Thursday, December 20, 2012

Beautiful Frost Design Inspiration

It's nearly Christmas!  We are sure that your craft rooms are buzzing with last minute Holiday preparations.  Snowflakes are in the forecast for this afternoon so we thought it would be fun to share some beautiful frost inspired cards from Linda.  

Aren't those snowflakes amazing?!  These unique decorations were crafted using the Snowflake Die from Impression Obsession.

Stop by the shop today to see these beautiful creations in person!  While your there, enjoy 25% off of our gift section (excluding consignment and BeJeweled items).  It's not too early to start thinking about Valentine's- here's a peak at one of the beautiful cards designed by Linda for this special Holiday.  December 26th would be the perfect day to stock up on frost paper and our new Valentine collections... For this day only, enjoy 40% off your entire purchase!*

We wish you happy crafting adventures over the next couple of days!

*excludes new Hero Arts stamp sets, Artisan's Attic, BeJeweled, ReCreate, and consignments

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Interview with Susan, Robyn, and Linda

We are concluding our blog series introducing you to the faces of Checkered Cottage with a special interview with the dream team: Susan, Robyn, and Linda.  These amazing ladies share a glimpse into all the magic that goes into this this special store.

Spotlight on Susan, Robyn, and Linda

How it all Started:

Way back in the early 90s (1990s)!!, Robyn and Linda worked at a little shop in Kirkwood called Stenciled Duck and Susan was a regular customer.  The 3 became friends and in early 1999 when  The Duck closed, Susan took the opportunity to reopen her own shop in their vacated space with Robyn as manager and Linda as designer.   

The Name Game:

What to call this new little endeavor??  Susan wanted it to have a cozy feel, so  'cottage' would work and at that time country checkerboard was all the rage, soooooooooooo Checkered Cottage was born!!!!!   

In the Beginning.......

The main focus of the Cottage in the beginning was wall stencils, and wood kits along with a few templates, a little card stock and some candles.  My how things have changed!!  Stencils and wood have given way to an extensive hand picked line of paper crafting supplies, a wide selection of classes taught by the best teachers in town, a beautiful gift line, and a one of a kind area called ReCreate for resale and purchase of gently used craft items.  Change has been good!!

We Get Inspired by....

Our customers!   We listen a lot to their needs and the ideas they share with us.  Inspiration also comes from attending CHA for our paper lines and our buying trips to Chicago for our gift line.  Our reps are fantastic as they get the latest and the greatest to us in a timely fashion.
Our Travels: 

Most memorable was being invited by Lasting Impressions to attend their Top Brass weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah  January 2006.  One evening we had dinner at the top of a ski run via a sleigh ride up to a restaurant called The Snowed Inn.  WOW!!
Craziest by far trip was our CHA adventure out in Anaheim, CA.  Attended the show all day and at night took that rental car out cruising the streets. Oh, the sights we saw  -  'nuff said!!

Business and Pleasure:

It's great that our personalities are alike... but it's really our differences that keep things fresh and always changing.  These differences help us to see things in a broader view here in the store and on our buying trips.  Three good friends working together for over 13 years continues to be great fun!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Interview with Laura

This post is part of a new series on the blog with a focus on introducing you to the fabulous faces of Checkered Cottage. We thought it would be fun to pick their brain about crafting and life in general!

Spotlight on Laura

Laura makes jewelry at Checkered Cottage.  She has been in love with jewelry ALL of her life  (just ask Linda)!  Her addiction with crafting started around 10 years ago- to the point that her husband told her that she needed to get rid of some of the beads she was collecting.  So, she took him up on his idea and has been making and selling ever since.

What inspires you?

My family 

What are some of your "go-to" supplies for crafting?

Beads, beads, and more beads... I have more beads than Carter's got pills!

What is your favorite crafting technique?

I love working with silver... and would love to work with diamonds!

How would you describe your crafting style?


How long have you been creating beautiful jewelry?

9 years

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Anywhere there's antiques!

What is your favorite snack to munch on while making jewelry?

Ice cream!

Favorite song of the moment?

Anything by The Beatles

When you aren't teaching classes at Checkered Cottage, how do you spend your time?

Taking care of my family, pre-school teaching, and attending bead shows.  When I go to a bead show, I feel like a KID IN A CANDY STORE!  My heart races and I can't wait to get to the tables fast enough.

What do you love most about Checkered Cottage?


Thanks Laura, we are happy to have you as part of the Checkered Cottage Team! Here is a peak at one of her gorgeous jewelry designs:

Stop by the shop today to see all of her inspiring creations.  A necklace or pair of earrings would make a perfect Christmas gift for that special someone on your list!

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