Sunday, October 26, 2014


Today it is 62 and sunny, another beautiful day! I am enjoying autumn so much! I used a few hours today to start to clean and organize the house. Since I have been working such long hours at VB the house is a disaster!  If you look to the left you can see that I started to round things up and put them in the archway. Next they will be put away.
   When I looked at my calendar and the VB open houses it occurred to me that there is going to be no time to get my Christmas out in time for Thanksgiving unless I start very soon. Our Open House is the 7-8 so that gives me about two weeks. I also entertained the idea of maybe this year not getting out all my Christmas stuff. I had to think long and hard about that...could I live with not putting my things about for another year??? Will I be happy when Christmas is here and I just have out a few things???
   Don't get me wrong, I will be happy as long as my family is here! I know that is the most important thing in the world but I adore Christmas. I love the sights and sounds and smells.  I love the way people look happy and smile....and I love decking my home out for the holidays!
  So, yes today I started taking down my fall decorations.
I am ready to prepare for the most wonderful time of the year and I don't want to miss a single minute of it! I adore Thanksgiving and it is at my home and I am thankful for my family and friends but I am going to celebrate it with Christmas cheer! So today, I begin to clean and organize because Christmas is important and my time before my sale weekends is so short. I am enjoying the leaves and the breeze and the sunshine but my heart is dreaming of Christmas!

The Open House!

Wow, it has been a crazy twenty days. Since our last open house I have been working like crazy to transform my shop into a Christmas wonderland. I had help from my hubby and my SIL and I am so thankful for that! This is the door that greets you come to visit us. I have the porch almost done with the help of my SIL and I will share it next time but for now how about a peek inside?
This is one of the mantles and I am in love with the woodys theme we have. The garland has the giant pine cones that match the wreath.
I added a touch of red to this little cabinet and in person it is stunning!

The natural theme is carried out in a few different areas throughout the shop. But now worries, there is plenty of glitter and sparkle. I will have many more pictures as the days go by.
  We had some ladies from out of state visit us on Saturday and there was much to do but with the help of family and friends we pulled off a wonderful day. The weather was perfect and the leaves were blowing and it was a perfect setting!
   Today I will relax and reflect...I have to decide on a theme for my home this year!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Working Yet Enjoying the Season!

Good Evening!!!!! I wanted to share this picture of our beautiful tree. I always enjoy the fall color and this year it is just spectacular. I love driving and viewing the leaves and this day is a wonderful sunny day for it!
  I have been so busy trying to get our new showroom ready for our Christmas Open House that I almost missed the fall colors.
I thought I would share a few pics of what I have been doing. I am going for a more woodsy look on the porch of my building so this is what I came up with today.
I love this potting stand and I decided to carry it on throughout the winter as well. I picked the pine cones off our trees and then took some scissors and snipped of some greens too. I may add some cranberries when it is closer to the open house!
This is the beginning of the woodsy look...with a little sparkle.I will be working on my window house tomorrow as well. I have to have it all complete for this Saturday. We are having a large group of  women visit us on Saturday for a lunch date and shopping. I still have much to complete but I want it to be perfect for their visit. They had asked me to have Christmas ready for them and I am almost ready. I know it seems early but Nov.7-8 is our Open House and this will give me a little extra time to polish everything up for our show.
  We will be opening our new building in November and today we were hanging the chandy and building the check out counter..wish us luck that we finish the details by Thursday so I can breathe.
   I never dreamed we would be this busy and I feel so blessed by all our customers and all the ways they support us! We come so many friends who follow us each sale and I so love that! I have met so many new friends and I am truly blessed.
   We are winding down really. It is our busy season but after that we will close for the season until Mother's Day when we start again! This will give us time to regroup and reorganize and decide on changes for next year! So stay tuned!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Preparing for Our November Open House

Well, I have to say I have been swamped. With our October sale over we are on to our Christmas Open House in November.Our October evening sale turned out to be a huge success! Our customers are the best and they came and shopped and sat on the patio! It was a beautiful evening and we had a wonderful time.
  Next month is when we open our new building so I am working night and day. I am making some progress. This is the back room of my building and I am in love with everything there!
I found this house??? building??? at an auction. I may not know what it is but I am in love with it!
And this musical not it too!
We have many new ornaments both fun and beautiful.So it has been keeping me more than busy. I had a friend come and help me last week and that did give me a jump start too. I adore Christmas and I am wondering when I will find the time to decorate my own home. We are having our usual Thanksgiving and this year we are having a family Christmas and a party with friends..and did I say we are going to be open every weekend???
  I feel so blessed by all the people who has support my business. We have now reached our one year mark and I can not believe how busy I have been. It seems like we work but never get caught up!
Once our products are sold we will be closing for a few months to rest and make plans for next year!
  Hope you are all doing well.