We got started early this morning! The guys all got up and hunted and then we went up to the big house for breakfast. That’s what we call Grandaddy and Susu’s house. We have a little cabin at the bottom of the hill and it’s fine for us….or for the boys since they don’t care about anything fancy. Like towels for instance. I could only find one and it had been folded up for a long time. I thought I might need to wash it before I used it! There was coffee, though, and while waited on the boys to all come home, I sat on the porch and read magazine’s and planned for 2016 while I drank the coffee!! There’s very limited internet access and so you just enjoy the surroundings and if you need to do something with wifi, you just go up to the top of the hill and stand with one foot up and your left hand waving in the air and you can pretty much make it happen!
We were on the road all. day. long today. It was brutal. We went from Loudon, Tennessee to Gastonburg, Alabama. That’s where the camp house is. The population is like 21 or maybe 22 now. Clayton had a baby!
I did a lot of reading and instagram stalking. Free Shipping on the website this week and we’ve had several orders! I love getting that email! New order has arrived…….. We will be shipping out orders asap on Monday!
I love this sign! It was on the mantel at Mimi’s house and Emma and I ran out for a photo shoot! We did a little pre-Thanksgiving shopping last night and she got this cute black dress at Alter’d State. I got pajamas……thank goodness because I have them on right now!! Stretch! yessssssssss
Meet Jazzy. She is a miniature labradoodle! Santa brought her to us in 2007 for Christmas. He had to drop her off early and brought her while we were at the grocery store about a week before Christmas! It was so exciting!! Everyone says she’s the best dog and I have to agree!
What a long day! We had lots of orders to be filled with the FREE SHIPPING code that is going on all week for Thanksgiving! If you are shopping from your sofa on Thursday, or all the way through the weekend, you get free shipping at Lucysinspired.com! I’m heading to my Mom’s tomorrow and we will be chilling with family all weekend, so the orders will go out on Monday…..or Tuesday!
Sometimes I have to break from the routine. We sell so many more Lucy’s Inspired prism necklaces and vintage hardware cuffs than we do one of a kinds. Ashlee helped me out for so long, I got to where I didn’t make many. She made them all! She got a full-time and we are LOW! So, I pulled out the bling and the cool hardware pieces and started playing late last night. This is a little snap shot of what I came up with. I love color and I love texture! I don’t wear a lot of bling, but I love the way it looks on these pieces!!
Mondays are long. Especially when I haven’t been in the workshop since last Wednesday! Thankfully, this will be a short week! The holidays seem to make that happen! Here’s to short weeks until 2016! Speaking of being Thankful. I decided to run FREE SHIPPING this week! It’s on that fun banner I created yesterday. I love Squarespace. I love that it’s easy and it looks good and it helps those of us that can’t hire web designers create beautiful websites!
What a fun day to rest! It’s freezing outside and I found several movies to watch all day! I needed to be making jewelry, but sometimes it just works out to do nothing.
We did make it to church before Connor and John Connor made their way to the camp house. I was so excited when I tried on my new dress with the necklace I brought home from Perfectly Imperfect. There were two necklaces left from their last order and this one, this one was a favorite! I don’t find a lot of color in vintage hardware. Most pieces are neutral. Everyone once in awhile, we find pink or red or green, probably more shades of blue than anything. This is a big, pink round circle. It’s simply hanging from chain and has a couple of keys and a prism hanging from it. I put it on immediately and never took it off! I left a TON of jewelry there and decided to trade this one with them. When I got home i had a package from Anthropologie with a sweater dress I ordered last week. It matches perfectly and looks like it was made for the dress! score.
When you own your own business it feels like you never get time off. It’s Saturday and I am ready for a day off! You know that it’s the holiday season and when you sell jewelry, it’s not very smart to take days off! I had a trunk show at the Junior League of Birmingham’s Market Noel today from 10-1pm. I got to hang out with my best buddy, Becky Denny of Digs Design and Bamawise. Bamawise had a booth all weekend. If you aren’t sure what Bamawise is, you should check out their brand new website! It’s a company that distributes all Alabama made foods. Jeff and Becky invited me to hang out in their booth for a few hours and sell some jewelry! I had a splendid time and got to see so many friends!
I was so excited to stop in the Holiday Kress On Dexler Pop Up shop featuring Southern Makers this morning! I was in there on Monday and man, they have been working HARD!! It was a shell of a space on Monday. Didn’t even have a door!! Today, there are absolutely perfect vignettes on every side! I am so in love with this idea. They have taken a small space in downtown Montgomery and made it into a Maker’s Gift Shop. I can’t think of a better way to do all of my Christmas Shopping done. They literally have something for everyone in my family!
Today was an amazing day! I got to be pampered all day by Welle Studio. They have a fashion event every year called Festiwelle and I was the emcee! We did a photo shoot several months ago for the advertising spots and I got to sit among all of these gorgeous girls! They all wore clothes from the store and my jewelry!
I have a necklace that we call the Wear-with-everything-necklace. The original was a birthday gift given to me by my friend, Ashlee. She knew I made jewelry using chain and thought I could use something non-chain, so she made me a leather necklace with a prism on the end. Little did we know at the time, it would become the most popular necklace in the Lucy’s Inspired line. We added it in early on with a vintage key. About a year and a half ago, I made a “baby prism”. A shorter piece of leather with a smaller prism and key. Maybe something for the younger girl? It actually is worn by girls of all ages! I sell three times the smaller prism! I added a black leather with grey prism in August and they have become a hot item, as well! Every prism has a vintage key, a prism, leather lace band and a tiny Lucy’s Inspired tag! I’ve made so many this week I can’t count them. I’ve also enlisted friends and Emma’s friends to make them this week!! I will have them in Montgomery tomorrow at Welle Studio’s Fashion Show, the Kress on Dexler Pop Up shop through Christmas, at Perfectly Imperfect on Friday for a trunk show and a cuff workshop AND last, but not least, I’m doing a meet n greet at Market Noel on Saturday in Birmingham!
