Friday, July 31, 2009
I do not doubt that my state is a bit weak due to lack of sleep, poor diet, completely missed exercise and just the fact that I am about to put myself out to the world in a major way that is causing me to break down and cry every 15 min tonight. My temper is fast and hard. My mood swings violent. I am so overwhelmed about launching Honey B I just don't know what to do with myself. Potsch tries to keep me happy and working, reminding me "The Universe wants us to succeed. Remember that." I tear up.
I am surprised by my emotional state honestly. I was doing fine I thought. But as soon as we started doing our inventory list (which is a lot of stuff) I lost it. "What if no one shows up? what if no one cares? What if my designs don't sell and I am the reason for loss?" These thoughts and more just like it are running rampant.
The nail in the coffin which made me turn to my cyber pals for sanity was when I tried to be productive. I tried to push past the frustrations and fear. Focus on the positive. "You want people there? then invite them." I told myself. I sent out an email, from my brand new fully tested Honey B email, to just about 85 hand selected recipients. Not two minutes later the dinging started and has not stopped. If I was not feeling like a failure before - seeing it in writing over and over again sure helped.(wow i had two more paragraphs written and for some reason they just vanished. Odd cause they were all positive. let me try again.)
I know that the party will be exactly what it is supposed to be and it will be perfect. I apologize for my pity party I just had but I also want to thank you for letting me feel comfortable enough to turn to you. This is a sign I have had for a while waiting for the perfect time. Now is that time.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
We just booked the most perfect band possible for the Launch party this Saturday, thanks to Dana (Broke Ass Bride). They are exactly what Potsch and I had envisioned. We are absolutely over the moon!!!!
Check em out here! The Petrojvic Blasting Company. Three brothers playin' and singin' their hearts out. I hate to say it cause I kinda want to save it for myself but how awesome would they be at a wedding?
Throw some hay around and grill some food. Chill some beers and perform a few choreographed dances. Sounds like our kinda party. I have not pitched this idea to Potsch yet but I think he might be into it. We see if I stay on this kick for more than a few days.
But for now enjoy the song that started my thinkin'.
Sneakin' Around With You. Potsch and I had lots of fun sneakin' around in the start of our love. Nothin' like it.
"Tommy Tucker was a squirrel adopted by a woman in Washington, DC, in the early 1940s after she found the critter orphaned in a tree. He soon became part of the family, as it were -- accompanying the lady of the house on shopping trips, for instance. She also, it turned out, enjoyed dressing him up in specially made outfits..."
I love that the kid on the left is just not impressed. Tough crowd.
I am totally inspired by this.
I am confused as to why it is priced in euros when it is coming from New York. My guess is the price looks cheaper when it is in euros. ha.
without the Golden proportion I don't think I could take a good head shot. Unfortunately, my ears are not pierced so i will have to wait for this style to come as a necklace
Every color photographer loves some CMYK. I always fancied a tattoo exclaiming it but this sweet charm could do the trick just right.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Then i was thinking - how can I center myself and find the strength to keep going? I will tell my b&c friends.
This is a sneak peak for you super supporters. I hope you can make it to the party next week so you can see everything in person too.
We just got our business cards the other day. I designed them and we're really happy with them. Originally we wanted rounded corners but for time sake / ease / cost - we went with standard size and shape. We got them from Next Day Flyers. The price was great and we got them right away. We used them for our lables and some art postcards as well. All fast and cheap and pretty good.
Also, We got our website up. Honey B Online. It only has a page up right now but that will be built this week.
This is what our place looks like everday right now. This photo was taken at 4:30am. We have tons to do during the day but we really can only screen at night due to the heat and the ater based inks we use. Still, at 4am, we are sweating to death. Hence why Potsch is shirtless.
These are just a few of the 30 or so screens we have made. We own about 5 screens in a few different sizes. Most of our designs use two screens or more. That means we have to be smart and organized cause re-doing a screen cause you forgot you had to make one more shirt with that image is a hassle and can take a good amount of time. Time is not something we have to waste right now.
Potsch designed this amazing Market Tote (over sized tote bag that is great for actually shopping at the farmers market). He blows my mind with the stuff he can do. He designed and drew out a pattern. He hand dyes all the raw canvas himself. AND he sews. Awesome!
These are two of the designs we have. We will be naming the designs in the next day or so.
So, there is a quick catch up. It is 12:20am now and we are sweating and working hard. Potsch is once again having to take the sewing machine apart cause it keeps jamming. I am trying to squeeze in some of my other responsibilities before I get back to screening my cozies. I call them The Fix - more to come on those. I am very excited. Oh what the heck...I call them The Fix cause they can fix an outfit by being a fashionable cuff - when you wrap them around your Latte/Tea cup (your caffine Fix) they fix the temperature - and by not wasting those cardboard sleeves and using your Fix you are Fixing the planet. (They are also made out of vintage and repurposed fabrics). So, picture for those will come later. hehehe
Off to work now. I will try and get some fun things to you this week.
Potsch had to talk me into that quote but now it s one of my favorites.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Adorable and so creative!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
well, the flyer is at least.
Potsch and I have been working and sweating hard for the past two weeks. Stayin up til 4am being artists with a mission and a deadline - Which is almost here!!!!
