Before & After Furniture Edition

We love unique furniture and giving pieces new life here at Personify Shop. Our desire is to fill your home and life with an eclectic mix of old and new. Here’s a look at the before and after of a current antique piece at the shop that exemplifies the Personify Shop ideal of personalizing your world.

BEFORE: We found this sad settee at one of our favorite places to find unique items. The intricate carved wood at the bottom was too interesting to pass up. We had never seen a piece like it. But the fabric was dismal and the cushion was drooping and saggy. We knew it needed some love and refurbishment.

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AFTER: We had the upholstery redone in a gorgeous citron yellow velvet fabric. We took the badly done cushion off, added cushion to the the seat itself, and voila! This settee is perfect for dining, a bedroom, a hallway, or living room. The antique charm and intricate design of the carved wooden legs makes this piece truly unique. The color and fabric choice modernizes the piece a bit and makes it pop. The pillows in the picture are also available here.

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If you’re interested in the piece for your home, please call us at 706-782-0388.

 

 

A Tribute To Mom /// and Business Partner

Monet's "The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil," 1880

Monet’s The Artist’s Garden at Vetheuil, 1880

I’ll never be able to give back everything that was given to me by my mom, but  I wish I could in some ways. I hope my children one day say the same of me.

I wish I could send her a note in her lunchbox every day saying  “I love you, have the best day ever.”

I wish I could go to her tennis matches, basketball games, and cross country meets even though I know she hates them.

I wish I could take her to the hospital every damn time she has strept throat.

I wish I could let her crawl into bed with me when she is scared.

I wish I could do these things, and many many more, because she did all these things for me.

My friends are starting to become mothers and I’m learning that this is what Motherhood (and parenthood in general) is: giving it all without getting much back. I hope though that I can give back some of the all-in love I had as a child now in our adult relationship.

I hope my mom knows she has someone on her team on the days when it seems like everyone else is on a different team.

I hope my mother can see me give my life away to my kids as she did for me.

I hope my husband and I can honor her in ways she has never been honored before.

I hope we can invite her over for dinner and feed her 1/1000 of the times she has fed me.

I hope Basil always gets excited when I tell her we are going to see her “Loppy.”

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! We love you so much. I love you so much.

Lunchbox Love Note
By Kenn Nesbitt

Inside my lunch
to my surprise
a perfect heart-shaped
love note lies.

The outside says,
“Will you be mine?”
and, “Will you be
my valentine?”

I take it out
and wonder who
would want to tell me
“I love you.”

Perhaps a girl
who’s much too shy
to hand it to me
eye to eye.

Or maybe it
was sweetly penned
in private by
a secret friend

Who found my lunchbox
sitting by
and slid the note in
on the sly.

Oh, I’d be thrilled
if it were Jo,
the cute one in
the second row.

Or could it be
from Jennifer?
Has she found out
I’m sweet on her?

My mind’s abuzz,
my shoulders tense.
I need no more
of this suspense.

My stomach lurching
in my throat,
I open up
my little note.

Then wham! as if
it were a bomb,
inside it reads,
“I love you—Mom.”

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176554

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Mother's Day Guft Guide 2015

1. Rifle Paper Co Weekly Desk Planner $12 || 2. Barr-Co Oatmeal Hand and Body Cream $25 || 3. The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney $35 || 4. Ali and Bird Saffron Shell with Lapis Necklace $110 || 5. Tammy Lopez Original Painting “Pastel Cove” $545 || 6. Pehr Designs Mustard Poppy Bin $40

Now, moms should feel special all year long, but, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show your mom how much you really appreciate her. I’ve come up with my top picks for Mother’s Day that work in any budget. As I told a friend the other day that said, “I don’t usually get my mom anything for Mother’s Day (lol)”… It’s about time to start & I bet your mom doesn’t think that’s funny! (it was a boy, obvi)

1. I don’t know anyone who needs to be more organized than Mom so help her out with this gorgeous and pretty in pink weekly deskpad planner from Rifle Paper Co. There are 52 easy tear off pages. Not only can Mom keep track of weekly meetings, appointments, and events, but she can jot down notes, phone calls, and lists.

