Make a Polka Dotted Pumpkin

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season! 

Yes, we did and so can you!

Whenever my daughter is home from college we always have at least one art/craft project on the agenda and this Fall Break I was dying to take a drill to my pumpkins.  Caroline had volunteered at a children’s “Make It & Take It” art event at her college and said it was easy.  I figured if they could do it around kids, surely I could handle it.  So we did!

Here are the steps that we took and the items that we gathered before we began.

  • PUMPKIN (the bigger the better for me!)
  • Spray paint if you want a color & painter’s tape
  • Power Drill, Circle Drill Bit – 1 3/4″(Craftsman calls it a Hole Saw)
  • Newspaper
  • Knife and kitchen spoon to clean out the pumpkin
  • Safety goggles
  • Tape measure, pencil or Sharpie.
  • Tall pillar candle (4 to 5 inches tall)

Step 1: Wear old clothes and safety goggles because pumpkin bits and pieces will start flying when the drill hits that pumpkin. Definitely an outside project!

Step 2:  Wash pumpkin and let dry.  Put painter’s tape around the pumpkin stem to keep it the natural color. Spray paint your pumpkin on newspaper and let dry.

Step 3:  Cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin and pull gently on the stem to remove it from the pumpkin.  Clean out the seeds and pumpkin fibers. (SAVE the seeds for roasting!! YUM!)

Step 4:  If you want your polka dots to be uniformly placed on the pumpkin then use a tape measure and mark off where you want your polka dots placed.  We started at the top and placed a mark every 4 inches for the center of our polka dot.

(There are so many sizes of circle drill bits but I chose just one for my first time. I am definitely going back to get some other sizes so I can try another one with more random placement of the polka dots and sizes!!) 

Step 5:  We did re-spray paint a few areas of the pumpkin again after the drilling but it really is not necessary. (One of us is a perfectionist and one of us is not!)

Step 6:  We used a tall candle in the pumpkin to make it very bright. At first, we used a small votive candle and it did not give us enough light to brighten all of our polka dots so… I went back inside and found a taller, brighter candle.

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season!

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Rae Marie

 

 

Meet Julie…MSC’s Customer Service Expert

“Open sales orders, invoices, links to images…This information is available to you 365/24/7, all at the touch of your fingertips; take advantage of it!”

Hi everyone! Julie Marshall here with Customer Service. As you’re reading this, you might be wondering who I am. No need to wonder! If you’ve called us here at the main office, then you already know me-I am the voice on the other end of the line. It’s so nice to speak to y’all every day! I love being able to assist our customers when they call but I really want EVERYONE to know about our AMAZING new website!

In July we revamped our website to an entirely new platform. It has so many helpful features and functions for not only us but for you-our loyal customers! You can view our entire product line-our product information has become more detailed for every item and the ordering process has really, never been easier.

If you are a retailer and never ordered with us, WELCOME! You can easily create an account by going towww.gowhimsey.com, then “Sign In” and then click “Register.”

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If you have ordered with us before and have not yet logged onto our new site, it’s super easy to activate your account. Simply go to our website www.gowhimsey.com, click “Sign In,” enter your email address that’s associated with your account, click “Forgot Password.” You’ll receive an email in your inbox of a link that will prompt you to reset your password for future logins.

 

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The feature that I really want to tell y’all about is the “My Account” section. Once you log in, you can access the following:

  • Open Sales Orders
  • Invoices (orders that have shipped)
  • Links to download for images

Yep, that’s right! You can view AND print all of this information! If you need a copy of an invoice-print it! If you need a reminder of when you ordered those fabulous spring handbags last season-take a look! It’s all there! You will also see credit memos and canceled orders for your reference as well! Oh, and you can download images for your own advertising and social media-even lifestyle photos!

If you can’t tell by all the exclamation points I used, we are so excited to be able to now offer all of this to our customers. This information is available to you 365/24/7, all at the touch of your fingertips; take advantage of it!

See the screenshot below of steps to help you navigate the features mentioned above. Then, go log in and look around! If you have any questions, issues or concerns please shoot me an email: jmarshall@gowhimsey.com or call 866.319.2469, you already know who will answer 😉

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Thanks so much,

Julie

Hello from Shenzhen!

“We’ve been blessed to work with the same team for years on end, so at times, it’s almost like they can read our minds!”

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Huānyíng huí jiā! This means welcome home in Mandarin. This is Jordan Godwin, MSC’s Senior Graphic Designer, fresh off the plane from our Spring 2020 Product Development Trip to Shenzhen, China. I was joined by Tracy Mayo, President, for this short but productive trip to review new products and samples for our upcoming releases. Hopefully, you were able to follow along via our Instagram stories for sneak peeks and behind the scenes of the trip!

While we are continually designing and creating new products in our Washington, NC offices, a few times a year, we take the 7,500-mile trip westward to visit our development team. Based out of Shenzhen, China, our fabulous team handles the sourcing, production, and shipping of the product to our Washington warehouse. We’ve been blessed to work with the same team for years on end, so at times, it’s almost like they can read our minds!

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MSC’s China Team!

Our team lead by Kate works relentlessly to bring our creations to life. While we communicate daily via email and the occasional conference call, it’s always great to be able to work together in person. In this short, power-packed 3-day trip, we reviewed numerous samples and additions to our favorite collections ranging from Baby, to Holiday, to travel lines. We’re SO excited to bring you the best of the best new products which will be debuting at the January market!

Our day typically consists of breakfast at the hotel, working in the office, and going out for a fun dinner at night. With so many trips under Tracy and I’s belt, we certainly have our favorite restaurants and cuisines to indulge in. One of our favorite restaurants affectionally called “Japanese BBQ” by the locals, is a fun, interactive restaurant. Various meat and vegetables are brought to your table, along with charcoals, and you cook your food in front of you with your table. We all take turns flipping meats, serving each other, and enjoying the fellowship after a long day in the office.

