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Dec 23, 2008

Christmas is Cancelled

Okay, it's not really cancelled just slightly postponed this year.

Seattle is under a blanket of snow with more predicted to be on the way tonight and tomorrow. At first glance this makes everything seem pretty and serene, but only until you try to go anywhere. Most flights were cancelled or extremely delayed yesterday, but things seem to be back on track this morning. That doesn't mean it's not a nightmare getting to the airport and through the security line though. Unfortunately for the Gaines family this means our first Christmas apart. Emily and Bryce are driving into San Francisco from Las Vegas today, but Mom had to make the tough decision to avoid the madness and remain snowed in up Seattle. Luckily there's no shortage of friends and family near by offering her Christmas plans to keep her busy. We'll miss ya Mom and it definitely won't be the same without you with us. Can't wait to see you soon, give you a great big belated Christmas hug and celebrate late this year.

And for your viewing pleasure I've included the good and the bad that come with along with a white Christmas. (photos courtesy of The Seattle PI)

The Naughty:
And the Nice:

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Dec 22, 2008

Something Special Under the Tree

While I was out stocking stuffer shopping this weekend I just couldn't bring myself to spend ten dollars on a roll of wrapping paper. The cheap stuff is more trouble than it's worth since it's see through and rips so easily but the good stuff is just too darn pricey (especially knowing it will be half off the day after we need it). With all my paper and craft supplies at home I decided a crafty project was in order. All I bought was a package of 100 white hang tags for $3.50 from the office supply store and I was headed back home to get creative. It was the first creative project I had done in a while that wasn't Vivi Dot related so I had extra fun time with it. Here are my creations:Holly and polka dots
Contact paper branch with holiday berries and leaves
Snakeskin paper Christmas tree
Festive Robots
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Dec 17, 2008

MMMM Mulled Wine

I made my first batch of mulled wine last year for a Vivi Dot friends and family holiday party/trunk show. It was a huge hit and after making it again at this year's party it's now officially a tradition. You really can't beat the way it makes the whole house smell like the holidays and the recipe I use is especially tasty.

I tend to wing it a bit since I make an extra big batch. For instance if I triple the recipe I don't need to triple the oranges. I also suggest letting it sit for at least the 15 minutes the recipe describes. The longer it sits the better it gets. Just be sure to keep an eye on it once the wine is added so it doesn't get too hot, boil, and take the 'fun' out of it. Also, there's obviously no need to spend much money on the wine since you're adding water, sugar, etc, but if you're like me and want to avoid the instant two buck chuck hangover I'd step it up one notch and go with something in the 3-4 dollar range from Trader Joe's.

Here's the full recipe courtesy of the Food Network

2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
1 fresh whole nutmeg
2 oranges, thinly sliced
1 bottle red wine

Combine 2 cups of water with the sugar and spices in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Add the orange slices, remove pan from the heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Stir in the wine. Reheat gently over low heat, never allowing to boil. Serve hot, in heated glasses.Pin It

Dec 15, 2008

An Extra Large Holiday Delivery!

Vivi Dot had a busy weekend! I sold more than double what I normally do at Indiemart and had a great time doing it! There was even a line down the block to get in so it seems as though the word is out that it's the best place to drink and shop your weekend away.

Next up I spent a rainy Sunday inside making a over 20 items that needed to be shipped out today. I've been sending a couple of orders out each day but sending out ten packages at once marked a new record. Hopefully I'll soon look back at ten orders in a day as my 'humble beginnings,' but with this being my first official holiday season in the online world, I'm pretty excited about this record breaking day!

I mentioned before that Olive was patiently awaiting your orders so I figure it was only appropriate to have her pose next to today's big stack of boxes ready for shipment.
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Up until now I've depended on City Car Share for all my transportation needs that couldn't be fulfilled by Muni. Though I highly recommend it, a car of my own has become more and more of a necessity as I do more shows, need to restock stores during my lunch hour, etc. After many months of putting it off Duncan and I bit the bullet and bought a car over Thanksgiving weekend. Our new four door hatchback Yaris seems to be the perfect little car for all of our adventures. It gets excellent gas mileage (29 city and 35 highway) and also has tons of room in the back when the back seats are folded down. There's even a nifty little contraption in the back that unfolds and covers up the gap between the 'trunk' and the folded own seats. Megan of MCG and I even fit both of our booth supplies and product in there on Saturday after Indiemart. Our little Yaris came into our lives just in time too as I can't imagine how I would have gotten through my daily trips to the post office without her!
Oh and Indy whole heartedly approves as well: Pin It

Dec 12, 2008

Pop Junkie Half Off Sale

One of Vivi Dot's favorite friends in the San Francisco design world is Pop Junkie. If you haven't checked out their uniquely awesome wares before, now is the time! Their hoodies and T-shirts are uber comfy and oh so cool. Have all the clothing you need? Check out their artsy clocks, totes and pillows too. Just in case you need more incentive they're offering 50% off all apparel for the rest of December! That's wholesale prices people!!
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Dec 10, 2008

Crafty Giveaway!

Vivi Dot is a part of the Modish Giveaway this month! It's the last month Jenna will be doing the giveaway in its traditional form so make sure to participate and get a chance to win hundreds of dollars in crafty wares! With over $2,161 in fabulous goods the giveaway is split up into three packages (one today, one tomorrow, and one on Friday). All you have to do is check out some of the awesome goods and comment on something you like. By commenting you're entered to win! It's that easy! Check out the details of this give away at Modish and enter today.

Spot the dots in the picture? Look out for my Polka Dot Mushroom hair clips in this first giveaway. 12/12/08 Update:
Spot the dot in the day two and
day three giveaways too! Pin It

Dec 9, 2008

Indie mart is Moving on Up

Moving on up to the Western Addition that is. Come by this Saturday (December 13th) for the last Vivi Dot appearance before the holidays. You'll find the fun at the Independent from 11-4. Details are below and you can find out even more at the Indie Mart website.
Hope to see you there!

12/12/08 UPDATE:
Here's full list of vendors you'll find at this Indiemart:
Taxi CDC
Turk & Taylor
Rock Candy
Perish Trust
CC Rider
Mama's Little Babies
Velvet Surrender
Kaching Designs
Funkier Than Thou
Hello There Friend
Bug Under Glass
Project Transaction
Laura Wiley
Extra FuerteAnimal Instincts
Chelsea Gai
Patron Saint
Sprout Studios
Kate Durkin
Feathered Leopard
Pop Junkie
Ofina Jewelry
Blackbird Photography
Octopuss Me
Transaction tiger
Minnie Wilde
San Fran Psycho
Gangs of San Franicsco
Deadbeat Sister
12 Designs Secession Art & DesignPin It

Dec 2, 2008

Readymade Holiday Party

Attention San Francisco readers! The Readymade holiday party and gift bazaar is this week and you're invited! Vivi Dot will have a table along with many other local designers. Throw in some music, dancing, drinks and lots of merriment making it a holiday event you won't want to miss. Check out the details below and make sure to RSVP to ReadyMade if you plan to attend. Pin It