I wanted to pass along an important message from Sample Soap, a fantabulous organization here in Rochester:
"Here's another easy way to increase holiday warmth - for you AND battered women.
Donate your good condition winter wear. And cell phones you don't use any more - in any condition.
The shelter will repair and program the phones to dial 911. The battered women will carry them when they leave the shelter for appointments, in case they're being stalked by their abusers."
When? Friday & Sunday, 10 am - 10 pm
Where: RIT Inn, Room 230 5257 West Henrietta Road
Bring them to Crocus Clay Works Suite 225, the Hungerford Building 1115 E. Main Street @ Goodman Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
An FYI: Sample Soap does not accept cash donations. They collect items that can help people right here in Rochester. You can also drop off toiletries at Parkleigh, located on the corner of Park Avenue and South Goodman Street. I have a bag of promotional goodies sent to my blog and I plan to share them with those in need right here in our community.
We all know about Black Friday and the newer Cyber Monday, but what about Small Business Saturday?
Today is the first ever Small Business Saturday! This is a day, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page "...to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday is a national movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. More than a dozen advocacy, public and private organizations have already joined American Express OPEN, the company’s small business unit, in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday."
This is a wonderful idea. It has garnered much media attention and rightfully so. I didn't do the Black Friday thing....I much prefer to sleep in. If I am up at 2am or, heaven forbid, don't sleep at all--well, let's just say I am a miserable person to deal with! I did go to Macy's yesterday afternoon, but it was at a mall that is getting ready to undergo renovations, so there are only 2 stores and it wasn't busy. There's really nothing wrong with big box stores per se, but if you haven't taken a look at the "Made in ____" tag, do so. You'll essntially see "Made in China" or Made in Anywhere but the USA.
Small Business Saturday is devoted to people who have the dream to run their own shop, take pride in what they do, and want to give customers a more personalized experience.
As a small business owner (online), I understand that you have many options. You can buy earrings for $2 that are made in China and might have lead in them. You can buy a scarf for under $10 that thousands of other people will wear. You can buy a 10 pack of soap for 5 bucks at the big box stores or a greeting card for 99 cents.
It is different with small businesses or handmade businesses. You get people who love what they do creating with their hands. The quality and workmanship shows. I think of a scarf from Excessary compared to those in box box stores and there is just no comparison.
You can compare a bar of Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps to a multipack of Zest--well, no you can't. There just is no comparison. Hers are gift worthy. They are full of healthy ingredients.
Locally, I have several favorite small businesses I recommend supporting not just today on Small Business Saturday, but always. Makiki Gift Shop on Long Pond Road by Talbots is one. Eleventh Hour at Twelve Corners in Brighton is another. Jackson & Hines in Pittsford will take care of all of the beauty gifts you might want (they have Carols' Daughter, too!). Of course, there is Parkleigh on Park Avenue and Craft Company No. 6 on University Avenue.
If you want to find a great assortment of handmade finds locally, find 2 great ones in Greece: Craft & Antique Co-Op and Liberty Hollow. A trip to Wayne County is also in order. Do all of these in one day-- head to LW Emporium in Ontario and Good Old Days Country Shop in Pultneyville. A hidden treasure is located in Williamson, too. It's called The Country Attic and it is located in the Williamson Hardware Store. Seriously. Walk through the store and head up the stairs for a wonderful assortment of candles, cards, decor, ornaments and so much more!
While you're in Penfield getting cupcakes at Dollop, walk over to the four corners in the village to Simply Fabulous Boutique (20% off there today!) and to The Enchanted Rose Garden. By the way, if you take Heather a cupcake ornament to hang on the pink tree at Dollop, you'll get a free cupcake!
Of course, I must mention my favorite little boutique: Vintage Bliss. It is owned by Sheryn Kelderhouse and is on Rte. 250 (North Ave.) in Webster. You can step inside this treasure and Sheryn will pour you some coffee as you browse. She has a lovely assortment of gifts, including my jewelry. TODAY she has 25% off everything in the shop!
