Thursday, April 15, 2010

Taxday toes & other recent write-offs

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I had to get a manicure this week because Country Living was here yesterday doing a little feature of me in the studio (look for it in the July/Aug. issue this summer). They were not, in fact, taking pictures of my feet, but I feel off balance if I don't also get a pedicure. So to hit the tax write-off all the way out of the park, and in honor of taxday, I felt it best to take a business-related photo of my toes. There. Now you have to go look at my new collection of rugs and pillows that we have in the shop, to make this completely valid. Thank you.

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Next write-off: flowers for the photo shoot, natch. It's a pain to have them around, but, you know when you are in business for yourself there are certain circumstances that you have to be willing to suffer through. Luckily, I am strong.

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Back to the rugs and pillows and how this post is all about my design business. I am very happy with this new small collection of embroidered velvet pillows, mostly because I think they work so well with other goods sewn from my fabrics. It helps strike a balance between texture and scale, and they are so soft and cozy.

(Here's a link to my new sandals too! Ya know, in case you're expecting a tax return. Ahem.)
xo, AnnaMaria

53 comments:

  1. Country Living photo shoot - how wonderful!! Love the new stuff and love the pretty toes and sandals.

    :)

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  2. Anonymous3:08 PM

    Toes look great! I have been subscribing to Country Living for 20 years, so I am excited to read about you this summer!!

    Shannon

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  3. Fresh cut flowers are simply the best. Looking forward to the feature! I love that you are a fellow mother of lotsa kiddos who still knows how to rock a young (but not too young) look.

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  4. I didn't see that rug color in the shop. Am I missing something?? I love it!

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  5. Blogger Anna Maria said...

    Hi Alexa- it is the Festival rug as shown here:

    http://store.annamariahorner.com/festivalrug.html

    and here:

    http://store.annamariahorner.com/festivalrug4x6.html

    I think the photo above may look a little brighter than the shop photos...
    xo,Anna

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  6. Thanks Anna! In your toes picture it looks golden & light blue, and in the shop it looks more gold & camel? Are the flowers bluish? If so, it is EXACTLY what I'm looking for!

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  7. Hot shoes and nail color! Your new collection of home goods is so much fun. As usual, stunning color in this post.

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  8. I am sorry Alexa, but I would say the color is def more like gold and taupe-ish/dark cream. But I wouldn't describe it as light blue. It is a unique color of cream though, and I would say it does have some greenish undertones to it. I hope this helps- everyone's monitors are calibrated differently so its often hard to describe!

    xo,Anna

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  9. Anonymous5:15 PM

    Congratulations on being featured in Country Living!! Lovely pillows - do you sew them all yourself? (You should probably be charging more!) Your knitting looks beautiful. Are you able to share the pattern or yarn with us?
    Thanks!

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  10. These pillows are designed by me but manufactured by Peking Handicraft- hence the affordability!

    The crochet in a simple bobble swatch that I was testing, and the yarn is Rowan Cashoft.
    xo,Anna

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  11. Love your sandals and your nails! Love your fabrics, love your website! Lotsa love, I know!!

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  12. Any reason to write off a pedicure and flowers is a good reason. As they said on Seinfeld," Just write it off!" Love the pillows, they are luxurious and easy at the same time. Thanks for the tax day peek!

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  13. Oh and I am TOTALLY buying that Country Living, you lucky duck!

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  14. oooo, I'm so in the know! Thanks for sharing the inside scoop on the Country Living spread and your fab new home dec line. I don't imagine any of those amazing goods would be making their way to Canada, would they?

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  15. Country Living came to YOUR house? You say that so casually like "hey, look...is that the ice-cream truck out front?"
    I can't wait to read all about you!
    If Country Living came to my house, I would have to get a face-lift! But a pedi? DEF!
    (Your little feets are so adorable!)
    Hoosier hugs,
    Cheryl

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  16. wow...very nice colours!...hermosas combinaciones

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  17. please, oh please, tell me that the pillows and rugs aren't in terribly limited quantities. i really, really want the large yellow rug and both of the newest pillows!!!

    anna! they are absolutely gorgeous! you are a marvel. even though i can't quite afford them at this time, thanks for making them so affordable ;)

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  18. mrs.deane, they should be around for a while! :) thanks for the nice words, xo,Anna

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  19. Anna, I am in love with your new cushions, they are completely delicious!

