the freshie & zero wire

We Welcome Refugees October 01 2015, 0 Comments

image by Little Things Studio I have been so heartbroken by the images of the Syrian refugee crisis. I feel helpless, but I know there are small ways in which I can help. Coincidentally, my friend and fellow Nashvillian Kate Whitley of Little Things Studiodesigned the above graphic and reached out to her network of makers like myself to encourage us to donate a portion of our sales to one of the...

Three Months Later August 24 2012, 0 Comments

Well, I did it. I have a baby boy who is three months old now, and I've been back at work for over two of those months. This is me, right before heading to the hospital. I was ready to lighten my load! Am I the crying, miserable mess I predicted I would be? Am I taking care of my baby out of obligation rather than love like I felt with my first?The answer is a resounding NO! How wrong I was!(thank...

Anticipation! May 04 2012, 0 Comments

In preparation for my upcoming time off (baby arrives any day now!), I've been making jewelry like there is no tomorrow! We have shipped a whopping 72 wholesale packages since the beginning of March - I have no data to back this up, but I'm pretty sure that's a Freshie & Zero record. I am so excited that we were able to fill all the orders I had promised, so that now I can take a couple of days...

9 weeks to go... March 09 2012, 0 Comments

I have nine weeks to go until my life changes forever. My second child is going to be here very soon... Here I am about 29 weeks pregnant. Some mothers will tell you they have "baby amnesia" where they forgot all about the hard parts of caring for a newborn and how much they fell in love with their baby instantly. They barely remember the lack of sleep and the total upheavalof their day to day...

My new studio June 03 2011, 0 Comments

So last month, I took a big business leap of faith and moved out of my house and into a separate studio. My life had changed, so it was time to change my work, too. What was this change you ask? Why, that cute little bundle of joy I delivered a year ago - my adorable daughter whom we will call Rah Rah since that's what she calls herself. My workflow had been broken up since Rah Rah came along - I...

away April 20 2011, 0 Comments

Radnor Lake Yep, I've been away from the blog. I've written one post all year. Blogging takes time, and I am seriously in short supply of that so far in 2011. I've been busy. Two wholesale shows in January resulted in more sales than ever before (take that, economy!) and 90% of them were to ship asap - yikes! So I've been cranking it out and decided that maybe it was time to get some help. Maybe it...

Bye, bye Gilda December 24 2010, 0 Comments

Sigh. My 2000 Ford Explorer I had named Gilda has gone on to Explorer heaven. I got her in 2002 to be my ride across my sales rep territory of Kentucky and Tennessee. Then when I moved on from that job after two years, she helped shlep all of my craft show necessities across the entire Eastern half of this country. We went to New York City, Austin TX, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, North...

Swirls and Swirls December 21 2010, 0 Comments

It's a miracle - the Christmas rush is over and I can finally sit back and relax a little... bah ha ha ha! There is no rest in my world. :( After a record Cyber Monday (but I really only have last year to compare it to), and an insane amount of orders after that, I have been doing nothing but making jewelry, sleeping, and eating. I've neglected many other administrative duties yet luckily have...

Fall is here - finally!! September 26 2010, 0 Comments

It's getting very fall-like around my website! I changed the background to a brown pattern and took some photos outside today on my deck for a print ad. I liked them so much, they already made it onto the home page. They look a little too orange on the website, but whatev. It was heaven to be outside in pants and feel the cool breeze. Let's hope 90° weather is behind us!! Welcome fall!!!In other...

Atlanta and New York have been accomplished! February 07 2010, 0 Comments

Well, we did it! I knew we could do Atlanta since it was our third time (we're totally pros now), but New York was a first for us and I knew it would be a challenge. The funny thing was, loading in at the Javits Center in New York was super easy and they didn't charge us to use our own car like Atlanta does (ridiculous, right?). My brain is still fuzzy from the past few weeks, so I'll just post up...