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I always get so excited this time of year when we approach the holiday season.  Our 5th Annual Gift Event is right around the corner!  Each year surpasses the other without fail.  Our lineup of in-house artists showcasing their latest work, along with the opening of Reba Arts, First Friday ViBe and a special weekend sponsoring Toys For Tots promises to be our best event yet!

As if this weren’t already enough… The Creative Lab will be unveiled!  This baby has been a 5 year dream in the making!  What started out with the idea of hosting a space for some of the homeless and underprivileged kids I’ve worked with through WCC… having the desire to offer them a place to escape and just create… has now turned into a full-fledged movement!        {Full story publishing later this week}

In addition to the hand crafted gifts that will be featured in our 5th Annual Gift Event on December 4th from 4pm to 8pm, COMMUNE will be providing their amazing “REAL FOOD”!  Again, this is not a craft show… we offer fine gifts made by local artisans.

For those of you who won’t be able to make it out on the 4th…. We are continuing the event the next day, Saturday, December 5th from 10am to 5pm.

Bring a gift for TOYS FOR TOTS and enter to win several prizes which will include Art Classes, Design Consults, Jewelry and more!

CLICK our FACEBOOK TAB above and see our daily posts, along with photos of work, locals having fun in The ViBe Creative District, and pieces in our showroom!

 

 

 

 

TOMORROW!!!!! 4th Annual Gift Event!!!

Please join us....
Please join us….

The crew here inside CHARTREUSE has been diligently working to make sure this year’s show is better than ever! We’ve added so many new items for you to choose from! And the line up of guests this year promises to blow you away with the unique selection of gifts!  We have every kind of gift you can imagine for … friends, family, kids, pets…. and even HIM!  From the gift of luxury and art to the gift of health and well being…WE GOT YA COVERED!  You don’t want to miss this!  Come thirsty and hungry….. and ready to BE MERRY!!!

The Art of Gift Giving!

We all love getting the perfect gift!
We all love getting the perfect gift!

I’m still trying to hang on to what’s left of this Indian Summer…. So the last thing I want to think of is shopping for Christmas and Chanukah!  But I know that I hate to rush and I hate waiting til the last minute…. so it’s definitely time!

Over the last couple of weekends I’ve been renovating my home studio.  Along with many others, it’s a project I’ve wanted to do for quite sometime.  While making room for change (shifting “stuff” from one spot to another), I became a little frustrated and realized this is why my projects get put off!!!  WHERE DID ALL THIS STUFF COME FROM????  I’m OCD and I’m a minimalist…  I own a store so I don’t have the need to buy stuff for myself….    GIFTS!  Over half of what was taking up space was GIFTS from other people!

I have no problem getting rid of stuff.  I’m known for it.  Edie Mae (my mama) thinks that I’m missing some gene because of my detachment to things!!! Unfortunately, it sometimes hurts peoples feelings when they find out you aren’t using a gift they bought… or worse… you threw it out! SO…. I HAVE A THEORY and of course A SOLUTION!

IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING that GIFT GIVING is an ART.  I’m an ARTIST… so here it goes:

1.   DO NOT buy a gift just to buy a gift!  BY A GIFT THAT means something to that person.  Something they might buy for themselves.  Ask yourself a few questions before making the purchase….. Like, will this add value to his or her life or will it possibly be set aside or put on a shelf?  Would this person love to have this gift?

2.   Be creative in your gift giving!  Has this person been in there home for a long period of time?  Do they keep things nice and tidy?  Do they entertain? …. A bottle of wine with a beautiful hand written note goes a long way!  A good candle is also a gift that everyone loves and they will think of you every time they light it!

3.   Jewelry and accessories!  Who doesn’t appreciate these as a gift?  Unless of course it’s tacky and something they would never wear!  Be careful and thoughtful when buying a piece of jewelry, scarf, handbag or wallet.  Don’t be intimidated…. just think about that person and does it look like their style.  Simplicity is classic and never goes out of style!  Quality is key here!  And it’s another perfect opportunity to keep it local!  There are plenty of local artisans that create one of a kind items…. from every price point.  Buying an original gift… made local…. not in C#^n@…. says you care enough to take the time and that you support your community!

4.   Buying everyone on your list a “giftcard” from one of the big name companies is HORRIBLE!  Unless you are ill and have no other way to buy something for someone… it’s LAME!!!!   ON THE OTHER HAND…..  A gift card from a store you know they shop is a completely different thing!  Especially if you’re not sure what they’d like or need.  At least taking the time to think about where they might like to go says a lot!  If they’re a child…. a toy store!  A teen…. clothes!  A newly wed…. furniture or art!  Just take a few minutes and think about it!

5.   Something hand made from you is an awesome gift!  It also fits every budget and says you really care!  You don’t have to be an artist to make something… And I’m not talking about some crazy wreath with glued on pine cones!!!!  I’m also not talking about you learning how to knit a pair of socks… (although if you are good at that, it’s cool)!!!!  How about homemade sugar scrub or salt bath?  How about homemade lotions or tea?  Or maybe even some homemade cookies?  Hello?  Everyone loves all of these things!  They’re pampering, thoughtful and custom!

KEEP IT SIMPLE!  LIFE IS SHORT and WE SHOULD LIVE IT BEAUTIFULLY!  Stay tuned for more specific gift ideas in all these categories over the next week!

OUR 4th ANNUAL GIFT EVENT IS NOVEMBER 12, from 2 to 7…..  WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS YEAR!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!!!!  So EXCITED!!!!!

CHARTREUSE FRIDAY

CHARTREUSE is the new BLACK! Doors opens at noon tomorrow... enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with MIMOSAS and KILLER DEALS! Don't forget we have The Phoenix Pop Up Shop! Furniture, fashion, gifts and jewelry! Shop Local!!!!
CHARTREUSE is the new BLACK! Doors opens at noon tomorrow… enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with MIMOSAS and KILLER DEALS! Don’t forget we have The Phoenix Pop Up Shop! Furniture, fashion, gifts and jewelry! Shop Local!!!!

The Line Up!

Here's the amazing line up for this year's show!  It's going to be amazing!
Here’s the amazing line up for this year’s show! It’s going to be amazing!

CHARTREUSE’S 3rd Annual Holiday Show is Thursday, November 14th from 3pm to 8pm at our new location….. 1701 Baltic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA  23451.

Special surprise……  Phoenix Clothing of Richmond will have a pop up store inside Chartreuse for the holidays….   Don’t miss it!

Tis the Season!

It’s in the air…. Can you feel it?

Holiday Show!

JUST A SAMPLE OF WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR!

Chartreuse is the new “Black”!

Stop by CHARTREUSE and buy a gift you can’t find at the mall!  We have so many one-of-a-kind items for kids and everyone else on your list….. you can definitely find something for yourself as well.

DON’T FORGET about our BIG EVENT on the 15th of DECEMBER!  We’ve added a few more BIG NAMES to the list of vendors that will be here too!  If you haven’t read about the event….check back on the “News” page!

So exciting!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Cindy

Dream

See more hand made signs on facebook!

I’ve been in the studio working hard to replenish the hand made signs that literally fly out of here (no pun intended)! So come by and get one for a gift or for yourself before they’re gone.

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