Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2011
Things here have been a little nutso here lately...  I had all intentions of getting Christmas cards out this year (especially since I'm designing them now, I feel extra extra bad about it- doh!) but it was just not meant to be.  Hubs has been in the hospital 3 times within the past week (super scary but all is ok now, SO grateful),  my project/work/design pile is a mile high (a little stressed, but again, grateful and happy to have work on my plate!), and the overall hustle and bustle of trying to get things done for the Holidays has had me chugging Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes like they're going out of style (so much for giving up coffee again, but I guess I will just have to make that a New Year's resolution).  Oh, and did I mention we didn't even put up a tree this year?  And there may or may not still be a pumpkin on the front porch...

So 2012 should be here soon enough, and I am looking forward to new beginnings, new opportunities, and hopefully an even better year than last year.  I'll be kicking the year off with the Atlanta Gift Show, meeting with current licensing clients and hopefully picking up some new ones while I'm there too.  I'll also get to see some of the products that I designed for companies I met with at Surtex so that should be fun.  It's always an awesome experience to see pieces that have been months in the making finally come to life...  designing is truly what I love to do :)

And last but not least when the new year rolls around I'll have a BIG, HUGE, GIGANTOR, announcement to make!  It's about a line that's been in the works for what seems like forever now and I'm dying to tell ya about it.  Here's a hint:  It's gonna be in one of my favorite craft stores of all time! I'm really gonna freak when I finally see it in real life as part of me still doesn't quite believe it's happening.  Can't wait to share more with you guys next month!!!

So... for now, Merry Christmas, and I'll try to be back on the ol' blog for New Years!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Spreading the Love

My friend Dana is building a bus stop!  She's raising the remaining funds for her project through kickstarter (a site where creatives can trade "rewards" for "pledges" towards their goal).  Anyway, Dana is super talented and her bus stop is gonna be outta-control-awesome, so if you'd like to support this soon to be Athens treasure based on one of our cities most famous songs you can find more info here.


P.S.- Speaking of the B52s, they will be celebrating their 35th anniversary with a concert here in February!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Genevieve Gail Products for the Holidays!

Hey Guys!  I received a really nice email today from a lady in Ohio wanting to know where she could find more of my products.  I decided to put together a little "Gift Guide"since the Holidays are right around the corner.  Here are some links of a couple of things I currently have out in the marketplace.  Thanks for your support during my licensing journey, this really has been a dream come true to see my products out in the world!

Consumer Crafts is stocked up on my BOHO jewelry line of unfinished and finished wood pieces, beads, crystals, and antique copper findings.  There are also fun jewelry displays as well as one of my favorite jewelry tools of all time, the battery operated sander (great for giving your finished pieces a nice distressed look).
Holiday 2011 Gift Guide by Genevieve Gail

Speaking of BOHO, Calypso Studios has my Shop Totes in 3 fun patterns.  These totes are awesome- they are super durable and a must have for the grocery store!
Holiday 2011 Gift Guide by Genevieve Gail

Calypso also has my Inspirational jewelry line of cross necklaces and coordinating earrings.  They come in 3 fun distressed colors and hang from pretty antique copper chains and earring hooks.
Holiday 2011 Gift Guide by Genevieve Gail

Coasterstone currently has 2 sets of my designs, one in medallion patterns and one in butterfly patterns.  These coasters are great quality and would make a nice gift for anyone, especially for a Hostess gift!Holiday 2011 Gift Guide by Genevieve Gail

Last but not least, don't forget about Holiday and Christmas cards from Look Love Send!  My designs show up after you click "Genevieve Gail" on the left hand side under the "Designer" filter.
Holiday 2011 Gift Guide by Genevieve Gail

Happy Holidays!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Chicken Sittin' and Thanksgivin'

Thanksgiving 2011

Our neighbors went out of town for the week and asked us if we'd take care of their roost.  I'd have to say that Chicken Sittin' is equal parts Kinda Country and Kinda Awesome.  Hubs and I have discussed the possibility of having our own chickens one day and this pretty much seals the deal... Although I could have killed him after I found out that what I had been feeding the chicks from my hands were not "chicken french fries" like he told me they were, but were really dried meal worms.  SO gross...

Anyway, today was a great day with the Fam and I am lucky to have them (even my crazy brothers).  Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving too...

Thanksgiving 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holiday 2011 Additions for Look Love Send

Customizable Holiday/Christmas Photo Cards

Hey, Y'all!  Just wanted to pop in and tell you guys that I have added a couple of new Holiday/Christmas designs to the Look Love Send site... On the left hand side of the screen you can search by designer, color, size, etc.  The plaid design is still in the process of uploading and should be ready for purchase in a couple days, but the others designs are up and running as of this week...


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Advanced Style

I saw this video via Sometimes Sweet this morning and was blown away.  I proceeded to do more research which brought me to the source, The Advanced Style Blog.  These ladies give me hope that I can have a colorful, stylish future even if I live to be 101.  I've officially decided I would like to be Ilona (makes her own eyelashes) or Iris (has her own lines of costume jewelry) when I grow up...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Design Sponge Book Signing

Design Sponge Book Signing, Athens, Ga
Went to this event last night with my friends Lauren and Melanie.  Good times, good music, good book! (Pardon Le Crappy iphone photo...)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy (Belated) Halloween

A little of this and a little of that, and in the blink of an eye Halloween has come and gone...

Hope y'all had a fun one!
Genevieve (aka Sailor Jerry)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Weekend

Band of Horses, 40 Watt, Oct 2011

That's a pic from last night's Band of Horses 40 Watt show- SO good... Gearing up for the weekend now, going to get some mountain air...


Friday, October 21, 2011

A Liter of Light

Creativity at it's finest... this is amazing!

Have a great weekend,

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Holiday 2011 for Look Love Send

My 2011 Holiday Collections for Look Love Send!

Introducing a sampling of my Holiday 2011 designs for Look Love Send!  It's only October, but I have a feeling the Holidays will sneak up on me again like they do every year!  So, if you are starting to plan early then check out Look Love Send's customizable card options- they even have filters where you can search by card size, color, and designer.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Attention Athens Peeps!

One of my favorite design bloggers, Grace Bonney is hitting up our charming lil' town next month for her book tour!  It should be a lot of fun, you can check out the details here

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wedding Damask Collection for Look Love Send!

My New Wedding Damask Collection for Look Love Send!
My New Wedding Damask Collection for Look Love Send!
My New Wedding Damask Collection for Look Love Send!

Hey there!  I'm really excited to introduce my latest work for Look Love Send, the Wedding Damask Collection.  This one was a doozy, with 8 customizable coordinating pieces in 7 different color schemes for a total of 56 pieces total!  I think Damask is such a classic design that never goes out of style, especially for weddings.  I tried to spice it up a little bit with more of a bold color palette related to colors that I see trending in the bridal market.  Each piece is a little bit different and one of my favorites is the Save the Date I created to mimic a photobooth picture strip that's shown above.  I just love weddings and to be designing items for brides has been so much fun!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Home Companion Comeback?!

(Image from ME's blog post, link is below)

Eeeek!  I was SO excited when I saw Mary Engelbreit's post today that they are thinking of bringing Home Companion back!!!  This was one of the greatest, most inspiring magazines ever and I was terribly sad when they stopped publications 3 years ago.  As a girl Mary was one of my biggest inspirations to be a professional artist and she is truly a pioneer in the field of art licensing.  Her work is incredible, and her magazine was no exception.  So now they are on the verge of returning the mag but need help with a "petition" of sorts.  If you loved Home Companion as much as I did and want to see it back in action then please post here on Mary's blog.  *Fingers crossed for you, Mary!*


Friday, September 23, 2011

Good Times

Good Times - Foster the People

Wednesday was a blast... Foster the People put on a great show, and it turns out these boys do good things too which makes me like 'em even more.

Hope y'all have a great weekend,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Foster the People

Foster the People

SO excited for tonight!  I got Brian and I tickets to see Foster the People for his birthday.  Our friend Keri is coming with us too so it should be good times... Oh, and Reptar is opening for them, it should be a great show!

