The after before the before…

Posted in business-a-go-go, Main at 2:19 am by carrie

So… technically this is the pre-after before I get the real after put together, but you’ll get the idea…

It’s the unveiling of the super-duper new and slightly improved… Violets are Blue now with “Holiday Merriment”!

There is a story about that hidden clock…

Now here is the mess in progress…

Half of the boxes that showed up in the middle of the chaos…

Ah, a retail Holiday-centric gift store in November. It should be put together and finished but that would be too easy ;) Three of my 22 trees systematically decided to not light… so, that required taking all of the ornaments off the trees and putting on new lights. Awesome. Then the 20 boxes of lamps etc and so on. The cherry on the retail sundae is the whole credit card merchant processing fiasco. Upon reaching out to others, I guess there is a trend in crappy credit card processing companies… who knew! So, I’m doing a ton of research and sending more certified letters than I care to mention. Doing business… I wish they made a Fisher Price “My first Business” play set when I was a kid… complete with overwhelming UPS shipments, roof leaks, customers who are disturbed by messes and odd little men who like to steal bells. With such a play set, I could have been problem solving all this at an earlier age ;) Are you reading this Fisher Price? :)

Yes, I’m whining. But I’m also at a point that is SO much easier to deal with than last year’s mess of boxes etc. This is nothing compared to last year.

I completely spaced on sending out a postcard on the after-Thanksgiving Sale. Ugh. How did the 14th of November creep up and why isn’t Thanksgiving on the 25th like every other year? Thank you Aztec Calendar (is that what we use? duh… someone correct me). How come every single year we plan on being prepared for the next holiday season and that never happens? I need some Jolly-ing :)

Meanwhile, back at the ranch… I’ve been doing a lot of jewelry with turquoise and smokey quartz. I like :)


I only have the “before” of the door/window… but I put a mantel in the window with a light up fire log and it look SO neat! I’ll post finished pics of this next…

A glass cupcake ornament…

and a mocking snowman… :) He seems to be making fun of me. See, things DO come alive in the store when it’s late ;) hehe.

(I just typed “mcCenter” as a center close tag… must…. sleep! You have to see a picture of the store window at night! I must pull a frogger!)

Oh, oh! And in the process of trying to find a recipe for Pumpkin Cake, I found Sandra Lee’s Kwanzaa Cake. She used acorns on the cake, but the recipe calls for corn nuts. Yes… you read that right… corn nuts. Now… if you are more interested… google Kwanzaa Cake and read what people have to say. It’s quite horrifying AND delightful AND entertaining! Wheeee! I never had a real opinion of Sandra Lee, but this… this has given new meaning to “taking the cake”. Seriously… she’s just a tad much. Any thoughts? ;)


  1. Graycee said,

    November 14, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Be careful pulling that ‘frogger’ . . . I could only complete a few levels of that game . . .usually ended up squished!

    And what’s the deal with that cake frosting color . . .

  2. Babs said,

    November 14, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    What a festive visual feast of lights, merriment and chartreuse and red Christmas trees! I love that kind of sensory overload – GO CARRIE!

  3. cielo said,

    November 15, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Jingo Bells, Jingo Bells… after seeying your wonderful pics., I’ve decided to get into the holiday spirit !


  4. deborah said,

    November 16, 2007 at 8:09 am

    my favorite remark was, “an embarrassment to desserts!”

    Now, if I was 30 years younger and in my antiestablishment, panafricanist, militant, i just wanna pronounce that i be just black yall (no matter what my mamma look like)” state of mind, I’d say it was a conspiracy against kwanzaa but after talking with ron karanga (the inventor of kwanzaa) he wanted to know why was I gettin my recipe’s from mainstream media using white cake as the base?!

  5. Mosaic Queen said,

    November 17, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Someone has been busier than usual!!! WOW!!!!
    Just a little note to let you know about my new blog.
    Take care and don’t work too hard!!! ;-)

  6. cutesypoo said,

    November 17, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    it looks ravishing!

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