Friday, January 30, 2009

Blog Party

Today at Joyworks it felt like a blog party. First Connie came in and told me that she has a blog and that her sister also has a blog
Then we discovered that Kelly Rae Roberts, the artist of the new pictures that we just got in and love, has a blog and lives in Seattle....
Later while we were talking about blogs at the counter, Elaine told us that she has a blog and makes charms www.tinkerverve.wordpress
Blogging is such a great way to share your talents with others. I love to see what other's create and it's especially fun when they are local...Blog Local! :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quick Spring Makeovers

At Joyworks as we get in new product it's a great time to makeover some of our displays. We have a nice variety of herbs, ferns, moss and topiaries which are perfect for adding a touch of spring.

Farmhouse Chic

Also you can get a quick spring makeover by adding bright spring flowers, bowls, and pretty linens.

Orange Crush

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Party Hats

Amada Lebel from Over the Top Studios came to visit Snohomish on Saturday and took some nice pictures of stores in town including Joyworks . She makes party hats and pretty little things.
You will have to check out her new blog at
Lately I've been inspired to create using mixed media. Tonight I painted a bird on sheet music and embellished with pieces that I cut up from a card catalog...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Display of the Day

I'm always looking for decorating ideas and today at the Seattle Gift Show this booth by J Pedersen delivered. It was beautifully decorated with a European flair using wrought iron furniture, arbors, trellises, cast iron urns, and chandeliers.

I loved how they used old glass paneled doors to make a screen. We have a few hanging around Joyworks and I think we might have to put them together.

I think the idea of covering shelves and walls with vintage paper creates a great look.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Queen of Hearts

Today as we stayed inside and watched the snowflakes fall, I made a crown perfect for Valentine's Day.

I've been tagged by The Crowned Casa and need to tell 6 interesting things about me that you might not know...hmmmm... let's see...
1. I was a magician's assistant and could escape out of a box.
2. I have a marketing degree from Seattle Pacific University.
3. I sold computers for many years before I came to Joyworks.
4. I love to travel and have been to many fun and exotic places.
My husband and I are currently planning a trip to Brazil.
5. I love going out in our little boat--someday soon we plan to get a bigger one.
6. I'm a licensed scuba diver.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Flying In...

Birds,nests,eggs,and flowers are arriving everyday. It's cold outside but it's beginning to look a lot like Spring at Joyworks!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Price is Right

We are just starting to get in all the new spring merchandise. After we unpack all the boxes, the products need to be priced, which is a big job! I was looking through my vintage graphics tonight and came across a book with this wonderful page of suggestions for price tickets from 1947. They are so cute and the prices were quite reasonable...

Peacock Park

One of our favorite booths at the Atlanta Show was Peacock Park. It was over the top decorated with a great mix of French and garden. We loved everything and think it will be a fun addition to our store mix.

The girls were such a delight to work with.

I can't wait to get in these postcard pillows...

Maybe my brother will make us a cute garden shed for the store...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


My husband Dean just moved to Keller Williams Realty and tonight they had a grand opening celebration of their new office in Seattle.

Dean now has a nice new office which he is sharing with another agent. The other day she decorated her side with some pictures and a plant. Dean was very happy to see that they were nice pictures of buildings and a house. Tonight when I met her and told her that she had done a good job decorating,she told me that she was glad Dean liked it because she considered using a large picture of a white kitty in a wicker chair... too funny!!

As you can see we need to decorate Dean's desk area...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thrift Store Crafting

When I go to the thrift store I always check out the craft supply section. Yesterday I found an unused spool of this wired pink bead garland and knew it would make great hearts for Valentine's Day. I haven't looked in the book area lately so I thought I would see if I could find some vintage sheet music...and there it was...
"Room full of Roses" lucky is that!

Today we are going back for the half off sale. I hope the vintage bike is still there. It will make a great spring window display...maybe I'll paint it pink...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Sweet Valentines

At Joyworks we have a nice selection of vintage inspired Valentine postcards and cards. I love them, they are purrfect, they are quite the catch, they are adorable, and are so sweet they sweep you off your feet...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fun with Paper Doilies

Simple and easy craft for Valentine's Day.

Take some heart paper doilies and wrap them into cones. Glue in a few places and embellish with ribbons, paper flowers, etc... and fill them with Valentine treats.

I also took four doilies -- first accordian fold them, then fold them in half and glue together. Add something cute to the middle and embellish.

Have fun!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Shop 'til you drop...

Mom and I just got back from the gift show in Atlanta. We were there for a week and found lots of great new product for the store. I'm always amazed by the beautiful displays and get very inspired to freshen up the store. Every year I come back wanting to paint the walls, build new dispays, move furniture around, and craft for the store.
Here are a few pictures from our buying trip.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cupcakes for Jana

Before Jana headed to Atlanta we ordered on line a pattern for me to make these darling cupcakes. I wasn't sure if I was up to the challenge or not, but as you can see I succeeded. I need to add a few more embellishments, but I thought they turned out pretty cute. So surprise Jana, I did it !!!

Welcome home too.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

You'll be Bowled Over

We had a delivery today of bowls in all colors and fun textures. They range in price from $10.99 up to $20.99 and go great with all the new kitchen towels we also received today.

This set has a basket weave design on the side and is in great pastel colors. Perfect for a kitchen pick-me-up.

Red ones nest together and are a must for those that love red in your kitchen.

This pink batter bowl is very fun. It has some of the new towels nested in it that we also got in this week.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Need a Clean Fresh Look

By now most of you have taken your holiday decorations down and are looking for a new look in your home. Before Jana and Clarice left for Atlanta, Jana put together this cute display that will hopefully inspire you. We still have lots of fun things to work with at Joyworks, but we're all looking forward to all the new items to start arriving soon from the gift show.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Weather outside is Frightening!

Amy and I are modeling two of the new coats we received at Joyworks. It's not to late for a new winter coat, especially with the weather we are experiencing. Come in and check out all the new styles in fun colors.

Thank you Kay for your awesome photography skills.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Love is Key

Well I am still up packing for Atlanta and thought I would blog one more time and leave you with a cute vintage postcard.
I'm not sure if I can blog from my hotel but I will try...Jill said that she would blog for me and share with you some new products at Joyworks.
We love love going to market and look forward to buying new goodies for the store.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Here we go again...

Snow...snow...snow... It started this afternoon and hasn't stopped. My little house does look quite charming in the snow.

Playing in the snow...

Mom and I are going to the Atlanta Gift Market on Tuesday and will spend a week shopping. We hope to find lots of great new product for the store. It will be fun to see what's new and hot for 2009. There are three large buildings with many floors...we work long hours and don't even see it all.

As you can see there is lots of ground to cover. We've been going to the Atlanta show for at least 15 years and we are always ready to go again.