Monday, January 25, 2010

A Window Shade Project, A Book Search For A Customer, And Some New Items! WHEW!

So... long time no talk!

Well, long time no shop talk.   :)

To say it's been busy is, well

a ridiculously crazy understatement.

Life as we previously knew it (as in a few years ago)
is gone, baby, gone.

Hours spent at the shop/at my desk there are
innumerable and I think it best to start getting used to it
and realizing that it is the new "normal" and not just
"a season of busy-ness" anymore!

And you know what -- that's awesome.

I'm soooo thankful and my heart is so full and blessed by it all.
How can anyone NOT love working like this?

I'm surrounded by all things beautiful and there is always a fun, "festive" vibe
in the air -- could it get any better?

Okay -- meeting called to order now, and we have some
business to attend to!    :)


I have a customer who is desperately seeking a copy of the
Jeanne d'Arc Living book "French Atmospheres" and it is no longer available
anywhere that I can find.   We sold out of all our copies and I don't know of any
place to direct her, so I told her I would go to "my sources" our here in blog land...
If any of you purchased a copy of the hardbound book called
French Atmospheres In The Nordic Style from us (or anywhere else, for that matter)
and are willing to part with it (for a price) I just may have a buyer for it.

If you are interested in getting with my customer about selling her your copy of the book,
please email me and I will put the two of you together and between the two of you,
you can reach an agreement on price, payment, etc.

I know she will sure appreciate it and so will I,
since she pre-ordered a copy from us last year
and then we ended up NOT getting the books somehow.
So, I feel somewhat beholden to her
and would love to see this work out for all parties.

Let me know -- and I'll put you two together.

I got an email from my sweet customer, Debbie, who wanted to show me the window shade she created from one of those fabulous jute/burlap grain sack rugs.

Oh my -- it turned out as beautiful as I always thought it would!

We suggest on our site that you can certainly use the rugs/runners for way more than just
floor use and she actually DID IT!!

Look at this!!!

Is this not just

Back when I painted our kitchen, one of the first things I did was measure the
windows for possibly using the rugs as shades for the kitchen windows,
 but the windows
were bigger than the either size we carry... bummer.

Thank you SO MUCH, Debbie, for sharing your handiwork with us!!
Your window looks incredible!


Just got in these wonderfully thick, sturdy charcoal grey striped towels in and they are MY FAVORITE EVER!

They are sold individually and are the perfect kitchen towel, but they work equally well as an oversized Euro-style bistro napkin at the table.  You're gonna love them!  

These galvanized "number" stools are back in stock and their

industrial-quality good looks must be very in demand because

we already have only one left until our new supply arrives!

Below is one of the hearts made by my daughter, Olivia,
according to my specifications and she did a FABULOUS job!

ALL proceeds
from the sales of these hearts will go
directly to her "fund" to help pay for two mission trips this year --
one Ethiopia
and another trip to China!

So, these hearts will not only beautify your space, but will be a direct
blessing to her -- and in turn, those she goes to minister to this year around the world.

And again, if any of you has a copy of the
French Atmospheres book you are willing to part with,
please let me know and I'll put you in touch with Teresa -- you'll
make her a very happy lady!!    :)

Great "visiting" with you all again!!

Missed ya!



north pal said...

i have to agree, i think, that you must have such a rewarding job. not that it can't get very hectic and i am sure it does,but it's everything you said,plus you get to work from home, even tho, maybe you aren't in your home all the time. and you love all your surroundings. can't stop thinking of little amos and his happy family. and lastly, how is your mother doing? talk soon. Bestest,Denise

ozma of odds said... the window shade! If it's not wide enough, could you maybe add a strip of toile de jouy fabric to each side, or linen ruffles? xo

Cathy said...

Hi Ruth! I am glad to hear things are going so well...and glad that you are so happy! I adore all of the new items you have for the shop. I am on my way over to check it out.

Have a great evening!

Cathy said...

Hi Ruth! I am glad to hear things are going so well...and glad that you are so happy! I adore all of the new items you have for the shop. I am on my way over to check it out.

Have a great evening!

Simply Me Art said...

Well I hope this Post is because you are feeling Better! Thank Goodness for being so Busy, that is a Blessing even if it is a Exhausting one. LOL... Love that window treatment your client did, How Creative is that? Wow.. Love all the New Goodies such Beautiful pieces. I hope you stay busy,not too busy and feel better. xo Jamie

Tattered Goods said...

Hi there! Do you know if this is the only size these come in? I would love a set of 3 at my counter level bar/sink area... I need them to be 24 inches any ideas? I mean the price is great, what is shipping charges on the one you have... and when will you be gettting more I can find a place to use these cuties :)

DustyLu Interiors said...

Love it all! Esp the window treatment in burlap! love love it..lulu

Martha said...

How wonderful! I love it all ~ what a great idea for those window shades...and those hearts are too cute:)

Chrissy said...

Oh my gosh Ruth,that "curtain' is stunning,what an awesome idea!!! Wish I had a copy of that book,good luck with your hunt!! Love all your treasures,hope your doing o.k miss you!!! x0x0x

love you to pieces said...

All beautiful stuff, I have that rug, Ill have to check out my windows now...Just wondering when those vynal numbers are going up. I cant wait..Kathy H.

paige said...

i always love to come over....beautiful as always

Tutti Chic said...

Window shade is GORGEOUS ruth! thanks so much for posting this! I've missed you & always enjoy your posts! xoxoxo chris

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

WOW!!!! That is a lot of exciting news and wonderful treasures!
Everything is beautiful ~ Rebecca

Dreaming In Pink With Roses said...

What a Great Idea! Love it! Also Loving that Grey heart with the vintage keys!! What a coincidence... My name is Teresa & I would Dearly LOVE to have that Book!! :)

Big Hugs To You Ruth! ~ Teresa

Janean said...

your shades are awesome! do you hate to put them up because you miss the design? thanks for sharing.

Teri said...

Ruth... Glad things are so busy. Call me anytime... I would love to come over and help once in a while if you are on overwhelm. I'm not kidding... just being around your stuff is inspiring... and well.. there's always the coffee :D