Sunday, February 11, 2018


Roy came all the way downstairs to visit me in the shop yesterday.  

This is the LIFE!!

Since we still don't have a sign hung outside 
we had the door open to get a bit more attention 
so I was wearing my coat.

Had to wrap the little man up!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Shop has Moved!!

You didn't really think I could just talk shop, did you?
Look at my precious buddy, Roy.
He is so much FUN!

Roy and I played with some camera time while Chelsea worked at the Strasburg shop one day.
He is in, and on,  some of our display pieces.

What a crazy week we had.  Beginning a week ago, Saturday past, we moved Chelsea and Chadd into their new home above the new shop. 
Early in the morning on moving day.
We were there to take them to breakfast before picking up the truck.

They had a lot of help.  We had a lot of delays due to the former owner having too much stuff and not enough time.  But we finally got in.  The group of friends who were able to help with the move were amazing!  Such fabulous attitudes and a willingness to wait with us through the delays.  In fact, at one point we were all on the floor of the old apartment playing games.  Weird moving day.  I'm so used to ones where you are moving a top speed until it is complete.  But it was the most fun moving day I've ever experienced in that way. 

Chelsea, Emily and Chadd painted the kitchen.  It is serene and pretty in blue and white.
Because the kitchen is in the common area Chelsea was sweet enough to set up a coffee/tea
station for everyone who works in the shop.  She also has a bowl of fruit for us.
We will all contribute to keeping it stocked.  It has already come in handy as we are working long hours.

Wednesday we had our real estate settlement on the new location.  Later that day we went and emptied the Strasburg shop, cleaned it and headed back to Lititz.  With a painter coming the next day we had to be somewhat choosy where we put things.  Nothing could be set up until later.  Only now are we beginning to set up the boutique area while our painter completes his work on Monday and Tuesday.  However, finally, we have enough freedom to begin unpacking and placing display pieces in tentative places.

Our friends Amy and Annie of Fresh Vintage by Amy and LaneyBell Designs have begun setting up their space.  It is absolutely beautiful already and they have only just begun.  We are a bit jealous that they are as far along as they are but know that we made the decision to paint and are paying, in time, for that decision.  However, in the long run we are sure that we will be pleased to have done so.   It is looking so clean and fresh.  Amy is covering most of her walls with merchandise and display so it is working well for her as it is. 

On Saturday we emptied the storage unit, so if you are counting, that is like move number three within those seven days.  We have a lot of stuff.  But it is going to come together so beautifully.  Our space is delightful.  I'm currently looking for window treatments and other little details. 

Today at church I could hardly keep my eyes open and so we came home to eat lunch and then I caught a nap before now watching "some football game".  lol  Actually I am a recent fan of Nick Foles, the Eagles quarterback. I saw his testimony shared online and I am always happy when someone getting the publicity he gets isn't afraid to share their faith.  However, as far as sleep goes, I may not make it until the end of this game.  The eyes are heavy again. 

You could pray with me about something.  I have an appointment with a specialist on Friday morning regarding high pressure in my eyes.  They are concerned about developing glaucoma.  I wouldn't be surprised as I have noticed issues with my peripheral vision over the past couple of years.  It should be treatable if it is what the Optometrist feels it is.  Not that I would get lost vision back but that I should slow or stop future vision loss.

Before I go, here's a sneak peek at the color and theme we have chosen for the boutique area of the shop. 

The color is all through our three areas....but the themes are different for each room and the porch. 
It is going to be SO much fun to set it all up.  And then rearrange and tweak.  If our fondest dreams come true we will actually open on Friday.  It is second Friday in Lititz and the weather is to be perfect.  There is soooo much to do and some snow in the forecast.  I may end up staying overnight midweek so as not to miss opportunities to work.  How blessed that this is an option!

Alright.  Signing off.  So much is left unsaid.  But I hope you've enjoyed seeing a bit of the things happening around here.  It has not been dull and I am physically exhausted from doing a big project at my age.  O.k. so I can't use age as an excuse.  Mom and Georgia are totally hanging in there and working hard.  They have been amazing.  So...I'm just tired.  Mentally and Physically.  But soon this part will be over and the customers will come.  I will be rejuvenated and filled up to the top.....customers have that effect on me.  Can't wait to meet them!!!  And see our favorites from the Strasburg shop visit us!