In honor of those two days we look forward to all week, we’ve gathered a little something to spark your creativity. Let’s jump for joy, pull out those scissors, and get crafty because here’s a fabulous DIY to start your weekend off right.
Oh, and what a wonderful idea to DIY for Mom. Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 11th!
The List of Goodies:
paper mache letters exacto knife floral foam glue gun wire cutters silk or tissue flowers
1. Using your exacto knife, cut off the front of the letters. 2. Cut floral foam into shapes that fit letter and secure with glue. 3. Trim the silk flowers, leaving a short stem, and position into the foam. Use glue if necessary. 4. Arrange beautifully!
If you can’t figure out the perfect way to show Mom how much she is loved, head over to cindab.com to find something she will always carry with her.
Tell us a little about you! How long has your store been around? How many employees?
I opened Accents 7 years ago this coming November. I was an emergency room nurse who wanted a change of scenery before starting a family. We took a huge leap of faith and opened a home decor store. I have 5 employees, 6 including me.
How did you first learn about cinda b?
I found cinda b in Atlanta when it was still in the CMA showroom. Gifts were not something that we sold at our store, but as the markets changed I started looking for lines that would be great pick ups but still an elegant product. We started small with cinda b, but in September 2012 we tripled our store space and my large cinda b corner was born. We have three cinda b full size fixtures and an island fixture. We carry all of the patterns but specialize in travel products and special order handbags.
What inspired you to start carrying cinda b?
We sell cinda b for any and all occasions. It’s a huge draw at graduation for those wanting to purchase the girls a more grown up look, but of course being in the south we still monogram it. The best thing about the product is that it’s a great “add-to” gift. Customers will walk in and purchase the entire line in one swoop or make wish lists for themselves.
What is your favorite pattern and style?
My favorite pattern as of today is Neptune, but I personally have a variety of bags in different patterns. My favorite bag is the Horizontal Tote II because it’s my brief case and carryall for work. I carry it every single day. It’s in Ravinia Black.
Where is your dream travel location? What bag would you carry and why?
I would love to travel to Hawaii, and of course I would have to take the Beach Bag II for that…in Neptune!
What do your customers love most about cinda b?
My customers love cinda b and have formed a great following. They love the styles, fabrics and the fact that they can be washed is a huge plus. The cinda b love picked up even more after Cinda herself came to visit the store. She was so personable and easy to talk to. My customers feel like they “know” her now.
What is your biggest cinda b success story and why?
My biggest cinda b success story is not necessarily about my customers but about Y’all! Second to having the honor of Cinda coming to our store, was your company’s huge heart. I am a member of our local junior auxiliary and one of the projects we spent a lot of time on in this volunteer organization is youth shelter. This is a shelter that takes in abused children taken from their homes, and most all of the children come to this shelter with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and maybe a few belongings in a garbage bag. We saw a need to provide luggage and the first thing I did was call my sales rep and ask if I could purchase retired, discontinued bags to donate to the children. Y’all did one better and donated 30 Overnighter bags to this charity and I was honored to be able to be a part of this and of course our cinda b following greatly expanded after seeing the “heart” behind the company.
As a Retail Store owner, what are a few tips you have learned along the way?
As a shop owner, I am a little stubborn to conform to the ways of others because I love to display in my own style. But this is one product that because you have done your research, it is best out on a cinda b display. I learned this from y’all and have carried it over to other lines. So when in doubt get the displays and lots of them. Also knowledge and more knowledge is the way to sell a product. The more you or your employees use something the better you sell it.
My best kept tip for hosting a party or event at your store?
The best tip I can say about hosting an event is advertise and ask any and every one you know to please stop by and then spread the word. Giveaways are great too.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a soft pastel palette, but sometimes you just have to mix it up a little bit. Jump into the bright side and splash some color around. Maybe use a bright ocean water turoqoise, make everything glisten with some gold foil, or simply use a handy dandy Sharpie to do the trick. Whatever you’re dreaming up, here’s a gateway to getting your hands messy. Here are some of our favorite DIYs for this Easter egg hunting weekend.
1. How fun would it be to decorate “life-sized Easter eggs”? Get out the paints, and a wash rag or two, and dive into this engaging activity with the littles.
