Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy holidays to all

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Random rambles

We have gone to winter hours much earlier than anticipated, I must admit. After a few weeks of virtually no customers from Tuesday through Thursday, we will now be open only Fridays through Mondays until March. At least that's what we're thinking at the moment. Since this whole venture is a Grand Experiment, things could change.

Anyway, since now I only work 2 days a week and Rob works the other 2 days, that leaves me with TIME! Time to knock a few things off my giant to-do list. Today I managed to do one thing. (I made a cushion cover for a darling dog bed that Rob made.) Now only 412 projects to go! I spent the rest of my day reading design blogs. I already follow dozens and have now found dozens more. And many interesting store sites, including this one:

If you love mannequins as much as I do, check out this site immediately. I want them all. Every one.

For instance, the Union Jack and wasp-waisted beauties above can be ordered on the site. OMG.

Luckily, these two vintage numbers above have sold, or I'd be sorely tempted to sell a kidney to finance one. I've looked and looked for vintage mannequins for a few years now, and so far I've not found any I could afford. And  yes, I've seen tutorials on making cool decoupaged mannequins out of duct tape and baling wire, but I'm just not certain they'd look like much if I tried that approach. For now, I'll have to make do with the new ones I have in the store.

But I still want one like this:

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday

You know, I've always hated the term "Black Friday." It sounds so....well, ominous. Like a horror movie. I'd prefer calling it something boring or obvious like "The Friday After Thanksgiving" or even something honest like "The Day People Get Up at 4 a.m. to Shop for Things They Could Get Any Other Day Without the Crowds and Fuss."

But I digress.

Here it is, the Friday after Thanksgiving, and our little town is filling up with people ready to do their Christmas shopping at unique little shops rather than Big Box stores or malls. Very smart.

And we're ready for them. Ready to offer some special and different and unusual and charming gifts....and spread a little joy and fun.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Woo hoo

Our beautiful fall colors have certainly brought people to Eureka Springs in droves. What a wonderful week it has been!

Meanwhile, we're continuing to get in gorgeous new merchandise. A quick peek at a few things:

Opera score pillows.

Keep Calm and Carry On pillows
(the recession mantra)

Curly vine cross.

Tall glasses with cross relief.

Shoe hooks...and arm hooks.

My favorite: a bottle tree chandelier.

Hanging bottle tree.

Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors.

Bronze feather trees.

Teapot and teacup ornaments.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Color me awed

Wow. Last year was our first autumn in Eureka Springs...and I swear it wasn't as awesome as this. My husband Rob shot these in the past week. It just gets more gorgeous every day.

This last shot is the view from our balcony (the Basin Park Hotel is at the top.)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall is in full swing

If you're thinking about coming to Eureka Springs to see our beautiful fall color, now is the time! Beautiful orange, red and yellow foliage everywhere...and it will only get better in the next few weeks. Come visit!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Biker Bonanza

There are a jillion bikers in town this weekend, thanks to the Bikes, Blues & BBQ event in Fayetteville. And the best thing? My favorite biker / blogger / customer Denise from OKC popped in yesterday to say hello and do a little shopping. Check out her blog (Bella Dreams) for lots of fabulosity and inspiration!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How Now Multicolored Cows

Now in-store... Cows! And more cows. And an occasional pig. Love these. (In fact, I now have some of these cows in my dining room.)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Eureka scores

American Style Magazine named Eureka Springs one of the nation's Top 25 Arts Destinations among cities below 100,000, including Santa Fe, Taos, Key West, Aspen and Carmel. Read all about it here.

(We're just slightly below the 100,000 pop. limit: at last count, we're at around 2200. Take that, Santa Fe.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

New finds

Ooh la la. These 36" wide Eiffel Tower blinds just came in today and it's all I can do not to haul a few of them upstairs to use in our apartment. But I'm going to try to use some restraint. ($48 ea)
These 3x5 bamboo rugs are also quite fabulous, I think. ($48)

This new piggy pot rack (only $72) matches our piggy cookbook holders (below.)

And you know no post of mine is complete without something bird related. Below, behold these darling little 8" egg wreaths (or they can also be used as candle wreaths.) Only 8 bucks.

Friday, August 7, 2009

We're a winner!

That's me, hamming it up in front of our winning window display. Yes, we won Eureka Springs' first monthly window decor contest. Woo hoo. (Note that the window is bird related. Of course.)

I had read something about the contest, but really hadn't paid much attention. So...last week I took a day off to try to shake off a nasty sinus infection. There I was, slouched in front of the TV in my nightgown, and Rob calls upstairs to tell me to get dressed and come right down. "Trust me," he said. "You'll like this." Oy. I threw on some clothes, didn't brush my hair or put on makeup, and crawled downstairs to meet two lovely women from the Downtown Business Network who awarded me the prize. "And now we're going to take your picture for the newspaper," they said. Ummm, no you're not, I thought. They kindly let Rob take the photo later when I looked a little less disheveled.

All very nice, you know, except the article in the paper said I "gushed" over the prize. Honestly, I was too sick to gush, but whatever. Now I have to figure out how to win this thing every month.

More, more, more...

It's been awhile since I posted -- just so busy this summer -- but wanted to share some more of our new merchandise. More birds, more pigs, new glassware, new wire baskets, new clocks, new soap....well, see for yourself:

Be sure to check back in the next few weeks for more new merch. I'm expecting some fabulous cow paintings, as well as some wonderful saints statuary and saints jewelry!