My Dogs are barking!

Posted in business-a-go-go, Main, Mind Wanderings at 1:26 am by carrie

What a day! Hit the ground running and barely had time to sit down today at all… that’s a “hit the pillow and pass out immediately when you get home” sort of day.

I spent over 5 hours hanging up chinese lanterns in the art workshop room… I then turned out the overhead lights, took a step back and absorbed the fruits of my labor… The twinkling lights in the lanterns, the beautiful color and playfulness of the lanterns as they sway in the air conditioning… then thought to myself… what the @%#! was I thinking opening this can of worms… I should have left well enough alone, this project has been weeks in the making and from all the ceiling tile shuffling, I got fiberglass and dirt all over everything. It’s semi-enchanting in a smothering, ceiling-is-swallowing-me-whole sort of way.

But isn’t it just that lover-ly? (And it isn’t even done yet!!!! ARgH!)

And the “Art Shelf of Wonder” is coming along beautifully (I can’t take any credit for this!):

Our Sale is well under way… many things in the store are 20% off! The sale will run through this Saturday which is our Anniversary party!

I’m completely overwhelmed, things aren’t ready for our big party on Saturday and I’m behind on my correspondence and paperwork… and little unexpected things keep creeping up… like Midwest sending our entire Halloween order… which isn’t HUGE, but enough to make me want to leave it on the street for someone to take. Susan had a great idea… wrap them up like presents since it IS our Birthday party and it could be really cute decor. Clever… but I like the leave in the street thing since they’d be gone ;) It’s super cute stuff, just… wow…. early. Mental note… another thing to add to your “The Business of Bliss and other Fairy Tales” book… again, kidding. I love that book. But… if you are thinking of going into business for yourself… and you aren’t familiar with running a business… ask at least a dozen people in the field you are looking at going into. OH! And sidenote, I heard Victoria Magazine is coming back! Yayyyy! But seriously, I love a “you go, girl!” book as much as the next person, but as far as day-to-day business(in the retail world, to be specific)… there’s got to be something more “real”.

Sorry, long day… brings out the whiner in me.

“Well begun is half done”… I’ve made a list… that’s a start!

OH! Our classes are coming together!!! We have some AWESOME projects scheduled for the following month with some amazing teachers (most of whom are published and/or had their pieces in an art gallery!). I’m going to be adding a few more classes over the next few days and I may teach a class. I’m thinking bath products 101. Something super easy. And I want to hear from YOU! What do you want to learn how to make? What sounds fun to you? :)

On the next episode of scatterbrain’s blog of mystery:
1. Sandy!!!! I owe you an email!!! I want you to teach here!!! I took pictures of your lovely gifts to Sue and I and want to blog about them!
2. Sue C. is making charms using my cupcake art, you must see!
3. Cathi! I have like… 5 people wanting to get on the torch all at once… hope you have some free time coming up!
4. There’s a little story about us in the local paper, The Foothills Paper! Many thanks to Gayle for her hard work and awesome writing skills!
5. Another giveaway! I haven’t even sent the winning item to the last winner! ugh! I’m just THAT behind!
6. My life-changing epiphany at an estate sale
7. The price of gas is scary, I’m going to buy a scooter
8. Roof dust & fiberglass insulation stings the eyes quite badly
…. and other misadventures!

I’m behind on my blog reading, commenting and email composing… I promise I’ll get to that next week after a long day of loafing as a bumper :)


  1. art tea life said,

    May 24, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    You did a WONDERFUL job with the lanterns. I am sobbbbbing THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL !

    THE Walllll…..The Walllll…..Oh my goodness….

    I am coming there on Saturday ! I want to worship The Wall of Goodies (what did you call it ?)

    Can’t wait to hear the epiphany story….anything to do with realizing that ONE DAY all your stuff will be in boxes in the backyard for people to go thru ? (sniff sniff)

    Want help getting ready at the shop ? I am open Friday morn…Just say the word – I can come by late that night too if you are still working on things.

    Can’t wait to see it all….and … uhm….are you gonna have….cup-cakes?

  2. art tea life said,

    May 24, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    W I L L

    W O R K

    F O R

    C U P C A K E

  3. deb said,

    May 25, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Boy, I’m tired just reading everything. But the shop looks gorgeous and those lanterns scream instant party to me! :) Even though you’re busy sounds like things are going well.. so glad to hear that. Enjoy your celebration and can’t wait to hear *all* about it next week! xo

  4. Tyn said,

    May 25, 2007 at 10:50 am

    The lanterns look so amazing!!!!! I just want to come and sit under them. :)

  5. deborah said,

    May 25, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. I’m there in spirit!

  6. sandy said,

    May 25, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Oh my gosh Carrie…those lanterns are the bomb-diggity!!!!! hehehehehe
    Your shelf looks amazing.. you girls are doing a great job there :) i love it!! :)

  7. heidi said,

    May 30, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    hi – love your blog! scanning through and saw those fab cupcake & birdie beads – do you sell them? or where can i get some?
    i’ll be back to visit!

  8. jenny holiday said,

    June 19, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Ohhhh I could just melt!!! Everything is just over the top fabulous!! The shelves!!! AHHHH! Where is my fainting couch when I need it!! Why can’t you be in my town?? Boo Hoo!!

    Fantastic stuff!!!

    xoxo Jenny

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