Saturday, November 16, 2013

Going to a Craft Show

Craft shows are how Michael got his start. He used to pack up his truck and head to one just about every single weekend with his fused glass and metal working. I used to do craft shows as well on my own. However, since opening the store neither Michael or I have not done a single one.

A few weeks ago we were invited by Blanchard Elementary school in Boxboro to their Holiday Shopping Night, and so we figured, why not?

So last night we packed up the car to its brim with inventory from the store, and headed over. Sara even came to help us set up.

Michael made the mistake of telling her we were going to a "show" on Friday, which she got really excited about. When she found out that Daddy meant a CRAFT show, not a show on stage she was a wee bit bummed.

But, she is such a good sport and was really into it by the time we got to the school. She even insisted on carrying some things in herself. She's a great little helper :)

As we were going through the process of unloading the boxes and boxes of items and setting up our table I kept turning to Michael and laughing. I am not exaggerating when I say that craft shows used to be a way of life. It almost felt like going back to your old elementary school or something. I probably sound crazy right now, but it's true.

I want to apologize for the lack of photos. We were so busy the whole night that I didn't even have a moment to remember to snap a photo. We had a fairly large space to ourselves, but here is one of the tables.



Honestly, I had much more fun than I thought I would. The event was really well attended and I had a fantastic time talking with so many wonderful people.

Michael even surprised me with a caramel apple cupcake break! Yum :)



Tonight we are having another artisan reception at the gallery for a mother/daughter team, Sarah and Kayla Beardslee. That means that today Michael and I will be running around preparing for that. I will be sure to let you guys know how that goes.

Happy Weekend!

-Brooke

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Window Washing and Holiday Cards!

As business owners we constantly get to put on new hats. Today's hat? Window Washers!

In all honesty, I had been dreading today for a while because deep cleaning the window area seemed so daunting.


We pulled all of the inventory out of the window and disassembled the entire shelving unit. Then we got out our squeegees and went to town.


A kind of messy chore, and very cold for a chilly November afternoon, but there's no choice but to get it done!

Second task of the day was taking our store Holiday card photo. We thought that this would be a nice way to say thank you to our customers who have supported us throughout the year.

We truly do appreciate each and every one of our customers. I get really excited about every chance we get to let you guys get to know us a little better, even if that just means putting faces to our names.

Sara kept wriggling around and making funny faces the whole time so it took about ten shots, and a promise to do one silly photo at the end to get her to stand still and do a plain smile.

She insisted that it was more funny to do a silly photo.

And she was right!

Michael ended up using our silly photo for the Christmas card :) The plain ones felt a bit stodgy. Stay tuned for that.


I hope everyone is having a nice November so far. It's certainly getting cold here in Massachusetts. The forecast called for snow this morning, which did not happen but it certainly felt like it could snow all day today!

-Brooke

Monday, November 11, 2013

Update


Alright. I know, I know. I haven’t posted anything in way too long. Ah! Horrible excuse, I know, but Michael and I both have been absolutely SWAMPED with preparations for the holidays.

But, more importantly, I am back. I figured I would do a quick catch up post to give some highlights from the past few weeks.

 

DOWNTOWN TRICK-OR-TREAT



As it was last year, so much fun! The wonderful thing about this particular event is that you get to see so many costumes! We went through 1500 pieces of candy, and I was only giving out one per person, yikes.

Michael took Sara trick-or-treating around town along with a handful of her friends from school. Sara was a fairy, of course. Her latest favorite thing in the world :) And I had candy duty. Here is a picture of the two of us all ready to go.

Last year I wore a witch hat as my costume, but I figured I would dress up a bit more this year for fun. Costume of choice? Princess Belle, of course. I didn’t realize how fancy my dress was going to be when I ordered it online, but it was a full-on ball gown. Hoop skirt, boning, and all. Well, if I ever have a royal ball to go to I am all set, right?

 
Might I mention that I was freezing? But I was determined to make it the whole time without covering up my costume! I made it ALMOST. I had to throw on a cardigan during the last hour of the event because downtown Maynard is like a wind tunnel.

But the costume was a hit, and that’s what matters. I must have taken 20 photos with entire families who wanted to pose with me! I also loved the look on the faces of the dozen, or so little girls who ALSO dressed up as Belle.
 
CHRISTMAS TREE
November 1 is when the tree goes up at the store. Call us crazy, but I am not exaggerating when I say that customers have been asking for it since September. It always gets me how controversial the Christmas Season can be. People get very passionate over exactly when it is time to get in the spirit. We pick a happy medium for the store when it comes to introducing Christmas. We start with the tree and ornaments and then slowly build from there throughout November. In about a week or so we will have our outdoor decorations up, so stay tuned for that!
 
ARTIST RECEPTIONS
This  Saturday we kicked off what is going to be a long string of Local Artisan Parties. We love giving local artists a chance to promote and sell their work, which is why we created this series in the first place. We give juried artists a certain region of featured display space in our store or a given amount of time. We throw them a party to kick off their show to give them the opportunity to promote themselves as well as celebrate with friends and family. I mentioned the reception for Kim Morgan in a previous post.
 
 
The Local Artisan Series is a favorite of mine. We run one sequence of parties throughout the spring and then typically a second series before the holidays.
 
This reception was extra-special to me because it was for a personal friend of mine, Clarissa Budd.
 
We have known each other since grade school, so it was amazing to give her this opportunity. She does stunning art photography as well as portrait sessions locally.
She sold her very first piece of art photography, to who else but her lovely grandmother. How beautiful are the two of them?
 
 
 
Her party was a ball and I love seeing Clarissa. There is nothing like old friends :)
 
 
Clarissa's work will be displayed on our walls for the duration of November, so be sure to stop by and check it out.
Those are the major events since I last checked in. We have also had tons of new inventory arriving daily for Christmas. Look out for plenty of posts featuring the new work.
 
Other than that, Michael and I have been working non stop on the website. Check it out if you haven't. There are new things showing up daily!
 
Goodbye for now!
 
-Brooke