Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fa la la la la!

Well, the craziest week of the retail setup has begun. Linda is in town and the stock has been prepared for months by the retail staff for this week. It's a very long week! Early mornings and late nights, where has the last year gone? Didn't I just detail the 2008 setup a few months ago?

While the week is filled with exhausting hours, it is always creative and fun. Just having Linda to entertain and comment as we create the store together is a pleasure. Everyone should have a friend who is as fun and supportive as she is. She keeps up with the effort that I give, and that is really wonderful. It is rare indeed, to have someone who is willing and able to match efforts.

So, you'll have to keep checking my reports to get in on the entertainment! I realized we took no self portraits today...I'll try to do better!

Holiday 2009...I'm always happy when this time of year rolls around again and I am ready for the task, and, even looking forward to it.

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Okay, let me just say that it is a work in progress! (Note the leaning flocked tree, waiting to be attended to and dolled up with pale aqua and silver, clear, and snowy ornaments). In the foreground the total disarray of the store "fall stock" and more. This is where the overwhelming part begins!

There is plenty of basement stock in small 1" glass ornaments in the most delightful colors. We'll show you a fabulous variety of ideas for these darlings!

Many of my retail clients have been asking the staff what the color stories for this year are. They include a great deal of citrus green in every shape and size. Here are a few in beaded fruit assortments. Beautiful!

All dressed up and no where to go.....tall paper mache santas almost saluting the Holiday! And, that cute green santa almost sprinting toward the front of the line. These mache santas are some of our favorite new items for this year. Better run for the best choice!

We laughed at this one santa that looks like he's had it! Oh, don't we feel that way at times during this crazy set-up week. But, the green glitter suits, to be desired!

How about this family of carolers? (Don't forget that these photos were taken while on the basement stock room shelves...not in cute visual display mode as they will be in a few days!) You really must see them in person to see how wonderful they are!

Just another angle of the mache varietys.

That's our first report...don't worry, we'll keep you posted.Come see the magic!


michelle said...

Hard indeed to find one who can match YOUR efforts! And work hours.

Charlotte said...

I can't believe you're setting up for Christmas already! I'm with you—where has the year gone?!

Lee said...

Love it! Can't wait! Lee

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country french Judi said...

hope that Santa is as light green as it looks on my computer! why is it we never stop buying Christmas stuff!! Love it all!!!!!

Susan said...


The Santa is indeed the most delightful shade of pale green! How many do you want??!!


Country french Judi said...

2 please!

emily said...

I love love love it all! I was just thinking today of how much I miss being home to enjoy the seasonal decor. Oh, how I wish I could be surrounded by mache santas and sparkly green ornaments this seaason. The Physics Dept. decor definitely does not cut it.

Suzanne said...

I like the tall santas carolers the best. Saw them in-person the other day in the middle of the frenzy.

susan, i also like how you made it so we can click on (some of) the pictures and see them bigger here. delightful.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Ooohhh...I love it are getting me in the mood...Christmas is coming...Christmas is coming!!!


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Ooohhh...I love it are getting me in the mood...Christmas is coming...Christmas is coming!!!


Denise said...

I can just see the glitter now. . . the glitter on your hands, in your hair, under your fingernails, on your pants, around the house. . . bring it on!