The other day I watched one of my favorite movies, Baby Boom. It’s a predictable chick flick made in 1987 that I can watch over and over again because it gives me a feeling of business/creative empowerment. The story in a nutshell: heavy hitter, single business woman working for a large marketing firm inherits a baby, moves to the country, experiences many pitfalls to owning a country house on many acres of orchard, learns to make applesauce out of boredom and necessity, sells the applesauce as “gourmet baby food” and becomes a huge success in her own right. Cool, right? And plus the movie stars Diane Keaton, who I love.
A pivotal scene in the movie is when Diane Keaton is at her wit’s end and is contemplating burning down her money pit country house. She ordered two dozen cans of kerosene at the store when two yuppie couples come in. The city couples go mental when they see Diane Keaton, her baby and the homemade applesauce with its cute country packaging. “Gourmet baby food! Fabulous idea!” They buy a couple dozen jars each.
Gourmet baby food! Fabulous idea!
Lately I’ve been working on some new drink charm sets and am pursuing a new way of marketing my bottle cap magnets. I’m also testing some lovely little beeswax container candles. New twists on things I’ve been making for years.
Not one of my new sets, but a best seller. Who can resist the characters of Oz?
I’m excited about the new charms and “twists” I’ve come up with. When I hit the shows this summer I’ll see people look at my wares, pick them up, inspect them and tell me, “fabulous idea!” Those are the times that make a crafter proud.
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The question isn’t what are we going to do, it’s what aren’t we going to do.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are such a wonderful crowd. We’d like to play a little tune for you. It’s one of my personal favorites and I’d like to dedicate it to a young man who thinks he hasn’t seen anything good today. Cameron Frye, this one’s for you.
Do you have a kiss for Daddy?
The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands.
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During the last week or so I’ve been working on the business taxes, my eyes getting tired from looking at the grids of my spreadsheets and wishing every state had the same method of submitting taxes online. Some sites are much easier to navigate that others.
With such a deep inspection of the business numbers and the sales activities of 2012 I naturally get eager to start the new year of production. I also wonder what new things I can offer to my adoring public not only to satisfy them, but also to make the new year even more lucrative than the last.
I was commissioned to make a special set of drink charms and with my customer’s permission I’ve decided to take her idea to the public. Tell me what you think…
Of course this is a display of the images only and not the charms themselves. I hope they appeal to fashionistas everywhere. I’ve got a few charms up for sale in my shop and these will be a nice addition, don’t you think?
I also have some ideas for votive cups and candle hurricanes that will take a little developing. It won’t be long before I get back into Craftland and start creating.
Another thing I’ve been up to is designing new business cards. The design is a little more in tune with my “brand” and has the same look as my blog and my Etsy banner. Check it out…
It’s not horribly imaginative and I forgot to include my little tagline, but it has every contact source I have, so there’s no excuse for anyone not being able to get in touch with me or keeping up with the latest happenings at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters.
Not only that, I put in an order for my copy of Midwest Art Fairs which should arrive early next month. I’ll spend a lot of time going through that to get an idea of what shows I’d like to apply to in addition to my usual favorites. I’m hoping to do one or two more shows this year compared to last and may also cut some shows out of my repertoire. Stay tuned by checking in on the 2013 Events tab above.
So, yes, I’m off and running, which always happens during sales tax submission time. Planning, working, and anticipating make the winter months so much fun!
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Posted in Drink Charms, Nostalgia, tagged '70s, Auntie B's Wax, Danny Bonaduce, David Cassidy, drink charms, nostalgia, retro, Shirley Jones, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, TV, wine charms on November 13, 2012|
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Do you remember Tiger Beat magazine? I never bought a copy but would look at it when I was buying candy at Reed’s Drug Store. Tiger Beat was (and still is from what I understand) all about teen idols, music, and fashion aimed primarily teenage girls. Back in my day the popular heart throbs on the cover of Tiger Beat were Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy, and Donny Osmond. Which one of those was your favorite?
I was more of a John Denver fan myself, but nothing beat the coolness of the David Cassidy and The Partridge Family. Remember that show? I didn’t really think Keith Partridge was that dreamy, but I though Laurie was just about the coolest with her long straight hair. Of course Shirley was the best mom in the whole world, always knowing what to do. And when they were performing she always dressed like Austin Powers.
Why oh why couldn’t my family be that groovy and travel around in a painted school bus to sing at Holiday Inns around the country? Well, a young girl dreams.
Now that I’m not so young The Partridge Family adorns my wine glasses once in a while. A set of Partridge Family drink charms are available in my Etsy shop for you too! If you really want to go all out, pair them up with a set of The Brady Bunch charms and you’ll have the most far-out party ever!
Come on! They’re all so sappy they’re cool! These charms are a retro gift any child of the ’70s would love. See you at the shop!
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Posted in Drink Charms, Etsy, Nostalgia, tagged Auntie B's Wax, Batman, Cat Woman, drink charms, Joker, Penguin, Riddler, robin, TV, video, wine charms on August 13, 2012|
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Ever heard the phrase guilty pleasure? Of course you have. I’ll be you even have one or two. Lately I’ve been hearing about TV shows being a guilty pleasure, mostly those reality shows like Real Housewives or The Bachelor. To me there is nothing “real” about those types of shows and frankly I have no time for them. My guilty pleasure is on another channel.
Every Saturday at 6:00 p.m. I tune into MeTV to watch something even more unreal than reality TV ~ the original Batman series.
Don’t judge me.
Totally unreal but more hysterical than you could ever imagine. I remember watching Batman when I was a kid, but these days it’s even better because they show two episodes back-to-back. The first episode ends with a cliffhanger and the conclusion immediately follows. I don’t have to wait for a week to tune in “same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.” What’s better than that?
I’ll tell you what’s better. I offer some really fun Batman drink charms in my shop. And not that angsty, dark Batman you see on the big screen these days ~ it’s the totally schmaltzy Batman of ’60s TV. Because I love nostalgia.
Holy Merlot, Batman!
All of your favorites! Batman, Robin, Cat Woman, Joker, Penguin, & Riddler
It’s a little embarrassing to admit I spend Saturday nights with the Caped Crusaders. Maybe I’ve got a weird affinity for men in tights. Or a fascination with things like the Bat Computer, Bat Ropes, Bat Spray, and Bat Pills. Most likely I like to watch shows from my childhood and wonder how it is I turned out to be a functioning member of society growing up with such ridiculous influences.
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