Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Rate our pumpkin carving techniques! Which one do you like best, silly pumpkin face, princess castle or Ariel with shell cups. Can you guess which one my 6 year old carved?

Will weak tropical storm Noel send us gusty winds and rain out our Halloween? I have two princesses who are hoping otherwise.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Check out this new laser printing process Bug Zoo started doing on their girls jeans! Click on the jeans (left) to view larger size.

In terms of the laser printing, they use a laser to actually burn away the top layer of the fabric so that is brings our the color of the next layer of the fabric. (I forgot to ask how many layers a pair of jeans has.) This is a new concept and they are real excited to be adding it to their line this year. What's really neat is that this process will keep the flower design intact wash after wash, similar to their other processes that keep the colors intact on all their clothes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

My three words are "One Beautiful Night"! Never had we seen such a beautiful image that night and we're thankful to have had the opportunity to relax and actually enjoy it! This is my family one cool October night in Florida.

For more information on the 3 Word Project check out Becki's idea at BlogMommas.com.

"One Beautiful Night!"

Monday, October 22, 2007

I had two shows last week so I haven't posted in a while, basically tired. I think it's all the rain we are getting, giving me the blahs. Everyone I know is exhausted. My latest theory is that there is this (exhausting) virus out there just wearing everyone down but without being sick so you still have to go to work.

So getting back to my last post, I met Amber and we hit it off really well. In fact my husband was wondering where I was for so long. I came back inspired and ready to move, although in my tired and sluggish way - based on the virus I think I have ;-). I did work out today though and am ready to get back into that driven schedule I had before the school season started. For some reason I can't get it back.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Now that the stress is gone, I am left with this knot in my neck. I've been making my husband rub it ever so gently every night. It's almost gone now. So the issue I thought was number 3 but it turned out to be something else is actually number 4 now. So negative things don't always happen in 3's. That is an old wives tale as bad things can happen in any number I am finding out. Now don't get me wrong, all these issues were actually minor and all (but one I am still working on) have turned out in the end by making me either think outside the norm and be creative or basically try harder!

On a brighter note, Hooligans came out with a new logo. I added it to my website in the "About Us" section. There seems to be a blogger problem as I can't add the pic in here. I'll try later.

Catch you later as I am off to meet a fellow blogger who commented on my site here. We have similar interests as she is also a mompreneur of Ruffle Butts. She's bringing the ruffle back in baby's butts!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Today is day 20, the last day to submit the originals to customs. I called my customs contact at ABX Logistics to find out if perhaps he got the delivery a day early, which he did not of course. We checked tracking numbers only to see no information from Friday leaving South Africa. I love technology... I skyped my contact to see what she knew so she was on the phone immediately finding out what she could. According to their records, it has been delivered. I am now waiting to get confirmation from ABX that they have it and have forwarded it to customs. I still won't have peace of mind until customs clears this notice though.

On a good note, I may have made a new friend and fellow mommy entrepreneur today. Maybe we can swap ideas.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

So I found out the number 3 blow! as I stated before everything bad comes in sets of 3. Funny, but what I thought it might be (and could still very well be as I haven't confirmed it yet.) wasn't. So do I really know what my third blow is?

The first was a customs audit of one of last year's shipments that needs to have corrected visa docs or I will have to pay tariff on the shipment, the second is the late shipment coming in due to missing visa docs, and I think the third is the fact that I found out that the purchasing manager of one of my wholesale accounts is no longer working there (which means I have to resell this sale which I thought was a done deal).

You know, last week and earlier this week I was all nerves. Funny how each new day brings a sunnier day with a rainbow slowly forming to bring me out of the darkness I had put myself into. Issue one is hopefully resolved as the new docs are being shipped for arrival early next week within the due date of the customs notice, issue two the shipment is in (which allowed me to send out today a shipment to a zoo in California - their first one at that!). My third issue is still outstanding but I have a brighter outlook and confidence to pull it off.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Come and see the new awesome lines from Hooligans! One of my favorites is this Loving Africa Giraffe Dress (left). So cute for a play date or party. Also the boys shirts are great - check out my favorite, the Safari Bush Ride T (right). There is so much more so take a look - and the infant girls have a new bloomer dress set that I love even better than last years.