Friday, August 21, 2009

Summer's End

So summer is slowly coming to a halt here in Athens. Students are back and busy as ever, finding their classes, discussing their next party or bar hop, and stumbling into Bel-Jean to get their course packets. I am currently working at the downtown copy print store to help with the back to school course packet rush. Most new students are as confused as ever, but I do have some very encouraging news to report...students from many different walks of life are refusing Bel-Jean's plastic bags to haul their packets away! Maybe people are coming around to the idea that we don't all need a new shiny bag ever time we buy the slightest item in a store! I would say that fewer than 1 out of ever 10 customers accepted my bag offer! Yay Athens! Maybe there is hope after all.

I will be out at the farmer's market tomorrow with my jewelry. Sometimes I get so tired of hauling all of my displays out to my tent only to put them back again at 12pm. Don't get me wrong, I love selling at the farmer's market and I am not generally a lazy person...but if you have seen my display there, you know that it is made up of about 20 different pieces. I am tempted to consolidate the display and just bring a folding table with a cloth to drape over it, but I just can't bring myself to take away the charm (if you will) of my display. I think I like the display as much as the jewelry! So, tomorrow I will unload the car with Ross and be wistfully thinking of a folding table and a draping cloth.

Last weekend my mother joined me at my table to sell all natural and handmade goat's milk soap. She raises the little goats herself and then uses their milk to make awesome soap the old fashioned way (lye, olive oil, etc). I have been using her soap for a while now and it leaves your skin feeling so soft! So far she has made unscented, oatmeal/honey, lemongrass, lime, lavender, and a few others that I have yet to remember. I recommend stopping by my booth to see if she is their with her soap during the remaining farmers markets. She will be joining me every once in awhile. Here are some cute pics from her farm (Promised Land Farm in Social Circle, GA):

Friday, August 7, 2009

Running out of supplies!

So the last week or so I have been feverishly making jewelry for a wholesale order that was placed by a boutique in Atlanta. My friend Grace and I walking around Virginia Highlands in Atlanta with my jewelry and approached several business owners/buyers with my jewelry. I received a lot of great feedback and last week, one of the businesses ordered a good bit of jewelry right on the spot. This is very exciting for me at is my first wholesale order and this particular boutique is well known in Atlanta and has been in Lucky Magazine. So, needless to say, I have had little time to come up with new designs and my supplies have been dwindling.

I will be out at the Farmer's Market this Saturday, however, with the jewelry I have left on hand (a good bit). Sorry if I missed you last weekend. My husband had to take over my booth b/c I had to hurry home to deal with a 24 hour migraine. It was one of the worst I have every had. But, I am better now and I hope to see many of you at the market!

In the meantime, check out this awesomely fun website and have fun making old school yearbook pictures! Check out one of mine: