Stress is something that can stop me in my tracks and bind me up in thoughts for days....... and stress is what I have right now. Opening a fabric shop is way more complicated than I ever would have imagined. Perhaps it's the fact that I'm practically blind in the knowledge of where to begin and what step should be taken next. I'm glad I'm not in this alone......... I have my Mom and sister, and the light at the end of the tunnel is the picture of us three working side by side doing something we only hoped would come true. I just wish the IRS and the State of Georgia Tax division wasn't so involved...... man they're nosy!
My mind needed a break, so yesterday my Mom, myself and Amelia Claire up and decided to take a "research" trip to one of our favorite quilt shops in Jacksonville. This is like the holy shrine of all Quilt Shops, The Olde Green Cupboard in Jacksonville Florida. All hail to thee!
We ate lunch at Chili's...... which I am proud to say I ordered a salad and enjoyed it just as much as the Fajita Quesadillas with extra sour cream that I would normally get. (I won't tell you that I ordered a dessert that is just to die for....... Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie!)
Then off to Sugar Bear Antique and Collectibles Mall where I found some sweet little things. First, I love bowls. I'm a bowl freaky collector type person..... if it's a bowl and it's even slightly old, cute, funny or bowlish...... I'm in love with it. I need to count how many I own to which I need to include these two new ones:
Nothing too special but I like 'em and can't wait to mix something up in them. Then, I accidentally came upon this sweeties:
They're made from a silky fabric, and have hand embroidered legs, noses and whiskers. The eyes on one of them are pencil drawn and their tails have wire in them and can be manipulated....... just had to have them........ they were only $5.00. I thought it was great.
Then we found these little dolly dresses for Amelia's baby:
See the tiny little pockets? Here's the other one I got:
Hand stitching and rick rack..... too much cuteness for this Mommy and a certain Nanny to deny! After making it home, Amelia's baby was promptly dressed and strolled around our home. *NOTE TO SELF: Never allow Amelia stroll a real live baby! She's not very careful about bumps and walls...... or about her baby falling out and being ran over........ and over....... and over again.
One last cool thing I bought for $4.00 was this stool, chair standing on thingy that I had to have!
As far as the shop is concerned I did get a few things accomplished. I ordered our computer....... it will be here next week...... and will become a permanent part of my body soon enough. I've also been working with the girl that is designing our logo, business cards, stickers, thank you cards, banner and avatar for Etsy for about a week now. We gave her our colors, titles and our "vision". After changing this and that....... then tweaking certain areas here and there we came up with our final draft of the logo and such, and man, I love it. Here is our banner for our Etsy Shop:
I'm not sure how it will show up on the blog page so if it doesn't...... trust me ...... it's the best. Our logo, thank you cards and stickers will have a border of red with white polka dots surrounding it which really finishes it off and our banner, business cards and avatar won't because it will make the bird and the rest too small. We're very happy with the outcome!
All in all, I was able to leave some of my stresses behind and re-energize my mind with a much needed break of shopping, time with my Mom and my girl. (And that dessert!)