*Keeping my fingers crossed that is doesn't rain*


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New License with CoasterStone!

I'm super excited to announce my new licensing partnership with CoasterStone!  All of their products are excellent quality and made in the U.S. which I think is really great.  Not to mention being made here in the States cuts waaaay down on production time.  Most gift companies manufacture their products overseas which means from the time they decide on one of my designs to the time the item is available for purchase is at least one year.  I met with Emily from Coasterstone at Surtex in May and now the products are already available on their site!  Super cool.  Here is the artwork that they chose.  The butterflies were done in colored pencil, and the medallions are mixed media illustrations comprised of decorative wood pieces, tin, buttons, and paint.  Hope you like 'em :)

Natural Butterfly Coasters I Designed for CoasterStone

Medallion Coasters I Designed for CoasterStone


Monday, September 12, 2011

Girl Scout Locket Necklace

Girl Scout Locket
Just checked one thing off my list!  I added a triple chain to my pretty Girl Scout locket and I'm good to go!

Here's to a great week ahead...


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Projects on My List

First on my list, add a chain to this lovely vintage Girl Scout locket that I bought on Etsy.  It was a win-win splurge since not only are those my initials but I actually used to be a Scout as a kid!

My next project is this vintage dress I found on Etsy for pretty cheap.  All it needs is a good cleaning, hemming, and matching sailor hat so that I will have a super snazzy Halloween costume this year!

Another project I would love to tackle sometime soon are these amazing Mason Jar lights via Free People.  They look really easy to make and would look fab on the porch, especially as Summer is coming to a close and Fall is in the air...

Last but not least, I really, really, really need to do something with our wedding pictures.  Yep, the wedding pictures from 5 years ago.  The ones that are sitting in a plastic storage bin.  Part of me wants to stick with the original plan of making a really special scrapbook album, and the other part of me gets totally overwhelmed thinking about it and wants to just download the images off of the disc I have and make a Blurb book.  A scrapbook/album would be great but it will just take a lot of time, while a blurb book would be nice and easy but then I'd still feel bad about the unused pictures sitting in the bin.  I need to figure it out soon though because I need it completed by the first week of November.  Suggestions???


Friday, September 2, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Baby Clothesline Collection for Look Love Send!

Baby Clothesline Collection for Look Love Send
Just wrapped up another set of birth announcements for Look Love Send.  I really like the way this collection turned out, so sweet :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Little Cupcake Collection for Look Love Send!

Little Cupake Collection for Look Love Send
Introducing my "Little Cupcake" collection for Look Love Send!  There are customizable birthday invitations, gift enclosures, and place card holders.  I setup this card as a 1st birthday invite, but on the website you can customize it to any year you would like :)

I've also been steadily working on Christmas/Holiday cards as well as two new wedding sets so I hope to do a proper post on those soon when they are all uploaded and ready to view!

As always, if you guys have any feedback or are looking for particular themes/designs I would love to hear it!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rock Jumping


Last week I headed out with some girls that I work with to Lake Oconee.  Jumping off a huge boulder seemed like a fun idea until I actually got up there and looked down!  It's amazing that the little kids in the area were jumping off left and right with absolutely no fear and all of the 20 and 30 somethings were total chickens!  Part of me wishes I still had that "no fear" attitude- I tried to conquer it but I was still totally scared!  Sometimes you just gotta JUMP!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


This November the Hubs and I will be celebrating our 5 year wedding/10 year together anniversary!  It has really flown by, lemme tell ya!  We are in desperate need of a vacay and this seems like a great milestone to take advantage of and go somewhere we've never been before.   Not to mention our honeymoon was a total bust considering I got the flu the ENTIRE week were in Costa Rica followed by another week of an allergic reaction due to lobster that I ate on the last day of our trip.  So, we basically need a "redo" and have been pondering where to go on our next adventure...

Anyway, we don't have a lot of time off of work so it's going to be on the short side- 4 nights/5 days tops,  which puts Cali/Out West off the list because of travel time (just saw Josephine's post on the Grand Canyon and it looks awesome- def. on my bucket list).  Right now we are currently talking about Puerto Rico- relatively cheap flights, super cheap hotel rooms, USD currency, and you don't need a passport.  We are still open to ideas though so I wanted to throw it out there and see if y'all had any suggestions!  Are there any places you guys have been that you would recommend?


