Now. I have decorated many a window for work in my younger years, but it wasn’t for some cool place like Anthrologie, it was for an Aunt Edna style department store that made us follow corporate diagrams. So boring. And every time I’d finish setting something up I’d stand back and rework the whole thing in my head. Muchos frustratingos.
Anyway, so, last November, when Jaime and Paulette, the owners of one of my favorite local stores, Stumble & Relish, asked me if I’d like to come over after the holidays and help set up their window with WHATEVER I WANTED, you better bet I jumped at the chance!
And what was the theme? Valentines. So you know I was on this like white on rice.
The window at Stumble & Relish is narrow but crazy tall. Like Shaquille O’Neil tall. So you know what that means? Chandelier time.
You can see tutorial I made for another pajacki here. It’s surprisingly simple, especially when you have a basement full of wandering coffee filter flowers and hoola hoops. Don’t ask.
I have mentioned my love for Stumble & Relish before, so if you live in the Chicago area you might have gone by, but, if you were still thinking about it now is the time. Why?
They are the first to carry my pillows!
That’s right folks. I have a product line. We livin’ it fancy pants now. If you follow me on social media you know these have been in the works for ages. It was trickier than I expected, and there are more on the way, but I can’t even tell you how awesome it is to see this first batch with my own very eyes. And hands. Ooooooo it’s exciting!
You can purchase the pillows in person from Stumble & Relish right now for $48. I’ll be selling a *slightly* different version of the pillow covers (unstuffed) online in a few weeks, but this is the grand premier and the only place you can see them in person. So get it while the getting is good!
The actual pillows are 18″ square, cotton, but with a linen-looking finish. The front is a cropped segment of my painting “Bite Me Sheila” and the back is solid linen/almost-beige color. I had a few different samples made and I fielded a few friends for opinions, and the overwhelming conclusion was that doing these on a slightly off-white base makes them look a little more high end, and the colors on the front pair with more neutral surroundings. If your house is currently done up in neutrals but you want a punch of color, these will work nicely. These pillows play well with others!
Stumble & Relish is also selling three prints of floral paintings never seen before. These are all smaller, cropped versions of pre-paintings that never made it to the finish line, but are very similar to some of the more popular pieces in my popup shop from last fall. They are already framed (white frames + wide white mats = my favorite) and retail for $60.
Not sure if I’ll be selling more of these as I still need to figure a decent/affordable print provider, but, it’s in the soup.
PS: That’s my new favorite expression, “In the soup.” As in, the soup is cooking it just might take a while before it tastes right. Isn’t that a good expression? Yeah. I think so too.
So let’s get back to the important thing: THIS WINDOW.
I’m so excited! Sooooo excited!
Many thanks to Jaime and Paulette at Stumble & Relish for inviting me to share in the fun and for helping me reach the next steps in launching my dreams. The tiny little twinkle inside me that always dreamed of having a product line never thought it would happen, and now it has (sorta), and it is bizarre, absolutely bizarre, to drive down the street and look in a shop window and say THAT’S MINE! Annnnnnnnnd it’s in a window I got to help set up? Man!
The 11-year-old me, the one who begged for a mannequin for Christmas, is so proud of the 36 year-old me, it hurts. And I’m not going to lie, it feels really good.
You bet your ass I did.
Her name was Trixi. Great hair. Size 4. Hated shoes. My uncle named her after a Tijuana prostitute and she was the best dressed mannequin in the neighborhood. Obviously. This photo looks weird, but you have to remember that one of the ’80s greatest contributions to humanity was the movie Mannequin, staring hunkadelic Andrew McCarthy and Kim Catral before she lost her damn mind. Little girls nowadays have Frozen – I had Mannequin. And Mannequin 2: On the Move. No judgements! If you have never seen the movie, I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I will leave you with the music video montage courtesy of Starship, not-coincidently titled, Nothing’s Going To Stop Us Now, which is exactly how I’m feeling this week. Great things are coming! And all of this is thanks to you guys. Thank you for making this possible, and thanks for coming along for the ride.
Dream building: let’s do this!