It has been a busy last few weeks. I have been working hard to produce enough product to get out to stores. I have had such a wonderful response from all the store owners, so Thank You to all. If you are up Snohomish way make sure to stop by Faded Elegance and say hello to owner Kimberly McIlranth. Kimberly has an amazing shop filled with beautiful antiques, wonderfully unique gifts for the home, birthday and special occasion treasures, as well as intoxicating scents. Everything is displayed with such flair that you will be inspired to go home and begin redecorating. I challenge any of you to leave without purchasing at least one thing. In addition, Kimberly is now exclusively carrying Over the Top Studios entire line. You can find the entire Marie "Let Them Eat Cake" birthday and special occasion hats, crowns, masks and trinket boxes displayed right next to the 2009 Wedding Line of Toppers and gift boxes. Even more exciting, we will be planning special shopping events at Faded Elegance featuring my line and other exciting new products that Kimberly has discovered. We are in the planning stages now and I will let you know the dates as soon as they become solid. I have included a couple of pictures of the display at Faded Elegance. As you recall, before I even approached Kimberly regarding my line, I did a blog spot on "Shops I love" and Faded Elegance was one of those. You an go back to the Archives to see a few more pictures of the inside of the store.
The Marie Mask displayed in the jewelry cabinet
If you can't make it down to Snohomish and find yourself driving in the Bellevue direction you can purchase Over the Top Creations at Common Folk right on the corner of 156th and 8th. The owner, KathrynStaub is amazing, as well as all the other fascinating women who work there. Kathryn has a wonderful eye for all things glittery and fabulous and the Marie and Wedding Line really caught her eye. The store is really large and packed to the gills with antiques,reproductions gifts and furniture for the home. What I love about Common Folk Co., besides the incredible customer service, is the variety and unique quality items she carries. I guarantee you will find things in her store that you have not seen anywhere else. Mostly, I believe, because Kathryn still believes in the "Cottage Retailer". Like the Over the Top Studios of the world. Small artistic businesses that make one-of-a-kind, handmade items. Common Folk Co. itself is in some ways just like that. Kathryn is busy planning an upcoming wedding trunk show where she will be inviting brides from far and wide to come and see what is new (and different) for their upcoming weddings. This will be sometime in April and 10% of the proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Research. A cause near and dear to my own heart since my mother, Amada Padilla, passed away when I was 13 from breast cancer. I will be there with all my wedding line plus a few fantastic "Over the top" surprises. Again, more information will be available as the details become solid. I have included a few pictures of the display at Common Folk Co. for you to peek at.
Kathryn and me holding up the new wedding cake toppers
That's it for now. Hopefully I will be showing you a couple of other stores in the Seattle and Kirkland area where Over the Top creations will be available for purchase. As always, I encourage all of you to make a habit of shopping at these wonderful, unique shops. I have been entertaining guests and making gifts for friends and family for many years: I am always asked "Where did you get that, or How did you get that idea?" It is places like Faded Elegance and Common Folk that inspire me and draw me back for more. It is a kind of therapy for me to walk into an Establishment where every one of my senses will be filled. I know that times are hard and we are all looking at what we can cut back, but I submit that when we cease to surround ourselves with things that make us happy and deprive ourselves of the beauty that surrounds us, we also deprive ourselves of a little joy. Put some joy back into your day with a trip out to one of these shops, you won't be sorry.