Friday, August 19, 2011

Elephant Parade Collection for Look Love Send!

Elephant Parade Announcements and Invites

Elephant Parade Announcements and Invites

Good morning!

Just wanted to share a new baby collection, "Elephant Parade" that I finished up for Look Love Send.  There are baby announcements, shower invites, placecard holders, gift enclosures, and thank you notes in blue, pink, and green.  More designs with my fabulous licensing partner coming soon!

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Owl Lockets

My New Owl Lockets

My New Owl Lockets

My New Owl Lockets

My new owl lockets are now in the shop!  They feature a painting I did a few months back for Surtex and there are 3 different bead options to choose from.  The locket is a real functioning piece so you can add your favorite pictures to the inside.

Speaking of painting, I have a project for a client that requires a few matching pieces to go with this owl.  I love to paint but just haven't been able to make the time lately to do it.  So... my goal is to make this project a top priority for next week.  I've got some new tunes so that always inspires me to get the paints out too :)

Vetiver's new album is great.  This song has been on repeat for the end of Summer...

And Foster the People is one of my new faves.  This song has been making it's rounds on the airways but the whole album is really really good.  They kinda sound like if MGMT and Reptar had a baby...

Hope you're enjoying the last few days of Summer :)


Monday, August 8, 2011

Harmonica Necklaces Now in My Shop!

Harmonica Necklaces!

Harmonica Necklaces!

Harmonica Necklaces!

Finally!  My harmonica necklaces are now posted in my Etsy shop!  Get 'em while they're hot... :)


Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Pal, Libby

Skirt by Libby

Baby Shoes by Libby

Pillow by Libby

Long time, no blog post!  I wanted to share some treasures that my friend Libby, aka Daisy Doodles,  made out of my Gypsy Garden fabric!  We did a little trade around Christmas time and in exchange for some of my fabric I received the prettiest scallop scarf.  Can't wait till it starts cooling off and I can wear it again!  Anyway, Libby has gottten the sewing bug (yay!) and recently sent me these pictures of what she decided to do with her fabric stash.  Cute, right?

Oh, and a few of you guys have asked about the harmonica necklaces- I just made a fresh batch and will have them in my shop ASAP- my apologies for the delay, too many projects going on the past couple of weeks!


Monday, August 1, 2011

The Georgia Theatre is Back in Business!

the final countdown
Photo by Ryan Myers

I'm SO freakin' excited for tonight.  Brian and I are going to see The Glands play at The Georgia Theatre's grand opening!  For those of you who aren't from Athens, a fire destroyed the local music venue and it has been a long road to get it back up and running.  I have tons of great memories from the Theatre and seen a lot of incredible shows there... In fact, my Mom tells the story of how my Dad made her go to a Mother's Finest concert when she was pregnant with me back in 1979/80 so I guess you can say I've been rocking out there since before I was born!

The Theatre has so much history and a lot of great bands got their start there.  Here are some excerpts from  an article by Sam Smart (one of the partners that originally opened the Georgia Theatre as a music venue) and some of the epic events that happened back in the day...

Once we were doing a band called the Nighthawks. We generally booked them about once a quarter on a Thursday night. We'd pay them $400 for one show, sell about 400 tickets at $4 each and have a very good night. On the Wednesday afternoon before this particular Thursday concert, I was just getting ready to leave the office when the phone rang. The caller asked me if the Nighthawks were playing the next night. When I told him they were, he asked if he could come jam with them. I asked him who he was and he said, "Gregg Allman." Well, Gregg Allman was a pretty famous guy in those days, not only because of his band, The Allman Brothers, but he was also married to Cher. So I asked him how much he wanted. He said he didn't want any money and he'd bring his own equipment and crew; he'd just heard the Nighthawks were hot and he wanted to play with them. I told him I'd see him the next day. After I hung up, I grabbed a blank piece of paper and wrote:
Gregg Allman

