Well it’s officially the holiday season at the Besotted Brand headquarters. I thought I would have a week to get ready, but orders from around the globe are coming in for holiday.  Did you read that?  Around the globe!  I am out of my mind with excitement whenever I get an order from another country.  Please don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled by the beautiful U.S. of A clients (that’s a given) but I am astonished that people in places like Singapore, Sweden, New Zealand, Brazil, Great Britain, Australia and Israel know about my little ol’ shop.  It sets my heart a flutter, that, and I am still trying to figure out my shipping mojo. Really, it’s not that I have a million orders, it’s just that it takes me a little bit  longer than the average bear to wrap everything up.  I am hoping to get magically faster by this next round of send outs. 

I have a handy man coming over tomorrow to give me a quote on installing a couple desks like this in my studio. If it’s a good price I will stain them a darker brown than the example.  I need a bar height one desperately so I can pack orders (no fun getting a hump back now is it?) I have an idea for a larger piece that will go in the middle of the room. I really liked the idea of this craft table (alas no room and no budget for it).  I was planning to DIY this piece myself but I don’t want to be stuck with an unfinished project in the middle of my teeny, tiny space. If it is all a go I promise to take some after shots. Anyone try to make a desk before?


It’s hard to beat a goat in a silk scarf for a Monday morning post, right?  I am glad this photo by the talented Jenny Alcala was in the new Matchbook Magazine, because it kills two birds with one stone (oh, gosh please remind me to never use that saying again, it’s quite ghastly). I didn’t want to forget this week to mention that the new Matchbook was out (love that little tome) and of course I always like to start the week off with a little bit o’ cute, so here I have them both in one post–brilliant.  On another note, I am still on my honeymoon (mentally), I lost my car at an outdoor mall parking lot yesterday and it just so happened to be during a torrential downpour, great. I am also abnormally exhausted, I think it could be a bit of depression from having to come home from one of the most beautiful spots on earth. I promise to get you all caught up with everything soon. Hopefully my brain is willing to cooperate. For those wondering, I did finally find my car.


P.S. If you are reading this after 1 p.m. Pacific time, this Miss is now a Mrs. unless of course one of us becomes a runaway bride or groom. I have already checked and the Fancy promised he wasn’t going anywhere, changing his mind or wishing I was a Brazilian Supermodel (he might prefer I be more into sports, but that’s never going to happen).


I kindly asked begged for some marriage advice from the Mrs.(s) out there that I admire. Some have been married for many moons and others for just a short + sweet amount of time.  I hope you enjoy reading their advice as I get ready to make the Fancy an honest man tomorrow.  I am a bit out of my tree with last minute rushing (hmm? It’s not like I didn’t have six years to figure this out or anything…) Until next week, I bid you adieu.


When Danni of Oh, Hello Friend asked me to be a guest at her Lovely Package Workshop I immediately said yes. Then I got ill thinking about driving on the highway (not my favorite part of living in the City of Angels), then I got excited to be able to hang out with Miss Danni for the evening (she’s like Tinkerbell come to life). Lauren Elise of the Lauren Elise Crafted blog will also be a guest and I am always up for getting some new packaging chops, you?  This is what you will learn from moi, to cheat.  Yes, cheat. Not in a bad way in a glorious way. I am wrapping challenged so I have created ways to present a package/gift that people will be wildly impressed with but will be no sweat off your pretty little nose. Heck, bring a couple things to wrap, so you can get that off of your holiday to-do list.  It should be a ton of fun.  I hope to see you there!
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