I'm also celebrating Small Business Saturday in my online shop today. I have lots of new designs and I also have a $5 Stocking Stuffer section. This section features items at 50-70% off! Check out my shop, LOUBIRD™ and use code CHIC to save another 15% through Monday night! Here are some of my newest additions:
Necklace and earring set with vintage sapphire glass jewels, $30
Shabby chic ring, $10
Ring made with vintage buttons, $10
Bracelet and ring set with vintage glass cabochons, $30
I've been telling you how much I love the moisturizing body scrubs from on Etsy for Mad City Soaps for more than two years now. I love a creamy and rich scrub and hers really are just lovely.
Today I ordered two items to put away as part of a Christmas gift for a family member--a scrub and a Double Butter Body Cream. I chose the Red Velvet Cake scent for the gift recipient and I was able to get both on sale for Black Friday. They're both 20% off today, so the scrub and cream came to $14 plus shipping.
I am really excited about Sue's body butter. Not long ago, the cream contained Disodium EDTA. Diazolidinyl Urea, and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, three ingredients I don't like to see together. Those three are gone and the preservative system is much safer. Enriched with shea butter, cocoa butter, and green tea, this is going to be decadent on the skin. It was only $6 today!
Head over to Sue's shop today and tell her Chic & Green sent you!
FIVE PRIZES THIS MONTH! Last 2 Winners Drawn Friday Night!
Last month I told you about L'Bri Pure n' Natural skin care and about how this facial enthusiast loves, loves, loves the facial care from this line. I've been using many items from the facial line and really adore the line, with my most favorite item being the Gentle Cleanser.
Now you have the chance to win a skin care set of your own from L'Bri valued at between $96-$115.50! This is the blog's biggest skin care giveaway and it is sponsored by L'Bri, so I send them a huge thank you.
Here is what one lucky reader will win. To view it, you can see it on page 14 of their online catalog:
You can choose from the Skin Care Trio of your choice and an Eye Repair Gel. Then choose either the Exfoliating Scrubor the Facial Peel.
I am telling you know, readers, that you'll love this one. I am using all of the products above and like the normal to dry program. The creamy facial cleanser is my most favorite facial cleanser ever. Ever.
L'Bri products really are fantabulous and I'm happy to announce a really special series of holiday giveaways this month. Every single Friday this month, we will draw the names of a winner for the L'Bri Spa Body Collection(valued at $49.70). This collection features the new Mandarin Fig Body Polish, Mandarin Fig Body Butter, and Body Mist. It is wrapped in a mesh bag with elegant satin closure. What a pampering treat! A winner will be drawn at 9pm on November 5, 12, 19, and 26. That's 4 body care winners this month!
*Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter! If you do, let me know and I'll give you an extra entry!
*Open to adults over 18 years of age. Immediate family members or paid advertisers of C & G are not eligible for prizes. Readers within the United States only, please. If you win one L'Bri giveaway, you're unable to win the others this month. We will have 5 winners total this month!!!
WINNER FOR THE BIG FACIAL SKIN CARE GIVEAWAY WILL BE DRAWN Friday, November 26 AT 9PM! ENTER UNTIL THEN.
WEEKLY WINNERS FOR THE BODY SPA SETS WILL BE DRAWN EVERY FRIDAY IN NOVEMBER!!!
Just a reminder to all of you skin care junkies: L'Bri offers a free sampling program. You just pay the shipping! It's a great way to try their line. Click here to try!
*Disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with L'Bri. I just LOVE their products.
Here are some pics of the kitchen painting. I have a couple touch ups to do where I noticed I got paint in the doorway to the powder room, but it's about done otherwise.
My goal was to capture my love of "shabby vintage"--with my favorite tea cups and tins and robin's egg blue. As you know, I LOVE estate sales and thrift shop finds. I always end up finding something. Our table was originally white with these old green floral cushions. It came from Consignment Connection here in Irondequoit for a really low price. I painted it and recovered the chairs. We eat our meals in the dining room, but I do enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while I read the morning paper in here.
The rug under the table was handmade many years ago and sold from an Amish man on eBay. I bought it for a really low price ($20!) because there's a small flaw. You can't tell when it'd hidden under the table leg! I also got the vintage floral table covering for $0.49 at the Salvation Army.
Here is how the kitchen looked the day we moved in:
The day we moved in, I painted the cabinets white and the walls colonial blue:
We've since put in a new floor (2006) and appliances and I've painted the walls 3 or 4 times now.
Here is how the kitchen looks after my weekend work:
In the next few days, living room before and afters will be up. This has been a fun project!