Friday, August 30, 2013

Annual Clearance Sale Sneak Peaks

I hope those who joined in our "I'm busier than. . . " fun on Facebook yesterday enjoy your $10 off coupons to use in the clearance sale :)

I was thinking about it and we shouldn't really call this a "clearance" sale. It is a clearance sale in that I am trying to free up some space to handle our holiday work load. But it is not clearance in that these are items that have been sitting our shop unsold. (Well, some are. . . .). We are going to be using this sale as an experiment of sorts to gather information from our buyers on future plans for expansion in the business. So you can expect to find great pieces in designer fabrics at great prices.

Because we are going to be gathering information from this sale we are going to be doing the sale on the blog. You will need to contact me via email to purchase an item. Don't worry, we are not adding you to a mailing list, etc. I have the blog for you to follow so you can keep up with us. I have no reason to send out emails, etc. The sale will be a first come first served basis. We are going to note the amount of emails/interest in certain items based on how many inquiries there are for the item.

So if you're wondering how we can sell items made from Windsor Smith Riad or Kelly Wearstler's Imperial Trellis, Robert Allen's Cats Cradle or Braemore's Secret Gate at such low prices, just consider it our thanks to you for participating in our experiment. And also, just a general thanks for considering us for your home decorating purposes. We would be nothing without our clients and we appreciate you.

With this information we will be gathering, we hope to offer you more of you want and have it ready and available on hand.

Here's a little of what you can expect to see. . .

We will have pillow covers in a variety of sizes and shapes in designer fabrics starting at $5.00 per cover for Premier Prints designs and up to $20.00 for other designer brands such as Windsor Smith.

We have a set of gray and white horizontal stripe curtains HALF WIDTH (25" wide each panel) 84" long, lined with drapery lining.

Tea Towel sets for $5.00.
AND new designs we hope to add to our shop!! The image above is a set of 16" round pillows with a 2" gusset and welting. They come finished with the pillow inserts. We would like to know if there are people out there who are overwhelmed by the process of shopping for home décor items and would like to just order an item and have it arrive ready to use as opposed to ordering a cover and having to purchase an insert yourself. I would love your feedback here in the comments if you have any on the subject.
More sneak peaks next week!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

What are you busier than???

Wanted to drop a quick reminder to check out our sneak peaks tomorrow for our clearance sale. I've been busier than a cross eyed air traffic controller getting everything together for this sale. It's gonna be huuuuuge.

I'll be taking some pictures tonight and posting about our products in the morning. I have been feverishly working to get caught up from the time I missed after my grandmother passed, getting ready for this sale and getting ready for our busy holiday season.

School just started for students. So I know every one is busy. Here are some of my favorite phrases for your Facebook status updating pleasure:

I am busier than a:

1) one toothed man in a corn on the cob eating contest.
2) a mosquito in a nudist colony.
3) the defibrulator on Hugh Heffner's night stand.
4) a toilet in Grand Central Station.
5) a cat trying to bury poop on a marble floor.

Finish the sentence in the comments: "I'm busier than a. . . "

Friday, August 23, 2013

Annual Clearance Sale Date

Annual Clearance Sale is on Saturday September 14th!!!
It's about that time of year again! Our busiest season is just before the holidays as everyone is getting their homes ready to entertain visitors. To accommodate the work load we like to clean this place out just before busy season.
This year our sale begins on Saturday September 14th. It will be a first come first served basis. I will start the sale at midnight. I haven't decided if it will be here on my blog or if I will put it in the clearance section of the website. Stay tuned for those details. I will update every Friday before the event with details and "sneak peaks."
You can expect to see products in some of the following designs:
(If you see something you like, click on it to find out more about the product)
You can expect to see:
Here are the policies:
1) First come, first served basis.
2) Payment will be made by paypal invoice (If you do not have a paypal we can add a personal listing for you in our etsy shop for an additional processing fee).
3) All Clearance sales are final. No refunds, no returns.
4) If your paypal invoice (or etsy listing) is not paid for in 24 hours from the time it is sent to your email address, the item will go to the next person in line.
5) Shipping prices will be stated with the item and is for the individual item. If multiple items are purchased, shipping will be adjusted accordingly.
6) Alterations can be made to Roman Shades, Curtains or Valances for a fee and additional processing time. They can only be made to a measurement smaller than what they currently are.
7) Note, all pillow covers are sold WITHOUT inserts unless it specifies "Sold With Insert," which is only the case with round pillows.
Please leave any questions you may have in the comments section here. I will answer them ASAP.
Thank you! Looking forward to a great clearance sale this year and hooking you up with some designer décor at a great price!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Half Marathon and trip to Ireland

