The Final Living Room Gallery Show - Opening February 3rd, 2018

The Amelia brick and mortar is closing on March 10th, while the online store will still be going strong... See the last blog post to read more about that. 

Starting February 3rd, join us for our last art show, with Memphis artist Lo-Fi and British artist, Sam Hennig, in his very first US show. Opening reception on February 3rd, from 2 - 7pm.

In the shop, there will be lots of great deals then too, as well as fun grab bags that we will be giving away with purchase, to the first 20 people, on February 3rd, from 11am - 7pm. 

I hope to see you in the Valley! 

***Visit the sale section of the shop, use the code BYEBRICK to save 30% off.

ALL SALES FINAL / ART NOT INCLUDED

112 South Main Street / Water Valley / 38965 

- Image above by London, UK based artist Sam Hennig

The Shop In 2018 And Beyond

Happy New Year everyone! I've always seen New Years as a time to start fresh, lay out your vision for the year ahead, and your time to really take care of you moving forward. With that, I have some big news...

As a shop owner this past year has been a year of transition for me. I moved everything to Water Valley, the town that I live in, and out of Oxford, the town that made me a shop owner. I have learned so much in the eight and a half years that I’ve been open and I’ve made an endless amount of friends from around the world that I respect on so many levels. The handmade movement is something that I couldn’t imagine not being a part of. I have also found my voice as a writer in this time. A voice I’ve been searching for, for many, many years.

It’s that writing that brings me to this post… So many doors have opened since I started Amelia, including currently writing monthly for four different blogs and one magazine, working as a guest contributor for several other publications, as well as extensive work as a **self-taught (see disclaimer below) interior designer and a design and business consultant. I have written my first book, How To Make It, and I sold my second book, which I'm working on now. I currently have regular photography clients and am starting to show my work again in galleries, something that I put on hold to run the shop full time. 

- My in home office, where I do most of my writing, photo editing, and compile the vision for interior design work. 

As I grow in this new role as a freelancer, it’s become clear to me that I can’t juggle it all. I have to make a choice. I have loved being the shop you could turn to when you needed that something special. I’ve loved helping with so many different occasions and events in your lives, like dressing new babies, picking out the perfect card for your loved ones, or sending you on your way before a big trip.

The time that has come that I close my brick and mortar. I will still have the online store, but the shop and gallery will close at the end of March. I will also still do pop-ups from time to time in Oxford and various other towns and cities, where you can shop a very curated selection of goods. Moving forward, I will be working with the artists that I stock to create very exclusive pieces for the online store, with only a few new collections a year. This will include the same type of work you've come to expect from Amelia, but completely exclusive to my shop. 

Thank you to everyone that made the drive out to the new space, supported the artists in the gallery and shopped with me over the years in Oxford. It’s been the best eight and a half  years of my life. And to the 400+ artists that have trusted me over the years to tell their story, share their work, and be an active cheerleader for them, please know that I have loved stocking my shelves with your brands and talent.

Between now and March, I will be selling fixtures and shop supplies, vintage goods, and the shop stock, at a reduced price. So check Instagram stories, Facebook and/or stop in, for deals… lots of great items will be for sale, starting Saturday, February 3rd. I won’t be listing the bigger items in the online store- just through social media and in person. Many items will be for pick up only, like the furniture, so please take note. As for the vintage goods, I’ll have some Haywood Wakefield, Eames, mid-century modern goods, vintage typewriters, and so much more…

If you own a shop or are thinking of opening one, I’d love to come and help consult with you on running a small business or even help you with the buying. There are endless lines that I have stock piled away in secret Pinterest boards, that I was never able to work with due to the lack of space. I’d love to help you find those brands that help you stand out from the rest. I’m also available to consult on your social media, business plan, etc… Don’t be afraid to reach out. It’s part of my new job, to help you with those things.

Before the shop closes, I’ll have another show opening on February 3rd, that will run until the shop closes. Help us go out with a bang! That opening will also ring in the deals.

I’m sorry I can’t do the day to day of having a brick and mortar anymore. Thank you for your business all these years! I hope you will still follow along on Instagram, sign my mailing list, and follow here, to see what comes next. I'll be using this blog to talk more about artists I love, designs that I can't get out of my head, brands you might like to know about and more. 

 

In gratitude for each of you,

Erin Austen Abbott

*Two different businesses have asked me about renting my current space, but in case that falls through…. If anyone is interested in renting a great space, on Main St. in Water Valley, it’s zoned commercial or residential. Please get in touch and I’ll connect you with perhaps the best landlord ever. This space would be great as a gallery, office, home, studio spaces, a small restaurant…. the ideas could go on and on. I’d even be happy to sit down with someone and come up with plan for the space. I’d like to see it change over to some good hands.

**I am not claiming to be a licensed interior designer. All clients know that I'm self taught and hiring me is purely from the stand point of liking the designs they have seen. I'm not claiming otherwise and that is to be understood when I say I'm working as an interior designer. 

