Saturday, July 31, 2010

Longaberger Bee 2010 Part 2...Christmas

This is a short post to talk about the Holidays. I know, summer is not over with, but part of the Bee is to talk about the third and fourth quarters, or to everyone who is not in the business world, the second half of the year.

I am concentrating on the living room/great room and office area, and how to make it cozy your guests and make entertaining a breeze. Before I do that, let’s talk about Longaberger’s theme for the holiday season. If you keep with the holiday themes that Longaberger has, last year it was snowflakes and a cookie exchanges. The year before that, Santa. Well, this year, it is all about snowflakes and snowmen. I will give the official names of the baskets in a later; I do not see it in the new Fall/Winter catalog. Speaking of which, if you want the new catalog, and you do not have a consultant, please let me know. If you have not receive a catalog in a long time from your consultant, please her/him know.

The baskets are round this year, which kind of reminds me of the Drummer Boy baskets or something like that from years ago (about 2002-03). There is also a snowman hat basket for those of you who are into unusual baskets. The colors are red and green, with snowflakes on the lids and the sides. I always like getting sets, because the protector, lid and liner complete the look of basket. They are the “accessories” of the basket. Sort of like having jewelry, a purse, and hosiery to complete the look of a dress or suite. Without them, a basket is just a basket. If you look at lesser quality of baskets in retail stores, they try to add liners now.

The rest of Bee 2010…

One of the events I forgot to mention in the last post was the Horizon of Hope party the day before General session. I only poked around for an hour or so, before heading towards the company store. Consultants put their names in for a drawing or two. All of it goes for a good cause: research at the American Cancer Society, especially for Breast Cancer. The Bee Boys were there. Tami Longaberger’s daughter, Claire Kaido (not sure of the spelling) singing. She is very talented, and will be releasing her first album in the fall. Maybe she will give Taylor Swift a run for her money. Anyway, there was dancing and a flash mob dance. In case you have been hiding under the covers, a flash mob dance is a dance where a person comes out of nowhere and start dancing to a well-choreographed routine, and other start in. What everyone else is not aware of is this was all planned in advance. You can watch them on You Tube (, just type in the words, Flash Mob dance. It is all the craze in Europe. I practiced the steps, but did not get back in time to do it. Not sure if Longaberger’s flash mod will be on there. I urge you to check out Tami Longaberger’s new book called Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, the Love of Life. You can get it on, Barnes and, and a couple of places on a pre-order. It should be out either August or September.

Decorating …

For your living room, you want a room that can change with the season. In Part 1, I talked about shopping in your own home. If you have pieces of furniture that you want to get rid of, repurpose it first. Maybe you are tired of that chest of drawers in your master bedroom; use it behind your couch instead. If you have a big enough space, pull your couch away from the wall, and far enough so you can get to the drawers to store things that you barely use but have for special occasions like holiday parties. Use the top to hold tchotchkes (or knick-knacks). Perhaps you have a favorite collection. Place them on the top, and every once and a once and a while change up and pull out different pieces of your collection. Use the top of the dresser at holiday time to put your food items on it, in case your living/great room is not within walking distance of the kitchen. One of the things I like about wood, is you can paint it in your color scheme, or place a different stain on it. Be careful though, because some woods show off the color better than others. So test it first to see if you like the stain or paint on it, before you make a total commitment to painting or staining all over. I would paint or stain in an area of the piece where you cannot see it and live it for a few days. I would also do the same with your walls. My tip: go to the paint store, get those little switches. Go home and place removable tape under the swatch. Again, live with it for a few days, if you like it, go back to the store and buy the paint. It is better than getting stuck with 5 gallons of periwinkle, and cannot get rid of it.

Once that is established, get your accessories. Do not go overboard with it. Again, go shopping in your home and repurpose, but also get some new pieces. I have the Flair basket and Bowl (the small one), I will be getting more of that basket. I may stick to the warm brown, rich brown and black stains, or I may change it up a little for fall. I really do not know yet, I am still in summer mode.

Small Flair Basket and Bowl Set
Your office, if you have one at home (not the ones at work), should be a place to work, as well as your sanctuary to get away from everything else. No kids, spouses (unless you are sharing an office space), and all of their minions should be there. Make it comfortable, but not too comfortable that you would want to sleep in there (unless that is what you like). This is the place where ideas happen, rather this your office away from your office, or where you work your home business, make it you. You should never have to take your “work” to your bedroom. At the end of the day, you should be able to just shut the door, and leave to do things with your family, just like your work office, if you have one. I will not go into details on office organization until another post, but I do want to let you know that Longaberger products work well in the office, from the flair baskets I just talked about to the recharging station, where you store all your small electronic stuff like your cell phones, IPods, and MP3/MP4 players in one area. Longaberger makes your office look good.

Well that is it for this time. I hope you enjoyed learning about decorating for the holidays, decorating in general, and events at Bee 2010. To order any of these items I mentioned, please visit my shop at www.longaberger.con/patricialogan. Just a reminder, you have a few hours left to order the canister sets. Visit my shop for details. Have a good week and God Bless you all.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

What’s New with Longaberger…part 1?

Bee 2010 was this week, and I had a blast learning about all the wonderful products that will grace Longaberger this fall. I am so excited about this. New patterns, new weaves, and the return of old favorites. Longaberger is no longer just a basket company. Longaberger is your "Whole House" company now, where baskets, pottery, and wrought iron are not the only thing going on at Longaberger. First of all, I want to take you on a tour of the "new" Longaberger. Rather this is your first time learning about what Longaberger is, or you have been a fan for years, there is something new for this fall for everyone. Just think of me as your organizing, interior decorating guide. Let’s start.

A couple of decorating tips that I picked up from one of my classes are:

- Pick your paint last, not first. Find that one piece that you like, and work around that piece. It may be a painting that has that perfect shade of red you want in your room. Draw from that color, and add accent pillows, window treatment, etc… In case you wondering what this has to do with Longaberger, they have had wall art since January 2010. I bet you did not know that. There will be new wall art for the fall. From country to contemporary, there is a piece of wall art that you may fall in love with.

- Do not be afraid to shop from your own home. In fact I encourage it. Re-purpose the current item in your room and pull something from another room, and will make that room look different. Once you have done that, look for the few little pieces that will further accent the room.

- When you do paint, only do one wall, not the whole room. When you change the room, or decide to move, you do not have to paint the whole room back to a neutral color. My instructor explained to the class that she paints every holiday season.

These are just a few tips that you may be able to use in your home.

New products for the kitchen. To make your fall and holiday entertaining effortless. I know, summer is still here, and the last thing you want to think about is how many people you want to invite to your annual holiday extravaganza. Well, think about it for a moment. The week after next will be August, the last official month of summer, and September 21st will be the start of fall. In between that time, the kids will be back in school, thank God. You do not know how many times I have to hear my mother tell me that she and my father are having a hard time getting my nephew out of bed. Mike starts high school this year for the first time. Anyway, back to new kitchen products. I start with the kitchen, because parties, especially small intimate parties (less than 20 guests), land in the kitchen at some point, and stay there. You want something to set the mood.

Let’s start with the food. Does anyone remember White Cheddar Potato soup, Tropical Key Lime, White Chocolate Amaretto, and Sweet & Spicy Salsa? If you do not, don’t worry. Longaberger sold these foods a couple years ago, and discontinued the product line. Well they are back, and just in time for all of you fall and holiday entertainment needs. Joining them, are food mixes such as Hearty Beer Bread, and three seasoning blends; Jalapeno & Cilantro, southwestern, and Parmesan Garlic Blend. I have tasted them yesterday, and they taste absolutely delicious. Recipes? Of course, Longaberger has recipe ideas, and they are simple to make. To complete the picture, the dips can be placed in the new low bowls. Sit that in the middle of the new large Low basket, and set chips around the bowl. The bread is cooked in the new loaf pan. Once that is done, cut the bread on woodcraft cutting board, and serve the soups in the Soup and Salad bowls. For dessert, serve the White Chocolate Amaretto dip in the Low Bowl surrounded by cookies on the Contour Tray and basket. Add your favorite holiday entrĂ©e and place it either in the 9 x13 pan or in the new Oval casserole bowls, which comes in either small of medium.

Oh, I forgot one other thing: If you bought the chocolate pottery that came in only 9x13 last year, you are in luck. The chocolate pottery now comes in all pieces. So with that in mind, build your set while you can. Tip: chocolate is a plant!

Oh I have so much more to tell you for this coming season, until I have to break it into parts. This is part one. Part two will be coming soon, very soon. Think Holidays again. I will give you a hint….it is a continuation of last year holiday collection. Until then, God Bless you.

This is just in:   You can get made to order Canisters from today to July 31.  Mix and match in any of the colors you see in the Photo.   click here to see all the products in My Shop.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's Bee time

It is that time of year again. Columbus, Ohio is going to the Bees. No, not type of bees, the Longaberger Bee has descended on Columbus, Ohio, and I am going to have a good time. This is the time, where consultants learn new ways of selling the product, new products for the Fall /Winter Catalog, and the Bee Boys, oh those wonderful Bee boys. Ok, stop that, Tricia, you are getting beside yourself.

Anyway, that is where I will “bee” (no pun intended) for the next few days (typing this post on Word, before copying it onto Blogger and it is not fun. Telling me that “bee” is supposed to be “Be”.) Anyway, I hope to share pictures from there of all the new products. They also promise to have lots of surprises for the consultants, and hopefully for you too. I will post the Wednesday special at midnight, and since Star Trek: The Next Generation will not be on tonight on WGN, I am doing some last minute things, and then putting myself on curfew alert. Curfew alert means I have one hour after I return each night from the Bee to look at email and other things, and then it is lights out. (Yes, I am a Trekkie at heart. I watch all but the first one)

Well that is it for now. God Bless you.