Archive of ‘life’ category

April Patchwork Market

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Morgan Grimm, talented lady and event planner extraordinaire, puts on one good market. I have never been disappointed as a vendor at her Patchwork markets, even when my sales weren’t spectacular. I always leave energized because of the folks I’ve met. So many amazing vendors under one roof, all willing to share ideas (and sometimes granola bars) and talk shop, as well as these terrific customers who are excited to grab a delicious Fullsteam beer and support local makers and small shop owners. I feel like I’m part of something when I’m there…living in this area, this resurgence of small batch, quality goods and creative folks collaborating. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday! (Did I mention I get a 5 hour break from my kids too?! Icing on the cake.)

Photos taken by the lovely couple behind Radian Photography:

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antique mall

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I’m very excited to share that Posy will be renting a spot at the eclectic antique mall, Cheshire Cat Gallery, in downtown Raleigh’s Cameron Village starting February 1! It’s such a relief to have a place to share all the great furniture and big vintage items currently taking up residence in my attic. It’s my own little spot in the vintage world and one that I hope will get more eyes on Posy. I get to paint and decorate however I’d like…which means I’ve been Pinterest crazy of late! One wall, one peg board and some definite elbow grease needed to get this spot shining! (This is a pic of my spot with its current resident. Keep on the lookout for Posy’s transformation!!)

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new year

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As much as I’ve enjoyed a nice long break over the holidays and some quality time with my family, I’m getting more excited as the days go by to get back into the swing of Posy things! I’ve got a great stash in the attic of vintage from estate sales, auction and other treasure hunts to post in the Etsy shop or ready for market. We’re talking midcentury metal and wood school desk, lamps, vaseline glass, an amazing turquoise midcentury bookshelf, more linens, record albums, a vanity stool, child’s rocker, and so much more! I never thought I’d be the kind of gal to miss her office…but when it looks like this, I do!

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blue ridge parkway

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This summer I went on my first vintage-buying trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway and scooped up a car load of gems.  It’s a 3-day miles long adventure along historic US 21. If you’re into picking/thrifting/vintage/bbq, I highly recommend going!

My Nana made one awesome wingwoman…she’s got a great eye and knew what some things were that I didn’t. Of course, she got bitten by the good deal bug and I eventually had to ask (i.e. beg!) her to stop for lunch.

This trip was a dream…getting to hunt down awesome vintage to share through Posy. I hope it’s one of many. I’m ready to roll down the windows, turn up the tunes and take that left off the dirt road and see what I can find!

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a small business summer

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Well, one kid is officially done with school and has begun her summer vacation…i.e. there goes my “free” time. Luckily, Olive, my 5 year old, will still take a quiet hour, but when you’re trying to build an inventory and keep up with all things small business, one hour is but a drop in the bucket. So, I need to take a moment this weekend to regroup and figure out how this summer is going to work. Just this week, I took on another custom project (hemming panel curtains for a nursery) and washed a boatload of new fabric which need to be ironed, cut and sewn into fabulous napkin/placemat sets. Speaking of napkins and placemats, I dropped off a fun batch to DecoRaleigh this week! At night, with the final episodes of “Gilmore Girls” on for company, I’ve been embroidering my veggie character tea towels. Walt and Henry, my mushroom friends, are done (and in the shop!) and I’m half way through Carrot and Beet. Still haven’t decided what summertime activity they’ll be enjoying…catching lightning bugs, maybe?! It’s challenging because I have a lot of energy I want to invest in Posy, but two beautiful babes end up redirecting it their way! Maybe by the weekend’s end I’ll have a brilliant plan in place…fingers crossed!

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Mun’s been bitten by the swimming bug! Goggle ready!

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Olive helped make my birthday cake look beautiful with sparkly pink gel frosting and a ton o’ sprinkles!

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tea towel proud

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As I’ve been applying for handmade markets, I’ve realized (duh!) that my Etsy shop is leaning pretty heavy into the vintage side of Posy. But, the funny thing is that most days I’m working on handmade. Like today, I just finished another batch of napkins/placemats headed for Deco this week. I think it’s a case of smoke and mirrors…”look over here folks” while I whittle away at more tea towels, napkins and a pillow-happy custom project. So, in case you’re curious, or hopefully checking me out because I’ve applied for your wonderful market, here’s a little glimpse of tea towels past.

Ps. Another thing I’ve realized is that I need to be more diligent about actually photographing every towel/work that leaves my hands. I’ve been really lucky and have managed to sell every towel I’ve made…like avocado proudly displaying his pit, carrot and beet sharing ice cream, little lemon on a tree swing, juggling bell pepper and, of course, my favorite…the escapades of mushroom buddies Walt and Henry…so from now on, more pictures, more evidence of handmade work and more chocolate. (Sorry, that last one’s more for me and less for you…helps with the waiting of market news!)

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These gals are vintage cross stitch patterns and are among some of my favorite designs!

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