This was a welcome and much-needed pick me up after the poo poo week I've been having. It also lifted my spirits to have dinner tonight with the fabulous Beth Howard - together we got to vent and dish at the Mellow Mushroom and it was so nice. Hopefully I'll have enough steam to keep me going on my road trip tomorrow!
January 31, 2008
January 29, 2008
Go to The Beautiful Project's shop on etsy and get one for your sweetheart! I also find this one adorable, also from their shop:
January 28, 2008
January 27, 2008
January 20, 2008
Together they have collaborated on 13 fabulous months of nature's magical, undiscovered places in all their whimsical, illustrated glory. Each 2008 calendar (valued at $16), which measures 9.5" x 11" open, is printed in full color with vegetable-based inks on 100 percent recycled paper and processed chlorine-free.
In addition to that, you'll also win a limited edition sterling silver heart necklace from Freshie & Zero, not EVEN available for sale on my website! If you live in Nashville, though, you may find a few at Queen Bee in Edgehill Village.
How do I win, you say?
All you have to do is post a comment on this blog about something handmade that you think would make a great Valentine's gift for you, your best friend, or your significant other. Please enter the link of where to buy it, too, so you can share the love! Don't forget to include some way of getting in touch with you in your comment (preferably an email address)! The last day to enter is January 31st, so don't delay! Easy, right? I'll start...
I would love to give (or receive) this adorable, fabulous, understated, beautiful bird bowl by Whitney Smith pottery for any upcoming occasion. I can't see how anyone who might open this up as a gift up wouldn't be delighted! Go and get it here. In fact, her pottery is so fabulous, I'm adding her to my links page right now!
Wow! Thanks for the amazing response, everyone! It's so great to find new items made by other indie designers, and there really are some great suggestions! I decided to post up some of my favorite reader submitted gifts that I've received so far...
I liked all of JLC Studio's picks (I even gave my husband a set of custom typewriter key cuff links for our wedding day!), but I like this tongue-in-cheek tie by toybreaker the most:
Another of my favorites has to be these super cheeky red heart sequined pasties by FondaPetting Designs submitted by Ginger Girl. They have a lot of other fun little items in their etsy shop, all perfect for Valentine's Day!
January 17, 2008
January 16, 2008
However, this time I have decided to promote Charm Star, my side venture, instead. Here are two different ads I'm working on. I think they're fun and silly, which is what Charm Star is all about. What do you think? (click on 'em to see them more clearly)
Of course, there's a downside to promoting an etsy shop. I can't track my hits! I wish etsy had a little stat counter code installed on your shop home page, just so I could see how many hits I get and where they come from. Speaking of, have you gone to etsytools yet?
I stayed up waaaay too late last night working on my website redesign, which was a bad move since I had to get up and work in the gallery today (I still work in an art gallery/frame shop two days a week for the extra cash, the discount, and the motivation to get dressed and put on makeup at least twice a week). I'm definitely tired, but I'm so happy with the new look! I've been working on it for a couple of weeks, but I decided to publish it when no one would be shopping (in the middle of the night). Unfortunately, I didn't realize it would take over two hours when I began around 1:30 a.m. Oh well, it was so worth it! I've definitely got some more tweaking and I can't wait until I can make and photograph my new designs to upload them to the website, too!
Tell me what you think of my new look for Freshie & Zero!
January 15, 2008
The day I reported it to the office, two cars were broken into the same night! I live in a "safe" area of Nashville, but I feel anything but safe and secure right now. My car was broken into last summer here, just yards from my front door, along with several other cars in the same week. How many times does this have to happen before our homeowners association does anything about it??? Arg!
If you want to know more about the criminal activity going on in Green Hills, let me know. I'll give you an earful!
January 14, 2008
Ella looks around
Originally uploaded by freshie & zero
My new niece, Ella is about 5 weeks old and is already holding her head up and looking around. She is my husband's brother's daughter, for those of you who are interested. She is so cute! We just met her in Virginia this past weekend and it's unbelievable how tiny she is!
January 08, 2008
January 05, 2008
Gawk Magazine wrote up a little feature on me here. It's a new online magazine, and I think it's based here in Nashville but I could be wrong. Here is a copy of their mission statement:
"The purpose of Gawk Magazine is to discover, reveal and promote the extravagant. In doing so, Gawk Magazine actually redefines extravagance by looking at the process in which a product goes through, and revealing why it is worth what the showroom floor price tag says it is."
January 01, 2008
The podcast is hosted by Vickie Howell, edited by Cory Ryan and soundtrack provided by Has Anyone Ever Told You? This segment is all about the craft bazaar at Stitch. Look for interviews with 31 Corn Lane, Felt Good Fibers, Freshie and Zero, Handcrafted by Vera, I Like Apple Juice, M. Schopper Ceramics, Leslie Bonnel, Ruffeo Hearts Little Snotty, Duncan, Birds, Lollibomb Beauty, Fort Cloudy, Carlo Rossi and More!
Check it out: