Monday, July 2, 2012

Where has Theresa been hiding?

I can't believe that 2 weeks have gone by without a word from me!
Not a picture, not a party, not anything fun!

I just had to stop by today and share a little something with all of you,
it's not much, but it's about all of the creativity that I have
been up to lately.
I found this basket for I think 50 cents, 
(I know I'm the last of the big spenders!)
It was from the 80's, you know the kind, the ones
with  the geese and hearts on them?

a sweet friend brought me some of her pink lavender and she even
clipped some deep purple from her neighbors garden!

I was in the middle of making some chalkboard tags
for a friend for her husbands birthday party and the light bulb
went off for the basket makeover!
(more on the party planning later)

I grabbed a can of white spray paint,

(this is a bit sad too, but my neighbors have not heard the 
rattle of a spray paint can in far too long!)

after a couple of coats to hide the geese,
I gave the middle reed a swipe of chalkboard paint.
I think it's pretty cute, and has so many possibilities.
These were staged for you, so that I could take
mediocre pictures to share with you.
I have been so busy around here that I haven't even picked up 
the camera to play lately and unfortunately no time
for retakes, so pretend everything is in focus o.k.?

What has been keeping me so busy, you ask?

We have been brainstorming and researching and marketing our laundry provisions.
This is Hannah at our first market in Grand Rapids.
We have been bringing the goods to our local market, since last season,
and have had such wonderful feedback that we decided to take it on the road.

The Fulton Street Market in GR. is a big market with
lots of fun people and a huge assortment of goods.
The stalls are permanent and under a newly built pavilion.

(read... I don't have to bring a table or tent)

We are in the process of finding more markets within a
somewhat close proximity to us to attend as well.

We have been working together as a family making soap,
filling lavender sachets and bottles of lavender linen water.
pretty much every day.
I can't tell you how much I love working together,
seeing Duane and Max and Hannah fill bags,
apply labels, and all kinds of other jobs, while I sew, and  
make linen water, etc.
It's all teamwork over here!

When we go to market it's usually Hannah and I, 
except our hometown market,
Hannah likes to do that one by herself.
I know that I have told you about her sales skills before,
but she just blows me away as I watch her talk to everyone who visits us!

So you see, you can call off the search team,
I'm fine... just making soap like a crazy person!

Thanks to Karen over at The Graphics Fairy
I found this pretty frame to make our
labels and logo.

That has taken up quite a bit of my time too,
coming up with the logo for our
t shirts, and all of the labels for our products.
Earlier in the post I mentioned that I haven't done
anything creative, I need to edit that to say that I really 
haven't made any new jewelry, or pillows, or redecorated, know, pretty blog stuff!
So every time I thought I had a minute to write a post,
I had no fun photos to share...
I have missed you and hope to catch up with everyone soon!

Have a fabulous week!


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  1. Hi Theresa,
    Good to hear from you. It looks like you have been very busy! I think it's wonderful that the entire family is so involved! Good luck at the markets and have a very happy 4th!

  2. This is wonderful, Theresa! Working with your family is just the best kind of busy! love the graphics, I know your products are a big hit! good to hear from you, xoxo

  3. I love it. AND I love you. AND I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO crazy proud of you and your whole family!!!

    There's going to be a day when I get to say, "yeah... I knew Theresa when...".

    (doing the Happy HAPPY dance down South for you!!!)


  4. Oh I love love love your product labels. Thanks so much for sharing has inspired a future idea for me.

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  5. How exciting Theresa about your laundry line and soap!!!
    I would love to buy some of your lavender linen water, are you selling it on line yet?
    I'm glad your doing well and so happy to see that you posted today!
    Hope you have a beautiful day my friend!

  6. I love those labels. Great job...Connie

  7. What a wonderful endeavor! Good luck to you with all this. I love your little basket, and I think your pictures are lovely.

  8. I so understand not having the time to photograph or the photos are not up to par. Being busy is a good thing and you've used your time well. Keep up the good work!


  9. Hi Theresa,

    I think it's wonderful to get the family involved with a business venture. It sounds like you are off to a great start, too! I think your packaging is really attractive.

  10. Theresa, can't wait to get over to the Farmer's Market and get some lavender soap!
    Thanks! ~Stephanie, "Romantic Treasures"

  11. I thought you had not been around much, what a great project. When you get a chance write more about your selling adventure! I am sooo happy for you!


  12. I love your labels! I think it is so great that you can share your talent and interest with your family! I am very excited for you and your products! Are you selling them on-line? (Your basket is so pretty on your porch!)

  13. this label is co cool ,ı love this!


Thank you so much for visiting me here at The Old White House, your comments make my day! ~ Theresa xoxo