it’s memorial day weekend and around this time every year i try to block out the memories of my childhood participation in my local memorial day parade in sweet valley pennsylvania…yes…there is an actual sweet valley in pennsylvania although, sadly, no sweet valley high. i have since been to it as an adult and it is very festive and fun with the addition of secret flasks of adult beverages and the option to wear short sleeves, sunglasses and shorts, but i will tell you that it wasn’t nearly as fun as an overweight teen hauling a giant bass drum in a black wool uniform for what seemed like 450 miles. i think it was only 2 miles or so but it was always just about as hot as hades that day.
as if it wasn’t torture enough to be considered a band nerd, occasionally someone would find it to be a fun idea to throw things at the band as they paraded by. we all tried our very best to make it through with the notion of a family cookout or county fair potato pancakes at the end of the parade route to ease the pain. i think i have marched enough parades for one lifetime and if i never have to march in another parade again, i think i will be ok with that. i’m not saying that i would be opposed to riding in the back of a fancy car or a float someday though. that’s a whole different ballgame!
anywho, in honor of memorial day weekend and the beginning of the approaching summer season, i am giving my loyal customers a little deal-e-o! i am offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more from now until tuesday at noon EST. simply enter the promo code FREESHIP50 to receive the benefits.
well folks, thats about it for now. oh…one last thing, stay tuned as i have women’s zanzibar tanks, stockholm shift dresses and new, for this summer, brasilia long tank dresses coming your way very shortly…and right behind that, men’s tanks and tees! yes boys…finally!!!!
here’s a sneak peek….
have a fabulous and relaxing memorial day weekend!
looking for something fun to treat your mama to this weekend? well, i have the perfect event for you to check out. its the 10th anniversary artstar craft bazaar and it’s this coming mother’s day weekend! i will be selling my goodies and so will a hundred or so of the finest artists and crafters from across the country. come on out and say hi, do a little shopping and support your local creative entrepreneurs.
WHO: me and over 100 artists, crafters and food vendors.
WHAT: 10th anniversary artstar craft bazaar.
WHERE: the great plaza at penn’s landing on columbus boulevard between market and walnut streets in philadelphia pennsylvania. i will be located in booth #119.
WHEN: this coming saturday and sunday may 11th and 12th from 11am to 6pm.
WHY: because….what else do you have planned? seriously?
there is no denying it…spring is here! i am in such heaven with all of these pink flowering trees and colorful tulips sprouting up everywhere. my favorite springtime treat is, by far, my precious backyard lilac tree with its gorgeous purple flowers and the most intoxicating scent. i love to visit it every day and watch its progress from the first little buds to full fledged bunches of fragrant blossoms. the only bad thing about spring is that it seems to be gone as soon as it comes. the trees turn green seemingly overnight and then boom….4 months of 90 degree heat. yuck! well, until that happens, i am going to enjoy these warm and sunny days and cool nights for as long as i can.
when spring is here and summer is not far behind, that means that my outdoor craft show season is about to kick into high gear. the first of those shows is this coming saturday and its always a fun one so…if you are in the philadelphia area come on out and say hi and support your local artisans. here are the deets…
WHO: little old me.
WHAT: crafty balboa april showers craft show.
WHERE: east passyunk at tasker street around the passyunk fountain.
WHEN: this saturday april 27th from 11am to 5pm.
WHY: you need to say goodbye to winter and brighten up your home and wardrobe with some springy goodness made by local artists, crafters and small business owners!
i do believe that winter is finally winding down. finally! the first buds on my lilac tree are peeking their little heads out of their leafy sleeping bags and i cant wait to walk outside and smell them every day for the short period of time that they are in full bloom. at last i will be able to see vibrant pinks and purples and greens instead of…well…concrete!
it’s time to put away those winter neutrals and start rocking some color in your world. i am introducing new colorful apparel shortly so don’t fret, but in the meantime, i have some exciting new products for your purchasing pleasure. these items include new change purses, wristlets and tech accessories.
some of the wristlets feature brand spankin’ new prints from my PASSPORT collection.
the other wristlet features fabric from my HABITAT collection and is handmade in rural northeastern pennsylvania by my sister janet. it features a big ol’ silver ring which fits nicely onto your wrist and could also double as a self defense apparatus in questionable situations. (disclaimer: jay mccarroll and his affiliates are not responsible for any claims made on this here blog )
i just wanted to give y’all a “heads up” that i have new headbands up in my online shop. i shot these headbands on my niece molly. it was really cold outside and we were trying to make it look as springy as we could. she was a real trooper and we had a lot of fun! the backdrop of the shoot was an old barn at hayfield farm in lehman pennsylvania.
…and just in time for springs arrival, i have 2 new colors of zurich scarves in my online shop. they are turquoise and sulphur green and they are available in bot full and mini zurich styles. they are sure to add some post winter zing to your spring wardrobe.
whew…am i ever busy today! this past weekend of nice weather has ushered the realization of “holy cow, spring is coming and i need to make sure everyone has fun things to wear”! so while i work on those things, i also wanted to let you know of a fun event i am participating in this coming saturday march 16th.
it’s called the brooklyn craft camp and it’s a 1 day DIY crafting extravaganza filled with classes, yummy foods and lectures and an extra special keynote chit chat with yours truly! so, if you are free this saturday in brooklyn, come on out and say hi and make some cool projects and mingle with your fellow craftletes! it’s going to be a super awesome event!
is the lingering winter getting you down? are you yearning for some color in your life? well…i have the perfect pick me up for you! it might not be sunshine or daffodils, but it will certainly elevate your mood!
i just wanted to let you know that my socks are now available on fab.com for the next 3 days. pick some up and treat your feet to some super fun color times in these last grey moments of winter! seriously…is spring ever coming? you better hurry up though, the sale ends in 2 days and 17 hours (translation: thursday)!!! tick tick tick…