 

As it seems like as soon as we got here, we were sadly saying our “goodbyes” and “see you next times”. We left feeling excited and confident in our selections, knowing we’re bringing the best of the best to our MSC customers. Make sure you stop by our showroom in January to see all of our new goodies!

Zàijiànle (goodbye for now!),
Jordan

Connect the Dots…the polka dots of course!

As many of you have notice we launched a new website in July and now it is time to reveal our new blog, Connecting the Dots.  As you know we love anything polka dots at MSC, but the meaning behind this goes much deeper.  Follow along with us as we take you into our world here at our home office, on the road, and even a glimpse into what some of us are most passionate about.

We are excited to start sharing and Connecting the Dots, in hopes this inspires new adventures and interests for you.

Stay tuned for next week’s post from Tracy and Jordan about their travels to China!

Let’s start Connecting the Dots! Leave us a note or email us at mainstreetcollection@gowhimsey.com.

XOXO,

Your MSC team

 

 

 

Giving Back in Honor of Our Volunteers

Chances are, if you have called MSC, you have spoken to Julie Marshall or “Juuulie” as she is affectionally referred to within the office walls.  Julie joined MSC in 2017 as an Inside Sales and Customer Service Rep and has not looked back.  As a Mother of 2, Julie is busy at work and at home but still has time to give back to our local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter.

At MSC, Julie provides our customers with new product ideas, re-orders and information on their account.  In her FREE TIME, Julie schedules the rides to and from our local VA hospital in Durham, NC.  She confirms appointments and drivers for those in our area that can not make the 100 mile trip on their own.

Volunteering for this organization was something near and dear to Julie and her family. Her husband, Ezra, is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served overseas and suffered 40% hearing loss. Veterans’ organizations, such as the DAV are so helpful and pivotal in recovery and resources for veterans like Ezra that she needed to give back somehow. After seeing a sign to volunteer when accompanying him to an appointment at the VA-she went straight to the volunteer office and signed up!

In recognition of Julie’s efforts with the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of  DAV  and the care that DAV provides for Veterans in our community, MSC has donated $1000 to the DAV – Chapter 37 for repairs and maintenance for their vehicles.  It is our privilege to support our colleagues in the non – profit organizations that are near to their hearts.

Additional organizations to receive contributes from our recent Spring Warehouse Sale are First United Methodist Church of Washington in memory of Frank Deaner (husband of a longtime employee, Missy Deaner), and Shelter of Love, a children’s orphanage in Cambodia with ties to our hometown, Washington, NC.

Our next Warehouse Sale is on SATURDAY, APRIL 6th at 1201 W. 4th Street. Washington, NC from 9am to 1pm.  For more information, visit our Tassels FB page.

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Giving Back…MSC Style

Warehouse Sales & so much more!

Three times a year MSC hosts a Warehouse Sale, which has become a tradition for bargain shoppers in Eastern North Carolina. Each sale is different and that is why our shoppers come back every year!  At our Warehouse Sale, shoppers will find samples, limited production runs, returns, and overstocks. Early birds find products that we may not have produced for various reason and are truly ONE OF A KIND!

With a Warehouse Sale less than a week away, our staff is getting ready and very excited about the sale and seeing our friends that come to each and every sale!

After each sale, MSC donates to local charities that our employees have a connection to or are involved with. The proceeds from our Fall Sale went to our local youth football league, Washington Youth Football League and the Shelter of Love, an orphanage in Cambodia. Other recent recipients include the Marion Shephard Cancer CenterGreater Bath Foundation, Old Ford Baptist Church, Bright Futures of Beaufort County and Young Life. 

Our Holiday Warehouse Sale starts Monday, November 12th – 14th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We also have a texting club with texting specials each day!  To join the Warehouse Sale Texting Club, test the work TASSELS to 41411. So come find some great bargains and help us give back to our community!

Follow us at Tassels on Instagram about our Warehouse Sale and on Mainstreet Collection for information about our wholesale and retail websites.

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Proceeds from each sale are designated to charities that are near and dear to our hearts!
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When the OPEN flag is up, the doors are OPEN!
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Friends and Family all pitch in to make the Warehouse Sale a success!

Meeting Pam Shuler…the artist behind Shuler Studio

In our corner of the monogramming world, we have recently enjoyed stitching out the Monogram Chic Embroidery Collection by Shuler Studios.  Classic, yet up-to-date is how we describe this two letter interlocking monogram embroidery font.  From our linen Weekender Duffle to our flange pillowcases to our Canvas Collection, we have loved it in every two letter initial combination that we tried.  And of course, we do have our favs!


One of the highlights of July 2018 Atlanta Market was meeting Pam Shuler.  And yes- we were honored to have Pam in the MSC Showroom!  I mean really…If you love monograms as much as we do, then you truly understand our excitement in meeting Pam.  Pam was so gracious, very sweet and oh so humble about her talent!

Like many success stories, Shuler Studios is a second career opportunity for Pam, born out of a passion for monograms and what she knows!  Pam’s mother was a monogrammer, (when monogram machines took up an entire room) and who monogrammed everything the family owned!  Remembering her mom’s old block, script and diamond fonts, Pam began to study fonts and the digital side of monogramming. We are so glad that you did!

Pam, we are sure that your mother would be so PROUD and AMAZED at all the beautiful places that your monogram styles are now appearing! Thanks for sharing your love of letters and monograms with us!

Check out our Canvas Collection, Fringe Guest Towels, and Throw Pillow Covers at www.gowhimsey.com.

For Retail shoppers, shop our Monogram It section of our website at www.mainstreetcollectiononline.com 

XoXo,

MSC