My lovely friends at Magnolia, in Downtown Orlando, have begun a series called #TheMagnoliaProject which features different artists and vendors the last Wednesday of each month and due to a total stroke of luck, I will be participating this week! I am beyond excited/nervous but when someone dropped out last minute and the owner asked if I could get everything together in only a week, I'd had just enough cocktails in me to throw caution and preparedness to the wind and immediately answer "Absolutely!".
So with that being said, I will be peddling some vintage goodness this coming Wednesday night, March 25th, from 8:00 p.m. through Midnight. I am encouraging everyone to come and hang out, as I've been to enough of these types of "pop-up" style events at bars to know that usually sales aren't super high but I think this venue, the size, etc. is going to be perfect for my first in-person event and the networking will be great for me too since I'm just now starting to get my name out there. If for no other reason than to "rip off the band-aid" and get my first show out of the way and come out unscathed (ideally hah). I think it should be a really good time and as you can see in the photo above, some other really talents makers and artists will be participating as well and I could not be more excited to be thrown in to the mix with them! So hopefully, I will see a ton of familiar faces and maybe even meet some new ones! I will try to snap some photos of the event too, if possible, to document me surviving my first, very ill-prepared, very last minute show!
Hi Guys!! I hope the holidays have been good to everyone so far! It has definitely been a crazy one over here, phewww. Unfortunately, I've not had the chance to get over and work on the Shasta as much as I'd like the past couple of weeks which makes me soooso sad! But we did get one good trip in last week and you may not be able to see it but this one visit really cleaned her up a great deal. We redid all of the sub-flooring as well as reinforcing some of the rotted out floor frames so now at least she's (sort of) safe! Hooray! I've attached a couple of pictures below. I know, if doesn't look like much but it definitely excited me! I'm finally in the process of trying to solidify what the inside will look like which is super fun but kind of scary too. I feel like we're really close to finishing off the insides (since all of the difficult stuff is mostly done) but it's still so hard for me to visualize fully what the inside will end up like. In true "me" form, I guess I'll just wing it and kind of make it up as it goes along...that sounds like a solid plan, right?
Also, I've thrown a couple of new things up in the shop this weekend that are pretty fun! Most notably being a 1970's Polyester Wrap dress with this INSANE pattern, the butterfly collar, the whole thing! The pattern is a strange mix of southwestern print and home office scene???? Ohhhh 70's and your wacky prints! I've seen some doozies in my travels but this one is perhaps the most random I've ever run into, hands down. But strangely enough, the quirky pattern is completely offset with the supppper flattering classic wrap shape and a great weight fabric that literally hugs every curve in all the right places. Just the juxtaposition makes me scratch my head but hey, who says you can't wear a southwestern home office print in day-to-day life?? No one I've ever heard of! (Though I question whether it's actually ever come up before now?....). Anyway, pop on over to the "Store" page above and you can see it, along with the link to the full listing, and check it out in it's full glory!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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So, I figured since I've mentioned my cute lil Shasta once or twice throughout the site and on social media I wanted to give you a couple of "before" pictures as we continue on with our adventure in fixing her up and getting her road ready! We still have a ways to go but I am determined to have everything completed by the end of the year! Here are some peeks:
This was the first day we brought her home (or to my parent's home, rather). She doesn't look like much to most people but I knew right when I saw her that I had to have her! Though I do love the more curved "canned ham" shaped Shasta's, the stars just really aligned with her and I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Plus, she's a bit wider and longer than a lot of the rounder versions which I think will ultimately make for a more comfortable, efficient shopping experience.
This next batch of photos is from this past weekend. We've gone out and worked on her a couple of times over the past few weeks and she still may look like a hot mess (and don't misunderstand, she most certainly is) she has actually already undergone so much change. The demo stages are completely finished, we are now at the point where we can begin building up and then after that, the fun stuff! Deciding what she'll look like! I'm so excited/nervous about this part. I love the whole branding aspect but with all of that excitement there comes just as much anxiety about finalizing it all. When something is so close to your heart and to your chest, it's scary to finally be at the point where I'm having to make these decisions!
I barely ever talked about this whole crazy dream scheme of mine, not really sure why. Afraid of what people would think or afraid of it failing, who knows. But now it's happening and I'm just going to have to get over it and get on with it! But, as nerve-wracking and overwhelming as it can all be, I am extremely excited about what is in store. Has anyone else out there been hesitant to tell other people their crazy dreams too? I can't imagine I'm alone here. Anyone?... Anyone?
So this is my uneasy attempt at my very first blog post! ::insert nervous, awkward smile and thumbs up here:: Basically, I've begun the past couple birth years with a list of goals that I make each year of a certain number of things that I am going to attempt to conquer throughout that year before my next upcoming birthday (many people practice this but I personally got the idea from these lovelies here). Though I will not go into each and every goal that I have set out to accomplish just yet, I will tell you that up until this point in my life I genuinely believe I have been, in some strange sense, afraid of being “successful”. I put this word in quotations because frankly success is a subjective thing. It means a million different things to a million different people. To put it in a very broad and easy to digest form, to me being successful means being happy, healthy, secure and creatively fulfilled every day. I have had all of these things, though not at all once or in the capacity that I deem a success and this year my “30 before 30” list was basically a general breakdown of how I can go about being all of those things but in a more profound, meaningful and dare I say, long-term way. I have never been much of a long term thinker honestly. I was (and to an extent still AM) a very go-with-the-flow, fly by the seat of my pants, day-to-day kinda girl which I believe to be a great quality in an individual TO AN EXTENT. There comes a time or maybe an age when as much as you want to retain that 100% free spirited, lackadaisical view about life that you do need to start thinking about the “big picture” and begin building up to something, ANYTHING, that is going to hopefully help ensure you a happy and meaningful life.
Now maybe I’m a square but stability is something that I have begun desperately seeking just a little bit, as of late. I turned 30 in December and unlike many, the age itself doesn't scare me so much as the lack of any worthwhile mentionables in regards to my first 30 years! All that I can recall from the past solid 10 years or more is working my butt off in school and various jobs (both in and out of my chosen field) but always doing it for other people. Always in some way trying to prove my worth to others, my employers and maybe to society as well, as opposed to proving it to myself. I have run across some real....how shall I put this? “Winners” as far as employers go (and yes, by “winners” I mean god-awful, succubus, devil beasts who made my life miserable in many, MANY creative ways). Taking whatever scraps are thrown my way because that’s what you’re supposed to do as you’re working your way up the ol’ corporate ladder right? RIGHT??
So in comes this super powerful aforementioned list and this silly little blog of mine. Blogs can sometimes seem a bit conceited in some instances (endless stream of selfies anyone?) and I am certainly not claiming to be above any potential conceit but for me, blogs have been a HUGE source of inspiration for me to get off of my butt and make my life count. When I am lacking in the inspiration and creativity department, as life and people can so often leave you, blogs have helped hype me back up! For the most part I feel that if I blog my daily dealings, my successes, my failures and all the fun times in between that it will keep me on track. That once I write it and put it out into the universe, if for no other reason than the conceit, I will have to follow through in order to not look like a complete fool. Brilliant logic, no? hah So basically, this blog is going to be a written and photographic story of me trying my damndest to realize and accomplish my personal “successes”. A way to chronicle all of the memories (take more pictures was on “the list” after all!) and perhaps in the meantime maybe my adventures could at the very least entertain, if not dare I say, inspire someone else to take hold of their lives as well! Much easier said than done I realize but what better time than the present to start fresh and start living a more creative and inspiring life? I have accomplished a few things on “the list” (big ones too which I’m stoked about!!) but I think I can do better and with my next birthday fast approaching I want to hit the ground running and really put this past year to shame! So obviously I’m new at this whole putting my entire life on the internet thing so be gentle and let’s see how this whole crazy scheme pans out, shall we?