Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Dose of Reality and Getting Ready for Friday Night

The other day, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Design A-Peele, and the author was talking about the reality of her life behind the scenes, and it was SO refreshing to read! All of my days I read about perfect homes, perfect rooms, perfect people, and don't get me wrong, I live for it. I am so inspired by the people in this design, on-line community for all the amazing work that they do, but it was nice to see that Beth and others through her comments, do sometimes feel overwhelmed, have messy houses, have creativity-freezes, etc... I don't know, I guess I just really like knowing I am not the only one out there experiencing these things amidst all of the beauty I see everyday...

So tonight, as my mom and I were messily and tirelessly working away in the basement of the house I grew up in, I decided to take some photos so that people could see what Shorely Chic is really like behind all the pretty pieces :) It truly is so much fun working with mi madre, and on my own, but it isn't always pretty.

We have our first in-person sales type of event this Friday night at a benefit in Connecticut and we are being featured as one of the home decor vendors - I am BEYOND excited to showcase all of my work in person! Here we are getting prepared, and please excuse the horrible photography - these were taken in a basement and unless I am in natural light with pretty scenery, I am pretty terrible at taking pictures :(

Shorely Chic's first gift basket with all of the contents written on the front - Wine and Cheese Theme

Looking down from the stairs at an assortment of items!

This is how I ended up tagging many of the items, I'm not crazy about it but it was the quickest

There's mi madre in my dad's workshop, slowly but 'shorely' turning into her studio :)

Gotta have a little fun!!

my form of note-taking

We're going to be selling imported soaps, wrapped and tied with raffia and a shell :)

picture frames

me after a looooong day

an antique type-tray filled with shells

LOVE this piece. I found it without the mirror and knobs at a flea market painted red. I brought it home, had it painted, bought a mirror for the opening, and ordered antique brass doorknobs as the hangers - do you like it???

SO there you have it - that's what Shorely Chic is like on a nightly basis - lots of hard work but so so worth it!!

Nighty, I'm a tired girl...


  1. Thanks for the shout out! All of your stuff looks amazing. We'll have to email sometime about starting a business. I need all the help and advice I can get!

  2. Fantastic Post! It is great to see teh mess and work behind teh creativity! Enjoyed seeing your product too. Good luck with sales...from a fellow etsian!

  3. What a great post! It looks like you are one busy bee -- and it shows in your beautiful products!

  4. We all live in denial... that's what decorating the perfect house (perfect for one moment in time.

    One day when I'm feeling brave I'll post my mess (before I whirlwind it all neat and tidy).

    Hang in there.

  5. LOVE IT LIZ. you are doing such a great job. so upset I wont be able to attend on Friday. keep up the good work!

  6. Looks like you guys have been extremely productive!!! Lovely, lovely work! Have a great time at the benefit!

  7. Your post made me feel better. I've had a post sitting in draft mode for weeks about how do so many have the time for such perfection. I think the dining room table is somewhere under all the stuff