Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sideways cross bracelets

What a beautiful Sunday morning!! The sun is shining, the weather is just perfect with a slight little breeze.

Today is the beginning of new things to come for me and I pray it all works out great.

I've been making these beautiful and popular sideways cross bracelets and have sold quite a few in my area. I just love them and the millions of combinations I can come up with...spent a small fortune, but it's all worth it! Love the glam and the compliments I get showing them off....even my curious little kitties try to get involved. They love it when mom designs, they sit next to me on the bed in my little design corner~purring, watching, hoping to chase a fallen bead and eventually take a cat nap. Oh, the life of a cat...love my furry friends.

My inventory is quite large on all levels and getting motivated to get it all out and photograph it hasn't been in my schedule. But, now that it's spring, no more excuses.

Stay tuned, more to come soon~enjoy this beautiful day!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year

Well, I haven't been able to get on the computer too much during this holiday break...just a little time in the mornings while kids were asleep. How was your Christmas? Ours was pretty good and took forever to wrap up. This year was my ex husbands' time for visitation, therefore, we had a lot of different celebrations. Kinda glad it's over with.

For 2013, I'm gonna vow to be on here more~again, Pinterest has become my love interest and with trying to design, photograph, run a house, worry about how to pay the bills, kids and being single~yikes! It's not easy sister!!! Oh, and I forgot the cats~they are a full time job too.

So, why did I disappear?? Well, after another attempt at opening a store and putting so much of my heart, soul and last dollar and it failing. I went into depression and all the stuff sat in the boxes from the store for almost a year before I touched them. It breaks my heart to have so many beautiful things and be so talented and only have 2 cheerleaders to support me. My mom and grandmother are the two that have ALWAYS believed in me and always will. During my depression time, my annual exam showed that I may have had ovarian cancer. Months of doctors' visits, tests and more tests...the worry really set in then. So, I called my dad and he insisted that I didn't have cancer! He is minister at his church and refused to let the devil make me think so....power of prayer proved months later that I in fact didn't have cancer. The spots that were removed for tests showed nothing and when I returned there was nothing to conclude with...there was nothing there. Faith is very powerful!!

My faith is very powerful and strong which is why I design the things I do...angels, crosses, hearts~they hold special meaning to me. And those who support me are also blessed in amazing ways that I can't explain...all who help me get it back double or more. Perhaps more would be supportive if they really knew that about me...hehe!! I am a good person, have a wonderful spirit, soul and heart and never hurts anyone, but perhaps a bit too honest.

Since September, I have been out of my rut and been a busy beaver..most everything is organized and ready to take on 2013 and not look back. Never give up on your dreams!!! My dream is to be able to share my beautiful things with the world and help take care of my kids. Each week I continue to look for a real job, but for some reason nothing pans out and some how I get by monthly. The ex is over $ 15,000 behind and refuses to support his kids while he remains successful in his Dallas moving company. But, that will be his road to cross some day.

Tomorrow, it's back to school and I have taken lots of photos and if you follow me on facebook, you will see the latest and greatest of designs.

Here is a sneak peek at the cross bracelets that I had during the holidays....


Toodles,
Alisa

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas

Yes, it's been a long time since I've been on here...addicted to Pinterest now..sorry, my bad! I've been making cake balls, cookie bars, jewelry, hats and scarves~staying busy.

Things have been really slow on the boutique sales...kinda in a funk about that. But, I'm staying positive as I keep designing, even if it is for my loved ones.

I did attend a beautiful Holiday show 2 weeks ago and it really uplifted my spirits~I haven't been able to visit or set up in a long time and I truly miss selling at my previous shows.

Ahh....just 2 more days to wake up early to get this kids up for school. Ready for some rest and to finish the Christmas shopping. It's going to be a very small Christmas this year~lovely ex hasn't send any money in months for child support. Yet, another reason I've been MIA....depression is taking it's toll on my soul.


Here's a few new things I've been working on....

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Yes , it has been a long time...

After a long break following a major disappointment in my life, I am back in action. My gorgeous little gift shop didn't survive very long. And was very upset that even being between a beauty shop and a massage therapist~didn't prove to be such a great idea. A great deal on rent isn't always a good thing, nor is a bad location. Luckily, I pulled out just in time. A week after I closed up, the building was broken into and the other shops were totally ransacked and I would've really been heartbroken.

During the last few months, I have been still searching for the one thing I thought would bring me more to life...LOVE!! Well, that's several chapters that will have to be for another book~let's just say that men are quite strange and become more strange as I meet more of them. After more let downs in the love department, I've decided that God is trying to tell me something. Love isn't happening, nor was it in the cards to have a boutique again. My children are still at ages that require way too much time from me and being a single mom with absolutely NO help with them has become quite challenging. Therefore, I am back to work from home again. Oh, and we have gained another kitty that just had kittens~so yes, my plate has been full since last year.


