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Thursday, July 22, 2010

I should have kept them!

No, I shouldn’t have.  Or maybe I could order more….Well I just can’t.  :(





A few weeks back these topiaries came in I had ordered for a customer.  She wanted a pair of “something unique” for her kitchen window.  Susan and I found these and even though they were a bit pricey, we knew they were just want the customer would love (and she did!)

So I just HAD to try them in MY kitchen window.



They must have been very popular at the January market because they were on back order for months.  We were about to give up on them.

They are made of a sort of thin, papery material

and look “OH so Real!”




Coming to my senses I decided I would just sell them and forget about them ~~ at least for now!




Then last week I sold a pair of these tree topiaries that are also very fun.



I just knew after trying them on MY porch that they would be perfect.  You can’t see from this picture, but there is a matching side window on the other side of the door where the other topiary would so nicely sit.



Oh well, I guess I can always order more.  This is why my business isn’t more profitable  :/


And then I had this pair of lanterns every bit as cool as those in Pottery Barn.  They looked nice on the hearth room side of my mantle.  Oh yes, I let them go too.  Sold them at my spring show.


Early in the week my designer friend stopped by to pick up some grasses and small ferns and asked that I let her take both my large orb and my small one.  She wasn’t sure which would work best in the customers’ home. 


The small one worked best so she returned the large and just happened to have it propped up in this to die for lemon bowl!  Isn’t it perfect as it is???  Thinking, thinking…should I?



The bowl is going to be used for an arrangement with some grasses in it.

Still thinking I should order one of these.

Somebody PLEASE stop me.


In the meantime, I am sort of liking this summery cluster of faux hydrangeas in this crisp, white pitcher.  So far, it still has the price tag on it.




We shall see how strong I am! :)

With my line of business I am surrounded with beautiful home accessory pieces all the time.  Such a tough job I have!


Unknown said...

good luck with resisting the temptation of buying all of those beautiful things, I am not as strong as you!!

Millie said...

Oh, I know just how you feel...I can never resist a few things "for me"! There are always such nice things at the wholesale places.

Melissa Miller said...

Donna I just adore you sweeet friend! You always make me happy and laugh. The topiary is just GORGEOUS! You go ahead and keep this one for yourself. Life is short! Enjoy! *Smiles*

Thank you for entering my GC giveaway and for always being such a loyal reader of my blog.

You're the best! ~Melissa :)

Samantha said...

Resisting the temptation to buy is so hard sometimes! Those are all really beautiful, though. I especially love the lemon bowl and the hydrangeas!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi. I love meeting other military wives!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I would love to be in your business! What a wonderful eye for quality and design you have! I would not be able to reisist. I could think of a thousand things to do with anything I love!
It would be a dream to be surrounded by beauty all day long!

Domestic Designer said...

Oh, I love them all. It would be very difficult to give them up but I guess that's business. I would be sooo tempted to reorder one of each for myself! :-)

Jane said...

I would have a hard time parting with any of those. I love the orb in the lemon bowl...just beautiful!! You really do such gorgeous work.

southerninspiration said...

Oh, honey, I can sympathize, especially with this new catalog for Willow HOuse....Oh my...I want to throw out everything and start's all so, so pretty!
Love yours, too!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Ooh, those are lovely!!! :)

Love the Decor! said...

I am always ordering things for clients that I want to keep too! : )

Anonymous said...

Morning Donna! I can't stop you because I wouldn't be able to stop myself!!! These are allll gorgeous and you've got me thinking how to duplicate! The first one reminded me of irish bells? and then I thought how about making one with carnations and using floral paint ???? My mind is racing; then I see the lemons and orb!! Just beautiful! Sorry I haven't talked in a while - time flies when you have none to blog!!lol Now I need to see what other eye candy I've missed out on! Have a fantastic weekend - sincerely, Jeannette

stitching under oaks said... good to catch up with you. We've been gone on vacation and I'm just back to getting around and seeing how everyone is doing. You are doing divine. Even if your accessories change faster than the weather, all looks wonderful. I like all the pieces but I love that lemon and greenery one. As usual, you've inspired! Have a wonderful weekend.

Nancy said...

I say, keep them! You could always sell them next year. Because you know you are going to find something new and fresh next year to take their place. :)

Nancy said...

BTW, love the "wallpaper" on your blog right now... is that the right thing to call it? Anyway very pretty.

Unknown said...

I love all the pretty accessories!
I love topiaries!
Thank you for stopping by. Happy you liked my party :)
Following you back :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I understand the temptation....Its all around me....Your header is awesome..

Have a few hours to blog hop....Love nights like this.......Hope you will stop giveaway on my holiday blog...A BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA!

Marlis said...

thanks for visiting and leaving a comment today :) certainly made my day.I love your blog. and your dilemma is so real. I can remember working in a store and i never went home with a paycheck! In a nutshell, that is why I don't own one! I cave..........

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Donna! I'm afraid I'd buy everything! I am addicted to topiaries! and that lemon bowl...gorgeous! Thanks for the birthday wishes for Baby Kitty! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Hi again Donna! I'm just stopping back in to admire those topiaries! I picked up some white carnations and I'm dyig to try and make one (I also have some green floral paint I might get daring with). AND your welcome for the magazine tip! (I finished it and still liked it after the last page ended) Enjoy the rest of the weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

Gypsy Heart said...

You need the lemon bowl! You really do ~ :-) So many treasures...I can only imagine the temptation.

Let us know what you decide.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh that would so be my problem too if I worked in that business. I just know I'd never make any money. I'd spend it before I got it! You've shown some beautiful things, and I can see why they would be hard to resist. Good luck! (It was great to hear from you.) laurie

Anonymous said...

You are like me. People ask me all the time how I can sell the wonderful things I find. Sometimes I do keep them in my home for a while to enjoy and then sell but really.....there is hardly any place in my home to put anything else. I did buy a vintage very large painting that I found last Friday. I just fell in love with it and plan to put it in the guest bedroom but that means I have to completely rearrange everything. ugh! :) So glad you dropped by!

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Sue said...

I am my own best customer!!!! I know what you mean.... LOL
:-) Sue

Emreen said...

Love your faux flower arrangments...It has inspired me to try something of my own !!! Will definitely stop by looking for more...