Friday, August 14, 2009

Lambs & Ivy Boutique

Well, I've had my shop open again now for about a month & a half & have been loving it! Here's a few pictures I took this week. The tutus in the crib have done wonderfully, I almost sold out of them, this is my last one. My sweet hubby found the garden & birdhouse benches at a garage sale for $25 & the cart on the side of the road ready for the trash, GREAT finds...I think I'm starting to rub off on him. He brought them home & white washed them, took them to the shop & they make great display pieces. All is well & I'm thoroughly enjoying being back in business. Please check out the badge on the right of my blog for the 3/50 Project, help keep your neighborhood small businesses open...we all thank you for your loyalty & support! :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Shop Girl & Domino's

What a fun & exciting week this has been for me at the shop! The shop is also my studio. Since I spend so much time there it only made sense to bring all my art & craft supplies & spend my down time creating. Creativity centers me, it calms me, it focuses me & it is my passion. I've been absorbed in a project over the past couple weeks of making vintage domino pendants to sell. It started by a walk across the street to our local Senior Center Thrift Store (yes, how cool is that, my shop has a GREAT thrift store right across the street) where I stumbled upon an old wooden box of ivory colored domino's. I did a little research & it seemed that alcohol inks were the best product to use to color the dominos. I then printed out some images I got from ArtChix Studio on photo paper & glued them on. I top coated with a polyurethane, added a top & bottom eye hook, some ribbon & beads & put the 7 I made on the floor yesterday morning. Well, you can imagine how excited I was when one of my 1st customers came in, fell in love with 2, couldn't choose which one she liked best & bought both...yeah!!! So this vintage picture is a Celebration of Domino's, Art & Women Entrepreneur's. I'll get some pictures of the pendants & post them asap & add them to my Etsy Shop. In art I create things not knowing if anyone else will appreciate there beauty other then me, I create for me because I like the concept... it's always nice when your creative force is validated. I guess that's what we all do for each other here. Truly, thanks to all my blogfriends who give me inspiration everyday, who humble me with their magnificent creations & who make me feel apart of such a wonderful community of artists! :)