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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!!!!!

God Save The Queen B’s!

The result of an insult... became the inspiration for success and ownership!
The result of an insult… became the inspiration for success and ownership!

As an artist and a designer I’m always finding new ways to express myself.  This year I’ve had some time to play around and make some really cool jewelry and have even sold a few pieces!

A few years ago…. like 13… there was some rap song that said “B”… referring to bitch.  It quickly grew into our universal name for all co-workers!  Hey, B!  To this day… there’s a whole group of us who still call each other “B”!  It’s turned into a sweet term of endearment though.  No longer reserved for bitches… but rather a loved one; a reference to one of our tribe or crew members!

I’ve carried the nickname, B, Plan B, Queen B and even Sting… back in the day when my hair was cut like the wrestler… and I was young and free and dancing around like a BEE!

Most recently, I had my ex decide to be mean and nasty to me again!!!  In a text I was called the “C” word, the “B” word and “Sting”…  I politely signed my response with a cute little honey bee… he replied… “yes, you are the QUEEN BEE”!!!!  LOL!!!

So without giving you all the details… and because my posible “tell all” book and “polygraph party” are each titled…. QUEEN B!!!  Here’s the tidbit I promised you behind the name of my new jewelry line!

I don’t have time to deal with mean ex’s on the level in which they deserve (I only have one…. the rest are cool)…. AND NEITHER DO YOU!!!!  So instead, take the talent that God gave you… turn the negative into a positive!  You can’t get back the time or money they stole… But you can grow… and make more money off an idea that was created by the positive spin you took… by their negative actions!!!!

HERE’S TO THE “QUEEN B’S” OF THE WORLD!!!!!  GO GET YOURS!  And if you know a Queen B who could use some support or encouragement…. share this story and hopefully it will “sting” just enough to motivate them to do the same thing!

PEACE, LOVE and HONEY (money) … LOL

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!!!!

POP UP SHOPPE!

Come get your fashion on!
Come get your fashion on!

 

In case you hadn’t seen the news on our facebook page…..  The Phoenix of Richmond has joined us for the holidays with an amazing Pop Up Shoppe inside Chartreuse!

We’re very excited about this new venture!!!  As most of you know, it’s been a dream of mine to add a boutique inside Chartreuse.  After a year of trying to juggle the making of this dream…. between design, furniture and art….  I came to the realization that it’s another full time job that needs total focus!  So…. I turned to a pro!

I have some very exciting news about the new space we just moved into.  I finally have the space to do whatever I want and it’s happening!  Stay tuned for next big article on a very talented artist who will be joining us on this new journey….  HINT: There will be art classes taking place inside Chartreuse…. and those classes will be designed for you and your friends to enjoy in a private group setting with food and wine and fun!

Check out and LIKE our facebook page to stay in the know!

 

Love!

So many new things to see, feel, smell and wear!
So many new things to see, feel, smell and wear!

haute crush….

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