Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pantone's Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid

Pantone's color of the year, Radiant Orchid, opens the door for purples of all kinds. If you haven't worked in purple in a while (hello-Cynthia!) then this can be a nice reason to start...

See our Fall for Purple page right here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ornamentea featured on Visit South!

We were recently mentioned in an article on Visit South, a lovely little blog with great, Southern-focused, travel writing. We're at the bottom, below Holly Aiken's Stitch and Quercus, a nice shop here in downtown Raleigh that is getting a bit of buzz lately.

Check out the article here. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

happy Tuesday-

Yesterday, I walked my daughter in to her first day of middle school. 

Yep. She's 11. 

When you own a family business, you can often date events in the business by the age that various family members were when they occurred. We moved from our old Glenwood Avenue location to our current home 12 years ago, when I was pregnant with my now-middle-school-aged daughter. We started the original store on a September day almost 15 years ago, right there on Glenwood, in a tiny space with a few shelves of beads. Three years later, we found this building, and I did all the planning and moving during my pregnancy. My husband built walls while I took naps. Staff members like Ndidi and Tracey kept me from lifting heavy boxes. Most of my pregnancy pictures involve the store in the early iterations. 

Time flies. 

Yesterday, we walked down the street to my daughter's new school. She was a bit worried, she was a bit excited, she was a bit nervous. When I went to pick her up, she declared middle school 'awesome' and told me she had made two friends already. That was awesome. At home, her sister (who starts back next week) spent the day reading Harry Potter. 

Time flies.

My oldest is in middle school. My baby is reading Harry Potter. And Ornamentea? This store will be 15 in September. It's time for a quinceanera*.  My party-planning hat is on...

I'll see you soon-








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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

happy Tuesday-

I'm at the shop, already, getting things ready for a very-last-minute trunk show. TODAY, from 10-7, we are welcoming Ebrima Sillah for a showing of his extensive collection of African trade beads. Ebrima is a master bead trader and he will have metal, wood, stone, bone, glass and amber beads for you to see and purchase. 

We had hoped to have Ebrima join us later this autumn, but he has had to change his travel plans and will be returning to Africa later this month. We convinced him to squeeze us in for just a day before he flies off. I am so happy we were able to get this date into his schedule, as he has been a customer favorite for many, many years. Ebrima has been trading in African beads for decades and his knowledge and expertise mean that this is a bead collection you'll want to see. We'll have lunch for you, too, with the Halal Bros. food truck in our parking lot. 

Call in sick.

Say you have to meet the cable repair crew at home.

Tell your office that your roof has a leak and you need to meet the roofer. 

This trunk show is worth it.

I'll see you later today-







P.S. read to the bottom of this newsletter, there is a coupon this week!

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Cleaning out the closet...


We LOVE this bracelet featured on Makezine.com this week. The printer-cables are colorful and cheery, and we love the idea of putting those old printer parts to work, making you look good. See the full post on Makezine.com right here. 

Since we have a little broken-down technology hoarding problem in our house* we know there HAS to be a printer that isn't working in the closet. That closet is super-packed with items my husband knows he can get working again, or things he's saving for 'parts.' I think this bracelet qualifies as 'parts,' don't you?

This would be an  easy project to make. You just need:

end bars (find them HERE)

jump rings (find them HERE)
and a clasp (find them HERE)

oh, and you'll need a broken-down printer...but maybe you can find one in that closet?




*when I say 'we' have a technology-hoarding issue, I know you know that I mean that my fabulous hubby has a technology hoarding issue. I collect beads, craft supplies, vintage dishes and textiles. That's not hoarding...