If you can’t tell by the title, this post is a total hodgepodge. That’s how the last few days have been, though. Christmas freelance photoshoots, finishing details for Lucketts, gardening…I’m a little all over the place. (Which isn’t totally unusual for me!)
For the sake of starting somewhere, let’s start with lavender.
On a whim, I bought some of these lavender topiaries last year just a few days before Lucketts. I was just getting into gardening and I loved the idea of bringing some “life” to the booth with plants.
Those lavender topiaries flew out of the booth last year. It was crazy how fast they sold. So, I was on the hunt for some to carry again this year and I found them over the weekend! I spotted them from the car on the way home from the grocery store. “Jeff, stop the car! There are the lavender topiaries!” I hopped out and filled my cart to capacity.
This variety is called “Anouk” lavender. Their blossoms look like purple bumble bees…
I photographed them in my dining room, but they really won’t thrive inside. They need full sun, but I just couldn’t help putting them on my table for a couple of days.
I bought two for myself and a few to sell. This isn’t the kind of thing I sell for profit, but just because they look pretty in my space. I repotted them in these “distressed” concrete pots and tucked them in with some fresh moss, so they would look finished and ready to go to a new home. And, let’s face it, I’m just buying plants from a nursery, so I want to put my touch on them.
I also got in another shipment of French soaps. I was sold out of them and then my supplier was sold out! I was able to get an order in just in time to Lucketts, though. I don’t have all of the varieties I was hoping for, but I at least have some to sell.
I also had two new t-shirts designed to sell at Lucketts this year. I’ll be picking them up early next week and am excited to show them off. I never planned on selling t-shirts, but after my crew and I wore them at Lucketts one year, people asked to buy them. We’ve had the same designs for a few years, so I decided to change them up this year. The t-shirt styles will be the same, but the graphics are different.
Anyway, I’ve always had them folded on a cart or shelf in my booth and it’s challenging to keep them neat.
So, I bought a rolling rack to hang the t-shirts on to keep them neater and easier for customers to determine which size is best for them. I don’t want to have to tag each shirt, so I decided to make a sign to hang at the end of the rack.
As I mulled over that idea, I thought of the beautiful SALE banners used in Anthropologie stores. They are embroidered and so detailed that they caught my attention immediately. It’s not some plastic printed sign. It’s a special touch that fits with the overall brand.
Well, I can do that! With my own twist, of course. I cut out a piece of canvas, painted it in a cream acrylic paint, and let it dry overnight. Katie was in the next morning, so I asked if she would paint a very loose landscape that would compliment our mural. She did about 99% of this and I just finished up a few things when she had to leave to get her boys…
I painted out lettering and the price and then hot-glued it to a dowel. It’s trimmed in green pom-pom fringe (also hot-glued) and strung up with some blue and white jute twine.
How cute is that?! It’s one of those things that just makes me happy as a business owner.
Now I want to make a sign for everything. Landscapes all around!
And, amid all of the Lucketts prep, I accepted a few freelance projects. It was a little crazy on my part, but I was in pretty good shape for Lucketts and these projects were simple ones, so I took them on.
One of the projects involved indigo dyeing, which I am now totally in love with!
Let’s just throw everything in the dye bath.
Indigo and landscapes. This is my language.
I’m getting out of the studio tomorrow for one last-minute shopping trip for smalls. We’re almost there…