2. Help Mom feel luxurious with this amazing Oatmeal Hand and Body Cream from Barr-Co Bath & Body.  The cream is made with shea butter, colloidal oatmeal, natural botanicals, aloe leaf juice, and other ingredients known to moisturize skin (yummy). It’s even perfect for moms to be.

3. Not much to say about The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney other than IT”S AMAZING and I would be happy to get this present any day of the year. She has amazing taste and style. The homes have so much personality and offer many hours of eye candy perusing. Not a book your Mom would love? Check out our growing selection of books.

4. We just launched the entire Ali & Bird Spring 2015 collection online and this necklace is one of my favorites. I love the color combination and it’s perfect for spring, summer, and even fall.

5. Your Mom needs this amazing Tammy Lopez original to hang on her wall (definitely my favorite to date)! The soft pastel color palette is perfect for Mother’s Day. WOW your Mom with this amazing, one of a kind, piece of art. Call 706-782-0388 for more information.

6. These Pehr Designs bucket bags/linen storage baskets are both versatile and stylish. Help Mom keep the house clean and organized with this lovely Mustard Poppy bin.

If you think Mom would rather pick out her own gift, we now offer gift cards both online and in store! Stop by to purchase an in-store card:

Personify Shop Gift Cards

Or even easier: Order one online below, print off, and bam! Mom will be a very happy camper. Remember, we have free shipping on most items when order exceeds $50.

Personify Shop online gift certificate

And now that the stress of finding a gift is over, let the Mom celebrating begin!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2015

valentines day gift guide 2015 personify shop1. Pehr Designs Coral Wave Tote $38 || 2. Rifle Paper Co “Je T’Aime” Floral Card $4.5 || 3. In2Green Serape Throw $165 || 4. Votivo Pink Mimosa Scented Candle $26 || 5. Tarina Tarantino Sugar Cookie Strudel Earrings $32

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorites holidays for many reasons. I love candy, pink, red, puppies, cards, flowers, chocolate, dessert, hearts, and did I mention pink? I’ve curated some of my favorite “pink” items from our store that would make perfect Valentine’s gifts for your lovely girlfriend, wife, mom, sister, (or your lovely self 😉 ).

1. I have one of these Pehr Designs totes and love how versatile it is. I take it grocery shopping, on weekend trips, to the airport, to the gym, to the post office, ANYWHERE. It’s also great because you can fold it up pretty small in your suitcase and take with you on a trip so you can fill it up with all your goodies for the trip back.

2. Rifle is one of my favorite product lines we carry. The gorgeous designs often feature painted florals and handwritten typography, like this Je T’Aime Card. What better way to say “I Love You” than in French???

3. In2Green Blankets were very  popular this year for Christmas presents, but this Serape throw is a perfect transition blanket from Winter to Spring. The hint of pinky coral makes it both pretty and versatile. Leave as a throw for your couch or put at the end of a bed to add some extra style and warmth.

4. Votivo makes the loveliest candles. The fragrances are balanced perfectly and leave the freshest scents in your home or office. Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” more than this Pink Mimosa candle that features the fragrance of strawberries, mimosas, and vanilla rum.

5. I think Valentine’s Day is not only about love, it’s about fun! These Tarina Tarantino Strudel earrings from the Sugar Cookie Collection are definitely very fun.  They are perfect for spring and summer, and will leave you smiling with the bright colors and floral design.

Now here are a couple more ways to say “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day:

i love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck

Hello Beautiful Wooden Sign

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These handmade and hand painted signs will be available online in the next few days. You can call 706-782-0388 or email maddie@personifyshop.com for more information or we can take your order over the phone.

-Maddie

Amanda Blair Dexheimer Pottery

Inspired by Artists at Personify Shop: Amanda Blair Dexheimer Ceramics

Interview with ceramics artist Amanda Blair Dexheimer

Amanda Blair Dexheimer Pottery


Personify Shop talks with Amanda about inspiration, business, artistry, and ceramics.

