Just Some Fabric Hanging Out

Have you noticed just some fabrics hanging out?  We have added a little header to a few of our pages to show the scope of what Hung Out To Buy will be carrying.  As in the collections, colors, and soon the accessories.  It may seem a bit premature to be showing off these collections, but like any new business we can not contain ourselves.  Here are just some fabrics hanging out.

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Do You “Like” Me?

Do You “LIKE” Me?
Pressing the “like” button.  A new form of gauging one’s popularity?!  All over the web we are being asked to press that “like” button.  The reality I am trying to form is the authentic “like” pressing I personally do and am now asking others to do.  Now that I am driving a new business, I find myself on the other end of that “like” pressing.  I started a couple of months back asking myself some questions about being “liked”.
 
Do I want to be “liked” for the sake of a button press or do I want a “like” to be an intentional “liking” of what I have to say and offer.  Running a brick and mortar store vs. building a web-store require a completely different mentality and marketing, which I am learning.  When the front door of my store opened, and the bells hanging jangled I would get very excited.  Someone got into their car today, and made a special trip to my store. They did not stumble over it through a tweet, update, or pleading of sorts.  They are interested in me and “like” the idea of me, so they are here. (not so much me, but the products and service I offered.) 
 
The only connections I could make with a customer were print and TV advertising to nameless and hopeful customers. Or, my extroverted spirit that talked to strangers and handed out my business card.  So truly that jangle of the bells at the front door was my “like” button.  The “love” button would happen when I heard the credit card machine printing a receipt. Seriously, there were days when I would call my husband and say, “listen” as the credit card machine would print out the batch for the day.  Those transactions meant that there was an authentic “like” of the products and sales were made and they told two friends, and they told two friends.
 
Along the ticker tape of facebook come the requests for “likes” and I look at the page, visit the website and decide to click or not to click.  If it’s a friend, regardless of whether I will ever give them business I will always “like”their pages and follow their websites.
 
It’s hard to self promote and I truly understand all of us who are building our business want to build our followers.  Building followers is what is going to build sales and for that reason there  are constant updates of “go and ‘like’ me”.  I have tweeted and facebooked those requests a few times, and once off my fingers and sent I feel kind of silly.   “Please, pretty please come and like me.” I want to be liked, I need to be liked and well then, guess what, you don’t have the same amount of “likes” as your neighbor and you begin to wonder what you did or are doing wrong.
 
As a new business learning how to navigate this kind of social media, there is really not a whole lot that changes. The mediums have definitely changed and Social Network is being reinvented every second. There are some things that have not changed. We still have to go after a potential customer. Those of us in business know that today’s tap on the shoulder of hope could be tomorrows loyal customer, so we do have to keep pressing that button of hope.  Asking for a “like”.
 
No more hiding behind newsprint and TV.  There is now a real person who is asking you to “like” them. Make it authentic and intentional.  After evaluating my understanding of “like” I resolve it out as I did when I would decorate kids rooms for the Portland, OR Street of Dreams.  For years I decorated rooms and then, I set up a small table in the garage with all my freebies and ad materials.  Making the store known and hoping that maybe someone will come into the store. Every time someone picked up one of my ad slicks, it was  the old fashioned way of “like”, “like”, “like”.  Then, two years later, someone comes in holding that ad slick from the past.  They are now ready to step into the fun of shopping in your store, and that one “like” two years earlier reminded them that when they have kids they know where they want to shop.
 
Thus, I now have  meaning to the “like” button.  A button that I am becoming more comfortable with.  Asking friends, family and strangers to “like” my facebook, twitter, and website.  Maybe today you are not so interested in our very small start up store.  My first store was only 550 square feet. About the size of this current store if you laid all our inventory out.  So, if you are interested in following us, watching us grow, and perhaps becoming a future customer, then go and “like” us. Go to our website and “follow”.  Go to our twitter and follow as well.  Very humbly I accept the task of asking….will you go and “like” me.
 
Most important is that my confidence is not shattered by how low a following or like may be.  My confidence grows with each little purchase, each customer who is authentically interested, and each person who cheers us on.
Blessings and Love,
Elizabeth
 
p.s.  If you really want to esteem my business today, go and “LIKE” us on facebook Hung Out To Buy
Follow on Twitter and visit our website and follow. www.hungouttobuy.com And say hello along the way.
Share your sight and facebook that we may “like” you too.

Wall Inspirations

Wall Inspirations

Wall Inspirations
By:  Elizabeth Traub
February 17, 2012

Wall Inspirations is simply something that you love, and can actually build a room around. What is the magic of an inspiration?  It starts with an emotion.  That deep long sigh of exhaling.  I love to use the word “stunning” when my breath is taken away.  You look at something, in this case something on your wall, or something that needs to be purchased for you wall, or ideas you see on a wall.  You stand back and without deep thoughts of how you will use it, you just know that you want to use this.  I took a little tour through Pinterest this past week.  The amazing wall finds is what has me writing today.  How could a room be built around some of my own Wall Inspirations.  Following are a series of pictures which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!  If you are not a creative type, or have that design eye, you might come away after reading with more confidence to listen to your emotions over what you love and what inspires. I sure hope you do.


What I love about this collage of fabrics is the pop of colors.  Color that is complemented with the nightstand and the lamp.  What else could be built around this wall?  EVERYTHING!!!  There is so much color that anything introduced into this room is an anything goes.  Just a glimpse of a map, and it works with the accents and pops of color.

