Monday, August 15, 2011

Meet the Blog Editor

My name is Marcella Schannep and I am a third-generation native Arizonan.  My husband and I have raised our three children here in Tucson, and as you can see from the photo below, I was recently a Mother of the Bride.  My experience working with the staff during what could have been a very frantic time was such fun, that I was eager to introduce them to you through the past few blog posts.  Let me tell you more of my experience in shaping this celebration with the ladies of A Fine Line.
1. What are your favorite items at AFL? As the Mother of the Bride, I was pretty focused on the usual.  We loved the Vera Wang invitations we selected, and then Kristi worked with us to create and print the escort cards, programs and table numbers in-house, which was VERY budget friendly.

And, of course, working with Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers was wonderful.  She did such an amazing job on the bouquets, and was very creative with the colors my daughter requested. 
 She wrapped the bridal bouquet in the handkerchief with which I carried my bridal bouquet , then secured it with a cameo brooch belonging to my daughter's great-grandmother.

But a fun surprise for all of us was the wide variety of gift items available at A Fine Line.

My younger daughter, the Maid of Honor, purchased these darling luggage tags as a Shower gift.
The bride loved the selection of gift tags to embellish the gift bags for her bridesmaids.
A frame created by this same artist is one of the newlyweds' favorite wedding gifts.

And what is a special day without special jewelry?  In my photo above I am wearing a creation from a local artist.  A Fine Line features several local artists, and jewelry can be custom-made, according to what your special celebration calls for.

 2.What have you learned - or what is your favorite thing you have discovered - working at AFL?  The importance of merchandise display. Whether it be serving pieces, home decor, or jewelry, these women are magic.  By far, my MOST favorite thing is when they get in new merchandise!  Be sure to check out the next blog post to see what's new in the store.

3.   When you entertain, what is an important decor for you?  Whether a small, intimate gathering, or a large indoor/outdoor reception, I love having a theme.  Be it a color or a concept, I love planning menus, decor and little touches around my home and garden around a theme.

4. What is your favorite part about interacting with shoppers at AFL?  I don't work at AFL frequently, but when I do, I am like the other women at the store:  I love the stories.  And as blog editor, I want to share YOUR stories.  If the ladies at AFL assisted you in creating a special event ~ a wedding, a special birthday, etc., please email a few photos and details of the event to the address below.  We would love to share your story.

Blog Editor

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