This is the personal blog of Michelle Cali, creator of Wine Coutures and John8eight. Here she plans to get overly personal with you by giving details of her creative process along with rants and raves about her two favorite subjects- alcohol and weddings. She will write often, (not sure if that's a promise or a threat), so please visit as much as you can tolerate. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Not So Secret Addiction

Okay, they say that the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.
(deep breath)So here I go-

My name is Michelle. And I'm addicted to young British boys. There, I said it. Now you know. It's not that I've ever met a British boy in person, ( Phoenix, Arizona apparently is not on the top of the list of vacationing spots for British families).
No, my fascination is enjoyed from afar.

It all started when Price William grew out of his teenage awkward stage. He stopped looking like a little kid from "Oliver Twist" and started looking like, well, a prince! I was able to suppress my addition for a while and even felt for a moment that I was on the road to recovery. And then they cast the lead part of the first Harry Potter movie to Daniel Radcliffe and I became a full fledged addict!

Something in that accent that just drives me nuts. My hubby refuses to take me to Europe for fear I might confess my undying love to every British male on the plane.
Jamie Oliver, Jamie Cullum. Oh, to be young with enough money to catch a plane to Europe.
Well, compared to most vises, mine is pretty tame. No one is being hurt by my obsession (except for the few occasions when I pounce on my husband after hearing him speak in a British accent), and my bank account is in no way affected by my daily needed fixes. (Twilight wallpaper anyone?)
Harmless, yet incredibly satisfying, this is an addiction I don't mind not recovering from.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The 'Etsy' Bitty Storefront

Yes, I finally did it! No, not that! Please get your mind out of the gutter for a second. I was referring to the fact that I finally opened my store on Etsy. I've been toying with the idea for a while. I thought about it right after I opened my website. It seemed like a good way to attract more business, but as you know, life tends to get in the way of our plans and neat little to-do lists. So the whole thing just got pushed to the back burner until now. (Some 'props to my peeps' goes out to my good friend, Maggie, who confessed her addiction to Etsy to me and gave me that extra little push that I needed to take the plunge).
I have a few items on display right now and will be adding more over the next few weeks. With some unnatural time on my hands right now I am going to take advantage of it by creating some more pieces to add to the store.
I still have my website at You can no longer buy directly from the site, but you can still learn about the company there and see some of my work that has sold in the past. There is also a link on the site that takes you directly to my Etsy store for purchasing current items on sale. My little store can be found at Let me know what you think!