Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Judy Vilmain's Pocket Charm Ensembles

Love, Hope, Health & Peace
Best Seller
At 1185 sold, I'd venture to say that Judy Vilmain's pocket charm ensembles are within the top three best selling items at La Muse.  Why?  They are affordable & adorable.  There's one for nearly every occasion.  They are easy to pop in the mail.  They say an awful lot in a little package.  And they are the type of gift that someone will find in a treasure box 20 years from now and say - "Oh yea, I remember when Julie sent this for my 35th birthday."

Bag of Symbols
The latest addition to Judy's collection is an inspirational Bag of Symbols which represent balance, eternity, yin/yang, ohm and the Trinity.  Chances are, if your friend is into yoga, meditation, the Dalai Lama or hugging a tree this gift will be received with a smile of delight!  The charms are on sale for 15% off through the end of this week.  Feel free to contact me about volume discounts if you'd like to purchase a bunch as wedding giveaways, corporate gifts or the like. 

 In other La Muse news ... just yesterday my husband, Darryel, and I bought a work van.  He found a wonderful deal on one of those conversion vans from the 90's.  Darryel runs a triathlon club here in town and he was looking for something to be able to bring to events for gear transport and team support.  We hope to have it painted and all decaled up with logos by late spring (if you've got connections in that area let me know!).  La Muse will be using it for trips to shopping events (setting those up are on the 'to do' list).  I've posted a before picture for recollections sake.  Can't wait to see what it will look like in a few months!

Make it a great day everyone!   -debra


Sunday, February 27, 2011

A little hiatus...

Kilimanjaro Safari - Disney's
Animal Kingdon
I guess you could say I've been taking a hiatus from social networking the last three weeks - or maybe I was hiding :).  Yep, I was definitely hiding.  Other than posting pictures from my fabulous birthday week at Disney World I only entered Facebook when it called upon me to answer someone's email.  The last couple of weeks have been filled with many hours of opening boxes, organizing inventory and moving stuff OUT of my home and into the La Muse warehouse.  Kudos to Darryel for making rows and rows of shelving for me.  I'm about 80% there - and I know my biceps have gotten at least a little bit stronger.  Other than that I've been cooking like the Tazmanian Devil to accomodate my husband's increased appetite due to Ironman training - always making extra to vac in the Foodsaver to bring to NY for dad.  Btw, I just discovered the wonders of the Foodsaver 6 weeks ago - where have you been all my life??

Last weekend was officially the very first 'free to be me, no place to be, no plans Stan' weekend off in 4.5 years!  And you know what?  It was fantabulous!  It started off with a stay at home, order in, movie marathon and progressed to long walks to nowhere.  Today Darryel and I both got in a good dose of morning exercise then we walked to brunch, walked to a matinee and enjoyed the increased daylight on the walk home.  After we got home he gave me a big hug and said "I had a great day, I really missed my wife."  And so I know I'm on the right road toward fulfilling my New Year's resolution - to invest more in relationships.  I think my husband is a pretty good place to start and I'm grateful to be able to spend more time with him.

In La Muse news I have finally begun to update the website.  If you check it out you'll notice this really cool shopping cart that pops up when you add in merchandise.  I'm playing like the big boys now! (let me know what you think).

New Curly Girl Card
Leigh Standley and her Curly Girl Designs have unveiled 5 new cards for 2011 and we've got them in stock!  My very favorite one is "You have found a place in my heart.."   When I originally read this card a few weeks ago I first thought of it as a romantic love card - but when I read it again this evening I saw it in a whole new light.  I thought of a few of my long time girlfriends and the love, loyalty, fun and joy in those relationships - and how my life is so much better because of them.  They too deserve little hearts and festive parades ... and will have a place in my heart forever.

Happy Sunday everyone - Make it a great week!  And, in the words of Ellen Degeneres, "Be kind to one another." (I've got to find my own 'sign off' quote :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

And we're off to the Big Mouse House!

It's 9:20am on Saturday, Feb 5th.  Darryel and I are supposed to be at the airport waiting to board our flight to Orlando but he was caught in Chicago last night coming home from a work trip.  This is actually a good thing because we're now going to catch a 5pm flight and it gives me some much needed extra hours to wrap up last minute items before we leave - like coloring my hair (grays be gone) and packing a bag!  Yay!  I'm thrilled to once again be spending my birthday in the happiest place on earth.

I just had to leave this behind!
The last day La Muse was open was Jan 23rd ...but it already feels like months ago.  Thanks to everyone who came out and shopped that last weekend, it was our biggest sales weekend in almost two years!  We got lots of inventory moved and had a wonderful opportunity to chat with the best customers on the planet.  

Yay Barbara!
We (or I should say Darryel) moved everything the weekend of January 29th.  It started out organized and peacefully enough but around 4pm on Sunday, after being at it for 21 hours, we cracked open a beer and threw organization to the wind  "Let's just get this stuff out of here!"  Luckily by that time most of the inventory was properly labeled and brought to storage - everything else got piled in our house until we have time to tackle it.  We finished about 10pm on Sunday.  Barbara, who is our friend and neighbor, came to help with the final move and the final beers!   

I do not miss this!  Boo!
At 6am on Monday I dropped Darryel off at the airport and the dogs and I were on our way to NY.  I spent 4 days with dad cooking, organizing, shopping and picking at the massive amounts of ice that had accumulated on his driveway.  At least I got my cardio in!  Back home on Thursday and I've been working feverishly at shipping out the website orders and checking in new inventory.  I can't wait to show you what fun new things will be available at http://www.shoplamuse.com/ - but that's going to have to wait until my return from Orlando.  Right now I am going to ignore the mass of clutter in my living room and move my brain into vacation mode.  Much needed, much deserved - I am going to sleep in tomorrow if it kills me! 

Much love   -debra
*Love Everybody*
Home sweet home!