Our friends at Flock Shop, Michelle and Chad, are hosting a debut party for our new line
Honey B - organic handworked wearables & usefuls.
Wearable are mainly shirts for gentlemen and ladies.
Usefuls are...things that are useful. Handmade Market Totes, Tea towels, cup cozies for your hot and cold beverages, etc.
There will be some complimentary delectable delights for your taste buds provided by Chef Cathy Shambley and some Olde Thyme-y Spiked lemonade made by yours truly.
We are on the search for some musical entertainment for you to shake your leg and tap you foot to. If you know any musician that play early 1900's stuff let me know. Even DJ's.
We sure hope y'all can make it!
there may even be a raffle!
August 1st, Saturday. 6-9pm at Flock Shop - 943 N. Broadway #103 Chinatown, LA, Ca. 90012
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I would have either a whole shelf of these little guys or maybe have them hiding all around. That way they could put a smile on your face when you least expect it.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This is my favorite and wish wish wish that it was around today.
Jail Cafe - amazing.
This is the Mushroom cafe of course.
And this the Coffee Cup Cafe.
There was also the Toad Inn (shaped like a toad) The Egyptian Realtor Office (shaped like the sphinx) and more. I realize that the trend was also to just make your building look like a huge toy. Another sign that adults are just kids with money.
Friday, July 17, 2009
On a side note or maybe this actually the center point - I think I maybe embracing my Cat Lady side a little too strongly. I went to the Renegade Craft fair and bought one thing - a necklace with a cat on it. I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market and bought one thing - a $10 framed picture of two siamese kitties. And I am not ready to stop there. i have a plan to decorate the entire wall in front of me with Cat images. Do I need help? I am happy I have a passion and right now it is not hurting anyone. Please, friends, keep an eye on me.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Great and Only Barnum by Candace Fleming. Holy crap I need this book!!! The cover alone is amazing. I find the circus, especially the old timey ones, to be a creep and wondrous thing. I enjoyed read "Water for Elephants" mainly for the circus story moments. Amazon has it for $12.91. A steal, I tell you!!!
"Candace Fleming, award-winning author of The Lincolns, Our Eleanor, and Ben Franklin’s Almanac, perfectly captures the spirit of an era, the spirit of the circus, and the spirit of P. T. Barnum himself. Drawing on old circus posters, photographs, etchings, ticket stubs, playbills—and with type and decorative elements throughout inspired by nineteenth-century designs—this book presents history as it’s never been experienced before—a stupendous, tremendous, show-stopping event!"
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
These are gorgeous necklaces from Stone&Honey. The prices range between $65 - $200. So stunning. Could be great bridesmaid gifts. Or just a sweet special treat for yourself. Wearing certain stones have special benefits - "Agate is a symbol of the Earth and of nature. The earthtone colors it expresses are those expressed by trees and plants, minerals and rocks, clouds and sky, and the planet itself. Earthtones are in harmony with nature; they also nourish and support nature. Consequently, by wearing Agate, you can forge a stronger connection with the Earth and be nourished by the very energies that nourish the planet." (acording to GemStoneTherapy) Awesome!
Random thoughts as I watched this:
Sweet Halloween costume ideas. Some of these kids seem like they are already in their late 30's. I want to name my little boys Lonnie and Cubby. You don't hear those much. I love that the flying saucer s looking for its cup. Sounds like a wedding vow.
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found on Decor8
Monday, July 13, 2009
"The Pearl Hotel presents "Dive-In Theatre," a FREE weekly "cinema social" combining eclectic film selections, food and drink, and light conversation. The event takes place at our poolside lounge and theater located outdoors and connected to Restaurant at The Pearl. Scheduled films are projected onto a 10' x 13' foot projection screen with full sound, overlooking our vintage, oyster-shaped swimming pool. Guests are invited to enjoy a range of classics, blockbusters, foreign and independent features from The Pearl’s private library."
This hotel looks awesome too. A touch more on the mid-century side than the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Potsch and I always want to sneak off for a day get away. We bring it up all the time but never seem to make the time. But with The Pearl Hotel and this heat and their Dive-In movie - this just might have to happen.
If you are thinking the same thing - here is a coupon for one free dinner. (good thru 8-09)
As I have said before I kinda have a thing for Jonathan Adler. And I really have a thing for his Cat salt and pepper shakers. I even considered using them as our cake topper on our wedding cake. Potsch is on the fence still.
i guess I am waiting for them to go on sale. They are $48.00 right now and I don't have enough dinner parties to warrant that expense on salt and pepper shakers. For now I will keep the dream alive. You never know, maybe I will start having more evening soirees just so I can have them.
Sometimes, as a woman, I feel there are certain thing one must do. Wearing Chanel no. 5 is one of them. I don't even really know what it smells like but just seems like if you are to be a sexy sensual woman that will be desired for eternity you must bare the scent of Chanel no. 5.
I might look into getting a small bottle that will be my secret sexy booster. The cherry on top of my subconscious courage. My inner Marilyn. Don't all women have an inner Marilyn?
"Dandelion Ranch is No Ordinary flower shop. Whether lush or minimal, our arrangements are not plunked in plain glass vases, but carefully composed in vintage or modern opaque containers which we consider to be important as the blooms themselves. Our arrangement are unique and truly memorable."