Saturday, February 26, 2011

Function meets Beauty

Treasures came in the mail...
 This dreamy jar is from no other than my bloggy BFF, 
Elyse of Cottage.
Pretty pink details
These pretty little treasures are where function meets beauty.
I now have these little beauties to make packing a prettier job!
When packing orders I was using a piece of tape to attach the
order to the box, but not anymore!
Its a little hectic here at Pansy Cottage and I really miss my blogland friends. The new Spring collection has had quite a demand, thank you to all of my supporters that believe in handmade in the U.S.A. Hopefully things will settle down soon and I will have time to catch up on all of your lovely posts.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

What Inspires You?

What inspires YOU?
I'll bet you have all kinds of amazing ideas for starting 
a small business whether it be a product or service.
Are you wondering how to start?

 Then come to Launch Your Creativity and be inspired.
This is a place for you to discover how to turn
your dreams of starting a business into a reality.

My first event will be held on April 9th, 2011

at the lovely Paris in a Cup Tea Salon.
I have assembled an amazing group of women that will

inspire you
 encourage you
 teach you

Join us on this exciting journey to discover how you can

Your ticket includes a fabulous luncheon
and tea, 5 guest speakers:

Jacqueline deMontravel, editor of
Romantic Homes Magazine: 
"Time management & creativity"
Chery Turner owner of
Paris in a Cup Tea Salon:

"Behind the scenes of a small business"
Cynthia Wadell owner of Heavenly Hostess: 
 "Creating brand identity"
Jenelle Van de Mortell owner of  
Van de Mortell Designs:  
"Reinventing yourself after Corporate America"

Sharon Hughes owner of  
Pansy Cottage & Garden: 
"Follow your dreams, anything IS possible"

*Meet & greet with all speakers
*Book signing  with Jacqueline deMontravel
*"How to find a product rep" by Lydia Reza
*gift bags and door prizes

For ticket information visit

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New for Spring

 Ive added some new pillows to my website. Surely they will stir the frilly side of you.
The corset collection would make a cute bridal shower gift.
You can see them here!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Designing A Business

Visit the new Launch Your Creativity blog and meet designer Debi Kennedy
Her enthusiasm for decor and all things lovely will inspire you.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

I went downtown!

Here's a few pictures of the fabric district in downtown L.A.
I love the architecture of these old buildings
Are you wondering whats with the collage thing I seem to be on?

I dont know...I gues Im just wanting to try something new!
Happy weekend to all of you!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday favorites

Happy Friday to you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Failure or a starting point?

In the spirit of yesterday's game, here's a bit of wisdom:

"Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal".
Mike Ditka, Professional football coach

When it comes to starting a business the thought of stepping out for all the world to see can be intimidating and to think that your failures will be public is enough to keep some from pursuing their goals. 
However, if you do not try you will never know what you are capable of.
One week after I launched my line at the L.A.Mart, my husband was in a serious accident.
Needless to say my world was turned upside down. Because of the nature of his injuries I knew our lives would not resemble anything close to normal for quite some time. 

I thought about the loan I had taken to start my business and my first thought was to just give the money back and put the dream on hold. But it was my sweet husband that said to me,"If you don't try you will never know what could have happened". And then he added,"You have the potential to really go somewhere with this."

That was all I needed. I decided to take his advice and stay on course. 
It wasn't easy but what in life that has rewards is? 
About two weeks after he came home from the hospital I received a phone call  from
the J.Johnson Showroom with an offer to represent my line.
And that was the first of many surprises that has pushed me to continually reach for my goals.
There have of course been other obstacles to overcome that are par for the course when producing a product but there are always countless ways to overcome the obstacles.
It is important to keep perspective and surround yourself with quality people that share in your vision. 
Those are two tried and true keys to success.

So I leave you with the cry from the field, "Never surrender"
You may short change yourself of a beautiful dream.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Friday!

Hello Bloggettes!
I hope all of you (especially those of you slammed with snow) are having a great day.
Look at the picture above. 
Take a moment to notice the calm water,
the beautiful colors, the tranquility. 

I know many of you are struggling with various things life throws at you....
put all of that out of your mind and picture yourself right next to the water.
Take a few deep breaths, 
Now repeat after me..
My circumstances do NOT define who I am!
Repeat as necessary.
I just wanted to encourage all of you and let you know that
you are amazing,
you are talented,
you have beautiful gifts that are yours exclusively! 
wishing you a peaceful day.