and The Nighthawks
The Georgia Theatre

Two Shows, tickets $8.00
Then I ran across the street to Copies Unlimited and made 2000 copies. The next morning, early, I grabbed a few guys from the Phi Delt house, headed to the parking lots on campus and put those fliers on every windshield until we ran out. We sold out both shows.
• • •
In the late '70s, the B-52s were just forming. They would come to the Theatre and say, "Smartt, you need to hire us to play here, we're going to be superstars!" I'd look at them with their crazy clothes and makeup and red and purple hair and tell them, "No way."
Finally, one day they came by and told me they had an offer I couldn't refuse. They would pay us $150 to play the theater, provide all their own sound and lights, all the crew to set up and tear down and even handle the promotional expenses. They'd take the door and we'd take the bar. We did it, it was a great show, a huge crowd, a win for the B-52s and us, and the next week they went to New York and signed their first record deal featuring a tune they had played at the theater, "Rock Lobster." 
• • •
Another time, I got a call from a promoter who said he had this hot new band coming to the U.S. for the first time. They were going to be playing in Atlanta on the weekend, and he wanted them to play our place the Thursday before. I'd never heard of them, and initially the guy wanted way more than we could afford. Eventually we settled on a deal where we would pay them $400 and they would bring their own sound equipment and set it up and tear it down themselves. The afternoon of the show these three guys, all about my age, showed up in a Volkswagen bus packed with sound equipment and instruments. They were all nice guys, and I ended up spending the afternoon helping them unload and set up. When they did their sound check a few hours before the show, I was pleasantly surprised. One song in particular sounded pretty good. It was called "Roxanne." The three guys were Sting and the Police.

So let the Georgia Theatre Marathon begin! The Glands tonight, Big Boi next Thursday, and Drive-By Truckers next Friday! (and definitely a few more shows squeezed into the months ahead- woot woot!)

Shake what Yo Momma gave ya ;),

Friday, July 15, 2011

Extreme Makeover

Helping Out at Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Yesterday was pretty cool.  Our shift was only a couple of hours (unloading flooring and materials from the work trucks) but it was still fun to participate in the Extreme Makeover project in Madison, Ga.  Understandably we were not allowed to take pictures (with the exception of the outside) since it's supposed to be a big surprise, but let's just say the final result is going to be amazing!  To learn more about the incredible family that will be living in this home, check this out.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Source: None via C on Pinterest

I'm not a morning person.  At all.  I kinda liked the getting up and drinking coffee part until I gave up coffee last week (what?!), so now sunrises are about the only thing I like about getting up at the crack of dawn.  But when 4:30am rolls around  I'm gonna suck it up, count my blessings, and lend a hand for a really great cause...  I have no idea what to expect besides I need to wear a hard hat and closed toe shoes... I'll keep y'all posted on how tomorrow's adventure goes...


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Giveaway Winners!!!

Thanks to all who entered my Felties giveaway!  As always, I consulted my Random Brian Generator for the winners...


So there you have it!  Please email me your addys so I can mail you your prize!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My New Partnership with Look Love Send!

My New Invitations for Look Love Send!


Hi Guys!

I'm busting at the seams to tell you about my newest licensing partnership!  During Surtex I had the pleasure of connecting with a new online invitation company, Look Love Send.  I couldn't be happier to be branching into the invitation world and I feel blessed that they picked me to be one of their new designers.  A couple of wedding invites are online now and there will be many more designs on the way this Summer including baby announcements and party invites!

Have a great week,

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th!

Just made some of these new pretties- lovely owl lockets and mini harmonica necklaces that play REAL MUSIC!!!  Loves them...
New Jewelry Jully 2011

New Jewelry Jully 2011

Been cranking out the new goods for this...

Doors open at 1:00 this afternoon and there will be a lot of great bands playing all day.  If you are in the Athens area come on by!  And for those of you around the world, I'll have some of these new jewelry pieces available in my Etsy shop next week.  I'll also be announcing the giveaway winners soon as well as an awesome new licensing partnership I can't wait to tell y'all about.  Lots of fun new stuff coming up soon...

Hope y'all have a great holiday weekend!