Thursday, September 22, 2011

Check out our webpage.....

As we work out the kinks in our store website, please visit our shutterfly webpage which is currently being updated with our current, in-stock merchandise. If you are interested in purchasing an item you see on the webpage - contact us at the shop and we will hold or ship the item to you. (301)304-0105

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 Have a wonderful day everyone!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Truth About Beans and Buttons...

Who the heck are you?
We are Wendy and Lindsay of Beans and Buttons. We are sisters, three years apart. We are both married with two beautiful girls each. Samantha, 6, Sydney, 4, Madison, 3, and Rylie, 1. We are moms, wives and inventors with an overzealous drive to find and create cool stuff.

How did you come up with Beans and Buttons?
The name “Beans & Buttons” comes from our children, who are the constant source of our inspiration and creativity. Psychologists say that people are at the peak of creativity at five years old. It is that simple, uncluttered knowledge that allows the mind to wander and the imagination to soar. Our young children show us the beauty of simplicity and the fun in sometimes stepping out of the box. We strive to find that creativity that’s buried in all of us. At Beans and Buttons we can to re-create!

What are your backgrounds?
Wendy is an interior-designer by trade with a background in marketing. Lindsay has a background in public relations and social trends. Both attended the University of Maryland-College Park.

How do you come up with your ideas?
It's a team effort. One of us will see something, start an idea and that idea with spark another idea. Our brains are somehow always in sync! We strive to create unique one-of-a-kind pieces.

How is it working together as sisters?
We grew up the typical hair-pulling, clothes-stealing, always duelling sisters. Somewhere along the way, we became best friends and business partners. While we still fight, usually about who has to walk backward when carrying a 300-pound piece of furniture, we work together beautifully. Our dynamic allows us to create an image that we are proud of.  You'll never find a day when Wendy and I are out "hunting" that we aren't laughing. We seem to find comedy everywhere which makes what we do even more fun.

Why do you do what you do?
It's for the rush, the rush of seeing that piece that no one saw life left in just shine. The fun is seeing past the rough spots of a piece to the hidden potential. Being a Junk Girl is a passion. It's a remarkable outlet for creativity. It changes the way you think. Your mind is constantly looking at things going "What can I do with that?" Being a Junk Girl is a thrill ride. Why do we do this? Because we love it.

Visit our Website or the Beans and Buttons Blog for as peak at some of our new items and so great how-tos!
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sally, Ry,  & LaLa     
Farm Tables, Unique and Vintage Finds for Nesting and Gifting

I am Christine of Sally, Ry, & LaLa, one of the vendors here at Wild Rose & Company.   I carry a little bit of old and a little bit of new.....handcrafted farm tables, refurbished antique and vintage furniture, organic soaps and body cream, wire baskets, and vintage style holiday decor, all alongside a variety of found vintage items.   Old kitchen scales, wooden soda crates, blue canning jars, seltzer bottles, and white ironstone are the sorts of things I am drawn to while out picking for the shop.  I am also attracted to pale blues and grays, old pine, and bleached wood.  

My husband is one of my greatest resources.  He takes my vision for a piece and makes it a reality. (In other words, I put in an order, and he builds it!)
We like to incorporate salvaged wood into many of our projects.

Tell us a little bit about your background...
 I am a proud Army wife and a busy mom to three little ones.  I have a B.A. in English Literature, and an M.S. in Education.  In high school and college,  I ran cross country and track competitively.  I was a teacher for almost 8 years, and I also spent some time coaching at the high school level.
As newlyweds, my husband and I began building and finishing our own furniture as a way to furnish our home on a limited budget.   
We spent a few years living overseas in South Korea. We took advantage of the opportunity to travel and see parts of the world we otherwise may have never seen.    Many of our weekends were spent perusing the markets and the antique shops of Insadong and Itaewon.  

How did you come up with the name for your business?
Before Sally, Ry, & LaLa the business, there was Sally, Ry, & LaLa, the blog.   My intent was to have a sort of "mommy blog" which would include musings about my children, life as an Army wife, antiquing, DIY stuff, etc.   A little bit of everything.  The name for my blog derived from the names of my children since they were a large part of why I started to blog in the first place.    At times I wish I would have gone in another direction with the name for my business, but it's original, and I like that.

What goals do you have for your business? 
In the coming months I would like to put more time into developing my brand, specifically putting more effort and energy into my blog.  I am constantly working on finding that balance among work and life and children and home.

What is your dream project?
I have to admit, my dream project is more of a personal project.  To work hand in hand with my husband in creating our dream home and property.  We would love to have a home that we played a role in designing, complete with a workshop and a big old barn for family gatherings. 

Where do you get your inspiration?
I have a weakness for magazines.  I hang onto them forever.  I can pick up a magazine from a year ago, and find something that inspires me to build or create today.   
Sometimes all it takes is finding something unique, then working everything around that one piece. 
I spend way too much time reading blogs. 
And lately I gain inspiration from a whole lot of Pinterest.

I am truly blessed to have an incredibly supportive family.  My husband is my sounding board, my helping hand, and my in-house carpenter.
My children are my fellow treasure hunters.  They keep me company when picking, and they know exactly what I like.  Just last week, my oldest found some awesome old kitchen scales!   
I have to look out though, because they are beginning to want some of our finds as theirs to keep!

Check out Sally, Ry, & LaLa the blog, or follow us on facebook!
Stay tuned as each of the vendors here at Wild Rose and Company Marketplace will be introducing themselves in the coming weeks!