Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Shop Gift Picks...

From locally-made jewelry + paper flower arrangements to botanical calendars from Rifle Paper Co. and Cavallini & Co....all the way to Tattly tattoos for stockings; we've got something for your loved ones!  Even better?  Everything pictured is $36 and under!!

Our Holiday Hours:
F 12/19: 11-6
Sa 12/20: 11-6
Su 12/21: 1-5
M 12/22: OPEN!  12-5
Tu 12/23: 11-6
W 12/24: Closed
Th 12/25: Closed, Merry Christmas!
F 12/26: Closed
Sa 12/27: 11-6
Su 12/28: 1-5
(M 12/29: Normal Closed)
Tu 12/30: 11-6
W 12/31: 11-4
Th 1/1: Closed, Happy New Year!
F 1/2: 11-6

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tied Up Trimmings

Dear Friends,

It's that time again...the week before Christmas!!  Time to lay out all your carefully found treasures for family and friends and wrap them for the tree.  Below are some of my favorite gift trim combinations, and I hope you garner some ideas for your own gift-wrapping.

Wishing you a warm Christmas + very happy holiday,
Sara xx

Material Ideas:
-Kraft paper (blank canvas for any trimmings)
-Twigs, bark, cinnamon sticks
-Greenery: Pine, Cedar, Fern
-Ribbon, fabric strips, twine, velvet, lace
-Vintage photos
-Tags made from wood or fabric

The Minimalist:
Water color gift tags, twigs, + kraft paper (source)

The Modernist:
Mixed textures on a monochromatic surface, or mixed patterns in a fresh + modern way.  (Source; L, R)
Grey + black wrap with small geo prints.  (Source L, Top R, Lower R)

 The Naturalist:
Fresh clippings and natural hues.  (Source: L, R)

 The Metal Mixer:
Gold, copper, + silver make a beautiful palette.  (Source: L, R)

 The Feathered Fancifist:
Continuing my feather obsession, how lovely are these paper plumes?!  (Source: L, R)

The Pattern-Lover:
Polka dots, stripes, and pops of color.  (Source: L, R)

The Glitterer:
Gold + Glitter, a match made in heaven.  (Source: L, R)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Confessions of a Shop Girl...

“My dear,
Find what you love and let it kill you.
Let it drain you of your all.
For all things will kill you,
both slowly and fastly, 
but it’s much better to be killed by a lover."
-Charles Bukowski

Dear Friends,

This is my Thursday confession...sometimes being a shop girl is just hard.  Usually I am a little quiet about the struggle-y bits, because I am thankful to do something I love so much  --- but there are days I get home and feel bone-tired and discouraged (as I'm sure you have with your job!).  The small business world can be amazing, but it can also be isolating.  You work by yourself for yourself, and are often your worst boss.  Others can be critical, and I can take things too much to heart.  Bills stack, inventory runs out, meetings pile up...and suddenly I'm lost in a sea of self-doubt.  Thank goodness for customers who come in and laugh with me, tell me about their day, show me photos of things they've made, and leave as friends (for instance, I just planned an ukulele-playing evening at the shop with two girls who work next door, how awesome is that!?).

Today I noticed the hook in my shop where I hang my coat.  It's just a small thing, but it represents a determination I didn't know I possessed.  When I first started moving into our new location, the space was four unfinished walls and a half-tiled/half-concrete floor.  When the bathroom was built, I came and worked on it for days.  I had bought a hook thinking it would be an easy hang, but it was a tricky inverted enemy-hook that required a drill and a lot of unresolved stress.  Sometimes with home improvement projects I do the bare minimum, but I fought that hook five or six times until it could withstand several pounds of weight.  Every day I hang my things on that hook, on a door I painted, in a bathroom I floored, in a store I give everything to each day.  And that is enough for today.  Take that self-doubt.

Friends, I hope you're reminded that you are enough.  You doing what you do with love +

Until Soon + With Love,
Sara xx

The frenemy hook...
I love this...LJ items over the years that customers have brought home.  
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Unique Thanksgiving Tables

Dear Friends,

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving this week!  The following are some alternatives to the more traditional harvest decor, with jewel tones, fresh foliage, and fun ways to use leftover pumpkins from October.

So relax, eat an extra piece of pie, and savor this time with loved ones.

Sara / "Jane" xx

Rich Colors:
Love the mixture of foliage + flowers on both tables above.  Source: L, R
Leafy cabbages, magnolia leaves, and persimmons make for some fresh decorations!  Source: L, R

You Can Never Go Wrong with Gold

Coppery colors and earth tones are heavenly together.  Source.
More traditional colors are given extra dimension with rich golds + amber colors.  I love the succulent place holders on the right, or pine cones would work also.  Source: L, R.

When In Doubt, Always Pumpkins
Painted pumpkins and a coastal take on a typically harvest-colored holiday.  Source: L, R

Fun for Kids
Why not use leftover bright paper places + napkins and save a little on dish-washing duty!?  Also, how perfect are these little tables for picky eaters who don't like pie.  Sprinkles, frosting, and sliced almonds make little "meals".  Or add a drumstick with some little treats.  Other clever ideas?  Place kraft paper instead of a tablecloth and leave cups of crayons for pre or post-dinner entertainment.  
Source; Top, Lower L, Lower R

Extra Details
L: Offer guests "to go" containers to help save room in the fridge (though leftovers are never a bad problem to have!).  R: An acorn-painting craft for all ages, bonus idea --- take everyone outside and gather them!  Would work with pine cones or little branches too. 
Source: L, R