Last year on this date I discovered a quaint new town just an hour from my home. I took the scenic route of Lakeshore Drive to I-55 to exit Lemont Road, where a lovely vista greeted me as I entered town.
The purpose was to meet Kim and Amber Peters, and as I entered their pink store I knew this would be a great venue to showcase my pieces.
We toured the cozy space owned by Heather Haftl, and learned that we can relax our scalps in the lather lounge with a head massage, pamper our hands with paraffin treatments, and watch our hair color get mixed at the color bar, after which it gets cut and styled of course.
The salon, which has been in business for four years, also offers custom make-up blends. Dipping our hands in warm wax after a hand massage was delicious.
Hop on over to my store and take a peek at all the newbies. Enter LETLOVERULE14 in the coupon code box through the end of the month to get a $5 discount.
Aurora Rose is offering several Valentine’s Day Specials in their store, and I love the mini-photoshoot they gave my hearts. Amber and Kim offer creative gift ideas that don’t put your wallet on a diet.
Stella Boutique is celebrating 1000 fans at their Facebook page with a 30% off coupon, so swing by there for heart-warming gifts before February 11.
A re-shoot for additional pieces will commence this week and then there will be more online.
Since the winter was getting a bit bleak I decided to add some life into my home and ordered Buckeye larvae from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm.I eagerly awaited them on a bitterly cold day, and unpacked the lovely box with clear instructions about the contents (2 host plants, 1 pop-up cage, nectar mix and a cup of 6 larvae).
The box was really cold so I wasn’t sure how the larvae/instar 1 had fared, but upon placing them by the heater they started moving and I gently transferred them to their host plant.
They munched away and started doubling in size rapidly.
I love the blue hues from these instars.
Observing their movement is fascinating.
Host plant 1 became decimated just as the first caterpillar made its way up the cage to start pupating (on day 13 of having them in my home).
Caterpillar 2 followed suit, and the next evening 3 began climbing up for their cocooning location.
Now I am awaiting the emergence of 6 butterflies in a week or so.
I’ll probably be getting some citrus fruit to feed them, but this nectar mix could be handy if the weather keeps me inside.
Meanwhile, host plant two will hopefully be an egg-laying surface for generation 2. I raised Painted Ladies last winter from a kit that didn’t come with host plants and regretted not having anything for the hatching eggs to feed from…
Salon Four 14 is a Paul Mitchell focused hair salon that offers a relaxing, professional, yet fun atmosphere including a delicious-sounding Lather Lounge. The salon is located at 1129 Nerge in Elk Grove Village in the strip mall next to Subway and Dunkin Donuts at Nerge Road and Devon Avenue.
NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month.