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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Shabby Cottage Focus Group

Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to all who take the time to leave kind words! I've met some wonderful ladies in blogland! I value your creativity and kindness! I only wish we were neighbors dropping by for a daily dose of laughter, coffee, and cucumber sandwiches!

In this post, however, I'm putting you to work! I'm hoping for some feedback in two categories.

First Category: Handcrafted Roses vs. Rose Decals. In the past, I've detailed my cutepinkstuff with handcrafted roses. Recently, I have been adding vintage inspired rose decals, as well. I'm having fun varying my products, but I'm curious about your preferences. Specifically, I am wondering if the decals are shabby chic vs. Victorian. Too much color? More dimension with the handcrafted roses? New vs. vintage? Handcrafted vs. commercial? These are just a few considerations to ponder. All ideas are welcomed and appreciated.

Second Category
: Pink vs. White. A majority of my products are painted shabby pink, but I recently added a new website category featuring white products. I LOVE PINK, so most items get PINKED! However, there are times when a piece will look better painted white. (I also know that only in faeryland can everything be pink!) Do you prefer white or pink items? Do you prefer white with handcrafted roses or decals? Do you prefer pink with handcrafted roses or decals?


The Quickie Queen said...

Hi Cindy,
I just recently started buying from you so I'm not sure my opinion is the best for what you are wanting to know...but what I like about your products is that there IS a nice variety. I love the handcrafted roses and I like the decals as well and I like that I have a choice. As far as color...I like both the pink and white. As a matter of fact, I almost bought the white organizer instead of the pink one that I purchased today...but it was a hard choice. So....for whatever that's worth...your things have such a special charm and I love the variety that you offer.

The Rose Cottage said...

Hi Cindy :)

I don't know if I will be of much help either. I like both pink and white, but if I had to choose from what I have at home now it would be white.
As for the roses, I prefer the handmade roses to the decals. That one was easy :)
Having said all this, I love my pink bunny, trinket box and storage container, all painted by you in your soft pink paint.

Hope you get lots of feedback.


Anonymous said...

I would hate to restrict you as an artist thereby inhibiting an inspiration you get while designing a piece.

When I am in the middle of designing my next bag I really need to focus on that moment rather than the current likes and dislikes of the moment kwim?
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Alison Boon said...

You sure ask tough ones. I personally think you can never have enough pink but then I ride a pink motorbike. Pale lilac is wonderful to. White looks classy and matches anything. I also like the handmade roses best.

debbie said...

i prefer the decals =) but what do i know? lol! i like pink, but a soft shabby romantic white is nice too. have FUN creating! debbei

christineannette said...

I prefer white with the hand-crafted roses. I find it very shabby cottage style. I think you should still have pink pieces but more white, because it goes with many homes decor.
Love your stuff!
Smiles, Christine

debbiekay said...

Hi Cindy:

I love the white stuff best. No decals on that but I like the pink stuff with decals...most everything you have is awesome and I guess if I had to choose, the WHITE would win....

Love ya,

Debbie Kay

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I like it all! :)
I think the decals are very sweet, but then I also am now the proud owner of some of the jars with the roses on them, and they are gorgeous (you can actually spot them in a photo of my crafting area I shared on my blog today)
And pink vs. white? I like them both.
Big help am I, right?

Miss Sandy said...

I think variety is the spice of life. I like your cute pink stuff and the cute white stuff. I also like both the decals and the hand made roses, I like it all! You seem to have a very good eye for what to use when and in what color combinations.

I popped over to extend an invitation to a blog event I am hosting on Thursday, March 20, 2008, An Easter Parade, in celebration of the official first day of Spring and upcoming Easter. A give away will held in conjunction with this event. For full details see my blog post for today. I hope to see you there.

restyled home said...

Could this blog be any more beautiful?? Pink perfection, indeed!!


Anonymous said...

I love all the pink stuff, but don't have pink in my house--too much testosterone in this family for that girly stuff so I would buy the white but drool over the pink. I studied your photos and have decided that on some items I like the decals better and on others I like the roses better. As far as the decals on white items, I love the way it looks, but it also limits a person to where it can be used whereas the roses on white makes the item all white and it can go anywhere. And of course a person can order your white or pink stuff and then paint it BLUE if she wishes. (gasp!)

celestina marie said...

I love pink and I love white. Now that's a lot of help! LOL Really I think it depends on where an item is going to be placed, used, displayed etc. Decals are very pretty, but since I always hand paint my roses, the verdict is still out for me on that one. I always have to study a piece for awhile to really now. Your items are gorgeous and somehow I think you always choose the right look with your talented eye!

La Rea Rose

Tiffany said...

While I love the look of the pink, I have no pink anything in my home. I prefer white, and love the handmade roses with white. It has so much dimension and the items can be used for so many different purposes.

I tend to move things around my home and I love that white accent pieces can go just about anywhere.


karin (creativechaos) said...

Well.....I was going to say I like the dimensional roses the best. Then I scrolled down to the bottom and saw the last picture of the pink letter holder with the I'm going to say it just depends on the piece..... And I love both the pink AND the white pieces. Did that help? :)

She'sSewPretty said...

I like both pink and white. I also love the decals and the roses. I think it is nice to have a variety.

Fete et Fleur said...

I love both.

Happy Easter!

CarrieJ said...

love it all, but my personal preferences would be ...
white with decals
pink with nandcrafted

I just love all your pink, but my hubby would never agree :) And as long as I keep him around it will be that way ... darn it, but I guess he can stay ;)

Nan said...

Now I know what I've been missing...PINK! I love your blog and had a great time visiting! Thanks!

Anna said...

I love pink. Adore it. Its the best color in the entire world. But for big pieces, I like them to be white so that I can accesorize with pink. Ribbons, flowers, fabrics and such should all be pink. It goes so nicely up against white.