    My commenting (which is virtually nil) is completely out of proportion with quite how much I love your range of fabrics and all the loveliness that you make...but feel I must now stop and say how wonderful it all is and also that I thank you in my head every time I make your super circles.

    Florence x

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  20. Everything looks great, especially your toes lol :)

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  21. You are too funny! I think I might need to get a pedicure for my Next Quilt Guild meeting...and write it off, hahaha!
    I'll be watching for the CL mag. I'm so excited for you . Congrats! B=)

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  22. Looking forward to that months magazine...always read it from cover to cover!Extra special read that month!

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  23. Hi!
    I just wanted to say that I'm such a huge fan of your fabrics and patterns, and somehow I JUST discovered your blog and I JUST discovered you're in Nashville! (so am I). I can't wait to check out the pillows and rugs!

    -Rebekka

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  24. Okay Anna, you are forcing me to write off one of your pillows (or maybe two?) for the business-related photo shoot that I'll be doing around here this week! Gah! Oh, and I can't WAIT to receive my copy of your new book and make something from it lickety-split. Looking forward to our little blog tour interview!

    Hugs,
    Meg

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  25. Haha! I love this post! The things you have to put up with when you have your own business! My gosh, people just don't even know! :) Your pillows and rugs are beautiful! I need them... all. Hehe, oh well, I might just have to settle for one or two. Off to decide!

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  26. anna marie,
    you are so down to earth and sweet.
    and i love how you say "country living was here to do a photo shoot" as if it is the most natural thing in the world.
    God bless you in all of your creative endeavors and but especially in the raising of your precious family!

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  27. Amazing shoes - and congrats on the new line. Rugs? Hmm...

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  28. Anonymous10:10 AM

    LOVE the sandals.. and the pillows too .. but those sandals love love lvoe

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  29. I've been following your blog for about six months now and finally feel it's time to comment -- your sandals are sooooo cute and so is that haircut in the previous post! But OF COURSE I'm primarily here for your gorgeous design work:) Thank you for brightening my days; I have really enjoyed your blog!

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  30. Awesome sandals! Are they comfortable, or another example of suffering for your art?

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  31. Awesome rugs and pillows. Do your fingers match your toes? Although they are cute, I hope not.

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  32. How exciting! I can't wait to read your feature. CL is one of my favorite mags, so I will anxiously be awaiting that month's arrival.

    And red toenails are simply the best. :)

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  33. O.M.G. Can I have a crush on your talent? Is that possible? I totally am crushing your talent girl more than ever after this little peek of your home decor skillz. Could you cut it out a little though? Is there anything Anna Maria cannot do? I don't think so!

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  34. Love the rugs!!! the flowers, the pillows, the sandals, and the toes! Thank you for being such a great reminder to enjoy color!

    I hopped on over to the shop and didn't see any larger size rugs. Do you think that is an option in the future? We're talking big .... 8x10?

    crossing my fingers....

    kim

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  35. Congrats on the CL articles, can't wait to read it. Oh and love the new pillows, they look so soft and comfy!

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  36. Love the new sandals & the red nails!

    Your work is amazing, by the way. :)

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  37. Your blog makes me happier than Bazooka gum wrappers.

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  38. I adore being self-employed. I justify all KINDS of prettiness that way...

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  39. Love that pair of sandals...so cute!

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  40. My accountant refuses to let me take such things as tax write-offs.

    I insist that a designer must look like a designer. And that it is part of the job. She quotes some blah blah about how even Liberace didn't get to write off his clothing.

    Time for a new accountant, don't you think?

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  41. How fun!!

    I love Country Living. They just did a little shout out to me on their facebook page the other day and my current blog post is about them.

    When does your article come out?

    Your toes look lovely. ;-)

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  42. These pillows are beautiful! I'd like to curl up with one right now!

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