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Mood Board for Jewellery Inspiration

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Sideboard Makeover

Sideboard Makeover

Annie Sloan painted sideboard. Old white and Emperor’s Silk inside.

Yin-Yang of emotions = technology and sun dried washing

My Yin – Yang of emotions were so heightened yesterday.

I do love technology but so often I just get totally irritated and seem to waste a whole lot of time trying to get it all ” in sync”, before I can accomplish the little task I set out to achieve. In this case editing a couple of photographs.  I became totally frustrated and felt……

I decided to catch up with some photography yesterday, that was fun. Plugged my camera into my computer, and before I could do the download, I had to chose to carry on with an iPhoto upgrade. No problem until I had insufficient gigs on my hard drive .

“Oh no, now what?”, ( feelings of irritation). Into my hard drive looking for space. Videos and podcasts into the trash, so now I am muttering, ” all my nice stuff”, delete, delete, delete…….

My go-to is so often tea, but in this case, I glanced across the room and looked at this little painting above my desk and the clothes line caught my eye, I knew this time it was going to be the hanging of my washed clothes, out in the sun to dry, that would calm me down.

The feeling  of the rays of the warm sun washed over me as I stepped outside. I heard myself let out a huge sigh, the slight breeze in the air and the color of the sky, oh my gosh, beautiful…..and peaceful. The boring pegging suited me just fine. I made my way through the basket and left the clothes happily waving me goodbye.

What a change in my being in those few minutes, …..I  came back to my desk to tackle the technology task again….

Anybody else out there enjoy hanging clothes to sun dry as much as I do?

Today’s jewel

My jewel for today is this beautiful orchid or phalanenopsis,( fallen-op-sis).

This beautiful orchid was given to me by a very good girlfriend last year. At the time she gifted me this plant it was in full bloom, as in the above photograph.

I remember deciding to place it in my open plan kitchen because I felt I would get maximum pleasure from this gift, while cooking and then whilst eating around the dining table. The blooms lasted for ages and my eyes kept being drawn to it’s perfect blooms and my thoughts rambled to my friend, my eyes often glazing over as I looked through the flickering candles that kept changing these stunning colors all the time.  Nature has an uncanny way of getting things just right.

After a couple of months, the flowers shriveled and dropped off and I was left with a stalk. Usually, in my house, when the flowers are gone, plants get relegated to outside. I did some reading up and found out that I needed to cut the flower stem  to just 2 nodes from the bottom..

I placed the green plant in my bathroom, in the window, out of a draft. I watered it from time to time and watched as a little node started to grow from the side. After a couple of months, I was thrilled when a tiny bud appeared and then developed.

Today, nearly a year to the day, I have new blooms.

Whilst writing this, I have decided I will call her after I have published this post and let her know how much pleasure her gift has given me over this past year.

I have always loved giving gifts and am learning to love receiving them too. Do you also feel the same?

Quick plan Popup Shop Market

I had the opportunity this last week to take my jewellery and fashion accessories to a popup shop market. I had to do a lot of quick scrambling around to get my pieces organized for this specialized event.

While I was there, and it was a bit quiet, I had time to think, and as location is a central feature of a successful pop-up shop, I kept thinking of places, in my area with a lot more foot traffic. ( If you intend to start a private pop-up shop for exclusive customers, you should opt for a more discreet location.)

I approached a new venue today, it’s a restaurant with a paved area outside, between the road/kerb and their front door. The manager was surprised and intrigued with the idea and I came back to write my proposal and found some very useful information.

 Pop up shop markets are events, so I know, I need to make people excited for a special shopping experience. We, I am hoping there will be 10 of us, will only have a limited time to get customers, so we will need to keep focused when planning what to take. People love stories, we will need to tell our stories in our wares, very well.

We will all be local independent suppliers making handmade goods,( obviously no food or drink in competition with our host ). The idea is to rotate the tables so that the localised community get to enjoy some ever changing and interesting retail therapy, whilst meeting  for drinks, snacks and their meals.

Hopefully the answer will be yes and then spreading the word, before we open next week, creating the excitement, informing the bloggers, like you and me, will be fun and heighten awareness. I will definitely use social media once everything is confirmed, Facebook, twitter and flyers, ( I did one this afternoon).

I will keep you all updated on my progress.

Have you any “pop up”  advice for me, please ?

Sometimes popup stores renovate deserted spaces, like this one on 150 Spring Street in New York City.

Illy created a store out of a crate; it unfolded on all four sides to reveal a fully furnished living room.

Hermes opened up a temporary silk bar in Causeway Bay.

Hermes opened up a temporary silk bar in Causeway Bay.

Fernando Gros via Flickr

NesCafe opened up a free coffee shop tent.

Kate Spade opened up an inviting igloo for three weeks in New York City’s Bryant Park. It handed out free hot chocolate to keep shoppers warm.