Wednesday, April 10, 2013

still here

Hello! Long time! Things are sort of the same around here. Summer is coming and it will be another one where I cannot swim. That is sort of hard to face. I will also be turning 30 in June. I have never dreaded turning 30, in fact I may have even looked forward to it..until I got sick. I feel like this last year and a half of my 20s has been stolen from me, and I am certainly not in a place I envisioned.

There are sad thoughts like these, but I still remain pretty positive considering everything. And there are good things in my life. This weekend James and I will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first date. We are still living with my parents and it has been quite stressful, but we have high hopes of getting in our home together by June (hopefully before I turn 30, haha...if this cannot happen I will have to realize the silliness and that age really isn't a big deal....). The above Vine video shows some details in our house. Are you on Vine? Join me! Other things to look forward to..traveling in June for a family wedding..warm weather..getting a very much needed haircut (that I still need to schedule)..taking day trip drives with James and sometimes my parents..eating frozen custard..hopefully driving to the beach even though I cannot swim..OPENING MY SHOP AGAIN..

I am trying SO hard to get things in order. I still do not have a proper space to work in and I am afraid I want so badly to open my shop so it can be a distraction from everything...however, I know that cannot be. I need to be aware of everything and on top of things regarding my kidney failure. So when I open I will probably only have a limited amount of product and if I take orders that will be even more limited. If there is anything you are hoping to see in stock again, feel free to contact me so I can prepare it. I am trying so hard to open SOON. This seems to be the time of year that has always inspired me most, so it is torture not to have Nice....which WILL have a name change. Nice has served me well for 13 years! I started using it around Junior year of high school! Before I had a shop I had for several years, and in 2005 I opened the Etsy it seems there are many shops using Nice in some fashion, blogs too, even Walgreens (a Chicago based company mind you..hmm?) is using "Nice!" as their company brand name..and besides that I have moved on. And can I say, for the record, Nice was never intended to bring to mind the bro, "Niiiiiiice!" which I loathe.

So I am trying to decide if I will change the shop name at Nice, or keep Nice open for vintage only, or perhaps collaborations between my Mom and I. If I switch to a new shop on Etsy, I will need to regain my followers and favoritees, not to mention sales haha. What do you all think?


  1. Congrats on your 10th anniversary, Caitlin!

    I think you should keep your name, it has a history..and you're right, regaining exposure can take time after changing your name.

    Take care x

  2. Bonjour Caitlin,
    It's Rebecca Rose of Dusty Treasures. I too will be turning 30 in June! Summer sisters. It is an age I had always looked forward too because of some idea that I will be a great woman or something but, I probably will just be me with new challenges to face. But still, can't wait!
    I support you wanting to change your name. I think we all LOVE NICE but, sometimes we just have to move forward and grab new opportunities. If you feel like you want to cut off your hair, do it. If you feel like you need a change, go for it. I will miss NICE but, very excited to see the changes too!
    You have always been so sweet and I encourage your artistry.
    ♥ Rebecca

  3. Hello Celine- Thank you! We are very excited to celebrate! I think I will keep it for SOMETHING, but not my main shop. Time to move on! :)

    Hi Rebecca! When is your birthday?? Mine is the 23rd. haha, yes, that is exactly how I have felt and feel. I have always had many older lady friends and have always admired them so..I don't really think about age that much, but these friends ARE older, so it's just one way they inspire me, you know? I will adjust, I'm sure, especially once my life evens out..
    Thank you for your input! I really appreciate it! You are awesome.

  4. Mine is June 7th. Let's keep in touch and give each other "Happy Birthday" greetings!
    I hope you are doing well! And i'm diggin' the work you have put in to your shop so far. Referencing to your reply to Celine, you could change your old shop name to SOMETHING NICE haha, I don't know. Just a thought.
    love love.


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