2. Are you in love with all things gold-foiled? We sure are, if you haven’t noticed.
3. Here’s a little DIY for the gardener at heart. Make a simple statement with this lovely little centerpiece idea.
4. A fluffy, cuddly bunny. Just for oohs and ahhs!
5. Grab those sharpies all you artists out there. Easter is your time to shine!
Have you ran out of easter egg filler ideas? We created a free printable that will get the kids, or kids at heart, hopping around (literally)! Be sure to click over to our Easter Pinterest Board to delight in some more color-filled Easter fun!
You may have already heard, but we are just so excited about the exclusive, limited addition Baby Collection. Cinda’s little helper, Belle, decided to join in on the fun.
Although the Baby Bag isn’t a new addition to the line, the price sure is. Tote Mommy and Baby’s essentials in style for only $99.
Keep Baby’s bottles cool with the insulated Baby Bottle Bag. Their bottles never looked so cute.
The Baby Changing Station is perfect to keep in the car stocked with diapers and wipes when Mommy and Baby are out on the town.
For a limited time, head over to the site and purchase theBabe-a-Licious Baby Bag II for only $99 (originally $118). Also, theBaby Changing Station andBaby Bottle Bag are great tag-a-long accessories for mommy on-the-go for only $29. And just in case you aren’t jumping for joy yet, purchase a Baby Bag and receive the Baby Changing Station or the Baby Bottle Bag for only $20, yes $20, just by using the code cbbaby at checkout.
Welcome to the debut arrival of our newest series, b spotted. This is a way for us to share more about our amazing retailers and all that they do. Introducing Pear & Simple…
Nestled in the sweet town of Port Washington, Wisconsin, this store is chic, unique, and absolutely adorable. Check them out if you are in the area!
How long has your store been around? P&S: 3 Years. We opened on Dec. 2nd, 2010 – six weeks after we decided we were going to do it! We’re crazy, we get that, but who doesn’t love a challenge?
How many employees? We have 12 outstanding employees. We also have what we call our “special teams”. Our Special Teams is a group of sisters, friends & cousins that enjoy being a part of the busy seasons and special events at the store.
How did you first learn about cinda b? Sister/Aunt saw the line, loved it and thought it would be perfect for Pear & Simple.
What is your favorite pattern? Rose: VERY tough question! Too many favorites. Depends where I am headed, if I have to choose I will go with Amore. Melissa: Hands down Verde Bonita, a rich, vibrant green has always been my favorite hue, throw a little navy in there and give it a nautical flare and I’m in love! Jaime: Neptune. I love the sleekness of the deep navy contrasted with the punchy pop of coral.
What is your favorite travel style from cinda b? All: The Super Tote II. Perfect for one night or 12 nights, car travel, train travel or plane travel and you can fill it up with all the wonderful things you find on your journey!
Where is your dream travel location? What bag would you carry? Rose: Italy. I’d want to take the Mod Tortoise – Super Tote. Melissa: Greece. I would want to take the super chic French Linen Vertical Tote. The cross body is an essential for a sight-seeing vacation and the Vertical Tote is large enough to fit my Cannon Rebel T1I (and lenses). Jaime: Ireland. Neptune Saddlebag II. It’s a cross body style which is a necessity for being on-foot and it fits all of my daily essentials.
You feel most comfortable in…? Rose: An airplane headed somewhere. Melissa: My black Patagonia jersey dress and summer hat. Jaime: Jeans, comfy tank top and flip flops somewhere warm.
Your house is on fire and you can grab one thing (besides family/pets) what would that be?
We all agreed on this, our memories in digital version. Hard drive, Phone/iPad everything we have created and captured is on those devices (and the cloud).
How can we all b fabulous a little more everyday?
State of mind. Expect that today holds something significant and be on the lookout for it all day.
My best kept tip for hosting a party or event?
Lots of basic white serving pieces. No matter what you put in them, your table always looks great.
Favorite Quote: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
A huge round of applause (or snaps, whichever you prefer) to Pear and Simple for sharing their inside scoop with us. If you are ever in Port Washington, be sure to look for the green scarves! Check back each month to find out more about our fabulous cinda b retailers on our new serious, b Spotted. We hope you are as excited as we are!
Pear and Simple is head over heals about the Super Tote II. As we are all dreaming of summer vacation, which cinda b travel piece tags along with you during your much needed getaway? Just for fun, we’ll surprise a lucky reader with a travel item for commenting.