Friday, August 3, 2012

New--Screech Owl Cards

 I love to see the UPS guy bringing packages in to the shop, and it is an added treat when the box is full of awesome new cards!  These are just a few of the sweet and unusual cards from Screech Owl Design of New York.  Printed on 100% recycled cardstock and recycled kraft envelopes. They feature fabulous retro furniture, cupcakes, and yes, lots of little birds~

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

This week the shop will be closed for a few days (July 2-4th) so that we can paint the back Gallery space (It's going to be so nice!) and I am hoping to move some things around in the shop too.  However, exciting as all that is, I am really looking forward to setting up more tableau with tiny animals doing/eating/cooking/standing beside things!  I went to a fabulous yard sale of dollhouse furniture and managed to find everything from a grand piano to teacups and indoor plants, can't wait!

Hope your week includes lots of fireworks and watermelon~

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring! New Shop Items Update

Happy Spring Everyone!

I went out of town last week to New Jersey (to help work a fishing tackle show with my folks) and have returned to the most summery spring~  I am so excited, I even got up early this morning to go for a walk amongst the birds, squirrels, and blossoms.  I am vowing to do this every day from here on out, it was so wonderful.

I also returned to a ton of packages of new merchandise for the shop, very exciting! 

Locally made chocolate bars from Escazu Chocolates-- Extra Dark Goatsmilk, Chipotle and Vanilla, and personal fave The Beaufort Bar with sea salt.   They are beside a spinner rack full of new and fabulously detailed Coco Loco sustainable hand carved earrings.

Also in the shop are new prints by Yelena Brysenkova of some of the sweetest imagery ever.  Yes, I have already purchased one of the "Cat Naps" for myself!

There's a lot more, but you will just have to come in to see for yourselves! Hope to see you soon~

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

One Year of Vespertine Carrboro!

Wow, everyone!  One year of business in Carrboro.  Allow me to take a moment to thank some folks who helped make this possible. I can hardly believe what a lovely year it has been.  To celebrate spending a whole year on Main Street, I finally submitted my sign application and my talented friend Marc made this wonderful sign for me:

He also cut the window vinyls and made a little sub floor structure when I first opened, thus saving us from tripping all the time! I'd also like to say a special thank you to my buddy Cynthia for helping install the sign, the vinyls, and much more.  Cynthia has been invaluable in helping me maintain my Facebook Page and for bringing amazing cookies to the 2nd Friday Art Walks.  She's also just been really supportive and I have appreciated her energy so much. 

Speaking of supportive: as my neighbor Paul reminds me often, where would I be without my parents? I can't even begin to enumerate how much they have done for me...but suffice to say, I am so grateful. 

A big thanks to Hannah for moving her soap making enterprise up to the loft here. I always look forward to days when she's here. 

Another person who really brightens things up around here is my aforementioned neighbor at This and That Gift Gallery, Paul.  Paul is always ready with an amazing story, a ladder to help me change a light bulb, brainstorming, and countless other repairs and improvements we try to do around here. 

Last but certainly not least: my "shop boy" Jeremy.  Also referred to as "that sweet young man who was running the store today" by my customers.  Jeremy's generosity and flexibility allowed me to open the second store, and now it allows me to spend quality time in my studio to make NC Necklaces. 

Jeremy and I were just reminiscing about those early days... When it was so slow and all we had here in Carrboro was an iPod touch and not much to do!  We've come a long way.  

Thanks for all your support! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Blue Barn House Cards in stock now--plus my fave card of all time!

I was so excited to unbox this latest shipment: Blue Barn House Letterpress Cards. Interestingly enough, I first stumbled across BBH in Brooklyn, NY~ even though they were from Asheville NC (now located in Wilmington, NC).  BBH made the letterpress posters that I cut into labels for the Anole Nook Soap, and now I am carrying their lovely cards. 
This is the card I found in Brooklyn, never ceases to elicit a smile when I see it.  Below the Whirling Dervishes it reads "Throw your hands way up the air and wave them all around like you just don't care". 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Memories of the General Store Cafe

Although Vespertine is no longer in Pittsboro, my thoughts are certainly there this morning.  I was so saddened to learn that the General Store Cafe closed its doors on Jan 24th.  It was such a definable part of Pittsboro...almost as much as the Courthouse. I really cannot imagine driving up the Circle and not seeing the lights on around their big windows.

I could really show my age here and say how I remember going with my Mom,  taking a jar to the original General Store (located across the street) to fill it with Tamari. Going with friends to get firecracker mix in the afternoons.  I remember when it moved, expanded, and added the restaurant.  When I would come home from college breaks, I would meet my friends there.  We would order the quiche, salad, and coffee and hunker down in our favorite corner--where we would remain undisturbed for hours as we caught up.

The thought I keep coming back to today is that the General Store Cafe really helped give Vespertine life. When I first started out in March of 2007 (wow!), I was working at three Pittsboro businesses (which also helped form Vespertine) and thinking of starting my own. Being able to barter for rent and to do the night closeouts at the GSC allowed me to get my business going. My original shop was located beside the GSC, and the business they generated spilled over in to mine. Although I grew up here, I had never lived "in town" before then. I can still remember how it felt to lock up the GSC and walk home through the place I then felt was "my" town.  Vance and Joyce (the GSC owners) were so inspiring to me.  I loved watching their business thrive and expand. I was so excited to be working with other business people who had a vision to bring something fun and unique to Pittsboro.

I really hope that we can all collectively pause now and think about what is happening with Pittsboro.  How can we better support our businesses? How can we make this a positive and thriving place to live? We can use the Mainstreet Program as a great place to start envisioning our future and figuring out what we need to make it become a reality.

At the risk of sounding overly poetic, I really feel that with the closing of the GSC, a lovely emerald jewel has fallen out of the crown of Pittsboro. Let's not lose another one.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sweet Cards

My newest window display~ bit of a Valentine's theme.  I had such a great time hanging some of my sweet new love cards on pink string using these cute little clothespins with red hearts.  I purchased them a few years ago at BHV (sounds like bay-ahsh-vay, en francais), the greatest department store *ever* while visiting a dear friend in Paris!  <>  I can't wait to go back...but, 'til then, it's always nice to find a little reminder in my crafts supplies.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Re-Stocking Excitement: Moonspoons, Blackbird Letterpress, and Re-Created Glass Tumblers

Just a little re-stocking update:  I just finished going through two lovely boxes of Moonspoon items. Tea Strainers, Honey Sticks, Chopsticks, and more are back in stock in a variety of styles.  I also have new Blackbird Letterpress Journals and cards, including some super sweet Love Notes and Bear Hug cards, perfect for Valentine's Day, which will be here before you know it!

As I was writing this post, Leslie Fesperman Re-Created Glass just brought by a bunch of new tumblers, some cast boxes, and some wonderful "splash" plates made from fused pieces of coke bottle glass~ lovely!