Sunday, February 28, 2010

A relaxing afternoon...what's that?!

After such a crazy month, there is nothing that I appreciate more than a relaxing Sunday afternoon, although I must admit that I am not totally sure what to do with myself, and I am working to restrain myself from freaking out about the projects that I really should be working on.

I know that I have things to do, that's almost an understatement. But I definitely understand the importance of taking some time out. Yesterday was extremely productive, I managed to post four new weekly planners and update photos for four of my wedding plan books (all can be found at Obsessively Organized on Etsy), but instead of showcasing the work that I was able to finish up yesterday, I think I will stick to the spirit of relaxation and show you a few incredible Etsy finds that celebrate what it means to really relax.

The first item is Dream Balm from Lilith's Apothecary . Not only is it beautifully packaged, but it is also supposed to banish stress - sounds good to me!

The second item is this gorgeous cardigan by Hackwith Designs. The best thing about this insanely gorgeous article of clothing is that it looks super comfortable, yet you could definitely dress it up to go out. I am seriously contemplating a purchase...

Finally, one of my favorite things, slipper boots! My feet are forever freezing cold, needless to say I do not walk around my house without a pair on, these are essential. This pair is by marissaann.

Now, if I can tear myself away from Etsy, I am off to curl up with Eclipse (for the fifth time) and spend the afternoon reading about someone else's drama!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bridal Show Update!

Here is a picture of my adorable table from today's bridal show:

If you look really closely you can see my boyfriend Aaron in the background. He gets major brownie points for sitting with me at a bridal show all day - what a trooper!

I think that it was a pretty successful day, I made a couple of sales, and if nothing else I passed out a ton of business cards, which is never a bad thing.

I have been home from the show for four hours now, OK, that's not completely true, I did take a two hour break for drinks at the world's best Mexican Restaurant (El Zarape in Bowling Green OH), but anyway, I just finally finished updating my Etsy page. I had to take off a couple of things that I sold today, but I also added a lot of new items that I made specifically for today's show. For example I have this gorgeous set of note cards that I had to put away as soon as I got home so that I wouldn't use them myself:

I also have some really cute new recipe cards, a new purple notepad, and three new wedding book designs. Take a minute to hop over to Obsessively Organized on Etsy to check it all out!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What have I gotten myself into?!

I swear it's always something, half of my problem is that I can't say no, especially to a certain best friend. I know, I know, you have no idea what I'm talking about, but no worries, I will gladly fill you in.

One of my very best friends in the world is a wedding planner, needless to say, for someone who is neither engage or married, I probably know more about weddings than I could ever want to just from listening to her talk about work. Any way, the banquet hall that she works for is hosting a bridal show, and she asked my to make the all of the signs for the event. In return she is giving me a space at the show to set up and sell mainly my wedding plan books, but I will also have other items with me (because they make great shower gifts and bridal party favors!).

This sounds super exciting, and it could really bring in a lot of business, but I am so not prepared, oh, and did I mention that this event just so happens to be on Sunday? As in THIS Sunday!

I am the type of person who plans for things like this months in advance, not days. So I have been working my butt off to get it all together. Luckily I don't have very high expectations, and I doubt that I will sell too much, so at least I have enough items in my stock that I don't have to actually make too much more.

I don't have very high expectations, if a sell four books I'll consider it a great day, but then there's also that little voice in the back of my head that says "what in the world am I going to do if I get too many custom orders?"

I suppose I'll just have to wait and see how it goes, I certainly won't know until I try!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowed In!

We just got 12 inches of snow in the last 29 hours, so needless to say I am stuck inside. On the bright side, I've had a day and a half off of work, so all things considered, I'd gladly take the snow!

My favorite thing about snow days is that they are a complete surprise, it's like the gift of extra time. So today I spent the entire day frosting valentine's day cookies, something that I never would have actually had time for, which means this weekend I don't have to frost cookies, and I can do other stuff, you know, that I actually really want to do.

Don't get me wrong, I do love to frost cookies, but when I have a million other things to do, spending four hours with sticky frosting fingers isn't as fun as it sound. I know, this is a completely random rant, but I've been in the kitchen all day by myself, so you'll have that. Any way, here are a couple of pictures that I took today, first some finished cookies, just in time for me to take to work tomorrow, and then one of Allis playing in the snow drifts!

As far as the studio remodel, it has been slow going lately, a foot of snow tends to put a damper on outdoor projects. Luckily we were able to get two new windows and a new door on before the snow started falling, and most of the studio has been insulated, unfortunately I'm going to have to wait until after northwest Ohio thaws out a bit before I can add any more pictures.