Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Keep on Blogging...

April 2008
The shop has it's new look or at least a face lift...the new awnings are awsome - I wish the logo on the windows would have turned out better but that can be fixed down the road. I am happy with it all in all.

I really can’t believe how fast the winter has gone by, even though it seems to have lingered longer this year. I have made entries and lost them each time I made my feeble attempt. Blogging has turned out to be harder than I thought and I would appreciate any advice on the subject. It takes me awhile to write and then when the page disappears into cyber space it gets discouraging. I am determined to get this…even if we have to redo the website.
Spring has come to the shop at last and it looks fabulous. We have all kinds of birds from journals to jewelry to stone for your garden--it looks as though the shop this year has gone to the birds.

Our new project for spring is a 4’x10’display fashioned after a lovely little shop in Paris that Jody and I fell in love with. We are featuring everything small in its shelves. Wonderful laces found at the Paris flea market, half dolls, paper , buttons and so much more. It will be a great source for those who love altered art projects and of course sewing and anything else you can dream of. More and more the shop will evolve and it is my goal to keep nurturing the creative soul that comes into the shop. Not only with the handmade items in the shop but also the wonderful little snippets used to make them. We are hoping to have this open by June.
I will keep posting pictures as it comes along... This was my inspiration...a small wine shop in the Momarte district in Paris.

Here is the start of it...

The shop has been progressing through the winter and we have finished the “bedroom” which is filled with Bella Notte’ Linens, Pinecone Hill quilts and of course wonderful vintage pillows made by Simply Posh. Some of you have asked about the beautiful wallpaper I used on the walls and “it is NOT old” believe it or not. I found it at JC Lichts and it comes in 3 different colors.

Beautiful colors of Belle Notte...

Our theme on the center counter is Garden and it looks so nice to see it after such a hard winter. It features terracotta pots that have a great aged look and garden animals with the same aged look. We found a great statuary source at market that looks like old cement but it is fiberglass so it is easy to move around…the angels are my favorite. For June the theme will be Brides, and you won’t want to miss the display. I found the most wonderful wedding gowns from the turn of the century. There are two of them in old wallpaper boxes marked mothers and Millie’s. I have to think it is mother and daughter because of the ages of the dresses…mothers is Victorian and Millie’s is from the 20’s. The best part about the find is there is nothing missing. There are stockings, undergarments, corsets, wax flowers, shoes and of course the veils. Can you tell I am excited--it will be a fun display! Oh and by the way, many of you have asked about the center counter itself, it is actually a !6’ front lobby desk from a hotel built in 1800 -1850 called the Lumber Barron Hotel in Chippewa MI, it had been in storage for the last 100 years and I was fortunate enough to end up with it.

Until next time I will try to keep on blogging...