November 11, 2011

Christmas Blessings!

I have so much to post about and to be thankful for this week, and so little time to tell you all! I had one of those blessed weeks where all those things you were hoping for come together in a way that you can't believe!

I have been working my way out of my full-time position as a hair designer and spending more time focusing on my vintage projects and creative home art ideas.

My goal for awhile now has been to do this full time. I have been praying for someone in my city to open a vintage mall so that I could have my own space like Miss Mustard Seed and her Luckett's.
No luck!

Then, I approached someone that had an empty retail location about renting it out for the Christmas season.
Not practical - too much paperwork, permits, licenses etc etc for my liking - especially just for a 2 month endeavour.
Never mind the rent...too scary!

I stopped in for coffee the other day at a place I have been going to forever and began to talk to Kim - the lovely owner of Gourmet Gallery.

I wanted to know if she would consider having me bring in some of my vintage items to add them to her antique style gourmet coffee and lunch destination. Well, as we chatted we realized we needed each other!

Kim is one of those wonder-woman type ladies who takes on a lot and is an amazing business woman, baker, Barista, mother, wife, one-woman dynamo - well you know the type.

What Kim doesn't have time for is to give her location a bit of a face-lift and freshen up for Christmas. Although she would probably just stop sleeping if she could do get it all done.

Initially, we agreed I would rent out the back of her shop and redo it and call it my own little Home Sweet Nest area, but the more we talked and planned, the more excited we both got until Kim finally said:
"You know what? Forget the back corner and just help me do the whole store!" 
I think that's when we hugged and cried a little...

So, starting this weekend I have a space for my found treasures and creations, and validation of my talents and a renewed faith in the idea that things always work out the way they should!

Today I started by decorating for Christmas on the outside of Gourmet Gallery (in a torrential downpour).
I took the advice of Donna at Funky Junk and shopped my house for the decorations. Here is what I came up with;

So, tomorrow is the day that I move in all my indoor items...while she is open!
AND she is catering a party for 60 people tomorrow night (I told you she's wonder woman! Did I mention she is painting the gallery floors today?!
Sunday will be Christmas decorating - trees, lights, wreaths etc. and boxes and boxes of ornaments
and gift ware!
Wish me luck - I think my new life is about to start..sorry I have to run now - have a few things to paint!
(I know - I'm kind of a last minute girl!)

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  1. First time visitor! I am so excited for you and your new adventure. It sounds like a God ordained meeting of the minds for the two of you. I will be signing up as a new follower so that I can keep up with what you are doing. Sure looks great so far.


  2. Oh my gosh, this is the most amazing news EVER! And so perfect for you! What you've done to the outside is outstanding!

    Amazed and inspired here...


  3. That is so exciting for you! Hooray for having things line up in a perfect "God sort of way!" I know the feeling. Just opened up my own store 4 months ago. Crazy! visiting from funky junk!

  4. Elisa, this is fantastic! I love the silverware, birds nests and other goodies tucked into the greenery. Clearly, you've already helped make this business even more inviting and a joy to be in for the holidays. What a great idea and partnership. All the best to you!

  5. That sounds great! I wish you a whole bunch of luck!

  6. Fantastic news! I'm a first time visitor from Donna's Funk Junk SNL, and your newest follower. I love what you did with the garland. Best wishes on your new adventure.

  7. So glad I found you thru Funky Junk! Your decorating is amazing! Congrats on the new gig!

  8. What a blessing!! I'm so happy for you! I've had the same prayers about an antique mall opening around here ;) But that's just it, when it's the right time, if it's meant to be, God will find a way :)

  9. What an amazing stroke of good luck for both of you! Wishing you all the best! The decorations so far are amazing! When I saw the meat grinder hanging there I was convinced that with creativity like this you can't go wrong. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  10. Hi Elisa...Sharon and I just awarded you with a blog award for your amazing site!! Julie

  11. Congrats on your new adventure! Looks like a perfect match. Best wishes and thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

  12. Oh wow! It's great to know there's somewhere local we can go to shop and see your goods! Will you have a booth at the vintage market in December?

  13. Good luck on your new adventure. I wish I lived in Canada so I could visit. Your decorations are amazing. The best to both of you. thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best.

  14. Way to go! Sometimes plans just fall right into place when you least expect them. Love the random stuff in your garland.

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