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Knit Coffee & Tea Cozies

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

I have this friend named Terri, we’ve been friends for 15 years.  We met in law school and we’ve seen each other married and become mothers over the years and even though we live in different parts of California, all this time we’ve stayed connected over the phone. Terri and her husband both practice criminal law, and we got to talking a few months ago about how important it is for everyone to have a creative outlet, regardless of your day job.  Having a creative hobby is essential to stress relief and personal enjoyment, and for Terri, it’s knitting.

I am not a knitter, and have no idea how to crochet yet.  I still don’t understand how you can take a piece of yarn and twist in certain ways with needles to make beautiful things, but I really want to learn so my plan is to force Terri to teach me when she comes to visit this spring.

I asked Terri if she could knit something for me just so I could show her off, so she knit me two coffee cozies. I’ve seen them on Etsy but always wanted one of my own.  How sweet and talented is my friend who sent this to me?

orange coffee cozy

 

Please welcome my good friend Terri and her story on how she knits a coffee cozy. 

“Kate and I went to law school together about a million years ago or at least it just feels like a million years. We were on the phone recently catching up with each other when I told her that I’d taken up knitting. Kate hinted that she’d always wanted a coffee cozy and asked if I would make her some.  She mentioned burnt orange – so I said “Okay, I can do that,”  and looked in my yarn collection to find some yarn in that color.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the first cozy: seed stitch. For those of you who don’t knit, seed stitch is very easy to knit and shows off the beautiful yarn. I used a size 7 needle and cast on about three inches.

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Artist, Designer, Dentist!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

I love getting inspiration from the most unexpected sources, and recently I found it in one of the most unusual places you could ever imagine: a dentist’s office.  A few weeks ago, I took my kids to a new dentist for the obligatory checkup.  The dentist happened to be the mom of a kid that my kid goes to preschool with and she was highly recommended so I made the appointments and brought my kids in.

I could not believe this was a dentist’s office. 

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As I looked around, I admired the use of color and the deliberate mix of textures and  styles pulled together in a cohesive way.  I noticed that there were both Lucite and wood stump end tables in the entry, vivid color on the walls, bold original art on large scale canvases, and chrome and beaded sconces and chandeliers. 

In a dentist’s office.  Wow.

wood stump and sofa

After my kids had their cleaning, I had the opportunity to talk to the dentist herself, Dr. Praveena Permalla.  Praveena explaned that no, she did not hire anyone to decorate her office space, and yes, she designed it all herself, floor to ceiling.  She chose every color, fabric, fixture and surface.

It. Is. Uh-may-zing!

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How to Start a Business On Etsy

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Hello my friends, I have a very special visitor today.  Many weeks ago, I had a long conversation with Gina of The Shabby Chic Cottage and I was so inspired by her story I asked her to tell it here!  I first met Gina at Blissdom and we’ve been friends ever since.  Many of you know her already, Gina is the creator behind The Shabby Chic Cottage blog and Etsy shop

Gina has been a comforting presence and voice for me on all topics of small business.  If you have a desire to create and sell your handmade creations in an online forum, Gina has years of experience and an inspiring story to tell. 

Please welcome my friend Gina to share her story of how she started a successful business on Etsy, one that gives her the ultimate satisfaction of creating hand crafted goods, and also a few extra dollars in the bank for her creativity and efforts!

 

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“Hi y’all!  I’m Gina from The Shabby Chic Cottage.

I’m so very excited to be here today!  Kate is such a wonderful source of encouragement and inspiration for me, I was honored when she asked me to write up a post about how I started my business.

I didn’t start my blog with any aspirations of making money.  I had blogged for 2+ years on another blog that barely had any readers, but I’m a writer, so I wanted a place to write what I wanted instead of writing obituaries all day (part of my old “day job” duties.)  After 5 years of living in my childhood home, we finally were at a point where we could begin to remodel, and so I started The Shabby Chic Cottage in April 2009 to journal the changes as we went along, sort of a virtual scrapbook.  I had no idea where it would lead.

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