August 28, 2008
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,
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.
August 20, 2008
Thanks Lori of the The Scrappy Shack! You won the very first LolliShops Giveaway! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address to claim your prize!
It also goes with out saying that even though I didn’t do an official tally of the votes–I’m pretty sure Polka Dots is the winner as well!
Thanks for all the comments and all the LolliShops Love! You are the best of the best–the cream of the crop!
You’re the Polka Dots on my Cupcake!
You get my drift.
August 18, 2008
It’s only been 3 weeks since I first released the Application for LolliShops. Since then, I have received over 600 applications and we have close to 400 approved vendors!
I credit most of the buzz to my faithful friends and contacts who instantly added the buttons to their blogs. They didn’t stop there! You guys posted about LolliShops, you talked about it to fellow artists and you joined the LolliShop Guild where you continue to invite your friends and generate buzz!
I want to thank you!
You guys are an amazing group and I am daily inspired, grateful and impressed!
So I’m going to have my first LolliShops Blog Giveaway. All you have to do is post a comment. Since just posting a comment isn’t all that exciting, I will have you answer a question. The question is:
“What do you love more: Polka Dots or Stripes?”
You get a vintage card box full of handmade cards, vintage greeting cards, vintage buttons and trims, vintage rickrack, a Best Friend Award and some vintage wrapping paper samples!
(That’s a lot of vintage!)
In the future, LolliShops will be offering lots and lots of awards and prizes! Here are just a few ideas…
1. Rewards and Prizes for vendors with the most sales for one month
2. Rewards and Prizes for vendors with the most listings for one month
3. Rewards and Prizes for referring new buyers and vendors to LolliShops
4. Rewards and Prizes for contests: Most Creative use of Rick Rack…etc.
You get the idea!
Sometimes, LolliShops will be buying items from Featured Sellers and giving those away as prizes too! *excited*
I have some more posts coming this week so stay tuned!