March. In like a lion, out like a lamb. March madness. Spring forward. Spring break. Wait—spring? Ok, while a Minnesota March is technically the start of spring, we know it always take at least another month for our weather to catch up. So we all look for signs of spring…some head south to Florida, others (me included) look at green pictures (from said Spring Breaker’s Facebook feed) and daydream. This time of year, I always seem to get drawn to a new green plant or fresh flowers. I mean, I smelled dirt at Target yesterday! Fresh garden soil smells hit me as I turned the corner. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s just something nourishing about seeing and smelling fresh, green plants nearby. I know the other Mamas must feel the same way because I’m seeing more and more fresh flowers and plants in the stores. And let me just say, I love it!
While we’d love to take you all on spring break this month, we’ll have to settle for a little Mama’s March Madness tour instead. We’re challenging you all to visit all 3 stores: St. Louis Park, St. Paul and Independence (the Occasional shop opens Wednesday night!). You can pick up a tour card at any of our stores and get started. Grab your girlfriends and make a day of it! At each store, show your card to get it stamped and at your last stop we’ll have a little gift for you. How fun is that?! Plus, you’ll get to see all the great stuff our talented Mamas have been busy making! But hurry, this is only good through the end of March and you’ve got to hit up the Occasional Sale next weekend in Independence to get in on the deal…and really, you can’t miss this month’s sale!
Why can’t you not want to miss this month’s sale? I’m so glad you asked! We have another surprise, we’re almost like Oprah! (almost) You’ve asked…You’ve waited…It’s finally here…Amanda’s Home Tour! Yes, that’s right. You can come see what it looks like in the upstairs of the creamery, right above your favorite Occasional Shop! Let me tell you, it’s amazing. It’s so cozy and charming and everything you’d expect from our Mama-in-charge. I want to move in. Do you think she’d mind?
Tours will be offered Wednesday night at 6:30 and 7:30pm then Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11am and 2pm. To reserve your spot on our Facebook event page, click here. Be sure to comment on the tour that you’re signing up for before it fills up! We are asking for a $5 donation at the door that will benefit a local battered women’s shelter. It’s an easy and fun way to help out fellow women and children in need while satisfying your curiosity and getting some Pinterest-worthy decor ideas at the same time!
Here are just a couple sneak peeks of Amanda’s home. The pictures don’t do it justice, so go sign up and come on out to see it for yourself.
One last thing: While you’re visiting our website and stores this month, be sure to check out our upcoming workshops. As usual, we have Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshops (which are so awesome) at all of our locations and a little birdie told me we’ve also got some new portrait painting workshops coming up later in the month that you don’t want to miss! We’re still working out all the details, but I saw a photo of one of the paintings and well, you might see me sitting in class right next to you. Watch our website and Facebook in the coming weeks for the new workshops, they will fill up fast!
So what are you waiting for? Call your girlfriends and make plans to take the Mama’s March Madness tour…and be sure to sign up for the Home Tour—next weekend only! See you soon!