 

 

 

 

Our Annual All Women's Show Opens December 1, 2017

Friday, December 1st, from 6-9, join us in Water Valley, at The Living Room Gallery for an all women's group show, featuring a range of mediums including painting, photography and mixed media. Nine artists from all over the US and Canada will come together to show in Water Valley. It is sure to have a little something for everyone. Artists include, Kate Roebuck, Dani Schafer, Danielle Krysa of The Jealous Curator, Amy C. Evans, Katie Brennan, Ashleigh Coleman, Natalie Hamm, Heather Sundquist Hall, and Meredith C. Bullock. The show will run until Jan. 13th.

112 Main St. Water Valley, MS 38965

Holidays Around The Shop...

It's the holiday season and we have geared up, at Amelia, to brings all sorts of fun events and items... 

CLASSES:

We just added a cookie decorating workshop to the classes, taught by Sarah of The Canvas Cookie. There are only 10 spots, so sign up soon. It will be a fun night of learning different techniques and styles to making your own cookies. 

There are also still a few more spots left for the children's art classes, happening during Thanksgiving week. I know child care is always hard that week, so send your children, ages 4 - 10, to us, for a three day workshop. 

If you have a child, ages 8 - 12, that loves to cook or is just interested in learning, the January Kids Cooking Class, is taking sign ups now. Each Saturday in January, they will learn four courses. It would make a great Christmas present. 

 

AROUND THE SHOP:

We have added a bunch a fun, vintage items to the shop. These one-of-a-kind pieces are great for that hard to shop for person. This collection is highly curated and each piece is special and unique. 

The sale section has new additions being added to it weekly, so make sure to browse there, before checking out. 

We are having a holiday open house, November 11th, from 9am - 3pm. Hope you will stop in and pick up some early Christmas presents, teacher gifts, gift wrapping supplies, and more... We will be offering free gift wrapping, with purchases of $20 or more, from 9am-11am, during the open house only. 

IN THE GALLERY: 

Our next show opens December 1st, featuring women artists from around the country and Canada. It's a wonderful group show, that we have worked hard to bring to Water Valley. The work form the show will go live in the online store on December 4th, if you aren't local. 

Lastly... use the code HOLIDAZE at check out, to save 30% off, ALL SEASON! What?!!?? Yes, all season. It's a thank you for shopping at Amelia for the last eight years. Also, if you order online and live in Oxford or Taylor, we offer year round free delivery. Just mark in store pick up and leave us a comment in the notes section, with the address that you want the idea delivered to. 

See you in the Valley! 

112 South Main St. / Water Valley, MS / 38965

 New holiday hours coming soon! 

 

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Keeping Clean With Lemi Shine

Now that we are hosting more and more parties and offering more classes than ever at the shop, I'm always on the hunt for natural cleaning products that also work really well. Especially as we head into the holidays, I need something that works not only well but also fast. I found it!! My new go-to is Lemi Shine. Besides smelling good, it doesn't leave a chemical residue like some products do. I'm a bit of a clean freak, so this is my new shop and home cleaner for sure. 

As a shop owner, the holidays are the time of year that I don't have time to spend cleaning for hours on end, but also a time that I end up hosting more gatherings at my house. I'd rather be able to move through cleaning quickly and efficiently, so more celebrating with friends can be had. We have two dogs, two cats, and a child... so much to clean up after! But Lemi Shine makes cleaning quick. I've used some natural products and you have to go back over what you just cleaned, because they don't work as well. I didn't have to do that with Lemi Shine Everyday Cleaner nor with the Glass and Surface Cleaner. It was quick and easy, so I have more time to enjoy my clean home and times with friends in it.  I also now use the Washing Machine Cleaner once a month... a much needed cleaning product, that's for sure. I can clean the machine before all my washable linen table clothes and cloth napkins, so everything will be extra clean in a snap, for guests, all season long.

My tips for a five minute clean, this holiday season... I started stashing the Glass and Surface Cleaner behind my bathroom sink, so it's on hand for a daily clean and then I keep the Everyday Cleaner in the kitchen, for a daily wipe down of the counters. By not letting the cleaning stack up, it makes the daily five minute job feel like a breeze. Once a month, use the Washing Machine Cleaner.

Leading up to your holiday parties, figure out all the serving platters and such, that you will be using. Three days ahead, run the dishwasher using the Dishwasher Booster for all serving platters, wine glasses and silverware. Two days before, go ahead and set the table, or put out the bowls and platters that you might be using. My grandmother used to put a note for what goes in which bowl, on the table. I picked up this habit and it makes things feel less frazzled when getting your home ready for guests. One day before, make any dishes that you can make ahead of time and prepare the bar. On the day of the party, cook a little, but mostly enjoy your clean home and the company of your guests. 

Have you tried Lemi Shine? Here are some coupons, if you want to give them a try. Let me know what you think. Happy cleaning and happy holidays! - Erin 

*This post is in partnership with Lemi Shine. While I was compensated for my review, all thoughts about the products are my own. Thank you! 

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