Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Are You Related To A Modern-Day {MARTHA STEWART}? Well, I AM! // Gift Guide (Vol. 2)


Do you know someone who
can bake a delicious cake, have a 
tidy and well-decorated home,
re-upholster his or her own furniture,
and paint antiques to look
like shabby-chic perfection?

I believe that most of us know a superwoman like this! A woman with the magic for creative thinking and artistic talents puts her in the "Martha Stewart" category, which is something to be proud of. Some women are gifted in decor or cooking or organizing, but a few out there were blessed with a couple of these gifts.

My sister, Heather, and I have been artistic and creative since we were very young. The artistic gene was definitely passed down from generation to generation. In our family history we have artists, seamstresses, furniture makers, carpenters, remodelers, and more. We watched our parents remodel and refurbish all of the time. One of my favorite projects they did was take a vintage dresser and make it into a sink vanity for our guest bathroom. They would envision things and then just go for it! Without a doubt, this gift stuck with Heather and I. I have had my painting career for almost 10 years now and Heather has now taken her love and gift for chic design to another level.



My siblings and I in 2002. Notice how my head tilts the same
 towards Heather just like the baby shot of us above.

Heather is now the proud mommy of beautiful Olivia Grace and married to her multi-talented husband, David Reed. Heather has lived in New York City for the last 10 years and recently moved with her adorable family to Nashville, Tennessee. While living in New York, my sister learned how to master the art of finding salvaged pieces for next to nothing and revamp them into lovely, shabby-chic, one-of-a-kind treasures. Stepping into the Reed home is like stepping into a Martha Stewart Magazine of a trendy, young, modern home decor article.

I went to visit my sister and her family in Nashville this January for a late Christmas. While Heather showed me around their home I kept saying to her, "You could totally market and sell these pieces on Etsy!" During my visit we made a strategic trip to a thrift store and just had a BALL looking for "chachkies" as she calls them for her to re-paint and sell. I had so much fun with my niece, Olivia, in the stroller that day! Right before I left for my flight back to Minnesota, I helped the Reed's open their Etsy storefront and took pictures for the first listing. Since then Heather has been busy painting and creating new items while David helps promote, package and ship. They have had more than 50 sales with exceptional feedback! I think things look like they are off to a great start and now two of the Nelson kids have Etsy businesses!

"I love my new job here of staying home
 with my beautiful baby girl while making
wonderful pieces for other peoples' homes!
Such a dream!" -Heather Reed (ReedLove)

The Reeds (David, Olivia, and Heather)
Their beautiful living space in Nashille, Tenn.
My niece, Miss Olivia Grace.
Olivia's magical bedroom with all of her mommy's original creations!

P.S. I bought her that cute rainbow
tutu for her first birthday from Etsy!
Check out the Reed's blog http://www.reedlove.wordpress.com/
and read about what they are doing.

Here's a description of their shop:
We relove items with our very own creativity and
personal care to make beautiful adornments for
your home! We search far and wide for the best
little treasures - then take them home -
clean, scrub, fix, and paint them to give
them our very own signature vintage chic.

::INSIDE REEDLOVE'S ETSY SHOP::
A "re-loved" gift guide from yours truly!

The Hot Trend right now is a
"trendy chalk/message board."
A great gift for ANY occasion!
Vintage Silver Frame Black Board "ChalkToMeSweetly"
$30
Click here for more "ChalkToMeSweetly" items

Mother's Day is less than 2 months
away and you will find ENDLESS ideas
like this adorable-chic vase!
White Porcelain Bud Vase "Little Lacquered Friends"
$12

An original art piece by Heather Reed
is a great anniversary for your
parents or grand-parents!
Spring Flowers "Original Artwork by Heather Reed"
$120
The Baby ReedLove section has
adorbale little goodies for your
next BABY SHOWER gift!
White Vintage Piggy Bank "Baby ReedLove"
$12

This is a one-of a-kind item that would
make a wonderful graduation gift or a
cute spring decoration for your home!
Blue Floral Dry Erase Board "MemoMeSweetly"
$22

HERE ARE SOME ITEMS I HAVE BOUGHT! 
This tiny Dry Erase Board has a new home - on MY fridge!
My latest purchase is this cute "coral branch" ring holder!


