Thanks so much to all of you who joined us for the Customer Appreciation Parties last night!
We really do appreciate all of you mighty fine folk!
I thought I had figured out the Main Street holiday decorations way back in August. I patted myself on the back for being so far ahead of the game. In October, I made a sample to figure out timing and durability, etc. Good thing I did, because the sample proved that the decorations would not work for the shop! Back to the drawing board…
But my drawing board kept filling up with misfires. A number of new attempts were made but they were all found wanting (including one ornament that was cute but had an element that was too reminiscent of a tampon – oh dear!). Trish to the rescue! She suggested doing a school theme. Since the shop is decked out with maps and flip charts and blackboards, adding school room decorations was a great idea.
Happy Holidays from Erin, Margaret, Christina and glenda!
Come in to one of the shops, or contact the studio (through the website, or firstname.lastname@example.org), between 5:00 and 8:00pm to receive 20% off!
We’re all set for shopping assistance and general merriment!
See you soon!
We regularly chat amongst ourselves about how wonderful our customers are: smart, funny, stylish, and NICE! Our customers are one of the reasons we all love working here. Thank you!
It’s time again for us to thank you formally, by holding a party…of course!
Our annual Customer Appreciation Party is tomorrow night, Thursday December 5th, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. We are holding the party simultaneously at the Milkman’s Daughter in Victoria and the Main Street shop in Vancouver. And, for our mail order customers, Rachael will be in the studio (email@example.com) taking mail orders from 5:00 to 8:00pm PST. We often hear nice stories from customers about their long-distance relationship with Rachael.
Please join us for 20% off all merchandise, refreshments and more of the socializing we love.
Thank you so much!
From all of us here at Smoking Lily
We have some cozy mitts and scarves in from Linda’s Folly. Linda upcycles wool sweaters into stripe-y winter accessories, in Victoria. The fingerless mitts are lined with fleece for extra warmth. The scarves are doubled over and really long, great for bundling up or draping for drama.
Mitts and scarves for adults, $40. Mitts and scarves for kids, $25.
Margaret likes the bright colour combinations, so she tossed them on with a cape for instant boho chic. There are also some great neutral colour combinations.
A good present idea as they fit most anyone.
There is a schwack of Good Wallets on their way to the shops. Pretty ones in black and burgundy and blue, with all-over prints, and the same excellent compartmentalization!
Stephanie sent a sneak peek photo from the studio – fun!
Good Wallets are $104.
There are also some in red and hot pink!
The studio has been a flurry of renovations since early August. All’s gone well for the most part, but the last week has been rather inconvenient. The sewing machines, lunchroom and shipping area were all moved into the new show room, making for a very “cozy” work week. The floors in the other room are now done and the move back has begun.
While in the middle of all the renovations we thought we might as well enlarge our printing tables. They have always been a little too narrow for our liking and we had a carpenter here working on the sewing room floors, so…what difference would another 8 sheets of plywood make?….well, besides hauling them all up our long flight of stairs.
Done. Then we had to pull the old canvas off the print tables. Three years of printing left a beautiful patina on the canvas–new fabric to work with! Steph designed and stitched together stacking carryall bins that are lined with Japanese cotton.
One we used as a magazine bin.
Another as a pen holder.
We also made a mat for the kitchette.
Now Rachael and Liz have way more room to print on.
After searching high and low for the right size door knobs for our studio kitchenette we decided to make our own.
Here is a brief DIY lesson, in case you’d like to try this at home. It’s super easy and very rewarding.
What you’ll need: Leather (we used left over leather from our Good Wallets), rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler, hole punch, nuts and bolts, screwdriver and maybe a drill with a bit.
We found nuts and bolts at Castle Hardware, I think we paid about $5 for 18 sets (two for each handle). The bolts were a little wider then the original ones in the door front, so we had to drill the holes a little wider, a quick fix.
To get a good sized leather handle we first made paper templates (above left). We taped templates to the doors to visually determine the best size and to mark the positions of the bolt holes.
Next we cut the leather with our rotary cutter and punched holes in with our leather punch.
For the last step, Suzanne attached the handles to the doors. We choose to have the nut facing out. We think they look awesome in our almost-finished-updated-kitchenette-corner.
Afterwards, we added wallpaper that we had painted black and then hand printed with our Nice Jugs design. We like it. Now to caulk the back splash and we will be ready to make tea and eat lunch.
Suzanne and Trish
Erin found this post full of recent photos of old favourites, on djrioblog, very amusing. She came across the link via Rosanne, a previous owner of the Flower Factory down Main Street.
I love this conservative shot of Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood!