Thursday, May 29, 2008
The Monthly Mirth
Your update on all things Joyful
Elegant narrow table for entryway or behind the sofa $249
Snappy handbags from Biscuit designs starting at $45
Antique two-drawer nightstand $199
Pink vanity with circular mirror $299
White desk with swoopy legs $269
June brings everything we like, flowers, bikes, swimsuits, and money. Yep, money. We are
giving away $100 in Joyful furniture credit to whoever wins this contest. All you have to do is tell us what kind of schwag (cheap marketing gift) we should give the students in August that will remind them to furnish their lovely homes at Joyful. It can't be garbage. They have to use it often enough that they'll save it and see our store info again and again. It has to be inexpensive too. Please send your ideas in by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just hitting the "comments" button at the bottom of this page. Good luck.
Parking Spaces Friday, June 13th- 11am - 2 pm
As part of Walk and Bike Month Joyful will join dozens of local businesses in a celebration of human-powered transportation and the urban outdoors. We'll have a park set up in our parking lot, complete with plants, benches, and cool drinks. Get a map from GO Boulder and you could win prizes for visiting all the "parks."
Join the Artivist Movement Saturday, June 21, 2008 7:00-9:00 p.m
Art can change the world ~ A fundraiser for Art as Action at Joyful.
Live performances, drinks, hor'dourves, dessert and an excuse to wear a dress.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through http://www.artasaction.org/
Quote of the month:
I'm on the patch right now. It releases small dosages of approval until I no longer crave it,
and then I'm gonna rip it off. -Ellen DeGeneres
Have a Great Month!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
It's still out there. Almost every object you've ever touched still exists. Maybe you lost it, tossed it, or gave it away, but if it wasn't biodegradable, it's still in the world somewhere.
Maybe it's nestled into a landfill serving as a pillow for a sleepy barbie, or spooning with an abalone ashtray. It might be rolling down a hill in a fondue pot or sandwiched between a couple of Van Halen records. It may not have moved for years but if it's lucky, it's been picked up by one of my tribe and is now living the good life.
I seem to attract people with an eye for good garbage. Some of Joyful's furniture is currently on display in an award-winning eco-home made from old shipping crates. Joyful's own glass artist Hannah Upham makes jewelry, boxes, vases, and bells from broken glass that she has fused and molded in a kiln. For the last ten years, an old friend of mine has been building beautiful art quilts out of cast-off drug bags. Another friend sews amazing handbags out of scrap fabric. The diligent dog-owners of Boulder have made a valiant effort to reuse our endless supply of plastic newspaper bags. However, Moe's Ecomats has done them one better by weaving the brightly colored bags into elegant placemats and coasters.
I like to imagine all the lost objects like bees humming in a layer around the globe, inaudible to people who only speak "new." The rest of us, when we need something, just whisper "please" into that low-slung atmosphere and watch it fall into our hands.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I might be the most female thing alive. If it makes you squishy, curvy, or emotional, I've got about as much of it as a human being can carry. If there were a way to sell estrogen, I probably wouldn't be slinging furniture.
As it happens, I'm sitting here at Joyful next to several very handsome pieces and thinking, if they could talk, they'd invite me to take a walk on the man side. No long-term changes, of course, but just a vacation from the usual with an itinerary something like this:
- Do something all by yourself, even if it might be smarter and faster to get help.
- Keep a thought to yourself.
- If that doesn't hurt, try keeping a complaint to yourself.
- If that doesn't kill you, try keeping a judgement to yourself.
- Give someone your bus seat.
- Shovel a neighbor's sidewalk.
- Carry something for someone.
- Stick up for the little guy.
- Stick up for yourself.
- Risk total humiliation in a no-holds-barred romantic gesture.
- Risk life and limb for fun and adventure.
These pieces of furniture are no beer-swilling frat boys or corporate drones. They wouldn't be caught dead scratching their smelly bellies in front of the game. These are gentlemen.
The dresser is smooth and mod like Tim Roth in Prada. The spiral-leg table is Cary Grant, all coiffed hair and wry humor. The old door halltree is the bartender at your favorite place who smiles for real. The stout ladderback chairs are bodyguards in perfect shape and perfect form.
They've probably got money on whether I can do anything on my man list. If you're interested, they're probably still taking bets.