My Half Marathon and Ireland trip
I ran in Dublin's inaugural Rock n Roll Half Marathon!!
But let's back up a bit to the beginning.
I decided to run this marathon last November. I was at my sister in laws for Thanksgiving and was reading that my friend was going to run in a Ragnar race and looking for a team. He was dealing with his own health issues at the time and I thought, "If he can do it, I certainly can!" So I said out loud, "I think I'm going to run a marathon." My sister in law laughed at me. That sealed the deal :) She did explain that she laughed because she thought I was joking since I have a joint disorder. :)
So I started training! I had lots of bumps along the way. I suffer from joint pain, my spine is collapsing on itself, I have numbness in my legs because my spine is pinching nerves that make my legs feel asleep, I have plantars fasciitis, and, above all, I just plain didn't like running.
At the peak of my training I cut my finger and severed an artery. I couldn't run until the artery healed. It took about 2.5 weeks.

And that's why you always leave a note. ;)

Then, a week and a half before the race, my Grandma died.

There was just not enough chocolate in the word that day.

Then, on a practice run to see if I could make the race in the allotted amount of time my toes started bleeding. This was a week after the run. My toe nails were shorter at the time. But they don't make my size shoe in a woman's shoe. . . :*(

We got to Ireland early so that we could adjust to the climate, time change and get over the exhaustion of travelling.


I brought my kids and my husband. My kids are excellent travelers, so I am never afraid to stick them on a plane for 8.5 hours.
My mom ran the race with me. She also has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III--Hypermobility. It was great to get to experience this with my mom (even if I did leave her in the dust right at the start line ;)). Just kidding, Mom. ;)
So, allow me to tell you a little about this race. Last November when I started training, I was going from zero, nothing. Walking to the bus stop to pick up my kids was the extent of my exercize. I worked very hard. With the help of my wonderful and supportive husband, I was able to complete this race in a reasonable amount of time for my first half marathon. My husband would come home from work and immediately take over with the kids so I could go out and run before I lost the light. He was positive and encouraging.
Excuse the ghettoness in the background.
My mom and I got to St. Stephen's Green early so we could check our gear and find our corral. As it was our first race, we were confused by some of the behaviors, clothing, etc of the other runner. We were running with Elvis, woman wearing flame sequin bras, a family in kilts and a man wearing a woman's bathing suit and a long blond curly wig.  !!!!
Then everyone started doing a warm up and my mom said, "What are we doing?" I said, "I don't know. Just do it!"
The beginning of the race was kind of. . . anti climactic. They released everyone in 10 second intervals to keep the course from crowding. So they did the countdown and everyone was shouting and yelling and excited and then we just had to stand and wait. By the time they got to our corral, the countdown was not quite as enthusiastic.
The course was gorgeous. We ran along the Liffey, then past St Patrick's Cathedral, the Guinness Factory, then into Phoenix Park where the majority of the race was run. It was beautiful. I confess, I was often distracted during the run by the beautiful scenery. That is, distracted by the scenery when I wasn't distracted by men running past me in women's bathing suits.
By the time I got to mile four I ran past a few ladies walking. I turned to them and said, "Well, that was fun! I think I'm done now."
At mile 8 there was a hydration station and they gave us this Isotonic, blabbidy blah, grossness drink. It made me feel sick and then I had to run the rest of the way feeling like vomiting. I also felt bad about throwing trash on the ground since you just throw your cups as you run. Does anyone know what I am talking about??
There were bands playing at each mile marker. It was so fun!
By this time I was back on the south side of the Liffey and heading back to St. Stephen's Green. So many times throughout the race as I felt my toes bleeding, muscles spasming, keeping vomit down from that disgusting drink, I kept wondering if I would finish. I had sacrificed so much. My husband and kids had sacrificed so much in my preparation for the race. I just kept going, one step at a time.
The finish line was right around a corner. I turned that corner and right there were my kids jumping up and down for me! Yelling my name! And my husband recording me. And it was the best experience. It gave me that little extra umph I need to run through the finish line. Immediately after the finish line they handed us our medals and a water bottle and took pictures. It was amazing.
I am so glad I ran this marathon. Everything in my life has come naturally to me. I never pulled an all nighter in college, I often get new things on the first try. But this was something that did not come naturally. I had to work. I had to change. I had hurt and push and pull. And it didn't feel great most of the time. And to have completed the race was a huge accomplishment, and not just because I have a joint disorder and my doctors said I would never do this.
We hung out in Ireland for another week after the race.

