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.