Thursday, October 10, 2013

Really Heavy Pumpkins

Check out our newest addition to the gallery: Pumpkins!



They are made out of cast stone and made to display in a garden. This happens to make them humorously heavy.

This morning Michael and I were both working in the office when he noticed there was a delivery on the front steps, so he went out to grab it like he always does. Fifteen minutes later I started getting a bit concerned...

I poked my head out and he was fumbling with the boxes completely unable to move them more than a foot at a time. Oh dear! Usually we both know exactly what is coming and when but I did not know what these were so I was completely perplexed haha.

Any way, here we are unpacking them at the store. (Michael was getting a bit testy with me because I was trying to take pictures when he was needing my help to with the boxes.)




These guys are stunning in person. The photos do not even begin to give them a justice. The largest one looks out of a story book!


 
One of the things I love about running the store is that there is a different story every day. We get to laugh so much which is wonderful, and something that not everyone gets to say about their work :)

In other news... Maynard hosts a large downtown trick-or-treat each year the week before Halloween. I ordered a costume online for the event and it came today. Good gosh! It is way fancier in person than I thought it was going to be. is it even possible to be overdressed for Halloween? Stay tuned for that...

-Brooke

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Maynardfest 2013

Maynardfest was yesterday and we had so much fun!

Maynard is actually a tiny town in comparison to most, so it amazes me the quality and size of the town events. Just like I mentioned in my post about the Maynard Road Race, when you tell Maynard there is an event, everyone shows up.



This year we went relatively simple and put together a beaded bracelet project to do out in front of our store. Oh, and of COURSE we had tons of munchkins (I may or may not have eaten half of them myself.)


 
Michael and I made note to get to the store really early to set up. But......There was a car parked right in our spot until ten minutes before the event began. I get kind of panicky about that type of thing which Michael was later teasing me about. In reality was that ten minutes was plenty enough time to set up.


These are really cute right? This is the only one I actually thought to take a photo of, but there were so many great ones that folks put together throughout the day.

And here are some photos of kids having fun making our bracelets. I must admit, I was having a lot of fun just putting together the demos all day. Valerie and Sandy, the employees also both came out to make ones for themselves!





Michael and I also worked on making some earrings during the day. I figured I would throw in a few pictures of some of them. He is much better than I am. I think he made about 20 beautiful pairs in the time it took me to make one.


 

Michael and I talk a lot about what we love about running this business, and one thing that comes up every time is that we get to be so involved in this wonderful community. I love that a long day of working means laughing with families and watching so many little faces light up when I fasten  bracelets onto their wrists.

Even if you are not a business owner I strongly urge you to get out there in your community. Find the events and go to them every single time. Better yet, rent a booth space and become a part of the event. There are so many warm memories to be made.

-Brooke

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Empty Walls

We rotate the artwork on the walls about once every month or so. There is typically a day or two between when one artist picks up their work and when the next one drops their work off. This means that the walls are just... empty...

It makes the space feel really different and bare.


Empty...


Empty...


Anyway, we have an artist reception in two days and this afternoon we received  the new work. It is now on the walls so we no longer have a naked store.

I will wait until Friday to post any more images of the paintings, but because I could not resist, here is my absolutely favorite of the bunch.



Too cute, right?

-Brooke