We spent a lot of time in Dublin. Temple Bar was awesome. Lots of great music on the "Pub Crawl." And the Craic was mighty!! ;) jk . . .
We spent some time in Belfast and Cork at the Blarney Castle. And, NO, I did not kidd the Blarney stone. What can I say? I'm a giver, not a taker. I like to give more than I get and that stone was gonna give me somethin', for sure!

This was the dungeon. My kids are standing on some stairs that take you to a narrow passage that you have to crawl through. I stuck my camera light in a whole in the wall and it lead to a room. THEN I saw the spiders the size of my FACE and ran out of that faster than you can kiss a duck!! It was definitely an Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom moment.

This is looking down out at the grounds of Blarney castle.

This is literally looking down :) Straight down. There was a little wind tunnel. Hence the crazy hair ;)
This is the Blarney Stone.
And this is my husband kissing the Blarney Stone. No, he is not allowed to kiss me for a month. Everyone has been kissing that thing. Gross.
The legend of the Blarney Stone says that Cormac Laidir McCarthy, the builder of Blarney Castle, was in a law suit during the construction. He pleaded to the goddess, Cliodhna, for help. She told him to kiss the first stone he saw on the morning of his court appearance. He did, and was able to plead his case with great eloquence. He won his case. From that point, this stone was said to be able to impart "the ability to "deceive without offending." The stone was then incorporated into the construction of the Blarney Castle.
People would travel long distances to be able to kiss the Blarney stone and receive the gift of eloquent speech. But, I don't think there's any hope for my husband. (Side story-- I miscarried once. My husband came into the bathroom and said, "It's okay, when we get to heaven the baby will be there. It will be like finding $20 in your pocket." I sobbed! Then he said, "Sorry, you're right. It will be like finding $50 in your pocket." Hopeless. . .  ;)
So, What's next??? My son wants to see the pyramids in Egypt. It's not very expensive to travel there. I assume that has something to do with the lack of government control and growing civil unrest in Cairo. . . :) But maybe that will calm down a bit by the time we save up for the trip. I found a marathon that runs along the Nile. But that just screams Malaria to me. My friend went to Africa in college and was vaccinated for Malaria and still came home with Malaria! So we'll just have to think about this one. . . . .
My kids also want to do Kids Rock. They run a marathon by running in the weeks before the race. They record their distances each day or week, or however often they run. Then they run the last mile on race day. It's a really neat opportunity for them and a great way to get them involved.
Does anyone else run races? What races do you run? Rock N Roll was my first. I don't have much experience with races so I would love to hear of other races and learn more!! Leave me a comment and feel free to leave links to other races. I am very interested!!