On with another note...my angel jewelry has become my new passion! And all the different combinations are fabulous as well!! I have very busy the last few weeks getting a new stock ready for this year. This is the year for Angels!! Get ready ladies...you will see them everywhere!! Check out my Etsy boutique to see them and I have also added items from my shop at reduced prices and wholesale. Please have patience, I have lots of stuff to add and they will be greatly reduced so that I can work on new stuff for this Holiday season.

Enjoy!

~Alisa~

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

4th week at new location

What perfect weather we are having....time to light up some candles!! And tonight I am testing a newbie I am about to add to my new boutique..frosted cupcakes..yummy!!

Ladies, I just wanted to thank you to each of you that have visited my new little shop in Athens. I was so excited about opening that I thought I had a plan on decorating...well it's all changed now. I love the beautiful comments that I received, but so many were just seeing the baby and little girl stuff that the ladies' glamorous jewelry was being overlooked.  So, I called in some help. The store is completely re-decorated. So, if you saw it before, you need to come back and see it again.

I have added more beautiful jewelry, glittered scarves, fabulous knit hats, leopard "french" style hats, home decor items and some elegant Jessica McClintock animal print throws...they are gorgeous!! And won't last long, I only have 2 left in the store.













I took a few pictures to share....and of course posting this while I watch the Rangers!!!

Check out my new sign...coming soon!! Love it!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

New boutique in Athens, TX

It's been a fun, exciting~yet tiring few weeks and there seems to be little time to relax. But, that's what it's all about when you are trying to achieve your dream. The last 3 years looking for employment has finally showed me that it's time to throw in the towel, wasting gas and time on something that just isn't going to happen. However, this time was spent making stuff on the peanuts that I managed to gather along the way.

The space I maintained in Mesquite is no longer available and the items are now at the new boutique. Everything was great until everybody decided to carry the same items, gas increased, it was way too hot and the drive was just too much for me to handle.

So, while preparing for school I stumbled upon an opportunity that I just couldn't resist. I feel like I've just gambled my life away~but I think it will be okay....just one day at a time. Anything is better than NO income and surviving on child support for the next 8 years and it decreasing as each turns 18.

I officially opened last Friday (Sept 23) and have already met some wonderful people. I am still waiting on the signs...and people are having a hard time finding the shop.  It is located just before Super 8 on Hwy 175 and directly across the street from the TVEC facility. The building is a small beige building and in between The Escape and the Uncommon Salon..



The shop has debuted with my fabulous candles, melts, girly gifts, jewelry for all aged girls and women, hand-made cards and gift tags. We also specialize in hats and scarves for the upcoming winter season...colorful array of styles and designs. There are many treasures to be found in this store and have so many plans for fun stuff in the future and for the holidays.

If you are in the Athens area, please feel free to stop by and see what we have...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New boutique

I've been searching high and low for a place closer to home to sell my items. The 1+year wait for the area of Canton has just about exhausted me to death. Perhaps they don't want my items there~anyway, I give up on returning to Canton as a vendor.

My Mesquite booth has been too difficult to maintain because of the distance. All year I have been designing stuff and stock piling waiting for an affordable place in Athens. And it's really scary, since so many places have closed around here in the last month. But, I am ready and have found a new location that is affordable for me to start over with and see what happens...stay tuned for more details.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I am officially a hooker now....LOL!

Yes, I can actually say that I am now a hooker!! Thanks to my grandmother and mom, I have joined the knitters club. HaHa!! had you going for a minute...

For many years my grandmother has crocheted and knitted so many adorable items as gifts for the family. It wasn't until a few years ago that we decided to sell her hats and scarves along with my stuff. I sold a few here and there and just last Fall they really started to sell and we got many orders. Unfortunately, I had to turn down wholesale orders since I only had my grandmother knitting and couldn't fill the items requested alone.

But, now I am on board and I can say I am an addict. I just started a week ago, and can't seem to get anything done around my house!! My average is 2-3 hats per day~and just can't stop! Like I need more projects. Oh well...the mess will have to wait because it's also a great stress reliever.

I am now going to start advertising for wholesale to gift shops or individuals looking to sell them. My funky, cute, artsy self has added my own personal touch to make mine a bit different from the competition.

Thanks for looking and help to spread the word if anyone wants them for their shops!!!

Have a great day!!!


Monday, February 28, 2011

Baby Hats

Here are a few more baby hats that we have just completed. I plan on searching through my many tubs and see if there is anything else I can add to sell before we wrap up hat sales this season. My grandmother, Nittin' Nannie, makes hats all year long. So if you are interested in buying them for next season, feel free to send me a message.

The hats shown are for either baby boys or girls ages 3 to 6 months~we are getting lots of requests for boys lately and can take an order. We have been so busy with adult and toddler hats this year, the boys have taken a back seat. And I have boys!! New to the boy line are footballs~we shall see what else pops up soon....