When we first started thinking about opening a shop we wanted a mix of handmade, vintage, and newly produced items to share the way we have tried to make our own lives beautiful. Our motto of “personalizing your world” is really about the search and dedication it takes to bring special things into your home and world. We strive to put the same care into our curated selection of items in Personify Shop as we have in our own lives.

Mandy, known as Amanda Blair Dexheimer Studio, was introduced to us by a friend and as soon as we saw the pictures of her pieces we knew we had to have some at Personify Shop. Her pieces are spectacularly unique and we really appreciate her attention to detail in her work. We now have the privilege of having some of her work online so we can showcase it to a broader audience. I was really excited about this blog post because I wanted to share a glimpse into the thoughts and processes of the artist behind the work. We are so happy to be partnering with her on this new journey!

Check out her pieces online at personifyshop.com or come visit in person… they are even more beautiful! Enjoy today and be inspired.

How long have you been making pottery?

I have been making pots formally for about ten years.  I did take a few pottery classes in college but it was always just a fun, experimentation type thing.  I will say that I met and started purchasing my first porcelain pots when I was twelve.  That is where my love of the medium began for sure.  Ian and Jo Lydia Craven made the most inspiring tableware in the mountains of North Carolina and as that relationship began little did I know I was meeting two of my greatest friends and mentors in hand building.  She was the artist and creative mind as far as design and hand building and he was a scientist which translated into the most intense and technical glazing.   Ian and I still talk about once a month.  My pottery love certainly started there, but I would also just say I knew I wanted to be an artist that young.

Amanda Blair Dexheimer Pottery

What is your favorite part of the creative process?

My favorite part of the process is letting go.  Not having an expectation, just an idea.  I just think we try and make things work and it does not often go well for me.  When I am uninhibited and unbridled the results are always so unique and speak the most of who I am and what I want to bring to the table.  It almost does not make sense unless you know me.  I just think my imagination runs wild and although it needs to be reeled in just a little to be translated it is captured best in the moment.  It is why there is always a common component when you see my work, but it is always changing.  You can certainly tell it is mine, and yet it rarely stays just the same.  That is why I make a collection and yet allow myself the freedom to interpret and change elements every time.  Some call it the inability to focus, for me it is the positive element that keeps my work new and my passion and creativity are always evolving.  There is always room for growth, I never want to assume I have just figured it out.  I am always interested in learning more.

Amanda Blair Dexheimer's Pottery Forming in Action

Amanda Blair Dexheimer's Handmade Printed Tumblers

How has your education impacted your art and business?

I believe in both formal and life education.  I say that only because I do not believe I would be who I am with out both.  Formally I studied at Flagler College and TUFTS  School of the Museum of fine Art and I  hold a degree in Fine Art with a minor in business.  My sweet business+minded father strongly suggested I have something to fall back on in my undergraduate studies.  I always studied business begrudgingly, but have to confess it is one of the many things that sets me apart in the art world.  I said if I could create beautiful art and not write a contract or negotiate my terms with a gallery, what good was a beautiful piece of art with no representation.  I love the business of art.  I am very thankful for the encouragement by my dad to make it a priority, but I did not realize that until much later in life.  I would also say that the lessons and mentors I have had throughout my life count for just as much.  Certainly working in and out of the a Cravens studio, a summer at Penland School of Crafts, and all the incredible artists I have the privilege of gleaning from daily have just as much if not more to do with shaping my aesthetics in artistic process.   Daily business is truly just a culmination of all my life’s work, skills and influence.  You can’t minimize or take away anything, even the mistakes.

Amanda Blair Dexheimer Birds Nest Bowl  Amanda Blair Dexheimer Olive Branch Dinner Plate Sets

What inspires you?

