What an amazing couple of weeks spent in the shoppe surrounded by fabulous women who came to shop and offer me well wishes, smiles and hugs. I have never felt so fortunate - and I am so grateful for the sisterhood of women. Where would we be without the encouragement and support of our friends?
My sweet sister in law, Laurie and energetic Karen, who has more energy than the two of us together...made the show possible and I am so grateful to both of them. I feel so blessed and just plain LUCKY.
So, the final word on the show is that it was a HUGE success and sales were good, too.
Now, the shop space will be dismantled over the next few months...an end of an era for me. It is a bittersweet process putting a dream to rest. After the last customer left the shop and I turned out the lights, I felt a huge lump in my throat as I closed the door. It is time to move onto new endeavors. No one said that it would be easy...
So, I am staking claim to the finished basement in my home here in the city - the whole thing. I plan to create a magical studio space and welcome those same fabulous women into my studio hopefully in early Fall. The idea of welcoming these lovely souls into my home, studio and gardens makes me happy and feels like the natural thing to do. So, here I go....walking down a new path.
Today, I will deliver the jewelry that I have made over of the past week in preparation for the Friends of a Feather show. Back to back shows....what was I thinking? It's been a challenge, but I work best under pressure and I have created some pretty wonderful things to share... I'll photograph today and share with you in the near future. It will be a fun show and I am looking forward to it.
After this weekend I will be heading back to the farm...to relax a bit.
I need to check on my trees that I planted a few weeks ago... twenty-one of them. Now you know why my Dad brought his tract loader with the backhoe attachment over to help with the digging. The guys were preparing a new home for a lovely Crabapple tree that will be just outside my studio windows on the front side of the house. I can just hear the birds singing from it's branches as I hammer away in the studio...bliss.
We planted Japanese Cedars which were my favorite, White Pines, a Pear Tree, White Lilac, a Weeping Cherry, Mugo Pines and my Crabapple Tree. By the end of the day, we were covered with dirt, barely able to make it up the stairs for a shower, but we were really.really.really happy.
On our next visit, I will finish planting my vegetable garden and seed my Zinnias and then go over to my Mom and Dad's house and plant a bed of Zinnias - Giant Red Zinnias for my Dad - they are his favorite. My Dad will never accept any form of payment for helping us at the farm, so we take it out in trade - this time a planted bed of Zinnias. He'll really enjoy them this Summer and the thought of that makes me smile.
Blessings and a Hug - Julie