Thursday, February 25, 2010

The frustrating and disappointing news is that our "deal" fell through...aakkkkkkkk...
attempting to take a zen, calm, stay in the moment mode I realize that I have hit the Artgirlz Wall...
coming up with the next step seems exhausting...
so an emergency vacation is in order...
Sue and I are off to Providence (just up the road a piece) until Sunday. She will actually commute to work tomorrow and I will have a day in our fancy hotel to do what ever I want...away from the house...will leave in a couple of hours...Christy will be our loyal and competent chicken/rabbit sitter!
As thoughts of my, our, the biz future whirl around my busy brain we have
been doing one of the things we do best...painting a room! 

This is the bathroom connected to our bedroom which has had a recent lovely pink update!! The bathroom is lavender...well was...and we picked out a dark red paint. This was the first time I had used a tinted primer...what a miracle thing that is!! Nor did I know that it would be grey...
The lovely little girl pictured above lives in the corner of the bathtub tile project...
Bathrooms are small but extremely tedious to paint...and we had to be very careful around the little tiles above the sink and around the tub. Nothing like painting your bathroom with a quarter inch brush!
 The toilet is right by the short red wall front left.
To the right of the sink is an open a cupboard without doors...
Both very challenging paint areas...but...4 dayz later...


So off to do a few sniggley things for the biz, put our travel goodies together and will head off to take a break from the action.
Thanks again to all.

Monday, February 15, 2010

I just took what was left of our product off of the website...not much I am happy and sad to say...
We have officially entered a new phase! I don't know how to thank everyone for their support and kind words. 

And since it is Presidents Day I thought that I would do a brief bit about the President of Artgirlz (Pictured above)! I don't remember just how Big Al became the President...Maybe it was because her name started with "A" or because she is taller, or because she is bossy or because she is the smartest but President she has been and a fine one at that! We have had our moments, but considering, they have been very few...we could barely stop doing product development...ideas always flying around with no time or money to carry them out.

We flew many miles, ate piles of bad food, drank gallons of Starbucks, put lots and lots of product in bags, spent hours at the computers together. She spent more time than I can personally imagine putting numbers into QuickBooks and making spreadsheets. She mixed easily with the rich and famous! She made upc calls...crunched numbers for gross margins, discounts, shipping, ordering. 
She was at her best standing behind me telling me where to move little shapes here and there as I put packaging, copy, catalog sheets together!
Always on top of fashion and never missing fashion forward moment even at the airports of the world! What's better than a "Best Tail in Town" Rhode Island sweatshirt!!
Always an artistic inspiration I miss her very much and am grateful that we took the chance to take this adventure together. Our mother would have proud!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day to all of our lovlies!!!
Have been shipping, organizing, cleaning, and have to venture out into the cold to the post office.
Sending lots of love out into the world!!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Greetings Earthlings! Oh No, Oh Yes...What will I dooooooooo?????
stop selling at
Valentine's Day.
We still don't know what the next step is going to be. We are waiting patiently...sort of. 
We will let you know as soon as we know!!
Actually Allison and Midge are driving (as I write) to Jacksonville, FL to see the Black Eyed Peas in concert tonight! That should be a great shaking up of the senses!!

In the mean time, we in the great northeast are awaiting a snow storm and putting bundles of Artgirlz Goodies together. Linda is cutting felt and collecting little gems to combine and send out into the world. They will be tied together for your creative pleasure. Just let me say that we are down to it...I don't think that I can conjure up too many more...Sue is taking care of nagging little details with credit cards and Paypal, and doing some shipping...I can hear the tape ripping off of the roll.
I have been enjoying working on a sweater that I started when Artgirlz was just a glint in our eyeballs and hadn't touched since...except to move the basket around when necessary. I visited our local yarn shop and with some guidance jumped right back into knitting and pearling. It has been very relaxing and a soothing way to get back to making things. I have missed having a project to take along with me .

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I don't know why Sue and Linda were laughing at yet another one of my "clearly I don't live in Florida outfits"! What's better than striped fingerless gloves with a skulls and bows with coordinated stripy dotty hat...inside...

so it was the chicklet pictured here that went to the bank yesterday and paid off our business loan!!! We are $%#@***&^ psyched about that situation!!!!

and it is the same one that is picking hundreds of charms one by one (with the back up of the two mentioned above) trying to get it right...packing orders, inputting everyone's addy and printing the labels, visiting our friendly post office and answering emails, and getting cc info and fixing glitches, making charm orders trying to keep ahead of the game, staying calm and in the moment most of the time...

I just want to assure everyone that we won't be "going away" until everyone is happy, so if you have an "issue" please don't fret!!

We continue to be very touched by the support and love that has been flowing our way! Thanks again and we will be keeping everyone informed about any important news!!