Wow, I will try to keep this short.  My kids, nature, history, people, community, color, love, texture, boundaries all inspire me.  Mostly it is life that inspires my work.  Sometimes the beautiful qualities and simplicity and other times it’s pain and what I don’t understand or my own limitations.  My mind is never at a lack for ideas but there are some that I just have to see taken to full fruition.  I think that is why I am not just simply a potter, because I am inspired by so very many beautiful things and people.  I believe you have a born drive to do things with integrity and be your best always.  One hundred percent is not good enough for me and I am driven to pull up my boot straps and try again.  You have to care about all the details, and I truly do.  The fine details, the integrity and thought behind something, this inspire me.
 Amanda Blair Dexheimer Fine Art Still Life Platter

What does a day in the life of Mandy look like?

Constant prayer.  I get up early because of the kiddos.  We home school and spend the morning talking and learning.  We cook from scratch around here and so at some point prep for our family dinner begins.  There is quiet for about an hour mid day because I think it is imperative that everyone slows down and turns off everything.  In the afternoon when my husband gets home from teaching we trade roles and I get my time in the studio.  It is usually late afternoon that I also unwind at the gym.  I am truly a mother first and I create as time allows.  I have to say I would have never sewn or crafted small items if I was not squished for time.  I just grab what is there and have a creative hiatus when ever possible.  Those are usually the most intuitive and inspirational pieces for me.  The kids work alongside me a lot.  It is very special and I do not know what I would do without the support of my husband and kids.  I am invested in them 100% when we are together but when I work I get very focused and they let me!  Getting to do what I love everyday is such a blessing.  It is still hard work you have to be very driven.
 Amanda Blair Dexheimer's vintage decals

What is your process for starting a new collection?

When I start a new collection I sketch and collect lots of information.  I research and the mundane becomes very important.  I like to be very specific about what is going to be new and yet I can’t have a box around me so even within a collection things vary and change.  Let’s just say cookie cutter is not my thing but the business minded part of me knows that there must also be some kind of consistency.  I think about what people want and the feedback I get from my collectors and followers about what they use and need most.  Sometimes I make or add something to the collection because I want something and cannot find it.  The history and timelessness of ceramics intrigues me so I spent a lot of time looking at different methods of building and the history behind shapes, colors etc.  Every element you find in my work is usually a very intentional detail.
 Amanda Blair Dexheimer Recliner Series: Spoons

What do you hope for in making and selling your art pieces?

I hope that it ends up in the right hands when I make and sell something.  Each piece that comes out of the studio was intended for someone to love and enjoy.  There are very few things that I keep an that is because I believe it belongs to someone.  I hope they live with it and don’t just put it on a shelf, I hope it inspires them every time they see it.  I hope it is seen and loved  with the same intention it was made.  When I read this question I specifically think of the words you can find on the bottom of some of our wares.  In everything I do, my main hope is to encourage others.  Mostly, I hope my work inspires and encourages others.
Amanda Blair Dexheimer's inpsiring Pottery

Do you have a favorite piece you ever made?

My favorite piece is actually a flag I made out of vintage fabric remnants.  It is made off a template of the American Flag but says LOVE ONE ANOTHER in the corner instead.  It made a huge impact on my neighbors as it hung by my front door and still flies, though weathered, for special events like our MAKER weekend.  I truly love vintage scraps and I love making something out of nothing with lots of layers and texture.  Rings true in my work no matter what medium I find myself using.

Amanda Blair Dexheimer's fabric work

Thanks Mandy!!!!

Personify Shop's selection of Amanda Blair Dexheimer's Pottery

Rifle Paper Co Paper Products

Rifle Paper Co at Personify Shop

Rifle Paper Co Paper Products

Rifle Paper Co

Rifle Paper Co at Personify Shop

Rifle Paper Co was one of the product lines we knew we had to carry when we opened our shop. We believe strongly in handwritten notes and thank yous, journal keeping, sharing recipes, and writing down your grocery list… It’s one of the best ways to personalize your world- our motto!  Rifle’s paper products allow you to do all of things on gorgeous designs.

