Finally. Here’s a blog post for you. There was NO time to post after the shop happened. I rushed right home into holiday shipping and family obligations and this year there’s basically been no rest, just jumping right back into work. I suppose that’s alright, but it might be nice to experience what some call a “weekend”, ha. Maybe for New Year’s?? …Nah. Anyway, I had a pop up shop, INSIDE a giant Christmas tree outside of Chicago, and it even had it’s own musical light show that happened every 30 minutes. What an experience. I basically WAS inside roadside kitsch and made a beautiful little boutique in there. My bucket list has some strange things checked off…roadside kitsch style store, check. Once in a lifetime, done and done. My display fit better than I had even planned after working up my schematics. Afterall, I was building a store inside a stop sign shaped space smaller than a 10×10 booth. Felt pretty roomy in there given my design and I was really pleased with it, nice job myself. It was indeed MAGICAL! Here’s a link to a virtual tour inside, and here’s a link to the music light show outside the tree.
I’m a little delinquent on my post here. Because well, I wasn’t home for the holidays for a week, I was off doing my Magical Pop Up Shop! I’ll do another lengthier post soon on the tree shop. I came home from that and literally got out of the car and ran down the steps into the studio and starting shipping like crazy! Bing bang bam packages and product flying everywhere and out the door to all my awesome customers! I was shipping through the 23rd, with a half a day escape to put my tree shop display in storage so I could park in my garage, and a lunch visit with a dear family friend on the 22nd. Then with a half a day to prep for family coming on the 24th and 25th and a project in between, well, my legs felt like noodles from exhaustion and there’s not much rest here still. And here in the exhaustion, the rest of the holiday decor happened, so last minute, there was almost no real tree this year, and then there were 2 because I was so late they were half off, so why not. Enjoy the decor, and Happy New Year to you and yours! Stay safe if the weather outside is frightful. The Christmas eve and day walks were welcome and the dandelion sighting was odd, we knew it couldn’t last.We’re now in the middle of an ice storm here in MI, yep, winter has finally found us again.
The Magical Pop Up Shop INSIDE the giant Christmas tree is now OPEN for business! Come see me at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, IL NOWthrough Sunday! artgoodies is located near Macy’s across from West Elm. Join me for this truly unique shopping experience! Enjoy the tree’s music and light show and then step inside and shop my independent and handmade product line!
I’m super excited, it’s almost time to head out to my magical pop up shop! Really, it’s the most magical holiday pop up shop EVER! Because, it’s INSIDE the bottom of a gigantic Christmas tree! I mean, how could I resist this invitation for my brand!?! Perfect! It’s my busiest time of year so this adds an extra layer of planning and making but that’s never shaken me before. I can’t wait to show you the finished shop! Stop by if you’re in the Chicagoland area. I’ll be at Westfield Old Orchard, you know where to find me, yup, in the bottom of the giant tree! And yes, I’m going where most independent handmade designer makers detest, the MALL. Let’s do this folks, let’s show the world that independent, small biz, and handmade matters. Power up and support this cause in the middle of a mall. I’m celebrating over 9 years of living this life and dream. Designing, making, marketing, running this business. Making a choice to live a more meaningful, creative, and thought provoking life. One that makes sense in the context of my life. From so many childhood experiences shaping who I am it’s all smashed together into this wonderful company I call artgoodies. It’s an extension of my life, my ideals, my style, my passions, me. I’m thankful to have those experiences to draw from, supportive parents who’ve always told my brothers and I that we are capable of doing anything we want, and for their continued support on this journey. It’s a challenging one. Just like building out a stop sign shaped tree shop.
In lieu of color of the month, the annual home for the holidays December edition! I’m hustling and bustling as usual over here and getting ready to go to Chicagoland in a week for my magical pop up shop INSIDE the bottom of the giant Christmas tree! So I’m extra busy, no time to waste!
Hard to believe it’s that time of year. I’ve been hustling and bustling in the studio, working hard listing vintage, making product, building displays, shipping, planning, marketing, starting work at 4:15 or 5:15 am, yep, that’s early, 15-16 hour days are pretty standard for this time of year. Tomorrow on Thanksgiving it’s going to be super low key. I’ll need it to be to be able to keep up with the season. By now you know how important I think it is to support small business, independent designers and makers, and once again urge you to continue to do so locally and online. Below you’ll find the scoop on artgoodies and vintagegoodies Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday, and Cyber Monday Sales. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! And thank you for your support as I continue 9 years in business this year!
