A big week for Posy!

11/30/2012 at 9:17 pm | Posted in About town, Posy | 1 Comment

this sweet girl is one of a set of vintage Christmas ornaments on Posy

I am one proud big sister this week.

Laura was interviewed for our local CBS affiliate’s mom blog, Go Ask Mom, as one of the artisans featured in their “Made by Mom” holiday gift guide. She rocked it! Authentic and funny and so passionate about her work.

Posy will be at the ELF fair tomorrow in Carrboro. Come visit us if you’re in the area! It’s at the ArtsCenter from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be all sorts of vendors selling beautiful handmade goods. And also? FOOD TRUCKS. Breakfast burrito, here I come.

And Kindred Boutique in downtown Raleigh is hosting a mini Rock & Shop Market tomorrow. We hate to miss it! But Laura’s display is loaded with lots of lovely hand-sewn goods including napkin sets, pillow covers and pennant banners. If you stop by, look for Posy’s little nook in the white shelves on the left. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I’m in awe of Laura, who has managed to create an incredible inventory for all this while in the trenches with a newborn baby. She seriously sews stockings and napkin sets in between nursing sessions. I can’t even imagine.

Can’t wait to see what’s next for Posy and my superhero sister.

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Because it's never too late to support small businesses

11/24/2012 at 8:41 pm | Posted in About town, Posy | 2 Comments
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new at Posy! vintage mercury glass ornaments

I had grand ambitions of posting a shopping guide for Small Business Saturday this morning. That is, until I ended up dragging a sleeping Sophie out from under my bed in the middle of the night and lying beside her on the floor all night to keep my little sleep-scooting baby from rolling right out of the guest room at my mother-in-law’s house.

It was one of those nights that will be funny in about, oh, five or ten years. When I can hold it over her.

Even though I missed the boat on Small Business Saturday because of my sleep-deprived delirium, I figure hey, every day should be about shopping small businesses.

I’ve already finished most of our Christmas shopping, and while a chunk of our holiday dollars now belong to Amazon (because of the prices and the plastic princess and fairy inventory) most of my favorite gifts are coming from small shops.

Here are a few of my favorites. Better late than never, right?

Online:
Posy (yup, I’m pimpin’): beautiful and quirky vintage and handmade goods for your home
Hi, Small: super cute vintage clothes for the littles
The Wheatfield: lovely art prints
Pencil Shavings Studio: gorgeous iPhone cases and other geekery
Lou & Lee: the cutest baby hair accessories you ever did see
Michelle Smith Designs: beautiful tea towels, pillow covers and original fabrics

About town:
Kindred Boutique: awesomely diverse selection of handmade goods by local artisans
Epona & Oak: beautiful handmade goods by local designers, plus a wellness studio with everything from facials to yoga classes
Stitch: I love Holly Aiken bags. The end.
Cat Banjo: funky handmade jewelry and other accessories (even for your pets!)
Accipter: totally unique (and often hilarious) art, homegoods, jewelry and gifts (think fire-breathing wind-up nuns)
NoFo at the Pig: a renovated Piggly Wiggly with everything from homegoods to gourmet foods to the most adorable gifts for the littles

What are your favorite small shops? I’m always on the hunt for new places to stalk (either online or here in the Triangle). Share in the comments!

Posy goes holiday!

11/14/2012 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Posy | Leave a comment
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All this color just makes me smile. Laura is loading up Posy with some beautiful handmade Christmas stockings (don’t you adore that fabric?) and clever vintage finds. Stay tuned … there’s more to come!

red bird Christmas stockings // vintage basket-weave juice glasses // rainbow chevron Christmas stocking // vintage metal egg basket // vintage Christmas ornaments

In love with Kindred

11/02/2012 at 2:57 pm | Posted in About town, Posy | 4 Comments

There are so many lovely little details inside Kindred, it’s impossible not to smile.

The concept behind Kindred is just as brilliant as the space: it’s an incubator for local artisans. Along with affordable retail space in an awesome location, Kindred also provides its artisans with real, live business mentors. It’s an amazing opportunity for people (like Laura) who might not otherwise have the resources to sell their handmade goods in a bricks-and-mortar shop and receive valuable guidance from an expert.