You’ll recognize Rifle’s classic flower designs which have become very popular in shower and wedding invitations. Rifle Paper Co was founded by husband and wife team Anna and Nathan Bond in 2009 and has grown tremendously in the past 4+ years. Anna’s illustrations and designs have molded the unique aesthetic and instantly recognizable prints featured on all the products.

I have always had to have paper products around to stay organized, even in this highly digital age. We even created our own stationary to send thank you notes to our customers – just because! Rifle’s designs are not only useful for staying organized (something I always highly suggest to my husband ;)), but they are the most beautiful paper products ever. I’ve had many people buy cards just to frame and hang them.

Here’s a few of my favorite Rifle products, available on www.personifyshop.com:

Rifle Paper Co Synchronized Swimmers Happy Birthday Card

Rifle Synchronized Swimmers

This card is one of our top sellers! It’s a lovely and fun way to say “Happy Birthday” to a guy or gal, someone young or old. The girls are so stylish and classy… This one is headed for the frame! It even comes with a metallic gold envelope.

Rifle Paper Co When Life Gives You Lemons Greeting Card

When Life Gives You Lemons Greeting Card

This is my personal favorite… What better way to cheer someone up with a vase full of fresh flowers and this lighthearted card. The gorgeous illustration of flowers and a glass of lemonade just emanates cheery and sunnier days for someone that needs a pick me up. The gold foil lettering is another special detail.

Rifle Paper Co Jardin Weekly Planner Desk Pad

Jardin Desk Pad

Desk pads are my favorite way to stay organized… you can write down your week’s appointments or jot down phone messages, shopping lists, and to do lists! The easy tear off pages make this desk pad even more versatile. And the best part is it’s outlined with a fantastic jungle garden illustration.

Rifle Paper Co Lemon Recipe Cards

Rifle Paper Co Lemon Recipe Cards

Ok, so I know that when someone wants a recipe these days they just go to their food board on Pinterest (I am all about that!) BUT I know you have those tried and true recipes that you don’t want to lose or that you want to share… These cards are the perfect and loveliest way to do that! Buy a pretty box (we have lots 🙂 ) and keep your favorite recipes safe and personal. It can be something you pass down. It would also be the best gift … write down your twelve favorite recipes, wrap in some pretty packaging, and give to that very lucky friend who appreciates your cooking.

 

We also have Rifle journals, stationary packs, notepads, and more greeting cards. Make that special someone actually feel special with a hand written note, recipe, or gift from Rifle Paper Co at Personify Shop.

Visit our physical location at 8452 Old 441 South, Lakemont, GA, 30552 if you’re in the area or shop online at personifyshop.com!

Maddie

Pendleton Blankets and Towels for Fall

We LOVE Pendleton here at Personify Shop and are so excited to see the Fall 2014 catalog. Pendleton Wool & Blankets was one of the first product lines we knew we had to carry here at Personify Shop! The gorgeous patterns, colors, and materials that make us drool over their products have the spotlight in the new catalog. Fall is the perfect time to rock the classic vintage Pendleton patterns but in their bold modern colors!

We carry some of our favorite Pendleton products at Personify Shop. Message us on FB or call at 706-782-0388  and we can process your order over the phone.

Pendleton Patterned Beach Towels

The Pendleton Beach towels are a Personify Shop favorite! The GIANT dimensions and to die for feel (not to mention the fabulous patterns and colors) make it hard to use any other beach towel. They could even be used for a super luxurious bathroom set .

Pendleton Patterned Campnig Blankets

The Pendleton camping blankets are a classic wool material with a vintage, but still modern look. Another Personify Shop favorite!

Here’s a look at our newest shipment of Pendleton Beach Towels (we even have the classic Glacier Park stripe):

Personify Shop's Pendleton Spider Rock TowelsSpider Rock Towel with The Plains Star Towel

Personify Shop's Pendleton Towels Journey WestThe Journey West Towel with the Plains Star Towel

Personify Shop's Pendleton Towels The Plains Star Towel with the classic Glacier Stripe Towel

Rock some Pendleton in your outdoor adventures this fall and you will sure to be stylish AND comfortable.