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It's a holiday tradition to capture our Small Business Saturday. Quite honestly, I had no idea what the day was going to be like considering the current climate. To my surprise, the day was nothing short of perfect! The attendees... Continue reading
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It's the little things, right? How about painting your nails with holiday red! While it's fast and furious at my store, and the holiday frenzy is circling around my head like a smoke circle, I'm thankful, calm, and joyful. A... Continue reading
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Wow! It seems most of you are knocking out your Christmas lists early this year! In fact, we've never seen this kind of surge in early shopping. We know it's not a year like any other. It's all keeping me... Continue reading
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Well, I'm pretty sure that I am persnickety! Fussy, overfastidious, particular, whichever word you choose there's a lot of us in this big wide world! When designing Bittersweets those thoughts are gently folded into each and every choice of ribbon,... Continue reading
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With all the disappointments and despair in our world, it reassuring to ponder thoughts of joy. This season I was inspired by it all! Through that unusual inspiration comes Joy To The World. Each of us could use some extra... Continue reading
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Boy oh boy! Or in this case, girl oh girl! We're scurrying around moving fast and each move that we make has a purpose and completion. It feels like as soon as the calendar turns the page to November so... Continue reading
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I started harvesting the lavender! It was a joy to cut fat bundles that filled my arms with their perfumed goodness! I'm going to mix and mingle the bundles into our holiday designs at the store. If you frequent the... Continue reading
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I spent the week getting our store ready for the arrival of our holiday assortments. I need to make room for the artisan collections and new items as I make and build our holiday inventory. Like the rest of the... Continue reading
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Autumn is celebrated at our store but the season is brief. We move pretty quickly into the holiday season simply because our inventory revolves around the items we make. Those artisan goods are celebrated by showcasing and offering them front... Continue reading
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We are inviting Autumn inside our store. Alice Bracelets, Warm and wooly scarves are being unpacked from our latest shipment of goods. I have always been drawn to Parisian style scarves. I'm really fond of the color hues in this... Continue reading
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These things... What a wonder it is when a store owner forks out her hard-earned money and chooses new vendors only to be excited and somewhat surprised when the shipments arrive and you unveil the box to discover yummy new... Continue reading
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I've been thinking about how things have changed and how there's a movement of courage that seems to have grown in all of us in the past six months. Do you know what I'm referring to? During this time of... Continue reading
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A bounty of petite gourds certainly did put a smile on my face! If you study each tiny pear or apple-shaped plant you'll shine with admiration for their unique beauty. Then again, I'm a sucker for natural elements and especially... Continue reading
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The past few days have been spent visiting a couple of chain retail stores and during my visit, I've noticed that both stores are not restocking new merchandise. If they do the shelves are sparse and almost empty. Have you... Continue reading
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This week I'm in the mood for fall! I'm sharing some of my favorite finds that will lift you closer to the glorious season. If you click on the images it will take you to the source. One of the... Continue reading
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Even though our store is small it houses over fifty lamps and pendants! That sounds crazy, right? Think again. If you caught my last post that mentioned the bam that texture adds to a room so does lighting. We always... Continue reading
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Saturday marked the first day back to our old hours after six months of cv limbo. That sounds like a disease, well I guess it is! I'm in awe that we've not had our store open with our old hours... Continue reading
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Having a Scent Your Own Department in your store is a specialty service that is a delight to have in hand. I love seeing guests explore the world of fragrance! We offer this unique utility so that everyone that enters... Continue reading
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We've gathered the swatches and picked our favorites for fall inspiration. These muted autumn tones will be incorporated into packaging, ideas, and store design. It feels good to have a starting point and colors to pull for designing. We'll also... Continue reading
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They say that beauty is skin deep... It is true. Carefully pull apart the beautiful paper to reveal a moisturizing pH tested luxury soap. We received our shipment of stunning soap wrapping paper and I am wrapped in its spell!... Continue reading
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I can't believe it's August! This month is usually reserved for upcoming thoughts about autumn, but considering the north wind that's blowing through my office window, I find myself pondering those thoughts early. I say this with a throw draped... Continue reading
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It's not too early for this soap maker to be contemplating fall thoughts! In fact, our store has remnants of autumn shining through the new product creations and accents. Although I love and appreciate each Missouri season, Fall definitely glows... Continue reading
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Wow! Thanks for the wonderful emails and happy messages regarding my last post! I'm feeling the love! It has and continues to be an amazing journey and one that I'm eager to grow with the next chapter. I couldn't resist... Continue reading
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This post is filled with nostalgia. I'm reminiscing about Bittersweet's beginnings, and middle. We'll start with the beginning... It's Christmas 1996 and a package arrives at my front door. I bring the brown wrapped package inside and set it on... Continue reading
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We decided to plan a social distance getaway for a few days. We took a little vacation last summer here and we had eyed the tents when we stayed in a cabin in Camp Long Creek. This southern Missouri getaway... Continue reading