Adventures in Curtsyland!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pretty Poms!!

Curtsyland has been crowded the past several days! Danielle, the captain, son Josh & myself have been crowded into the back room with our capable trainer Craig, learning the operation of our new Baurdan Embroidery/Monogramming Machine. Our heads are crammed full of information and we've even been able to produce some very cool sample pieces (pictures to follow next week). We'll soon be ready to offer personalization or monogramming on many of the items in Curtsyland.

If you've been in the store during the past month, you are sure to have noticed the giant Pom Poms that Danielle created to add color to some of our displays. We have been inundated with requests to sell them!! As you know that our main goal in life is to make our customers happy, we are now ready to do just that. They come in 3 sizes and are available to hang from the ceiling or mount on the wall, in a variety of colors and patterns.

It's the end of summer and even though they won't admit it, the kids are beginning to get bored. If you've got plans for that one last trip to the cabin, or camping before school, you may want to take along something to get their mind back into gear. Animated Origami will help them make birds with flapping wings, frogs that hop, teeth that chatter! A fluttering butterfly and a cleverly folded sycamore seed that spins through the air! This set contains 120 sheets of brightly coloured origami paper and a full-colour 24 page book with detailed folding instructions for 10 models. You might even find yourself having as much fun as the kids with this little box of coolness.


Curtsy Mama

Mary Jo

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Something New

Our embroidery machine has arrived!!!! We are so very excited to start playing with it. Silly as it seems...being trained by a professional is a must before we start adorning everything in sight with initials & crowns & hearts & skulls. Said professional will be here at Curtsyland with us on Thursday & Friday. We will keep you all up to date as our thread skillz develop!

Something else to be excited for...Max, Bernard, Moishe & Sipi are coming to Curtsy Bella! Where the Wild Things are has always been an absolute favorite of mine. Curtsy Mama & I have been anxiously anticipating the Spike Jonze film adaptation, which comes out in October I believe. We have the book and all of the characters on their way to the store, so stay tuned.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Such Delicious Finds!!

We got back from New York last night, about 8 hours ahead of our luggage! Kudos to Danielle for waiting up for it, I was just too tired to care. We had a fabulous time at the New York Gift Show and wrote oodles of orders for so many new lusts. It was Danielle's B-day on Saturday, the day we left and the Captain had told her that one of her presents ended up getting shipped late and was going to be delivered to her in New York. Imagine her surprise when the "gift" turned out to be the Captain himself! He had been planning this little surprise for months (I was his willing accomplice) and after spending all day Saturday and Sunday training with his Army Reserve Unit, he hopped on the red-eye and flew all night to arrive in New York on Monday morning. It was so much fun having him shop with us and getting a guy's opinion on things.

One of the categories of things that we were on the lookout for were items that can be monogrammed. We have purchased a commercial embroidery machine and will soon be able to personalize many of the items in the store. We found lots of new goods that were a great price and will make perfect gifts to have customized by the Curtsy Girls & Boys. The machine is scheduled to arrive on Monday, so Danielle has been re-organizing the back room to find a corner to put it in. We're pretty excited about this new addition to Curtsyland.

We also have to take a moment to give kudos to our newest Curtsy Girl, Jordan. She looked after the store while we were gone and did an absolutely amazing job!!

I'm happy to report that while we were gone, our newest shipment of the the Victorian Lace Bustier Sets arrived. We have the original teal set that has sold out almost as soon as we put them out and the same set in a midnight blue.

This Saturday, August 22nd, Curtsy Bella will donate 10% of our total sales to Friends of FSH Research Please join us and help us support the important work this organization is doing.

Curtsy Mama
Mary Jo

Friday, August 14, 2009

We're Going Shopping!!

Tomorrow is Danielle's B-Day and it also happens to be the day we are leaving to fly to New York to attend the gift show. She happy that we get in early enough that she will have time to visit all of her favorite little boutiques and spend her birthday money. As you can imagine, it's pretty tough finding things for her as we are always shopping together and most things that we love we order for the store. I wouldn't dare buy clothes for her anymore, but cash seems to fit just right. The only bad part about tomorrow is that our flight leaves at 6AM. At least the Starbucks at the airport open at 4:30 (Curtsy Mama gets a bit grumpy when denied her morning java fix!).

