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Artist Bio – Lainey’s Story

I grew up on the east coast in Wilmington Delaware and moved to California when I was seventeen to attend college.  I studied theatre, literature and film,  moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, while doing plays, auditions and working temp jobs.

The Magic Bean Company was created in 1994 at my kitchen table, in a tiny studio apartment, inspired by colorful glassware, bold jewel toned candlestick holders, and vintage Italian glassware.

I began painting glassware in the evenings and on weekends developing my technique and making gifts for friends and family.  Everyone insisted I try to sell them to some local stores, so…..I brought my first hand painted candleholders in a picnic basket into local upscale boutiques having no knowledge of the retail business other than being a compulsive shopper – never studied art or business, and in presenting my work, I didn’t know the difference between a purchase order or an invoice, though from my acting background I was good at improvisation and “auditioning”, so I “cold called” stores, asked to speak to the “owner”, schlepped my picnic basket in and took orders for my hand painted candleholders.  This lead to re-orders, referrals and me jumping up and down a lot as their response was overwhelmingly positive. Soon orders and re-orders started coming in and my line started growing and taking on a life of it’s own.  I felt as if I had magic beans!

Soon everything began to flow in synchronistic ways, as I literally dreamt of colors, design patterns, textures, and inspired product ideas.  I needed an official business name as my one woman show was taking off so fast, thus The Magic Bean Company took form – moving from the kitchen table to a large bakery warehouse studio, then to a home based sunlit studio in my house in Valley Glen California looking out at a sweet giant orange tree and a lush colorful rose garden.

My handmade line has expanded to incorporate a lustrous array of items such as vintage hand painted trays from the 40s and 50s, whimsical mirror compacts with vintage images in translucent sparkling colors, a seaside collection of opulent adorned treasures, jeweled shells, lamps and much more.  My line is sold in fine craft galleries, boutiques, museum stores across the USA, Canada, Tokyo, London, Bahrain, via my group page on Facebook.

As to other work experience, I have worked in over 30 on camera commercials as an actress, Voice Over spots and online voice for PayPal demos and tutorials, Internet marketing and social media virtual assistant, sales, marketing, trade shows, display manager, retail sales and management, catering, reception, hostess, celebrity personal assistant, online virtual assistant – blog and creative content writing, social media management and advocacy, non-profit organizations key note speaker, casting assistant,  with a BA degree in theatre, literature and Film.

 

Enchanted Bridal Collection

 

 

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Vintage Cluster Pearl Pendants                               Vintage/Retro Pendant Necklaces

                                                                                                       Eclectic vintage and retro collection of

Something old…something new, one of                            assorted sterling silver chain necklaces

a kind vintage cluster pendants on retro                           and one of a kind rhinestone, pearl and

beaded chain necklaces for the bridesmaids.                  crystal drops.   Individually priced, one of

$35.00/each, one of a kind                                                   kind collection – limited edition pieces.

 

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Large hand painted double Mirrors with 5x magnification featuring a variety of choices (and custom options with your own photos!)

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Painting Myself A Door to a New Career Doing What I Love

wabiSabiapt Painting is a zen form of solace.  It’s my go to place when I want to make, change, create or escape.  When I was a kid I would find stuff to paint in nature.  I painted rocks, pieces of found wood, turned mud to fruit and painted it.  My recurring painting as a kid was a little sail boat on rough water with the ever popular seagulls over head like little elongated black vs with wings.  Symbolic huh?

One year for holiday gifts, I started painting glass candlesticks at the kitchen table with a friend.  We became obsessed.  Time had no boundaries.  I was insatiable for color combos and patterns, textural adornments and inspired designs.  I dreamt in vivid color, talked in my sleep about paint and beading.

Synchronistic beams of the miraculous started shining the light for me to all kinds of things falling into place.  I painted and painted and painted until I worked up the courage to take my little offspring to the retail market.  I wrapped them in black velvet fabric pieces, put them into a shopping bag and walked into a boutique in West Los Angeles.

I had no idea what I was doing.  The owner took a look over her funky glasses at my creations as I unwrapped them and placed them on the counter.  I was trying to keep the negative self talk at bay, and I was winning – I made it there and I stood still.  She liked them.  “Alright, let’s give it a try.  We’ll mark them up high and see how they go.”

I left six sets on consignment and within a week all six sets had sold!  She said, “Bring more in – they’re hot!.”   I was so excited.  I was a painting fool up past two in the morning, never sleepy, always inspired, lost in the zone.  I went to several stores, high end stores I never even shopped at, made appointments with the owner/buyers growing more and more confident as my client base increased quickly.  I had to think of a name, get my resale number, learn the wholesale aspects of my material buying, and so much more.  I didn’t know the difference between a purchase order or an invoice.  I had my own little codes.  The most popular color combo was a peridot green with an amethyst colored stem and little gold accents.  It was always the one everyone wanted.  So I called it TOEW (The One Everyone Wants)   Simple.  Finally one of my customers sat me down and explained the difference between a purchase order and and invoice.  Hey, I was a drama major – what did I know?

The boutiques and galleries were excited to see something new and fresh.  Orders and reorders kept me so busy I actually had to quit my day job after six months.  I felt like I had magic beans.  I need a name for my new business – and The Magic Bean Company took flight officially in 1994.