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December 30, 2011

It's a Whole New Year.......

It's always exciting to start a new year.
It's my time of the year to make new plans for the Shoppe,
Initiating new ideas for promotions and events.

I evaluate what worked during the previous twelve months,
and determine what to keep and develop
and what to walk away from.

I'm looking forward to doing some "off campus" shows and sales next year
as well as events here at the Shoppe.
I have some innovative ideas to keep the inventory moving rather than
becoming stale as it can often do in an industry like mine.

I have started to completely redesign the Shoppe,
moving and shoving furniture and display cabinets around....
thinking I am super woman, but getting it done nonetheless.

I'm purging certain items altogether and
bringing other wonderful things in to take their place.
I have a whole new blog design which makes me happy, and clean, and fresh, and new.
I'm feeling the excitement of a wonderful new year,
and I am grateful to still be here as so many small
businesses have closed in this economy.

I have all my "locals" to thank for that and I know it.
I appreciate you more than you know and
look forward to a glorious 2012.

Here's lookin' at you, kid.

Have a safe and healthly new year!!!

December 21, 2011

La Princesse' Dress Up Trunk.....

Owning a retail shoppe this time of the year is busy enough,
but then take on the job of making the things your
family wants for Christmas....well, it's down to the last minute.

I wanted a dress up trunk for my sweet baby girl, Tatsey.
I started with an old army trunk,
Painted it white and distressed it a bit....
Taped off the pink stripes...
Because she is all girl, for sure.

I painted the open areas with the palest of pinks to match her room...

This made for a soft contrast....
Much softer than the picture depicts.

 And added her princess crown.....
Because after all, she is you know :)
And such a precious one at that....

This week I'm joining with Honey 2805
and of course....
Beverly's Pink Saturday.

Merry, Merry Christmas, Ya'll

December 12, 2011

I've Got a New Picker.....

I have a new picker that is bringing me one after another of these
Precious little wooden doll chests and dressers in all different sizes and styles. 

This little black one had bright red rose cheesy decals between ugly knobs.
I was able to remove the decals keeping the original paint, and
Replaced the knobs with some fantastic brown and black porcelain door knobs.
The scale is completely different, which really makes the piece unique and special.... 
The piece sold right away at my recent holiday open house,
With two other customers calling back to see if I could find one for them...
Goes to show you, the best time to buy an antique is
When you see it :) 

The little white doll dresser was painted white and distressed.
Wouldn't it make a precious jewelry box!

In between the birth of my new grandson, keeping up with Tatsey,
the Shoppe, and life in general,  my time is not my own....

 But it's always good.....
Happy Holidays,
I've missed you.
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