I thought I’d give y’all a little update about our little shop that could today, seeing as I’ll be spending my long Labor Day weekend working very hard to make sure that it can. ;)
I wasn’t joking when I said that Jessica and I have been building our inventory for Maiden South, both literally and figuratively. We have lots of wonderful orders rolling in, but we are spending every second of our free time making inventory as well. You see, we love to support makers so much because we are both makers ourselves.
Jessica has been crazy busy doing most of our buying, as well as sewing up a storm, making jewelry, and working on lots of amazing paper goods. I have been busying myself with making stained glass Christmas ornaments, some cheeky embroidery hoop art, and lots of hand stamped jewelry!
June is becoming quite the little shop dog with me. :)
And yes, I wear crocs in the shop. Not pretty, but they sure make standing on your feet for hours on end much more bearable. Also, June thinks they’re swell.
As far as the shop itself is concerned, our renovation is coming along. The plaster is all down, the brick is exposed, the floor is cleaned up, and the little shop that could is slowly transforming into a shop that really can!
We are so excited about this little venture, and we hope that you are too. Follow along with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest and greatest on Maiden South, and sign up for email updates on our website to get alerts on our grand opening!
I haven’t posted many posts about the random stuff going on in my life lately. I usually save Mondays for those types of posts, as they are usually iPhone pictures from the weekend… but I’ve been completely slacking in that department. So, I thought I would throw some together to update y’all on the random stuff that’s been going on. Warning: if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen all of this. Or at least, a lot of it.
As suspected, we cannot get enough of little Miss June. I mean, can you?
I just die. Wallace is such a great big brother. He is constantly playing with her, tolerating her, and giving her kisses. Harold is still mostly ignoring his new sibling.
I will spare all of you the selfies I took of my swollen-shut eye. Our very aggressive hive of bees kind of got really mad at us a couple weekends ago, and I ended up getting stung approximately five times on my left eye… not to mention the plethora of stings I got in my hair, on the rest of my face, and the rest of my body. I ended up breaking out in some serious hives, but nothing emergency-inducing. No pain, no gain, I suppose. We are going to re-queen that hive and see if a nicer queen makes nicer bees. The good news is, they make lots of honey. And uncapped honey held up in the sun reminds me of my other favorite hobby: stained glass.
We went to a wedding this past Saturday (Congratulations Logan and Clay!) and the neat lodge they had it at outside of Thomasville (Owl & Moon in Dixie, Georgia) had the most beautiful stained glass panels in it. I was obsessed.
Speaking of stained glass, I made my mom this hummingbird fan-pull. It turned out really well, and she really loved it. We love our hummers!
I also made this little hanging wall vase, and I’ve been enjoying these succulent flowers over my nightstand all week.
They aren’t currently for sale yet, but you could always email Marc and say pretty, pretty please…
And my friend Will of Heartwood Forge is making me a knife… with my initials in it. I am already so excited and cannot wait to start using it in my kitchen!
I’m constantly amazed at the skill and talent of so many of the people I’m fortunate enough to call my friends, so many of which are completely due to writing this little ole blog. I’m grateful every day!
We took June and Harold home to my parents to have supper with my dad last Sunday while my mom was at the beach. June went for her first swim in the pond behind my parents’ house. She loved it!
And for your ultimate viewing pleasure:
All kinds of things are always blooming in my parents’ yard. This is a native plum azalea that I noticed blooming. My dad said it was the first time it had!
His night blooming cereus was about to bloom, too, but unfortunately we didn’t spend the night to watch the evening show.
I can’t wait for ours to bloom so Wheat can see it!
A few evenings ago, Wallace brought us a juvenile banded water snake, which was 1) weird because we don’t exactly live in a swamp, and 2) they are really aggressive normally, so it was odd that he didn’t try to bite Wallace! Don’t worry, their bites are supposed to hurt, but they are not venomous. They’re often killed because of their resemblance to a Cotton Mouth, though.
Catch and release in heels before work. ;)
Speaking of work, Maiden South’s location is coming along. Or at least it’s a bit cleaner and prettier! Exposed brick makes us swoon.
I stopped by a sweet gal’s house after work Wednesday to meet her chickens and learn a bit about them. We chatted birds and bees and swapped pumpkin for eggs.
Don’t you fret. I’ve got coop plans in the works! I’m sure you’re all shocked.
