Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Vegas!

The beauty of working at my firm (an architectural design firm), is that occasionally they will send you on a business trip that is more like a vacation. Everything is pretty much paid for, and the purpose of this trip is to attend a convention (HD) where you get to preview the new design products (lighting, carpet, wallcovering, furniture, etc.) of the season. It really is a wonderful opportunity to see new design ideas, and it doesn't hurt things that the show is held in Vegas every year. So, probably more beneficial than anything you'll see at the show is the opportunity to walk around Vegas and check out the crazy, wild, diverse, and strange design elements that can be found around every corner. Here are just a few of my coolest pics from the trip.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lazy Sunday

So I spent my Sunday morning and afternoon baking cookies and doing laundry. It was sunny outside, and it was wonderful. I had all of the windows and the front door open. It was one of those days where you actually felt like you could relax, and just breathe.

After putting a batch of cookies in the oven, I walked into the living room and discovered this. Apparently Zoe was very relaxed as well. Is there nothing better than sleeping in a sunny spot? It made my day.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Ear Threads - Yay or Nay?

I am in love with ear threads. Perhaps I'm behind as far as these things go, but I just recently bought a pair at an art show in Mississippi, and have been enamored ever since. I decided that my shop absolutely needed to have some for sale, so I began making them myself. I love how they hang from the ear, and how incredibly lightweight they are. They are so sleek, so fancy, so...elegant. As you can tell, I'm in love.

However, I've seen that there is a very mixed reaction to ear threads. I came upon a thread in the Etsy forums where a seller was questioning ear threads and their appeal, and she even linked back to a pair of mine as a reference. Some people reacted with "Eww! I have to put that thing through my ear?", while others loved them.

So, I'm wondering how these will sell. I plan on making a lot more of these for a craft show in September. Perhaps they would sell better in person, since you can visualize how they hang and you can see it up close. Maybe pictures don't do them justice. I don't know. Either way, I still love them. What is your opinion?

Friday, May 2, 2008

More Flowers

I don't have anything to blog about today, except that a) it's raining, and I love when it rains, and b) we cleaned the house last night, so today when I get off work I actually have time to myself to make jewelry! Or, make cookies...damn, I can't decide. I really want to try this recipe, which I found yesterday. I think these look splendid, and would be the perfect addition to a rainy, sleepy day.

Oh, and I took some more pictures of the flowers that are in front of Lyndon's house. I told him that I'd like to photograph the flowers in his flower bed, as well as behind his house, and then have them all printed, matted, and framed, and we could make a photo grouping of them in his living room. He loved the idea. Here are a few of the ones I snapped this morning.







Thursday, May 1, 2008

Scarves + Senior Citizens = Crazy Idea?

The story: I crocheted a cute little scarf (scarfette?) for my boyfriend's mother and gave it to her birthday earlier this month. It was beautiful - a creamy white wool yarn crocheted in a shell pattern, finished off with three adorable pink vintage buttons (damn, why didn't I take a picture?). She wrote me a very sweet thank-you note, and in the note she told me how wonderful it was to have a short scarf that she could wrap around her neck to keep the chill away.

In her note, she mentioned that she thought these scarves would be great for the elderly and nursing home residents. Warm enough to keep necks warm, but also great because they are short and convenient and just easier to use than longer, bulkier scarves. She told me that I should definitely market them to local nursing homes.

So this got me thinking. Well, to be honest I thought her suggesting was a little funny. I envisioned myself trucking from nursing home to nursing home, trying to peddle my wares to senior citizens. I've always tried to market to a younger, more hip crowd, I suppose. But now I'm thinking that this would be a great way for me to give back. I've always been a big proponent of Alzheimer's research (both of my grandmothers suffered from this terrible disease). Maybe I could sell some small scarves in my Etsy shop, and then donate the proceeds to an Alzheimer's foundation? Or, perhaps skip that idea, and instead just spend my time crocheting scarves and then donating the actual items to nursing homes?

None of this will be for my own profit, of course. Let's face it, I can't crochet fast enough to make a profit, and I wouldn't feel right trying to sell these scarves to nursing homes residents anyway. I think I'd rather give them away, and just enjoy making them for the fun and rewarding experience of giving to others. What do you think? Has anyone else done this sort of thing before? Would senior citizens (or nursing home residents) be interested in scarves to keep their necks warm? Am I crazy?