Friday, October 12, 2007

Happy Birthday Bob & Ellen!

Time flies faster and faster. I was chatting with a supplier this morning and heard the dreaded "well, you KNOW it is only 9 weeks to Christmas! You had better get moving!" And I thought YEE GADS! She's right!

The GREAT news is I have made some superb connections for holiday. Mary Ann Graham, Carol Vardeman, France Briere and Pat Swinsky are ALL bringing handcrafted ornaments for the holidays. I am tickled to death to have them working with me; they are so talented! (of course I am a BIT prejudiced I have been buying their goods for YEARS for my home...)

Today is my neighbor Ellen's birthday as well as my beloved husband's 50th. Guess who is making a bigger fuss? We are just happy Bob is walking the earth on October 12th. You've heard non-stop how interesting my neighbors are, there is some wacky birthday synchronicity on the street too. There are four pairs of people who share birthdays on the block, isn't that unusual? (Some would say CREEPY!) I am busy trying to figure out how many balloons I can cram into a four door sedan for the birthday party tonight. I'll let you know later I many I managed!

Speaking of Bob, he got some good news on the physical therapy front. His physiatrist has approved therapy for his arthritic hip (to facilitate ease of movement). Bob is all excited that he going to "real" therapy as opposed to gait training. Of course the sweating and muttering that occurs when he is exercises reminds him it is not all massage and hot compresses! Bob adores his therapists though. They are so supportive and don't cut him any slack. Sounds like his wife!

The shop will be open Saturday morning during the Farmer's Market. Hope to see you there!
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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Willing (?) models of my hat collection!

Amazing that these hats are between 50 and 80 years old! They are little mini works of art. The models are considerably younger and appreciatively better looking! Ladies, thanks for humoring me and my modeling from my bag o' hats!
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I think Christine won!

While Olivia gave her maribou beret quite a bit of "hat-itude" Christine was the hands-down winner in the "make an entrance" category and thereby our big winner in this year's "wear your best hat" contest FIRSTFriday night at Stifel & Capra.

We had LOTS of fun both on Friday and Saturday. The produce and flowers are starting to turnover at the farmer's market across the street, more sunflowers and pansies in market baskets and luscious raspberries and other goodies tempted us as shoppers came through on Saturday to see what had changed since their last visit.

I made some great business calls this week. I connected with old friends, artists that I have worked with in the past (at trunk and craft shows across the area), to inform them of the store's opening and to hopefully recruit them to join us for the holiday season. I have 2 "yes"es so far. More info on that this week!

The shop WILL BE CLOSED for the COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY so I look forward to seeing you later in the week!

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