...and a quick moment to share with you one of my most beautiful thrift shop vintage embroidery finds EVER!
As I walked across the shop when first I spotted it, I thought for sure it was a print, which would have been pretty as well. But no - it was real silk embroidery and very, very lovely. I could not believe my good fortune as I walked it up to the register - heart slightly pounding.
I'm not sure why the Thrifting Fairy likes me so much lately after she appeared to not care too much for me for quite some time... but I'm not questioning it.
One of the reasons I've set up an office outside of my home (besides the need to get away from the distraction of dirty dishes and piles of laundry) is to work on a specific plan, of the business kind. I've been taking on line courses to help make me a little bit wiser in the ways of business. And there is a goal to that.
My parents gave me many, many things during their lives - most important of which was complete unconditional love and support, together with being the best kinds of teachers - the ones that teach by example. They taught me well. And one of the gifts that they have given me in their passing, is the means by which to make one of my dreams come true. A catch-22, in that I would love nothing more than for them to be here and share this dream with me. But then I wouldn't be able to make the dream come true right now, would I.
I believe with all my heart that they are here to share it with me anyway, and I know they would not only be proud, but be glad that they were able to help my dream become a reality.
And that dream is a brick and mortar shop.
If my business plan goes accordingly, then one year from this fall I will be opening my very first Real Live Brick and Mortar Shop. Yessiree...hopefully right here in the village of my hometown (if the right shop becomes available - keeping fingers crossed). Downtown Bay Shore has become a lovely town, filled with boutiques, little bistros and restaurants, coffee shops, a concert theater, and a pretty park with a gazebo where they have outside concerts all summer. It's a perfect spot. Not to mention that it is around the corner from my Little Blue House.
I won't go into the boring details of the actual business plan, but part of it is to spend the next year building up an inventory and also getting some experience and exposure by doing local craft shows. On Long Island we have many of those all year long - some of which are quite large and draw great crowds of people. I must start small at first, of course, but by next spring and summer I should be able to participate in some of the larger ones.
OK, so I won't burden you with more info than I've already given, so I will switch over to the fun stuff. But I wanted to share that with you, because within the sharing comes the reality of it.
Here is what I'm loving right now - lovely, breezy, silky, colorful vintage scarves, lots of 'em...
I have a special project in mind for some of those pretties.
In prepping for my first craft show in July, I've dressed up a little thrifted shelf...
And made keychains from my precious ribbon stash and vintage buttons.
I've been working feverishly in the garden, and giving it the boot. A pink boot that is. A pair of thrifted pink cowboy boots were waiting for me at the thrift shop. Just sitting there waiting. I knew what I had to do.
And a polka dotted one too.
And I have 2 new vintage "Swallow Finds"...
Thank you for listening to my grand dreams and for being part of my little world. You bring me happiness and every day inspire me to let my little light glow.
My new office is taking shape, and it is becoming a nice little haven for me to escape to when I need to focus and do computer-ing for my shoppe, blog and website.
My office is in this lovely old colonial home, which has been converted to an office building - but the beauty of it has been kept. I will share more pictures of the house itself soon, but for now here are little peeks at my office...
Needless to say, I need to bring my grown up camera with me to take real pictures, and I must share some of this home with you. I know you will love it. The house also has an interesting history, which I will share as well.
I have put it together myself, which is no small feat as I have exactly zero, zilch, nicht, nada HTML experience or knowledge, for that matter. But it is not a bad start, and it will work well for me for now. Come and visit if you have a moment.
I will be doing my very first ever Craft Show on July 27th, 2013.
I know, I must be crazy for my very first attempt to be in the middle of the hot Long Island summer, but I will pray for a cooler day and bring lots of cold drinks and perhaps do a cool, sunny weather dance the night before - you never know, it might work.
I will post more info on that right before the show, and if you are in the area, I would LOVE to see your friendly, smiling, supportive face there, as I will be nervous and slightly insecure.
On the homefront, my yard is shaping up.
I am finally ready to plant lots of yummy herbs and pretty flowers for the butterfly gardens, and perhaps some veggies too, although haven't decided that yet. My tomatoes last year were a sad, sorry, pitiful lot, and I don't know if I want to put tomatoes through that again. We shall see.
It is a warm, happy Thursday here, and we are enjoying it immensely.
A quick little thought for the day, and I am off...