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Jan 24, 2011

Busy Bee

I have a long list of things I really want to blog about, but I just can't seem to find the time! Instead of being MIA I've decided to give you peek inside the madness. Here's what I've been up to before work, after work and on the weekends.

Sweatshopping
Every six months I participate in the POOL Trade Show which is wholesale show in Las Vegas where buyers from boutiques and larger stores come to view and hopefully decide to carry items from your line. I'm in the cash and carry section of the show with the other smaller, handmade brands. This means that unlike all of the other brands that just bring samples and take orders for delivery later, we sell on site. So unlike consumer shows where people buy a few things at a time, buyers may want to buy 30 hair clips, 40 rings, and 15 watch necklaces, for example. So in order to prepare for this show I have to sweatshop myself like crazy in order to be ready with lots and lots of product. I also design new fabric for each show and try to bring new products as well so it's definitely a major undertaking each time. I've already decided that I'll be taking August off from POOL in order to keep myself sane during a summer filled with out of town weddings and a wedding of my own to plan. Knowing that I don't have to prep for another one of these shows for a year makes the craziness a little more bearable.

Duncan and I cranked out 200 magnets for our friends at Love Me Sailor Photography this weekend. They're participating in a fabulous wedding event and needed something fun to spice up their marketing materials. I'm so excited to see their business rapidly take off. It's gonna happen any second now I can just feel it!

Wedding Planning
I completed our Save the Date design for OUR wedding! I thought this process would be impossible since I've created so many magnets and save the dates for other people. How could I decide on one design for us that I'd be happy to stick with? Well one night I just went for it and it all came really easily. Instead of going back and forth and giving myself a ton of options we decided to embrace the first design and run with it. We took a trip to Paper Source last weekend and bought the envelopes, labels and other supplies we needed. Next up will be to get the cards printed and produce the Vivi Dot magnets we'll be attaching. Oh and the guest list… we need to finalize the guest list.

We met with a day of coordinator to discuss her services and staffing for the day (bartenders, wait staff, etc). A week from tomorrow I'll also be going to try on dresses for the first time with my good friend Stacey who works at bridal boutique in downtown Seattle. The rest of the planning is going to have to wait until after POOL is over and I have some free time again.

Design Services
I just finished up creating a really fun save the date for my good friend Jeni who is getting married this summer. She and her fiance met while commuting on the same bus every day. Three years later he proposed at the bus stop so it seemed only right to go with a Muni theme for the design. I can't wait to post photos of them once she's sent them out to all of her guests.

I also designed Audrey's baby announcement for my sister. With pictures of her adorable little face it wasn't hard to make it a cute design!

The save the date magnets I made for my sister years ago rank really high on google for save the date related key words. Because of this I've been getting inquiries about pricing daily from interested brides to be. I've been trying to keep up with all of those while I move into the design phase with a few of them.

Misc.
It's time to start recital dances at the dance studio so I've been editing music, choreographing and mapping out my student's formations.

My sales taxes are due at the end of the month. I have two states to file in this year so that's twice the tax fun. Waaaa I hate this part!

Okay I think I'll stop there. If feels good to get it out on 'paper'. In a whirlwind of todo lists and incoming emails it's nice to reflect a bit and take note of all I've done over the last week!Pin It

Jan 18, 2011

Nerdy Flower Love

A few years ago Duncan an I walked by a garage sale where a beaker was for sale. We were on our way to get coffee so we decided to get it on our way back. Unfortunately, it had already sold so my plans for adorably nerdy flower arrangements were foiled. I was on the hunt after that. I saw a few for sale at a mid century vintage store, but they were way more money than I wanted to spend. Being the fabulous fiance he is, Duncan surprised me with FIVE erlenmeyer flasks for Christmas. He's so good at remembering! I finally put them to use this weekend. It just took one Trader Joe's bouquet for $9.99 plus a $1.99 worth of eucalyptus and other filler. Nerdy Flower ArrangementOlive obviously loved the arrangements too! Nerdy FlowersWhat are your favorite creative flower arrangement containers?Pin It

Jan 14, 2011

Paisley Perfection

Decked Out is back! I let this weekly blog feature kind of slip away from me right around the time I moved to Seattle and things got especially crazy. I always really enjoyed putting these posts together so I'm excited to get back into it! For those who aren't familiar with Decked Out here's the deal- I start out with a vintage find that I love and add affordable, modern day basics (things you likely already have in your closet) to put together a full ensemble. So after a good five months away I feel like my fake virtual online shopping ban has been lifted and I just got paid!

My first stop was over at Jenny's awesomely curated vintage shop Freckle Wonder where I found this incredible 60's Paisley Party Dress. It's cold and rainy and dark where I live, but that's no reason to dress the same way! This would be my winter run to the famers market outfit. It's also the I can't wait to wear this dress in the spring, but I want to wear it NOW outfit.Decked Out- 60's Paisley Print DressI'd wrap myself up in this Double-layer Open Cardi (on sale) and belt it with a Skinny Laser Cut Belt from the GAP. I'd lace up these vegan-friendly boots from Modcloth and accessorize my look with a sparkly amethyst ring from Moorea Seal (via GaryPepperVintage).
I may just snatch up this dress for real so if you like it, get on it fast! It's on sale from $72 to $40! And seriously... that print!! 60's Paisley PrintGot any killer vintage shops or online retailers that stock awesome basics that I should check out? Please let me know in the comments. And thanks in advance for the tips!
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Jan 12, 2011

Color Scheming

Let's state the obvious: I LOVE COLOR!
When designing fabric I start out by putting together color schemes like this (click to enlarge):
Color SchemingAny favorites? Your votes just might influence my future Vivi Dot prints!Pin It

Otter Obsessed

I'm in love with otters and I can't get enough! I'm not sure exactly how it snuck up on me, but over the last few months I've been drawn to all things otter. My love grew ten fold when we went to the Seattle Aquarium on New Year's day and experienced them first hand. They are just the cutest little creatures. They ate crab off of their bellies and then washed themselves when they were done. They scratched their little furry cheeks and our hearts just melted. If they haven't won you over yet then get this- They hold hands while they sleep so they don't drift away from each other. Cute overload right!?Otters Holding Hands
Duncan put together this video to share the otter love. Check it out!

Seattle Aquarium 1-1-11 from Duncan Hooper on Vimeo.

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Jan 6, 2011

Queen of Hearts

I'll be the first to admit that I know very little about wine. I don't drink the super bargain stuff anymore, but I still think it's silly to spend much more than $10 on a bottle at a grocery store. I'm a sucker for a good label though which is why this Queen of Hearts Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara is my new favorite. Sure, the paying card motif caught my eye (as did the $10 off sign at my local market), but I confirmed it was true love when I realized the heart theme played through on the cork too!Queen of Hearts Pinot NoirThis bottle usually retails for $18.99, but luckily for me Ballard Market had a super deal on it so I snagged a few at $9.99!Pin It

Jan 4, 2011

Heartbroken


My heart breaks over the loss of DOG (pronounced diyogi) who passed away yesterday after being hit by a car. My heart hurts even more for Duncan's parents who have such a big space to fill in their daily lives with this little guy gone. DOG was a part of the family and we won't be the same without him around. Hug your pets extra hard for me tonight.

We love you DOG and miss you so much!Pin It