Elegant Whimsy

By Laura Bray

Did you ever notice that whenever you come up with an idea that it suddenly appears everywhere? I believe it’s a sure sign that I’m in the creative “flow”. This very thing happened to me recently. I got my invitation to join LolliShops and, when I was filling out my application and saw that one of the categories was Elegant Whimsy, I nearly fell off my chair. I blogged about a new concept I thought I had invented called Elegant Whimsy in mid-July! (You can read about it here: Elegant Whimsy) As my mom says there’s nothing new in the world! When I told Sadie Lou about this coincidence, she kindly invited me to be a guest blogger to discuss Elegant Whimsy with you.

So today, I thought I would give you my take on the Elegant Whimsy lifestyle. I often come across people who say they like my artwork a lot, but are afraid it’s “too childlike or whimsical” for their décor. Then I explain that you can include whimsical in the most austere of rooms. The only rule? You have to be brave enough to do it. Haven’t you ever walked into a person’s house, saw something that seemed out of place, but it ended up being the thing you liked most about their house? Wasn’t that object what you remembered years later? That’s Elegant Whimsy. It’s sparkle and whimsy on the least expected item. It’s using old teacups as curtain tie backs and salt & pepper shakers as tassels. It’s having peanut butter & jelly sandwiches on your wedding china. Even the picture of me on this blog post, is an Elegant Whimsy story. I was at an upscale restaurant and after dinner they brought a bowl of cotton candy with the check. I’ll always remember that restaurant because of that whimsical touch.

So here’s my challenge for you. I want you to blog about living the Elegant Whimsy lifestyle. It can be something in your house, it can be something you do, just make it elegant and make it whimsical. I can’t wait to see all the great ideas! Be sure to post a comment so we can all come and visit.

To further celebrate Elegant Whimsy, I’m giving away a set of my Elegant Whimsy note cards. Simply leave a comment with a link to your Elegant Whimsy tip and we’ll draw a name on September 10th. These note cards will be in my LolliShop once the candy store opens!

If you want to read more about me and my creative journey, visit my website at Katydid Designs

With Elegance & Whimsy,

Laura Bray

katydid designs

Thanks Laura!
So just to clarify, after you read this post–you can leave a comment just to talk about what Laura said here, and you can also come back and leave a comment when your post is ready in order to be entered into the contest and so we can visit your blog. Only comments with links will be entered.
~Sadie Lou

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… the Winner Is …

July 30, 2008

First of all, I want to thank everyone who added a LolliShops button on their blogs or wrote a post promoting LolliShops. I am truly grateful. I plan to reward your efforts as LolliShops grows!
I am soooooo excited about the applications that have been coming in–there is one artist that applied last night that I am over the moon about! Come Christmas time, you’re all going to want to do some shopping at her website…it’s pure candy I tell ya!
Anyhoodles,
Without further delay…

Jennifer Hayslip of Sweet Eye Candy Creations you won the Tiara Betsy!
Thank you so much for plugging LolliShops and I’m so thrilled to welcome you to the FrouFrou friendly marketplace–this is where your sweet, delicious, candy-coated creations belong my Friend!
*hugs*
I already have your address so I’ll be sending her out to you soon!
Thanks again to all who participated–there will be more chances to win prizes so keep stopping by for the FUN!
~Sadie Lou

Hello Again,
Guess what? I have some exciting news. I have an application you can fill out to get pre-approved to sell on LolliShops! I want artists to be able to talk about LolliShops with confidence. I know that juried sites can sometimes be intimidating and I want to settle your minds a little.
Here is what you need to know about this application:
LolliShops will not be ready to open it’s doors to everyone for awhile yet. LolliShops has invited some artists to try the site out when it is ready, for a short time. After that phase, the site will be open for artists that have been pre-approved to move in!
That’s why I feel it’s important to get the approval out of the way so that artists can get busy storing up inventory (and getting excited!).
If you have any questions about the application, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email/Sadie at
lollishops@gmail.com
The application is on the LolliShops home page top right hand corner. You can click here too-
Application
One more thing about the application, I understand not everyone has a website, a Flickr account and a blog so I made those questions optional. However, if you want to increase your chances of getting approved, I strongly urge you to include everything you have available that would help the jury view what you do best!

Now for the contest!
If you blog about LolliShops releasing the application, I will record who directs the most traffic to LolliShops (not the blog). The person who directs the most traffic to LolliShops.com will get this prize:

A Tiara Betsy from Sadie Lou Who! The contest begins now and ends one week from today. Next week, I will announce the winner and get their address.
Thanks so much for all your help in spreading the word! My aim is to reward you back as LolliShops grows!