Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Visit From Olive Rue

So it all started with this..
an amazing image transfer from Olive Rue (btw I didn't get this one last time but OMG.. I am so buying it now) which I was planning to use to make some great new products for the shop. So that purchase led to a convo with Crystal, a.k.a Olive Rue, where she told me that she was from Carrollton. A few days later.. she visits the store. Talk about talent.. this girl not only runs her Etsy shop but she is a fantastic photographer. You can catch her on her other blog (did I mention that she has 2) called Vintage Remixed.
We must have been friends in another life because she is as crazy over shells and beach decor as I am!! Head over to see Crystal at Vintage Remix and see all of the lovely shop photos!!

Thanks Crystal!! Your a hoot!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Feeling Flirty??

Some new jewelry came into the shop today.. I think you will LOVE it!!

Pearls, Pearls Pearls.. white pearls $15
silver pearls on silver wire $10 (also in white)

I'm calling this collection Vintage Flirt!! Love the new headbands. $20 each
some pretty flirty new earrings have also come in.. $14 each.
see you soon.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Store Pictures

I was feeling a bit blah lately about the shop... a colorful makeover
was all I needed!!
Lots of Japanese lanterns are hanging from the front room
to highlight our newest pottery from Rae Dunn. Rae is
a California native whose handmade pieces are simply
A colorful new clock has found its way onto our walls.
New bird prints that just flew into the shop.
Our new Sea Horse lamps are gorgeous and really
make our beach section complete.
Our Memorial Day Sale will be this weekend on Friday and Saturday. You will find amazing booth wide sales from 10-20% off, a $20 children's clothing rack from Simple Treasures, Low Country Produce Gourmet will be 50% off, all plant kits are now only $5, and much much more.
Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Yep.. I have sent off my registration form and check and now I am officially going to The Creative Connection Event in Minneapolis, MN
in September!! This is an amazing 3 day workshop filled with art, inspiration, and wise business advice for the entrepreneur. Best yet it is hosted by Jo Packham (Where Women Create), and Nancy Soriano (former editor-in-chief of Country Living Magazine).

and if that is not enough.. some of the featured artists on hand to teach workshops are Betz White, Jennifer Murphy, Kaari Meng, Pat Murphy, and Wendy Addison.

Owning a gift boutique may seem like glamorous work to a few but the reality is I don't take home a paycheck. It ALL goes back into The Flea. So I promised myself to take at least one fun, business related trip every year. I went to Portland one year for the Art & Soul retreat, New York after that for the Country Living Fair, and do you remember this past February??
I wonder what new people and new things I will be introduced to this time!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

more fun than you can shake a stick at.....

Seriously.. what kind of expression is that?? Anyways a few months back I was seduced by a blog with the most amazing photographs. Reading back several posts I found out that she uses Photoshop Element Actions. Okay I don't speak the photog lingo but she linked over to the Florabella Collections website where any amateur can instantly be turned into a wonder wiz...
(Well I don't know about instantly, I had a hard time figuring out where the goodies went after I downloaded them into photoshop) 2 hours later and 1 email from Shana Rae herself.... taa daa!!
The Florabella Vintage Action
The Florabella BW Action
And this was the original. My daughter (pink hat) and her friend after their Easter Egg hunt on the beach. So now I am ready to redo The Vintage-Flea website with some amazing new photographs of our latest and greatest in the shop. What could you do with a little action??
For more inspiration, visit the original blog that started this all.. Mimi Charmante. And lucky you.. on her blog she is giving away a set of the Florabella Actions!! Get on over there and register.. best of luck.
update.. The Florabella Actions giveaway has inspired one of my own!! Leave me a comment and you will be entered to win one of our adorable wooden birds now posing
for us in our new Blog Banner!! Yes I love these actions so much I changed my blog banner. Good Luck!!