Monday, May 25, 2009

**A Fabulous Find**

Good Monday morning from San Diego! :)

I am so excited about this week's Fabulous Find! There are creative crafters, there are creative actors and then there are creative this fabulous gal! Residing in Orange County, California, Emily Plastrier has recently launched a new business with an excellent niche. Emily does children's photography. She has an amazing gift catching the happiness and sparkle in a child's eyes...something every mom and dad can treasure! She has a spectacular gallery on her website which also includes 'Furry', 'Family' and 'Fun'!

I encourage you to visit Emily's website and if you're in Southern California, then look no further for the photographer of your next event! Good luck to you, Emily! :)
xoxo, Maggie

Friday, May 22, 2009


Got Secrets? Keep them safe and sound in your own keepsake box.

Now is the time to shop my Etsy studio for your own handmade textile trunk or'll receive 20% off (5/22 - 5/25) on ALL items! Please see my Shop Announcement for details at

If you're a crafter, they're great for storage. If you're a seamstress, they make great sewing boxes. If you're single, I have an awesome Hope Chest for the ecclectic (because not every girl likes pink). They make wonderful gifts too.

Please forward to your friends and family...I appreciate your support so much!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend...stay safe. :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

** A Fabulous Find **

Good Morning from sunny San Diego! :)

I have decided to run a continual Monday Blog called 'A Fabulous Find'. It's purpose? To shout out about other great stores and businesses that I think are definitely worth checking out!

My very first 'Fabulous Find' is about After the Bump Boutique which specializes in the cute accessories you need for yourself and your bundle after the bump is gone. How clever! Everything is handmade 'with love'. I have many friends that are having children and baby showers are constant! :) This is a wonderful place to pick up darling and unique baby items and here are a few of my favorites:

Absolutely adorable! Please take a moment and visit this darling shop After The Bump !

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thrilled to Pieces! :)

Although I have been designing and creating handmade textile trunks and boxes for five years, I recently launched my online studio at and so far so good. I further promote my online studio with a Facebook Fan Page and, of course, my Blog. To take my promotion to another level, I have been researching Etsy Teams to join. This morning I had a great email come to me from an Etsy Team that I didn't even know existed. They found my store, loved my pieces and asked that I join their Etsy Team. I am THRILLED TO PIECES as they present to Interior Designers, Decorators and Home Stagers... this is HUGE and an excellent opportunity for my business. I encourage you to visit my Team's website at as they offer a great array of quality handmade home decor items by style, material, color and room. My pieces are listed under "Under $20" and "Home Accessories" (Boxes & Baskets). So come on by - I would appreciate the support. :)

Let me know what THRILLS YOU TO PIECES and I will be happy to support you too. xoxo, Maggie

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Now...I Spin the Toilet Paper!

It's no secret that life throws little things at us that keep us on our toes!
For instance, the other night I was in the process of removing my makeup with my face cream (it's a girl thing) and when I reached for the TP to wipe it away, a huge (HUGE I tell you!) black spider came crawling around the TP and I FREAKED OUT!!! I'm telling you this baby was a furry monster and it was staring right at me. Moral of the story? From now on before I grab... I spin the toilet paper first!

My point? When you feel you are in a rut, you'll know that it's time for YOU to spin the toilet paper! xoxo

Friday, May 8, 2009

Blogging and Facebook and Websites...OY!!!

Blogging and Facebook and Websites...OY!!! What's a girl to do?! All I want to do is sit in the comfort of my home and create my fabulous trunks and become independently wealthy! Is that too much to ask?! Clearly there is a need to promote, promote, promote. I know, I know... I really shouldn't be such a pain about it since all I really have to do is... sit in the comfort of my home... on the computer. With all this technology at my fingertips I don't even have to leave. Well then, fine! I'm blogging about my Facebook Fan Page and Etsy website...boom, it's done.

Be a love and visit my links, won't you? I worked really hard on this promotion!

A Pack Rat Who Hates Clutter...

Well, we all know there's two types of people in this world...the pack rat and the person who hates clutter. I, however am the WORST type...I'm a pack rat who hates clutter! This is quite the predicament, as you can well guess. My solution?

One night while sifting through mounds of books, decorative items, my little art pieces that my kids have made me over the years (of which I cannot part with!), clothes I haven't worn in ages because I swear I will again one day, blankets and pillows for my guests and so much more, a little light went off in my head, "I should really have a home for all of this stuff!" Now I know the first thing that comes to mind is 'duh!' but you have to understand, a true pack rat doesn't understand that concept. Nope, we prefer to stare at our 'stuff' with such pride knowing how long it took to collect it all and let's face it...if that big pile of stuff could talk, right? Ah, the memories! Well, this is where my sickness comes in. I got so sick of staring at my pile of stuff that I immediately requested of my husband one large floor trunk to be built. He was on it right away (well of course he was... he's a person who hates clutter!). The next day I had my fabulous wooden trunk and away I went. Over the next 24-hours, I created the most groovy textile trunk that doubles as window seating and it's STUFFED with my guest blankets, pillows and family games. I continued doing this until all of stuff had homes. That was 2004... I have been designing and creating handmade textile trunks every since. :) Listen, I almost lost all of my stuff in a Feng Shui attack so my trunks really saved the life of my pile of stuff. When I was done with this huge task I knew there would be other people out there in need of one-of-kind, groovy storage. Voila! Studio M Decor was born.

I sold my trunks for years in the renowned Cedros Design District in Solana Beach, California and did very well. I am really excited to have recently launched my online studio in which I build tabletop pieces (trinket boxes, wedding planner boxes, etc) and offer custom motifs, as well. This is a true passion for me! I love to create, create, create - especially when I get to create a customized piece for someone's home... it also gives me peace when I see their pile of stuff and realize... I'm not the only pack rat who hates clutter. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.