Friday, April 29, 2016

Nostalgia and Vinyl Decals

This week I got more embroidery kits, which called for an expansion of the Craft Corner! The golden mirror and the butterflies came down, which had been covering a wall in pretty bad shape. I de-stashed some of my old vinyl wall decals to cover the smudges and holes a bit. (Side note, don't save decals, they start to stick to the placement paper very badly) As I was peeling vinyl and burnishing it with a credit card, a wave of nostalgia came over me. I hadn't applied vinyl in so long, and it reminded me of my favorite ones-- the koi by One Up Designs (no longer making decals) that were in the middle room of the old Vespertine in Pittsboro.  I looked through some pictures a photographer friend, Jessica Lobdell, took for me back in 2009!!  (on the right below)  Memories! 
Once the decals were on, I put up some card shelves and filled them with the new kits! This was also a minor triumph because I very nearly got rid of these shelves last month. So glad I didn't--they fit perfectly. 
 New kits from Miniature Rhino-- great beginner level embroideries. I also have some more challenging embroidered doll kits from Kiriki Press.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Creating a little Craft Corner

When I returned from London, I was ready to do some major spring rearranging at the shop. I had so much fun moving furniture around and creating this little "craft corner" in the back of the shop. It features coloring books, rubber stamps, ink pads, envelopes, embroidery kits, and things to decorate with.
These fantastic rubber stamps are made in Seagrove, NC. The embroidery kits are made in Canada, and are extremely detailed and unusual! My favorite part may be the carpet though.. When Nested moved out of this space, Jenny left me all of her carpet samples. I hoarded them for awhile, always planning to stitch them together into a rug for myself. However, I live in a carpeted apartment, and I realized they really should be out enjoying the light of day. Half a roll of hot pink duct tape later and voila! A sampler rug, perfect for taking "shoefies" on!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Plant Magic

 A little more plant magic on this rainy day.  This is my new favorite corner of the shop (above). Featuring some Himmeli airplant holders from The Zen Succulent and some thrown porcelain airplant holers that I made, oh, about two years ago! Really satisfying to finally put them together into a display.

 Mom and I went to Lodon in late February this year, and we had the best day at Kew Gardens. It was quite cold, extremely windy, and so beautiful.  Amazing trees!

 Amazing indoor conservatory desert habitat.

 From the Orchid Area.

The Fern House, otherworldly beautiful with a touch of decay here and there.

Monday, April 11, 2016

April Window Plant World

 It's been a chilly start to spring here in NC this year-- there was even frost on my car yesterday morning! I made my April store window into a little love note to all the wonderful plants and green things that will be flourishing soon. For my display pieces, I spray painted some old glass gems and made them into a mobile of sorts. I glued some reeds from an old curtain together into little himmelis, which I also painted--with coral paint, one of my most favorite colors ever!
The Zen Succulent, from Raleigh, NC, brought in some special terrariums and their wonderful little moss balls in small glass jars- they are so sweet! Little stained-glass pyramids made by my mom and small ceramic figurines (which are technically chopstick rests, but I think they look great in terrariums) can help you create little green mini-worlds inside. They will help make you feel springy and vibrant even on cold grey days~

Friday, April 1, 2016

5 Years in Carrboro and 4 Years with No Blog Update

Wow, friends... where does the time go?? I am equally shocked that the store has been in Carrboro for 5 years as I am that I haven't updated this blog in 4 years.  I know that is pretty much the worst thing an owner of a blog can do... to let it lay fallow... Sorry about that.  So, what's been going on in the interim, you might ask?

*In 2013, I got an amazing employee named Olivia. She really helped take the store to the next level. She found new products, she was great with merchandising and promotions. She brought great energy and enthusiasm to the store. She helped me get organized (no small task).  She also taught me some of her wonderful Danish euphemisms and turns of phrase that still delight me.

*Got a jewelry apprentice, Barbara, in late 2013. She started assisting me in my studio making North Carolina Necklaces.  The next year, I brought Barbara in full time to work at the store.  Barbara's specialty was in creating window displays and cool wooden fixtures for the store.
*With two employees, I started working full time in my jewelry studio and worked on expanding my wholesale jewelry sales and production. I took a fantastic trip to Ireland and one to Utah with my parents where we explored some great canyons looking for petroglyphs and pictographs.

*During that wonderful trip out West, one of my best buddies killed himself.  I was so glad that I had two employees, because it was very difficult for me to be at the store.  Marc made all my signs, the vinyl on the windows, raised the floor in the back, and helped me build displays and salvage supplies. The store was so full of his presence. Although heartbreaking to be around at first, now it is a wonderful reminder of my friend.  However, I found that suddenly I couldn't deal with the store very well. I couldn't deal with people very well.  In fact, the only thing that I wanted to do was walk outside. Fortuitously, another friend asked me to join her on a very long walk, an invitation I gleefully accepted. I began training immediately, putting together a long distance walking schedule from things I read online.  My first week of walking in January 2015, I was just able to walk 8 miles, and I was totally exhausted for the rest of the day. As the weather warmed, my walks lengthened, and my heart healed. Our long walk ended up being a 50K (31 miles) on May 30, and we were joined by her cousin. It was an amazing experience that has altered the trajectory of my life-- in a very good way!
This is us after 11 hours of walking. It was a great day!

*Mid-2015 Both Barbara and Olivia moved away to different states and I decided to come back to work at the shop full time.  My wonderful mother stepped in to help me one day a week, which became my studio day at home.  We had the best holiday season ever at the shop this winter.

Which brings us up to now, April of 2016, and my fifth year of having the store in Carrboro. It has been amazing to be back at the shop full time. I am getting so much done! I have time to work on projects, the supplies for which I have had here for years. It feels so good to work through my stash of supplies and papers and to be creating things all the time. It's nice to be around the shop and interact with my wonderful customers.  99% of the time it is incredibly inspiring and makes me so happy to have this store. I am excited to come to work every day, and I feel very lucky indeed.

I haven't lost my love of endurance exercises though.. This January, I started a new running schedule, and it is proving to be as amazing an experience as walking was last year. I can't wait to see how far I can go.  In fact, I'm toying with the idea of starting a blog to document that experience... Let's see if I can be better about updating both of them!

Thanks for following along~  Ginna