Additional sizes may be ordered on the hats shown below.



Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pink Chic~shabby chic hat and scarf

Oh, the fun I am having taking pictures of all my hats and scarves with my new models. I just wish I had a better camera and longer hours in the day! Ladies, I have around 6 tubs full of goodies that no one has even seen yet. The bulk of my inventory is baby and toddler hats~and still looking for the right baby dolls to model them with or if anyone wants to donate some, I would appreciate it!

Here is today's picture....I hope you enjoy! And yes, my favorite color!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lots of new things going on around here...

Whew, I am so glad this week is almost over!! Last Sunday was crazy picking up the house a little bit from the kids being home on Friday's snow day. Then, hopped in the car to head to Mesquite to re-stock my booth, shop and pick up kids to watch the Superbowl. My son wanted to stay at my mom's until half-time and then head home.  It was a fast hour drive home to finish watching the exciting game. Although, I wasn't really all that impressed with the commercials for this year.

Monday was my day to clean my grandmother's house (as I do every 2 weeks). As soon as I finished, I had to purchase my cleaning supplies for the week for my household. Somehow, I managed a 2 hour nap very late that afternoon~I was very tired for some reason. After checking all my regular sites, I totally forgot to check my e-mail and suprisingly I had an Etsy order. Yeah!! I really haven't put alot of my time adding ALL my stuff, because I haven't had any luck at all for years with a regular website. I believe people want to see it, feel it, smell it...in order to buy something. So, I processed the order and got it ready to ship before more bad weather was to hit again on Wednesday.  Later in the evening, I got another order~yeah again!!!!!

So, Tuesday was to be a busy day! Get these orders out, cause you never know what is going to happen with the weather in Texas. And wouldn't you know, I was out of bubble wrap and had to search several stores in Athens to find some. Then it was off to the grocery store, since I didn't go over the weekend. When I got home, I learned we had lots of hat orders to fill!! Yeah, again!! The school bus drivers went nuts over the maroon and white hats in this cold weather. They are really warm, fuzzy and truly protect your head~I get really hot wearing mine. And with the scarf, I am on fire!! Anyway, my grandmother knocks at my door and hands me a black bag and said look inside. Fearing for what's inside, I hesitated! It was 6 mannequin heads from the beauty school~thank the Lord!! I have needed some hat models, now I have plenty!! But they are scaring the kids!!

Wednesday, guess what folks? We were passed up again on the weather~kids in school, but Dallas got some more ice. I think there is a bubble around Athens, cause we don't get anything around here. But, more good news~more hat orders!! When it's this cold, the word has finally gotten out where to get some great hats and scarves.

Thursday, I spent cleaning and organizing...not that it does much good. Then it's back to the store~still trying to replenish all the things I lost when I moved over a year ago. $$, easy come, easy go!!! Hello Subway for dinner~I am worn out!!

Yesterday I decided to get out and shop a bit since the kids are home this weekend. I visited my friend at her new boutique and got some materials for a newborn hat order. No nap today! Around 4, I started taking lots of pictures with my new models. I spent about an hour cropping and loading them to my Etsy shop. And after the kids got home, it got even more crazy!! A bunch of teenagers showed up and as of now (Saturday night) they are still here!!  They managed to let us get just a few hours of sleep and they were back. I truly feel like I am about to just collapse of a heart attack. Don't people understand I am a single mom? Why are you sending your kids to my house 24/7~I already have 4!! God is really testing me and my patience tonight.

And after all this, I still didn't mention that there is a sale going on in my booth!!! 25% off everything thru Valentines Day!! There are still a few valentines candles left.

Sorry, I rambled and hope you understand that I am alone in this city and have no one to talk to for relief. Therefore, you had to suffer and read my crazy week~and I didn't even mention everything!! LOL!!!

Enjoy one of my new models....her name is Mary.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Booth Pictures

Thank you to my customers for your support through the Holiday season and all the changes I made for improvements. I was able to move to a bigger space at the antique mall and I couldn't be more excited about the results!! More traffic, sales and can focus on bringing you more items while they sell themselves.

It has always been a dream to own another store, but at this point in my life...I also really enjoy shopping too!!! There are so many places I want to visit and not able to if I am in a store 5 or 6 days a week. I have met so many new good people that are in business for themselves and run it pretty much all the time and they are exhausted!! I am already exhausted and don't need any additional stress to add to my life being a single mom. My kids are my #1 priority and what I do now enables us the best lifestyle at this time.

I did get a call about my wait for the space I want in Canton...but the spaces available were a bit too large for me at this time. So many of my friends already have spots out there and didn't want to expand to another location. In the meantime, I will wait for the perfect opportunity for me and remain at The Antique Gallery of Mesquite~I am happy with being there. And I finally took some pictures this week of just a small bit of what I have to offer my customers.

Stay warm in this bitterly cold weather!!