Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday at Wisebird Bookery

When you go into the Wisebird Bookery you may notice a few things are different.  We have set up our holiday display and Grounds for Coffee is now serving homemade chili and cornbread for lunch. $5.50 a bowl and you get to sit next to the warm fireplace. Do you see it in the background?
Christmas books for all ages.
Santa is checking his list while having French Crepes on Saturdays.
Jen is making Eggnog Lattes and Pumpkin Spice Steamers. 
Tis' the season for yummy things.
Holiday gift sets are in stock.  I will be making up a couple more lavender gift combinations in the next week. A culinary gift basket and a bath and body gift basket. Pictures to come.

Novemberfest - Logan

I didn't look at the temperatures for last weekend in Logan, Utah. 
But, I am guessing it was between "freeze your ears off Fahrenheit" and
 "frost bite on your nose Celsius". 
Novemberfest was a hit!
We set up on Thanksgiving Eve and the boutique ran Friday and Saturday.  I was so busy I wasn't able to take many photos.  Actually this is really the only one I took. I guess being busy is a good thing though. This was taken from the upper level looking down. 
Thank you Logan Novemberfest for a great weekend and we hope to see you next year!

Working with Family

2010 is coming to a close as well as markets and boutiques.  
The winter is a time for us to:
A: relax (for about a week), 
B: write next year's calendar
C: fine tune the new and up coming products for 2011
D: I would write more here, but I am sure that you don't want
     to read our A-Z "To-Do" list. 

Even though we have a break from craft shows and Farmer's Markets, it is not a break from working.  Thankfuly there are perks to having a family business like, flexible schedules and being able to take your kids to work. Though for some, a family business is difficult. In order to make it work for us we have established boundaries, lines of communication and many other rules to adhere to.

 I found an article written by another locally based family business owner.  In the article Eva talks about the transition and bumps they encountered.  I found it comforting to know that there were other small businesses who had already cleared the hurdles we are just now encountering.

Eva with Sycamore Street Press wrote this article: Click Here .  There is a link to their blog in the article where you will find the most adorable hand designed cards, wedding invitations and paper craft. 

So, press forward small business dreamers and remember to:
BUY LOCAL FIRST.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I couldn't resist.

During a 4 day boutique with 100 vendors you are bound to find SOMETHING that you just have to have.  Here is my, "Have to Have". 

Utah Cultural Celebration Center


Lavender Hill will be at Utah's Cultural Celebration Center for their 2010 Winter Market.
Handcrafted arts, music & dance, food and a Holiday tree exhibit.
Saturday, Dec 4, 10am - 8 pm.
Head through the Artist Alley into the World Bazaar to find us. Cash only, NOT a central check out.

1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, Utah culturalcelebration.org.

Holiday Display at Aunt Elsie's

If you are going to Gardner Village be sure to stop in at Aunt Elsie's.  We just set up our new display for the Holidays.  I think they just had their Midnight Madness sale on Saturday. I would have to double check but I think they are having a "buy one Christmas ornament and get the second free" and a couple other sales. 


I am a sucker for Snowmen and cute Santas.
There are a few at Aunt Elsie's.

New Things for the Holidays

Tea Paddy: Let your warm tea pot relax on this lavender filled tea paddy.

Lavender Toss: Toss into your drawer or your dryer to give your linens a fresh lavender fragrance.  Contains 3 pouches.  You can use them 4-5 times in your dryer (depending on the fabrics you are drying) Squeeze before each use.  You can even put them under your pet's bedding to calm them down and make it smell good.
Holiday Gift Set: Great for stocking stuffers. Lavender Chocolate, lip moisturizer and a lavender mini.  Available at the Holiday Boutiques.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Novemberfest - Logan

We are going North to Aggie country.  
is a 2 day indoor event, November 26-27.  
10:am - 6:pm each day. 
There will be hourly entertainment provided by local dancing and singing groups.  
This is NOT a central - check out (you pay at each booth) and is on 2 floors.  Cash only for our booth.
 If you go down to the bottom of this blog and click on this event it will give you a MAP option through Google Maps.
  See you there!

Candy Cane Lane

Here are a couple of pictures from this week's boutique.
Go under the sign and take a left at the STOP.  Curve around til you see all of the cars and the doors with bows and candy canes
Cameras are not allowed in the boutique, but while I was taking pictures of our booth I asked a lady if I could take a picture of her cute bell.  This is the boutique to go to if you want Christmas Do-Dads.
 Lavender Hill for the Holidays.
 Lavender Tea is great, "When It's Cold Outside". 
Two more days left.  

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I may just be a Flower Child....

but I can still fix a printer. 
My printer decided to have a persistant, "Carriage Jam". I scanned the internet for help and found 
http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/printer/54300. In all of the forums the printer parts were referred to by their technical names.  I wasn't sure what they meant. So for all of those out there like me, who are unfamiliar with the technical terms, I took pictures every step of the way. 

Yes, I know this has NOTHING to do with LAVENDER.  But without this printer, Lavender Hill would be up a little creek.  I print many of our labels and tags with this printer.  So I give you permission to scroll right past this post.  But I am telling you, if you have this "Carriage Jam" problem, you will be back.

Here is my printer.  I kept getting the error message, "Carriage jam".  The carriage would travel along the metal rod and make a knocking sound.  I thought that I was going to have to buy a new printer. To access the carriage and the things that need cleaning you have to lift the whole scanner part from the rest of the printer body. This is done the following way :
- you need a small torx screwdriver (F-10)
- put the printer before you and lift up the scanner cover so you can see the glass plate. At the right of this plate there are 2 screws, one at the front and one at the back corner of the printer. Remove them.
- now lift the scanner feeder lid on the left of the glass plate. You can only lift it up until it is at 45º, but then on the inside of this cover a small lip becomes visible. This lip locks the cover at its 45º degree position. If you pull it a bit towards you, you will be able to open the lid further until it stands at 90º. That is when 2 other screws become visible. Once again, one at the front and one at the back corner. Remove them. Take care not to remove any other screws on the scanner part.....
- once those 4 screws have been removed, you can lift the whole scanner part out of the printer and have access to the inner parts of it. Do it carefully because there are 2 cable ribbons that connect the scanner to the printer. This is Me lifting off the scanner to reveal the printer cables.
-Check how they are connected before removing them. The shorter one is a bit tricky to connect again but it works with a bit of patience. See the two printer ribbons.  One is 3/4" wide and the other about 1 1/2" wide. The ribbons pull OUT of the green mother board connections.
-Pinch and pull very softly.  When they are free this is what the ends look like.
- Set scanner portion aside and you are ready to start cleaning.
Here is the printer with the scanner portion removed and all of the inside revealed.
Here I am cleaning the silver rod that the carriage travels along.  Some suggestions that I read said that you had to, "Re-lubricate" this rod and to clean it with rubbing alcohol.  I just used a damp q-tip and I did not re-lubricate. I felt that because I didn't strip the rod with the alcohol it would be Ok. 
Here I think that I am cleaning the, "encoding strip" but I am not sure.  It is a thin, clear ribbon.  It has some build up on it.  The location of the build up was consistent with the blind spots on my documents where the ink was not right.
- Remove your ink cartridges, right below where the cartridges were are (2) filter sponges. The sponges may have excess ink piled on them, clean filters with a wet old rag til the clump is gone. Then, manually slide your ink carriage holder to the left side of the printer slowly to expose any hidden areas that may need cleaning.
- After cleaning is done, re-connect the printer ribbons.  This is where another set of hands would be helpful.  I rested the scanner portion of the printer vertically so to expose the ribbons.  Pulling the ribbons taunt I was able to insert the hard ends back into the slot connections on the mother board.
Once the ribbons were connected I set the scanner portion back in place with out replacing the screws.  I put the ink cartridges back in place and did a test run.  I wanted to make sure that everything worked before I screwed it all back together.  Here is my printer operating room.
And Viola, It works.  I placed the 4 screws back into place and started printing signs for the Kottage kupboard Boutique this weekend.
And now I am a happy gardener.

 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sale at Willard Bay Gardens

Now through December head on in to
 Willard Bay Gardens
Lavender Hill is having a sale.  30% off.


Ogden's Winter Market - Opens Today

Saturdays & Sundays

10am - 2pm 

At The Borrowed Earth Emporium. 

If you liked the Farmer's Market, you will love this. It will run through the winter inside Borrowed Earth. Coffee, Creps (new!!), Yoga, Wi-Fi, and your favorite local market friends!

 Lena writes:
Welcome to the home of Ogden’s Winter Market. Join us in welcoming Ogden’s local artisans to our shop on weekends through the winter months! Support your favorite artisan all year long starting Saturday November 13th.
Crepes, Etc will be on hand to serve you a delicious crepe while you peruse your favorite vendors merchandise.
9:00am every Saturday offers you the opportunity to try a FREE Beginner’s Yoga class in the studio upstairs.
We are hoping to grow this market so if you’re an artisan, please contact us at lena@borrowedearthemporium.com to get the details of the market.
Come enjoy family activities during the cold months of winter and warm up with coffee, crepes and the satisfaction and warm fuzzies that buying local gives you!! Stay tuned for more details…

Friday, November 12, 2010

They like us in NYC

 We love emails from you! This one came to us just this week. 

Hi Carli and Jackie,

The gifts were a smash hit in NYC!  EVERYONE commented how the dark chocolate was surprisingly refreshing and I believe everyone ate their entire bar in one day.  Those who also received the soap loved the lemongrass aroma and some said they couldn't decide if they'd use it as soap or to fragrance their drawers.

Thank you for helping me bring joy to my friends and colleagues back East.  I hope these gifts will help spread the word about your fantastic products.  I'll be sure to contact you again when I do more traveling.  The lavender worked like a charm!

Best regards,

Alexis

Monday, November 8, 2010

Candy Cane Lane - Lavender Hill

Lavender Hill is getting ready for
Kottage Kupboard's next boutique.
CANDY CANE LANE - Christmas Boutique.
Kottage Kupboard hosts 3-4 events every year at the Weber County Fair grounds. It's indoors (warm) and full of great gift giving ideas. 
 
Put it on your Calendar:
November 17th-20th
Wednesday: 1-8PM
(No Strollers 1-5pm, they are welcome for the rest of the show)
Thursday & Friday: 10AM - 8PM
Saturday: 10AM - 4PM


Friday, November 5, 2010

Mutton Hollow Country Barn

Get ready for the Country Barn!
Lavender Hill is there!
(We are on the main floor, not upstairs like I said)
Things that sparkle and smell good.
Holiday Lavender Soap
Lavender, Cinnamon, Cloves and Spice - in the gold.
Of course our display is guarded by our
Purple Nutcracker.
Lavender tea rests for the person who has everything.
Lavender Toss
You can use these in your dryer, drawer or pet bed. I like to put them in the dryer when I am drying my sheets.
The NEW eye pillows are here too. 
 They are all made out of the new purple suede.
Hanging the last wreath during set up.
Ta Da! Sharon said that our display was, "To pretty to be in a barn."
Day 2 of the boutique the power went out. 
On my way home I saw this...and you thought you were having a bad day?  This guy needs a hug.  Do you see the power pole resting on top of the truck?
All is well, Sharon has an RV with a generator.  It was not long before the extension cords were out and the registers were back up and running. 
2 more days of shopping.