Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Winner. Winner.... Chicken. Dinner.


Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Sailor Studio giveaway!




Random Generator picked Lucky #2


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This happens to be my lovely blogger friend:


Congrats!!

I will be emailing you soon~ 
Just let me know what you decide on! =)  






P.S. Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook for updates and giveaways and check out our website for new items coming soon!! 


Thanks Everyone!!


Monday, September 27, 2010

MM: Cow Manure and Shiny Pens

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters



(this is my cousin, Liv... we all looked like this within about 10 minutes on the course =) 


1. We ran the Marine MUD RUN on Saturday... I never thought I could be so sore... It actually hurt to drive this morning... and I almost dropped Reese trying to help him out of the car.

My arms are WORTHLESS.

 BEFORE SHOT:


Me, aunt Tanya, cousin Christy, and aunt Gina- Medic Please!


AFTER SHOT:


 It was exhausting, a little scary at times (like when we had to lift each other over our heads to get up a 15 foot wall- Eeeeek!) but it was so fun, and such an adrenaline rush!! 



2. We drove our Armada to the Mud Run... which means that after the race, we had 4 absolutely disgusting people riding in it for 2 hours until we got to the campground... 

which means our vehicle now smells like sweaty feet and cow manure.

I almost threw up when I opened the door this morning.

Febrezin' it. did. not. help.


3. I am really starting to think Reese (who is 2 going on 25) is going to be a lawyer when he grows up... that or a politician. He will argue over any and everything!

Like today he found a pen, and said, "Mom, what's this?"

I said, "It's a pen honey."

He said, " No it's not Mom. It's a shiny pencil." 

(we went back and forth for about five minutes until I gave up... we no longer have "pens" in my house.)


 4. We sent out the first shipment of orders for our Sailor Studio online store this morning!


I am sooooo incredibly excited (and a little shocked) that we actually got this business up and running. We still have a lot ahead of us, but it is all coming together!! 

Thank you everyone for your support, prayers, and kind words- It means so much to all of us!! =)  (and don't forget to enter our giveaway here... I will draw a winner tomorrow!)



5. When you have 3 little boys, you learn really quickly that there are a lot of things that are completely out of your control... Boys are CRAZY- they wrestle and fight and bite and push and smother and strangle each other constantly.

      They are WILD.


They trip and fall, get bumped, bruised, scraped, and scratched

every. single. day.



The world is their JuNgLe GyM...


and so is our living room.





But, I thank Jesus every day for them... I couldn't imagine my world without these little guys =)



Friday, September 24, 2010

The moment you all have been waiting for...


(scroll down for chance to win)


Okay... maybe you all haven't been waiting... but I am going to tell you anyway!

 
(For any first time visitors to my blog- I usually write ridiculous stories about my life with 3 crazy little boys... stuff like this - I will back to that ASAP! =).


I know all my real-life friends and family are sick of hearing about it by now, but for all my blogger friends who don't know...


Earlier this year, my mom
(who has worked with enamel on copper plates and sculpture for 30 years at Ratcliff Studio) applied for an opportunity to open her own studio/store along with 5 other artists. It is part of a program hoping to renovate the small village of Stone Mountain, which has gone downhill over the past few years.


Meanwhile, my sister-n-law Britni and I started spending a lot of time at Ratcliff Studio with my mom and Peggy, designing and creating enamel on copper jewelry.
 

 Glory Blue- Necklace

 

After a few months of waiting...


My mom was chosen for the program!


After discussing ideas and attending some of the business workshops together, we decided to go for it together, and
Sailor Studio was formed.




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(My business head shot- Thank you Aunt Stephanie!)


Now this process has been extremely fast, and we are all getting a crash course in business management- but we thankfully have some amazing support from the Art Station and the City.


Our official store opening is in October 2nd

...the GRAND opening is October 8th.



I am getting a little nervous... building something from the ground up is a very long and tedious process
(ugh, all the paperwork is ridiculous!)


But it will be ours... and being able to have our own shop and gallery is so exciting!








Now to the Art!!



