Sunday, November 22, 2009
This is it! Last chance for those pre-shopping workouts: squats (to reach the bottom shelf), lunges (for squeezing past fellow shoppers), and cardio (to build stamina during this marathon of a holiday shopping season). Let's go! go! go!
Last year, Santa brought the gift of all gifts for my boys - a windy race track that spun cars around at “lightning” fast speed. They jumped for joy, hugged and kissed the box, and screamed, “thank you Santa!” over and over and over.
They wanted it set up right then and they played with the track for hours. The next day, they played with it again. And the next day, a little less….and soon, it was dismantled and tossed into the toy box. Over the course of the year, it made an appearance every-so-often, but the excitement had faded.
Also that Christmas morning, they each received a bear from Santa. Each bear was handmade; one sporting “Phillies” fabric, the other “Yankees” fabric. Those bears were hugged and kissed and loved, too, and even made it into their bedroom that night (the track stayed in the living room). The next morning, my 3-year-old approached me with his Yankees bear in hand. He said quietly, “Mommy, I bet Mrs. Claus made him for me; I think she knows how to sew.” It was darn near the sweetest thing I ever heard.
Those bears weren’t the only handmade gifts my sons received that year. My 3-year-old got a cool “Thomas the Tank Engine” crayon wallet and notebook set, while my 5-year-old received a “totally rad” surfer’s necklace. Throughout the year, while the car track lay in pieces, they slept lovingly with their bears, that crayon wallet made it to every car trip and my 5-year-old wears his “awesome” surfer chain whenever mommy allows it (parties only).
Handmade didn’t just stop there! It was a “Handmade Holiday” for all, with members of my family and our dear friends receiving handcrafted wallets, purses, soaps and jewelry….all from talented artisans found on etsy. Everyone was amazed at the quality and beauty of these items. I have found that handmade gifts have that little extra “something” that goes a long way….
I even got my own handmade gift from my husband- yep, he got into the handmade holiday craze, too! In fact, he worked one-on-one with a designer on etsy, and they created a one-of-a-kind purse for me. I love the purse not just because it’s beautiful, functional, and matches almost everything in my closet, but because it was designed by my husband and crafted by an artisan with whom he built a relationship. Take that, Nine West!
So once again, this is IT. Your last minute pre-shopping workout: squat, lunge, reach, push! Or maybe this Black Friday, instead of fighting the masses at department stores, or making that difficult decision whether or not to lose your spot in line to find a desperately-needed bathroom, you’ll consider buying something handmade online or at a local craft fair that can be cherished for years to come.
It’s so much easier than working out.
Happy Holidays from B*Cheeky Boutique!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
How spoiled are we!? Royally!!
Two of our B*Cheeky Designers are Royally Spoiled Boutique Group's "Top 5 Designers of the Week!" Congrats to Jessica of SweetTreatBoutique and Jessica of Queen*Bree*Designs on your Top Honors!! It is totally well deserved, and we are super proud. How adorable are these designs?
SweetTreatBoutique "The Enchanted Forest"
Queen*Bree*Designs "EXCALIBUR FOREST"
These ladies consistantly turn out top notch designs- sweet and sassy and loads of fun...yards and yards of cuteness every week!!
Monday, September 14, 2009
The kids are off to school, the house is quiet, and Mommy has now found herself with something she hasn't had in almost 6 long years: a quiet moment…a solo trip to the bathroom...and a chance to catch up with laundry, dishes, and whatever other task she faces throughout the day without the nagging (though loving) tune of the toddler singing loudly, "what can we do now?"
So what can I do now? Well, with the change of each season brings a welcome change for me- the changing of my "purse-onality."
I have several bags I tote around during the summer- the cute little coral crocheted number that fits nothing more than Purell and Epipens; the large floral bag I could fit everything and the kitchen sink into, and the--gulp--fanny pack...but only one bag for fall.
I love a great purse- it can be the perfect little accessory! You can change it at whim, and it’s not dependent on how bloated you feel that day. A little over three years ago, I was thrilled to discard my sad, plain diaper bag for something more exciting and cute. In the few short years since my boys have been out of diapers, diaper bag fashions have blossomed into full fledged haute couture!! Cute pink camo, fun bold prints- nothing like the boring solid navy blue number I toted around. And of course NOTHING beats a cute handmade Amy Butler fabric bag. Nothing.
Clutterbags "Cool Bags for Hot Mamas" found on Etsy sells trendy and unique diaper bags, small totes and accessories that really make a statement! Super-cute, very versatile, and best yet, free shipping until September 30. I love them, and I want them all! But alas, like I said, I just sent my last little baby off to school. I'm slowly transitioning out of "mommy-mode"-well, at least, out of "baby-mode." Sigh. Maybe I could convince my husband…? Nah. Maybe I’ll just buy the bag!
We are excited to announce that we a new group member!! Welcome aboard Jennifer of b3blingboutique, we're so excited to have you join the team!!!
Jennifer specializes in girly fashions, and designs with the concept that "every little girl deserves to look and feel like a glamour girl!"
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Trick or treat!
It's that time of year, when the full moon shines bright...and the bats take flight...and designers stay up all night....creating for H~A~L~L~O~W~E~E~N!
I love Halloween, and I've always dreamed of decking out my home "Roseanne" style (c'mon, you remember those episodes right?) And one day, when my kids get alittle older, I'll decorate my 1862 Victorian home the way it should be decorated on Halloween, with a tasteful array of bloody stumps, mummys and creepy crawlers.
But for now, so as not to induce nightmares in my preschoolers, I'll settle for a well placed jack o' lantern and a few little cobwebs scattered here and there.
These days, I especially love "boutique" Halloween! And B*Cheeky Boutique's Halloween launch, which started today, has some real "spook-tacular" creations! You have to check out what these b*cheeky designers have "conjured up" for our launch- they are so creative with their designs, you're little goblins will eat them up (along with the candy corn...candy apples...smarties...your dentist bill...wink wink.)