Any recommendations, tips, coop plans, etc. for me?
And to end on a flowery note, sweet Wheat sent me a beautiful orchid this week at work. It is gorgeous!
Wheat once told me that people would get bored if I kept calling my weekend recap posts “Weekend Recap.” So please excuse the randomness of the title.
However, that is precisely the three main things that my weekend consisted of: a trip to visit the badass gals at Paperworks Press in Tallahassee, a Crawfish Boil at Ventry Farm with Marc and Anna Jo, hitting the stained glass jackpot on Craigslist, and then spending all day Sunday in the shed working on a stained glass project.
I shared this video on Instagram Saturday morning, but it’s worth sharing again. Letterpress is so fascinating! I think because it is such an old technique – you know me: the older the better! Sheri and Alicia created some custom letterpress notecards for me with the oyster and pearls I hand drew for my logo.
So cute! Much more to come on these two ladies very soon!
Saturday afternoon, Wheat, my parents, and I went to a crawfish boil with Marc and Anna Jo at Marc’s family farm. His parents go to Louisiana a few times a year and always bring back an insane amount of mudbugs. We were SO excited to be invited to the 75-pound feast!
Believe me, it was as awesome as it looks.
Back to Saturday so I can tell you about Sunday. After an impromptu lunch date on Saturday with a friend at Whole Foods, I hit the stained glass Craigslist jackpot. I am a firm believer that if you put good vibes out into the universe, what you want will come to you. I wanted a glass grinder, and I found one in no time flat. Along with a tupperware full of glass, extra grinding bits, soldering iron and stand, lots of tools, patinas, and other supples – even a pair of gloves that somehow fit my tiny hands! It was meant to be.
I took a stained glass course my last semester of undergrad, and I’ve wanted to get back into it ever since. Now that I have a shed/workspace – never mind that I most likely have no business taking up another hobby at this point in my life – I’m back at it.
I had some scrap glass leftover from that college class (I finally made it worth toting it around in all my moves in the last 4 years) that I had made some random pieces with a couple weekends ago, including a couple of sun catchers, a wall vase, and a couple of necklaces. Nothing mind-blowing, of course, but good for practice and getting reacquainted.
Also in the Craigslist box, was a tiny, unfinished project from the person it all once belonged to. I felt compelled to finish it for her before I got started on my own project on Sunday.
I don’t know if the original owner intended for this to be a sun catcher or part of a larger piece of work, but it’s a sun catcher now and I’ll think of the original owner when I see it. :)
Once I got all my new-to-me supplies and tools organized and that little sun catcher finished up, and set about starting my first bigger project utilizing my new grinder. You can do so much more with a grinder. It makes tiny pieces and curves possible, so I found a hummingbird stained glass pattern I loved (along with a few more I plan to make for a certain mom who loves hummingbirds) and got to work.
Again, I’m a complete amateur, and my pieces aren’t pattern perfect, but it will be okay. And just to give you an idea of how time-consuming a hobby this is, I started this project around 1:00 p.m. I took a quick break for lunch and another for supper, and got to the point where I took this next picture around 10:00 p.m.
First you have to pick a pattern, use pattern scissors to cut out each piece from a copy of it, label each piece, pick out glass for each piece, trace the pattern pieces on to the glass and label them, rough cut each piece of glass, grind each piece of glass, wash the glass, copper foil each piece, then you finally solder them all together. Whew! It’s a long process, but it’s really meditative for me. I’m so glad I jumped back in after all this time. And thankful for a husband who cooked me a steak dinner while I was doing it. (In my defense, he did get to play golf all day… And then eat a steak dinner. ;)
At lunch yesterday I soldered everything together, added hooks, painted on the black patina, waxed it, and added chain. It’s hard to tell how pretty it is, but here are some iPhone pics of the finished product. I’ve still got lots of practicing to do, but I was pretty excited about how this turned out!
If anyone has any great stained glass resources they recommend (either online or IRL), I would love to hear about them in the comments! Or feel free to shoot me an email.
Now back to that steak dinner. ;)
While at Whole Foods, I picked up a couple of these truffled mac n cheeses from the deli counter. They were so good alongside a hand-cut ribeye from Jones Meats and some fresh Hopkins Farms squash and onions. This meal was a little ridiculously indulgent, but I think we earned it.
We have some exciting things going on this week that I’ll share when the time comes… but until then, I hope everyone has a great week!