As she is celebrating the sequel to her 25th birthday this year, I bought a little fruit tart from Metro Market this morning and put the appropriate Tops Malibu number sparklers in the top. This little gems make even a single cupcake extra special.

Have a friend you want to give a sweet little treat to, but don't want to blow their diet or make them eat forbidden things? Give them one of our "cupcakes". We originally brought these in to display the different styles of Cupcake Wrappers that we carry. Our customers have figured out that they make adorable in-expensive little gifts.

Well, that's about all for tonight - I still have a gazillion things to do to get ready to leave. The store will be open normal summer hours while we are gone - Monday - Saturday 10AM - 6PM and Sunday 11AM - 5PM.

Curtsy Mama
Mary Jo

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I was catching up on some book work last week and realized that the bank had made a $9,000 error in our favor. Several (back in March)months ago I had transferred some money from our credit line to our checking account and I realized that while they had transferred the money to our checking account, they never posted it to our credit line. Being a big believer in Karma (it makes me really, really honest)I had to point it out to them. You know they didn't even bother to say thanks, or send me a thank you fruit cake for catching their error? Oh well, c'est la vie!

One of the Curtsy Girls has a birthday this week and it's not me! Danielle is celebrating her B-day on Saturday, the day we fly to New York for the gift show. I think we're going to have her wear this tiara to the airport, so maybe they'll give us a free upgrade to 1st class. After all, maybe a wee bit of good karma is headed our way - right?

Just arrived, the most divine, funnest collection of Glam Girl Glasses. Just think of how very fabulous and fancy you can look while sporting a pair of these. We are especially fond of the ones that have the rose colored lenses - it really does make everything look so much better!

Remember, even though we are no longer doing daily blog entries, we do post fab finds on Facebook every day, so become a fan - will ya?


Curtsy Mama

Mary Jo

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I've had an awesome week! On Tuesday I was invited to drive over to Eastern Washington and go fly fishing on the Yakima River. I used to absolutely LOVE to fly fish (Curtsy Mama has many interesting, quirky layers) and haven't been able to do any since starting the store. I actually caught 8 fish...impressed? Don't be - the biggest one was 5"! Doesn't matter - I got to spend the day out in some beautiful country on the water - and my tan looks fabulous as well.

Are you a good witch? Of course you are! Tell the world with the new Good Witch Cameo from Tarina Tarantino. We also received the matching sparkly Good Witch Cameo with Aurora Bubble Beads (they look like the bubble she floats around in!)

You know us Curtsy Girls - always changing and re-arranging Curtsyland to keep things interesting. We're getting ready to head off to the New York International Gift Show next week and we have to make room for the oodles of new goodies that we'll be ordering. We've been quite busy with the red pen this afternoon, marking sale prices on lots of frilly things - come in and check it out!

Curtsy Mama
Mary Jo

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hard Cards

Hope you all had a divine Seafair weekend! Seeing as my tan is still peeling from too many days of baking during our Potholes trip....I was not quite ready for more drinking in the sun on a boat. The Captain and I set out on Sunday to see about getting my new tattoo fixed :( You brother and I got the itch while in Paris to get some tattoo souvenirs before leaving. We sought out one of the few tattoo parlors open on our last day, Bastille Day. The artist, Rico, didn't speak much English, but we were able to communicate enough by drawing out what we wanted. We gave him a few hours to prepare the artwork & supplies. I was going to get two little tattoos....however I wasn't head over heels for his art skillz when we returned....Rico was not, in fact, suave. I decided to just get a little heart on my finger.

Now I must confess I am a bit of an obsessive compulsive hand washer (especially when in other countries)...but for a good three days I tried to keep a band-aid & vaseline on it to protect it during the day. After about five days, the top of one side looked different. Upon closer little black heart was straight up scabbing & falling off. The remnants of my heart from Rico in Paris will soon be repaired by the experts at Slave to the Needle.

A fantastic card line arrived today....Hard Cards. They fit right in in Curtsyland's world o' witty, sardonic, fabulous, damn funny cards. A few favorites below:

You're cute as a button....but who'd wanna fuck a button?

Congrats on the new baby! I look forward to corrupting it.

Ho Ho Ho. This is not a holiday card. This is a warning that you should tone down the promiscuity.

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