A picture can say a
thousand words and this one sure does. It invokes the child
within any adult who has seen it. Comments are interesting and
varied although most agree on the words "stunning" and "captivating."
One friend had the nerve
to report she will make her hobby room look that way! [I gotta
love Kari Pastor!] What one person feels "stands out to them"
another person will write me expressing a whole different angle that
they see. I enjoy hearing every perception! Everyone sees something different. It moves
people like a good painting and causes them to reflect and think. That is my best reward.
This is also
one of the first times my major works have been on display together in one
"symphony" for people to really understand what it is I do.
Bottom line everyone who sees this photo is moved and wants to study
it. [Clue - The products toward the bottom are on an amethyst
marble table. The blocks of petals are blocks of soap with
petals on them. I had to take an Arial shot to capture the
"Believe." The things in the yellow jar are not lemons, they are lemon
creme bath seltzers.] This is only 20% of the space...more
photos will come. The new address of the historical building's I
remodeled for this location is 123 Midway Street Units "B & D" located
in Spring, TX 77373.
main purpose of this entire "real life" project was to inspire "hope" to
other industrious people and set example for what beauty can be done
on a shoe string budget, and trust I had a shoe string budget.
Stop watching the news is a fantastic
start. I have not watched it in several months. The television
news makes people "mentally broke."
More on shop construction will be added to
this page next week....such as lavender essential going in the
paint and every detail laid out...
For myself the
meaning was far more liberating. It represents guts to move my
entire life to where I feel I would be happiest-a place I have never
lived, or even ventured to think I would. I did not think
I had "moxy" left at age 46 to be on my own, in a challenging economy,
to not marry an old flame [my reason for coming to Texas in the first
place], to opt to live alone and and continue to do what I love. I have always lived for someone else and I was very terrified by the
idea of "being alone." Hundreds of people saw the predicament in
my many walks of life and emotionally supported me through it. I
owe them success and to
help others in my own light. The shop is dedicated to my
three daughters; they will fly
in soon to see it.
During my darkest hour in TX
late 2008, post IKE-and the strain it put on my love life...my daughter in FL asked "Where is the strong and determined Mom I have
always known?" I replied "I sold her on eBay for five bucks."
[Discussing the energy it would take me to move back to FL.] Well, she was right and I had the support of all three daughters to
pursue what I loved and where I felt I would shine best. After
some fervent prayer and a trip to see my girls in FL, the answer was Old Town Spring,
TX. A tourist town I had visited many times over the last two
years and was my only solace from a "control Nazi" who moved me to
Texas. Probably the only day trip I was "allowed" to go do.
IKE did make me reflect on my long term goals. Anyway, I can be a
better Mom doing what I love, near people in my age group-the boomers,
40-60 "Something's" as well as enjoy other artists of every walk, and visit the girls
more frequently. I was in no
rush to be dependant on them next-or just be a high end cook and maid as
I was in Pearland. I hope I have 40 more years before living
with kids is an issue. But many people are faced with the
parent/child live in situation in this economy-for some it is a
brilliant move and chance to enjoy "family" and not material gadgets
gone past. The material toys come and go.
"I am in Old Town
Spring, TX, and I am half way to heaven ~ My little [100 pound] dog
too!" [Yes it snowed in Houston
The shop quaintly
located in a historic district 30 minutes above Houston known as "Old
Town Spring, TX." The preliminary Grand Opening is
Saturday at 11:00, 2009 [this Memorial Day Weekend.] The official Grand
Opening will be Labor Day weekend.
My readers need time to prepare to make
this destination a day trip or mini trip. The excitement of the
locals is why is has to be opened sooner than planned. Countess
people are peeking in windows, trying to open the doors, taking photos
on the shop steps-even before anything is decorated out there. I was
trying to keep a low profile-so we left very few signs there is a
major under taking inside the 1910 "shot gun" house. Why is it
called a "shot gun" house? Apparently you can run in the front
door and out the back door in a straight line-or 10 seconds flat, with
a shot gun I assume...
All of our
products will be in stock and continue to be in stock. Customers
will be able to buy retail product or raw materials if they aspire to be their own
artist. This will be a relief for long term web customers.
Formerly products were usually custom made for each order. I also have more staff than I have ever had, so another relief for me
and my web customers as well. I will be adding many items to
our sites, products we sell here and bulk prices as well. We
still use Americans across the country to make my soap and salts per
specs. The product is shipped here and refined further, decorated,
stamped or embellished.
Ringo a dog flown in from Katrina.
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