some are 1/2 yard pieces that I just didn't need. 
each is right under 13oz to ship First Class
pinks!  vintage & new
greens - this collection has batik, homespun cotton, a calico, and some blenders
blues - blenders, vintage plaid, other fun novelty prints
purple!  I think my favorite - there is a very old cheater print in the group; lucky person who gets it!
yellow! and golds - a couple ginghams, solids and florals
I only have one of each - and as history shows us, I'm not likely to make a new offerings anytime soon.  At $6 a bag; treat yourself to a surprise and see what comes of it!

Find what's currently available here.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fearless Bunnies 2016 Edition

This weekend past we caught the new show, Hunt Slonem - Antebellum Pop at the LSU Museum of Art.  I thought the kids would particularly enjoy the animals and bright color, which they absolutely did, but it reminded me, and inspired me, of my 2013 post about fearless bunnies.
For me, this exhibit didn't feel as "pop" as it did "expressionism" - think Matisse or Gauguin.  I love Hunt Slonem's confident brush strokes, strong use of colors, ease of rendering a canvas be it bunnies, birds, or Abraham Lincoln.  I wondered if this is what it looks like when each of us stop being afraid.
So, this week I'm embarking on a revised marketing strategy.  I was fortunate to catch a CrystalMedia presentation late last week and I gleamed these gems:
  • evaluate the platforms you use quarterly; in turned I signed up for snapchat (I'll post more when I figure it out, ugh.)
  • ask your customers to join your e-mail list; they want to hear from you!  I actually tried this and so far only ONE person said no.
  • give'em a lead magnet to join...or give to get; a free e-book, a coupon, a pattern.
  • make sure your content relates to "the perfect customer" - always.  
  • things that hold retailers back: lack of time (me), how to measure results (me me), confidence (me me ME)
I've taken each of these to heart as I really want to connect with our customers (and future customers) with what we're making, what we're selling and what we've built in this tiny town for several years.  I set an intention to make one video a week.  The results have been ok; no vids of me yet as I'm chicken, but here's my latest created to showcase some easy Mothers Day gifts.

The items features in this video are a combination of items available from our brick and mortar, Nest Interiors and our Etsy.

Check'em out and share your favorite retail marketing tips either from the point of view as shop keep or customer; I would love to hear it!

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