Our pieces are all hand-made and crafted by us. We try to design jewelry that doesn't look like the manufactured stuff you see at mall shops... Every item is a one of a kind! We layer our copper with enamel
(a type of ground glass) using a number of techniques. Then place it in a "flash-fire" kiln at 1500 degrees. Most pieces take 2-3 firings each.




It's HOT!!

_________________________________________


We just opened our website and online store, and as a promotion we would love to give one of my fabulous online readers (you know I love ya!) a chance to win one of our new accessories.


Sailor Studio


Just check out our site and leave a comment on my blog telling me which item you would like to win! Simple! This is open to everyone- just make sure your email address is accessible so I can contact you if you are the winner =) 


Promote us on your own blog/twitter/or facebook for extra entries!Just make sure to leave a comment for each.
 

I will pick the winner Tuesday Night!


Autumn Falls- Bracelet




 


Gold Drops- 1" Earrings




Antique Blue- Earrings (Iris Collection)




For other chances to win, become a fan of our Facebook page HERE! We also have some items posted there that are not yet on the website.



 

Okay, okay, enough self- promotion! Don't worry- my blog isn't going to turn into a business ;)


Thank you so much for taking the time to read... 



Please send your prayers our way to help us through all these upcoming events! 
=)



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Brain Freeze: Strange things are happenin to me...



Do you ever have sooooo much to think about that your brain just shuts down and you can't even focus on anything?

Brain Freeze.

That's the point I am right now.

I am on mental overload!

Why??

Well for one thing,

Our store is opening in NINE days and it still looks like this...




We have SOOOOO much to do! business license, taxIDs, insurance, accounting, displays....


Brain Freeze.


I had 2 school projects due this week and I stayed up until 5:30 in the morning working on them... I now have about 16 other projects/papers due soon, and I have to schedule a day for my professor to come watch me teach at the school I have been doing my student placements at...


Brain Freeze.


Oh, did I mention I am INSANE and actually competing in the MUD RUN in South Carolina this up-coming Saturday.

Whoops! (just watch the video on the site, it is pretty intense- little worried about the 15 foot walls we are supposed to climb over)


Brain Freeze.


Then there is the matter of my beautiful little boys who have been on a rampage this week at school...








I have gotten notes about them every day!!


Brain Freeze.


There is also the small matter of my house... and the fact that it has been looking like this for the past couple months...



If you look real hard, there is a desk under there...



and the dining room table is somewhere in this one...









And I can't even blame it on this little monster:





BTW, Friday I am going to introduce all my blogging friends to what my mom, me, and my sister n law have been working on for the past few months... and what better way to introduce than a GIVEAWAY!

I have never done one before, but I thought it would be a nice way to kick off the start of a (hopefully) successful business venture =)


See you then!!



Monday, September 13, 2010

MM: Tomahawk Choppin and Perry the Platypus



Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters





1*** My adorable husband Goose turned 30.

He was a little depressed about it, but I think he had a great birthday week (our birthdays last a week in this family =).


I took him to the Braves game - first one this year!




Ate at the chophouse and had pretty sweet seats...








2*** BTW- have you SEEN my husband's hair??

It is ROCKIN'... old school style.

He says he grew it out for me, but I think he is tryin to hold onto his youth for as long as possible ;)




3*** Having twins has its perks
(don't worry, it has its downsides too- can we say potty-training?)





One advantage I found out when they started school.

The ride home from Pre-k has become one of my favorite parts of the day. Nolan and Ty get in the car and I get to hear all the latest gossip: meaning I get to hear who Nolan's latest girlfriend is
(apparently Faith-Ann is out and Breelle is the new hotness)...

I also find out who got in trouble. Nolan told me that Ty and his BFF Joshua were separated for talking during story time... Then Ty tells me Nolan told the teacher that he didn't eat breakfast at home so he could get a second breakfast at school.


It's kind of nice having twins who love to tell on each other ;)



4*** Nolan and Ty both love taking pictures.


I keep finding pics of chubby toes and Phineas and Ferb episodes on my camera. Ty took this one though- which I love!





5***
Speaking of Phineas and Ferb- that is who the boys want to dress up like for the Fall Festival at school =)



But who should be who?... (and where the heck am I gonna find purple pants??)