I am a toy collector. Or I should say keeper.  With five kids, the oldest 24 and the youngest 5, it would be very easy to be inspired to build a wall out of the things I love.  Things that hold special meaning of squishy little toddler hands playing. I am guessing this wall came together out of the inspiration of darling bright colored toys that were played with by special little people.  Not only is function introduced with the storage container, but also time and music.  I own two very old xylophones and someday, when grand-kids come along, I will most likely have a wall like this somewhere.

Inspiration? YES!!!  Can you see this above a little bed with some green, blue and purple bedding?  I would paint the opposite wall of this picture the same color as the frame, that deep Aqua Blue that is so popular right now.  How cute would a little green painted piece of furniture be?  One picture turns an entire room into a designer showcase and you did it all with just one picture of colorful inspiration.

Ahoy there matey!  Did you know you can build a picture into a larger size by simply adding bigger matting layers and frames?  How about two red walls opposite each other?  Then two bright white walls.  Striped bedding in red along the white wall.  Your child’s name in black on the red walls.  Add in all the elements of your little pirate’s treasures and you have built an entire room around this one Wall Inspiration.

As a designer, I was never a fan of fabric covered canvas boards. I thought it was a fast, cheap and easy “fix”.  I am a Wall Inspiration convert.  If you can find a fabric you love and have a large space on your wall to fill, this really is an easy fix…and amazing! An entirely drab room can come together quickly and cost effectively.  Imagine that soft hue of blue on a wall or two.  Imagine painted furniture. The paints chosen from this one piece of fabric.  Imagine making a pillow or two with the appliques of the circles in this picture.  Imagine a duvet cover in this fabric.  Fast, cheap and easy never looked so nice. Go for it. You can do this.

When I found this picture, I really said to myself, “I would have used this in my son Emerson’s room.”  This is his personality.  Happy, colorful and imaginative.  I would take the yellow/gold hues and paint two walls that color. Walls that are opposite of each other. Then I would paint one wall that lighter green, and another red.  This picture would be the centerpiece of his room.  He has a play castle that sits in his room, ready with all the pieces.  This would be a perfect Wall Inspiration.

How many of us love to incorporate an animal theme into our child’s room?  Often the struggle is how to get  the right look for the animals. Too cutesie, too cartoony, too real, too scary…and then you see it. You stop, you sigh, and you think, ” this is it!”  Wall Inspirations are like that.  Then, painting that hue of orange and yellow in a room.  Finding bedding, or fabrics to make bedding to build around just one simple picture.  I bet there is fabric out there to model the striped background of this picture, making an excellent idea for a window covering.  Transferring all over the room, simple elements from this one Wall Inspiration.

“I want lots of color in my room, but don’t want a lot of stuff.”  I hear this often.  A Wall Inspiration can do just that.  Using a picture with lots of color.  Even though the first picture has lots of color shown in those fabric circles, for some that is too much and too busy.  A picture like this.  A single item to build the simplistic elements of your room. Keep your room from being boring and uninteresting.

Thisis a wall mural.  Favorite colors put on a one wall in this little girls room.  The inspiration was fairies and the color purple. Notice I don’t lock myself into just one hue of purple.  There is a lot of stress and anxiety that come when locked into the exact color.  I had to mix and match bedding and window treatments with this room. So I made sure to add various hues of green and purple, which worked well with this room.

Wall Inspirations? Yes, for this seven year old who answers to the name of Eric.   Allowing our children to have a voice in what inspires them was a small giving up of what I had hoped his room would look like. This room is the first one you see into at the top of the staircase. I am a designer, I specialize in kids, I have five kids..sheesh. Is it too much to ask that this room be my best work?   It may not be my best work, but it is Eric’s best work.  The little Lego Starwars dude used these boxes for his Wall Inspiration.

You can use just about anything to spark your emotions and your passion for Wall Inspirations.  What are some things you use for Wall Inspirations?

Ten Ways To Sit

Ten Ways To Sit

Ten Ways To Sit
By Elizabeth Traub

Ten Ways To Sit is simply a look at just that, Ten Ways To Sit. There are hundreds of ways to sit, but I am just choosing ten today.  I have observed through my own children that sitting has never really been a favorite past time.  Even when sitting at a dinner table, rarely is there this perfect polite sitting. Knees forward, small of your back to the back of the chair, sitting up straight and those silly rules for kids that come with sitting.  Dawn and I had a meeting this morning.  We even asked ourselves this question.

“Could we sit is a room with about 20 of our peers for about 5-6 hours a day, five days a week?”  No thought went into our answer.  A simple NO NO NO.  Do not make me sit, even with my favorite people in the world, for hours upon hours, and days upon days.  And then we smile as our children do just that kind of sitting in school.

I have enjoyed all the fun little sitting spots my kids seem to find around the house.  Eric decided that a built in, double deep shelf makes a perfect sitting area for his school reading.  It’s more of a lounge spot.  Dawn’s oldest son, when in the 3rd grade needed a quiet place, away from kids to sit and read. Guess where he ended up? In the boy’s bathroom, tucked in corner reading.  Our children do a lot of sitting.  So in honor of the  sitting our children do every day,  I have chosen my favorite Ten Ways To Sit.


What are some of your favorite kinds of sitting places and spaces for your kids?  Which of these ten seats are your favorite. Mine is the Aqua Blue Set. If they had that in a grown up size I would buy it, and then add another room to my house to put it.

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