And with creative director (and force of nature) Michelle Smith at the helm, Kindred couldn’t be more beautiful. Just look:

Kindred is located at 131 S. Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh, just a couple of doors down from Gravy and Sitti. Check it out on Facebook and Twitter. If you stop by, be sure to check out Posy’s little nook! You can also find Posy on Facebook and Twitter.

Posy goes Parisian

08/09/2012 at 8:19 pm | Posted in Posy | Leave a comment
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1940s French metal tin // vintage metal coffee pot // floral ceramic vintage pitcher
vintage embossed ceramic bowl
// shazzam retro cross-stitch art // ornate French vintage tin

I love our new collection of vintage items so much that I might just have to buy it all up. But then Laura would kill me because of this tiny thing called profit. Ah, well. I’ll live vicariously through our lovely customers.

The “shazzam” cross-stitch art (made by Laura) has a special place in my heart because that is one of my many nicknames, coined by a very good and very silly friend. Perhaps while drunk. But we won’t go there. There’s also an adorable sister piece — monkey mayhem — that didn’t make it into my fancy collage because I ran out of space. This little set would make such a rad addition to any kid’s room.

Come on over and visit Posy! You can also keep an eye on our newest shop items with that handy little widget over there in the sidebar.

Merci beaucoup!

New in the shop!

06/07/2012 at 9:11 am | Posted in Posy | Leave a comment
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vintage and handmade goods by Posy on Etsy

>> red, white and blue pillow cover <<
>> vintage New Orleans hand towel <<
>> vintage embossed tray <<
>> eco-friendly cloth napkins <<

We’re adding lots of lovely new things to the shop for summer. Come visit!

Getting springy up in here

03/22/2012 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Posy | 2 Comments
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decorative pillow cover by posy on Etsy

One look at Posy, and you can tell that Laura and I are excited for spring!

We just loaded up the shop with a bunch of cheery new designs. I especially love the soft grey linen backing on the pillows. And the yellow floral/houndstooth combo? I almost bought every single piece. But that would defeat the purpose of having an online business, no?

handmade cloth napkins by Posy on Etsy

decorative pillow cover by Posy on Etsy

cloth napkins by Posy on Etsy

And how can you resist falling in love with these two? They’ll be hard to let go.

vintage owl salt and pepper shakers

We had an exciting week, with Posy’s TV debut and a ton of fun at the Designers Downtown market in Raleigh. We have applications out for a couple of other spring shows — fingers crossed!

Happiness is: taking pictures for Posy

03/13/2012 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Happiness is, Posy | 2 Comments
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milkglass bowl

I love staging little photo shoots for our shop. Sometimes my pictures bomb, but in most cases I end up feeling pretty creative.

My go-to backdrop material is the reel of craft paper that came with Lily’s IKEA easel. And I typically shoot everything on a chair in front of the bay window in our kitchen. Fancy!

P.S. This lovely milk glass bowl will be hitting the shop soon …

New in the shop (and Lily's modeling debut)

02/01/2012 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Posy | 3 Comments
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Lily didn’t go into this willingly. But her demands were pretty simple. A handful of M&M’s and a few jelly beans. And her beaded princess purse had to stay wedged under her arm. After about 30 seconds she started to have fun, reading her book in the sunshine while mommy snapped her photo. Not a bad gig.

Laura made the pouf underneath Lily’s head. Isn’t it beautiful? We just added it to the shop, along with a few other treasures, including these:

(clockwise from top left) handmade backyard banner // children’s tea party placemat and napkin set // pouf floor pillow // cobalt blue apothecary bottle

Rock & Shop Market in photos

12/20/2011 at 12:08 pm | Posted in Posy, snap happy | 5 Comments
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Rock & Shop MarketRock & Shop MarketRock & Shop MarketSpotted: Posy booth in the Motorco building (WHAT-WHAT) // lanterns at sunset // Laura’s gorgeous handiwork // local brews // Laura dazzling our customers // the cool ceiling in our little room // kick-butt DJ// my new favorite food truck // our littlest shopper, Lola, fast asleep with grilled cheese in hand // the Deputy and her posse

We had a blast.

Whew.

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