Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays... It's a wrap!

Classic Car Christmas is available at Danizabeth's shop on Etsy!


Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! With the holiday hustle and bustle behind us... I am taking a break... to spend some quality time with my family and friends. I will return the end of January... with new product, pictures and...oh so hoping my website will be done soon! (I am working in Jan. of course!) Enjoy your holiday...I know I will! See you next year...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Down the Rabbit Hole

Alice in Wonderland- available at Champignons Etsy shop





I am feeling abit like Alice who fell down the rabbit hole. I began my journey online about 5 months ago...feeling very lost... confused...and small (from my lack of experience!) All the while trying to absorb every morsel there was, finding all kinds of interesting things along the way...wanting very much to go home...I kept trying and trying...and trying... Soon I found so many other artists that were in the same hole as I was...and so many others willing to help...so if I can just say...






hold on to your dreams...



don't be afraid to look back...



just keep moving forward ...



things do get better (soon you will be bigger!)



and you will grow much richer from your experience...






I have just begun this journey in Wonderland and have so much more to learn...still trying to reach the key to the door! I am mesmerized by the talent and the helpful friends that I have found along the way (thank you) and I look forward to what awaits me on the other side...









Friday, October 23, 2009

Good News, Bad News





































The good news is... I finished my first set of jewelry pieces for my retail store and I took some quick photos. I've done jewelry for along time but haven't created anything in a few years. I was going to take better photos to post on my blog as promised, but I put my jewelry board up in the store(adding new in my store for the holidays)...I sold almost all of them!..

OK, so its not bad news that I sold them already, the bad news is I didn't get better photos! So here are my reference photos so you can see...I am currently working on more jewels to fill my board again!

The board I used was an old bulletin board I had laying around being unused, painted the frame and covered the cork in a great heavy woven linen...the board looks great for display, but not so good for taking photos of the jewelry. I hope you enjoy seeing how I am reusing what I have!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Special Sale



With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be a great time to redo my shop. So, I am running my first-ever sale to all of my Facebook fans and blog followers first ...to thank you and to help me make room for all of my new designs! All handbags are $10.00 off this week only. Just go to my Etsy shop and contact me for your reserved listing today! A great opportunity to dress up your fall wardrobe or a gift for that someone special .

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Looks at Cecil and Co.


We are very excited about our great new fall line...Here is a sneak peek at some of our favorites! More coming soon...let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

White Owl-Recycled/Repurposed Jewelry


Ohhh so lovely, I thought as I ran across this jewelry from White Owl while on Flickr the other day. I found myself just staring at it, wanting more. I decided I needed to know more about the artists and asked for an interview.

The artists are sisters Courtney and Christina Spivak. They create beautiful jewelry pieces using new and recycled/repurposed materials and put them into fabulous vignettes. Courtney has a background in film and teaches film at Wayne State University. Christina has a degree in art and a background in commercial photography and styling. What a fabulous combination!

Cecil:How did you get started in your line of work?

WO:We have been collaborating on creative projects forever, and started making jewelry together a couple of years ago. We only started our Etsy shop after people started to inquire about purchasing online.

Cecil:Do you do this full-time?

WO:Although Courtney still teaches full time, White Owl is fast becoming a full time job for Christina because business is really picking up.

Cecil:What is your favorite piece in your shop?

WO: It's so hard to choose a favorite piece! Usually whatever we are creating at a given time becomes our new favorite.

Cecil:Do you have any advice for other artists who are just getting started?

WO:Our advice to other artists is to make what they love. It seems like there is a market for everything and someone to appreciate what you are creating. It may take time to find your target audience, but they are out there!

Cecil:Tell us something interesting about yourselves that we may not already know.

WO:We love baking and have spent a good deal of time trying to create the perfect brownie!

Thanks so much Courtney and Christina for taking the time out of your busy schedule to let me post my very first interview! I love your work and I am sure my readers will as well. You can also read their blog as well.





Monday, August 3, 2009

Shopping for Fabric





I ran across these photos the other day that I wanted to share of my last shopping trip for fabrics. What a hoot! My best friend and I in Chicago shopping for what we love most...mmmm fabrics...one can never have enough, just like purses. When I picked her up from the airport,(we were laughing) we had the same Cecil and Co. purse. We bought so much that day that I had to squeeze myself into the back seat, ohhh that was a very uncomfortable ride home but exhaustion never felt so good! My next trip is coming up soon...I can't wait.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

What's in a name?




Cecil and her Dad...
Everyone asks me..."Where did the name come from?". When I was a little girl my favorite show was Beany and Cecil -the puppet show ( now I am showing my age) and my Dad nicknamed me Cecil. It stuck and he still calls me that. So when I needed to name my handbag business , I decided to call it Cecil and Company, USA...Cecil -meaning me, and company- for those who were behind the scenes helping me and USA -because each bag is made right here in the USA.( I thought my dad would get a kick out of that.)
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