October 2012 archive

Eat More Salad

Still settling into the new workspace (those bookshelves finally arrived and they are amazing. I highly recommend them, especially at that price!) so I still don’t have pictures to share yet. But I do have some exciting news to share.

This summer I was contacted through etsy by Fitness magazine about a possible feature in their holiday gift guide. I sent them some high-res photos, then a sample set, then…. I just waited. The admin at etsy who was my liaison with Fitness said that all I could do was wait until the magazine came out because you never know what will make it and what won’t. I was out for some supplies and passed by a magazine rack (I rarely pass one without stopping. I have piles of Martha Stewart, Veranda and Whole Living stacked a mile high). Lo and behold the new issue was out and, drum-roll please….
I made it in! It took every ounce of restraint not to do a happy dance in the middle of the store, so instead I scooped up 8 copies and grinned like a madwoman the entire way to my car.

Thank you so much to the folks at Fitness for including small businesses in their publications. As a small business, I plan to return the favor by including Fitness back into my life. My thrice weekly yoga practice has dwindled to one session a month (if I’m lucky). With the Holiday Rush already underway, I have realized that I will never find time to make it to the gym. I’m going to have to make time. And I know just the magazine to bring along to the treadmill.

Furniture Heaven

Well.. down the hall at least! The Holiday Season has begun in full swing (in retail that is), and the walls in my home office/studio space seemed to be closing in on me. Surrounded by boxes of bubble mailers, 120 gallon bags of packing peanuts, sewing machines, fabrics, etc, and with new supplies arriving every day- well, it was time to relocate. Luckily we have a very large formal living room which we hardly ever use, so Ryan and I spent a full day this weekend and switched the two rooms! It is a little strange to walk into the house and have a workroom staring you in the face, but it is more than double the size and it meant I needed (emphasis mine) new furniture.

Furniture shopping to me is what shoe shopping is to most women, so I’ve been in heaven. The room is still far from complete, but I will share my new additions now and then the finished product once I have it all sorted out.

First up is this desk. I love love love love it. You can’t really tell from the picture, but the top has three marble panels. It’s also pretty enough on both sides that it could float out into the room (not an option in this house because of space, but down the road maybe). Made by Four Hands, a company that uses  reclaimed materials and eco-friendly construction.

The desk will soon be flanked by two of these campaign bookcases (supposedly on a UPS truck as I type). At last I won’t have to rummage through heavy boxes of silver to fill orders. All the boxes will be neatly arranged (not stacked, yay!) on these shelves. One side will have finished silver and the other will have my supplies. I’m thinking about painting the silver chests so that they look more unified. I’m torn between yellow or coral (I want them to contrast the aqua of the desk).

I also bought a small but sturdy butchers block table to hold my embroidery machine, which has freed up a lot of desk space. BUT.. my favorite buy has to be this:
It’s an antique butchers block from a US Naval warship. It is about 600 pounds of maple goodness. Made by Michigan Maple Block Company, every US naval ship from the 1800’s until the 1980’s had one of these on board. For me, it is the perfect spot to stamp my silver. I stamp several hundred pieces of silver a week, and I used to do it hunched over my metal block on the living room floor. My back is very happy with this purchase.

And that’s it for now. As soon as the bookcases arrive and I get everything nice and tidy (spoiler alert: my workspace will never be neat and tidy), I’ll post some pictures of how it all came together.