Here is a Special Coupon Code for all of
my "Fizzy Fans" to use in the ReedLove Shop!

use coupon code: fizzyreedlove
for 10% off your purchase
coupon is active from Monday (3.28) - Friday (4.1)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Watch Out Bettie Page! - {PIN-UP} Photo Shoot for Business Brand // Living The Dream (Vol. 3)


A {Pin-Up} has the perfect combination
of CLASSY and SEXY mixed together.
It's the best kind of HOTNESS;
a signature cocncoction, if you ask me!

I've always been fascinated by vintage pin-ups! Since I was a teenager and a young artist I found myself sketching and painting classic images of women like Marilyn Monroe. My decor and fashion sense have always been inspired by vintage themes. When the skinny jean and legging look hit the runway it was just like having the 50's cigarette pant back on the radar. Since this theme and look are a big part of my personality, I thought it would be ideal to develop my business brand around the same retro, vintage style!

{A Little Business History} My business was formerly known as the "SODAPOPSHOP" because I was a muralist for a couple of years and specialized in themed rooms for nurseries and kid spaces. I wanted a fun theme for my business because I had more fun with branding and marketing that way. That is how the name "The FizzyArtist" was created. Mostly because http://www.fizzyartist.com/ was an available domain for my website. My business tagline was: "I add the FIZZ, you get REFRESHED!"

The last two years, my business has been solely dedicated to my line of custom glassware and I have wanted to create a fun new look for the FizzyArtist brand. I found a local photographer, Traci Palmer through a friend of mine and hired her to do a fun pin-up-inspired photo shoot to use the images for marketing purposes. 
To prepare for the photo shoot I put three fun outfits together with my own wardrobe ... shoes and all! Yes, that's how much I love the pin up look. I did, though, go out and purchase a cute coral flower pin for my hair. I decided to get my hair done professionally for an affordable price at my regular salon. This took a load of pressure off of me! I met my stylist, Lindsay Mathison that day and we hit it off! She did an outstanding job and really polished off my entire look.
 
Here are some of the fun 
images that Traci captured
during the photo shoot!

Floral and Heart Peasant Top - Forever21
$19.99
Denim Jeggings with Gold Zipper - H (and) M
$19.99
Striped Pin-up Heels - Forever21
$29.99
Red Vintage Blouse
by topdrawervintage

Gold Vintage Mesh Belt
by thevintagemistress
 
::BONUS FASHION TIPS::
Seven simple ways to add a pin-up
look to your wardrobe this Spring!
Finds from etsy.com

Romper it up! Anything sailor-esque will
give you an instant Bettie Page look!
Vintage 80's Romper by NodtoModvintage
$26
 Sexy Open-toe or Platform
Heels will NEVER fail!
Leather Peep Toe Heels by DigVintage
$36
The Trench Coat is a signature
staple for looking seductively CLASSY!
Trench Coat Peachy Pink by TigerVintage
$40
Wear Leopard or Zebra loose or belted
for a roaring bombshell look!
Safari In The City Blouse by sukisukivintage
$21.00
{The Classic Pin-up Formula}
Statement Belt + Cinched Waist
= Curvy Pin-up Knockout!
Hickory Leaves Belt by TheLadyCarl
$10
A cute, 50s-inspired blouse with
a small print is simply sweet!
Vintage Navy Polka Dot Blouse by vintagecarliss
$14.50 (What a steal!)
 Add a Vintage Pin Up Flair to your wedding
with a romantic flower hair pin!
Deep Red Rose Hair Clip by BellaDivaCouture
$12.75
Thank you Traci and Lindsay for
making this pin-up photo shoot
such a success!



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