Would love to see you! Follow along on all social media outlets at Lucysinspired! We kick it on all of them!
Peace out Wednesday!
Sometimes it feels like I’m spinning wheels. Not in a bad way, just not getting ahead! I think we’ve made 1,000 prism necklaces in the past couple of months and I still don’t have enough! I know, that’s a good thing. Supply and demand. Yes, basic economics.
Monday mornings are usually the day I get my week together. You all know by now, I left my planner and computer at my Mom’s last Thursday. I swear, it’s like I couldn’t do anything without those two in my hands.
Instead of hanging out at my kitchen table and enjoying my coffee while planning the week, I jumped in the car and drove to Montgomery. It’s a little over an hour south of Birmingham. I met Heather from Welle Studio at the local news station to do a little segment on WSFA about Festiwelle coming up on Thursday. This event is going to be SO FUN! I will be the emcee and it’s going to be a day of pampering and festivities!! I went by the store and dropped off some jewelry for them to sell and use in the show and got an idea of how the layout would be on Thursday. I get my makeup and hair done, go to a radio show, pick out a fabulous outfit and get to talk about fashion, gift ideas and the holidays! Can you think of anything more fun? I can’t!
After sitting all day on Saturday doing absolutely NOTHING, I took a road trip to Atlanta. John Connor wanted to ride bikes again and I dropped him off with friends and headed east.
I had major plans for today. I was heading to Franklin, Tennessee for the City Farmhouse Holiday Pop Up show. Emma was at the lake with Daphney and JC was going riding. He rides mtn bikes with a group of boys at least three days a week! They were going to Tannehill today, which is not close to home. His ride fell through and either I had to take him to ride or take him with me to Franklin. Both scenarios were flawed. He pulled the, why-do-you-go-out-of-town card to make me feel guilty and it worked. I found that I really wanted to stay home.
It’s Friday! This week as been out of control! I woke up this morning thinking it was Saturday. That’s hard to swallow when the alarm goes off at 6:00am. Jeanine came over and we worked in the workshop for a bit. She helps with the books, because I hate that stuff!! I organized and filled orders and got ready for the Beholden Event for the launch of the latest Good Grit magazine.
I went to bed last night thinking about my mom’s kitchen and how I was going to take pictures of it so you could see and woke up to texts saying my sister was at the hospital in labor!! I wanted to be there so bad, but I was 3 1/2 hours away with other obligations for the day!
I can’t believe it’s almost the middle of November, 2015. Emma is 16. She is driving and acting all grown up. She has a debit card and is off every afternoon taking friends for ice cream or McDonald’s or bowling! I’m not sure what will happen when that birthday money is gone, but she talks about finding a job every day! She’s such a creative entrepreneur. I don’t know where she get’s that from. I guess we teach our kids things and don’t even realize it. She’s been working on hand lettering and she’s wanting to play around with water colors. I’ve encouraged her to make note cards and Christmas cards to sell. She’s pretty hard on herself and wants it to be perfect. I think they are perfect, but what do I know. I’m the mom. Here’s a peak of what I found in her room today! She’s pretty good, huh?
Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art. -Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Let’s talk plants.
I love the way they soften a room.
Problem is…..I do not have a green thumb. Remember those plants you had in college or in the nineties that you would put above the cabinets and they would grow like a vine? What were those called? You couldn’t kill them. They needed little light and even less water. Then, putting things above your cabinets got cluttery and we all stopped doing that. and the plants died. and I never got anymore plants.
I can’t believe this market is only a few weeks away! It seems like only yesterday, Emma and I were on our way to Pike Road, Alabama to sell jewelry and catch up with some of our favorite friends! I’m extra excited this year because I will be in the Chapel! Two years ago I set up inside and it was a wild day! That was the first year back when it was called The Chapel Market and Layla decided to pull together some of her besties that had things to sell. Last year, we set up in a booth right outside the front doors and I brought a TON of stuff!!
Y’all, I was asked to do an interview on Terrysfabrics.com and show some of my work plus some things that inspire me!! I was so happy that they chose me and would love for you to read along. They have lots of designers featured on the website and it’s full of super cool inspiration! Check it out, but first….here’s mine!!
Just finished watching the season finale of Beach Flip? Whew! What a ride. That was absolutely the coolest thing I’ve ever done. Filming for 6.5 weeks and then watching HGTV every Sunday night!! Who could’ve ever imagined? I’m so glad the winner has been announced. Do you know how hard it was to keep that a secret? HARD!!
Martha Montross and Alex Borre are the winners of $50,000. I am so proud and happy for these two. Did you know they got engaged a few weeks ago? Such an adorable couple. They’ve known each other almost their entire lives! I want to tell you a few reasons why I love them and I know you will love them, too. (like you don’t already!)
The bathroom challenges on Beach Flip this week were brutal. I have never been so tired, stressed, beat up in my life and we had to take on the SECOND most important room in the house!!!
Bathrooms are tiny, right? It’s hard to get an electrician, plumber, tiler and yourself, your teammate and carpenter in there to get it all done. OH MY WORD!!! We did it, though. We powered through this huge challenge. It was mentally challenging as well.