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a pop up shop and I’ve been pondering one again for awhile. I started with pop up shops waaay back in 2007 before it really caught on. I turned my garage into what I called Garage Gallery, continuing it on and off over the years. Making my garage into a beautiful gallery and vintage store. Sometimes including other artist makers and in recent years just artgoodies and vintagegoodies. Someone recently asked me when I’d be doing one again, realizing it had been awhile and knowing others were missing it, I began thinking harder about one this fall but with impending unpredictable chilly weather I thought I’d wait until Spring. And then, I got an invite I couldn’t refuse for the biggest, most magical, most fantastical pop up shop EVER! Announcing artgoodies Holiday Pop Up Shop Dec 10th-13th INSIDE the GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE at upscale Westfield Old Orchard in suburban Chicago! Stop by and say hello, see new holiday products, and experience this truly unique shopping event! Here’s a link to the event page, let me know you’re coming and share with your friends!
And suddenly, just like that, it’s November! I’m busy working on some new products and projects, more on those soon. Plus holiday prep continues! For now, let’s get right to the festive fall color of the month!
Well, one night away, but it felt like days and days which was exactly what I needed! One of the awesome stores that I sell to here in Michigan, Found Gallery, click here to check them out, moved into an absolutely amazing new space and had a grand opening party featuring their artist makers, so of course I went! The owner Mary truly has a talent for gathering amazing items and merchandising them like a dream, plus her staff is wonderful! If you’re in the area drop in, you won’t be disappointed! I guess I was so busy chatting it up and checking things out I didn’t take interior shots! What, I know, sorry! I did however nab a pic of a couple artgoodies towels they carry in this awesome vintage bakery display rack! I had originally planned to nab a Priceline hotel outside of Ann Arbor on the cheap heading back towards home. BUT, for some reason the hotel prices were absurd that weekend, maybe someone was having a college football home game or something of the sort or maybe the prices in the area have increased far beyond what they used to be when I stayed there all the time. Anyway, my brother’s guest room in Lansing was booked for the weekend, it was farther than I hoped to drive after the opening, so I hopped on Airbnb and found myself a darling cottage for the night for cheaper than I could nab a dumb hotel. What! Yes please! It was on Portage Lake, about a 25 minute drive from Ann Arbor and just the thing I needed for a little mental break getaway. This little place couldn’t have seemed more like it was meant for me! Darling from the outside, great vintage pieces on the inside, I immediately felt right at home! Even though Sue the owner was out of town I felt like I met a kindred spirit just by being at her place. Many of my favorite things were abound, check out the pics, you’ll see! Pyrex in the kitchen, vintage Beauty Queen cabinets with new boomerang countertops, scallop shelf accents, great mid century furniture pieces, vintage glassware, I mean come on! And if you’d like to see more and have a lovely getaway book it here! Sue responded lightning fast, I’d definitely book again, and you could even sleep someone on the couch! Great for yourself, you and your darling, or you and your best pal! Do it! I think it would be great all seasons! I enjoyed the hazy fall morning and watched hundreds of migratory coots come in, an eagle fishing, saw 20 some odd swans in the distance, and a gorgeous heron, among other wildlife. See! ALL of my absolute favorite things! The perfect blend of a getaway for me!
October. My all time favorite seasons are coming to an end and the busy season is starting up and the chill is beginning to edge in a bit. Honestly, this time of year always makes me feel a little blue as gardens wane and leaves fall. There’s nothing like the growth,green, flowers, color, sunshine, and warm fresh air of spring and summer to feed my soul and make me feel whole. I’m still taking advantage of those beautiful days outside, even though I slipped into a pair of boots for the first time last week, NO! You know how much I hate socks and wish I could just run around barefoot in flip flops all year long! It’s a season of change, and this year I’m seeing some extra things happen around me with the people I love. Some wonderful things are happening that are exciting and then there are some things happening that are hard and are just breaking my heart as their season brings big change. Life, like the natural world, has so many seasons. And so, color of the month October 2015 seems ever so fitting as blue.