Friday, June 28, 2013

Baby Stepping It

As I mentioned in my post from yesterday ( click here  to read the post ) , I'm starting to move forward with my life and my business.

My new beginning is taking place just outside of Lansing, Michigan. (My home state)
I lived in Lansing for a couple of years, wayyyyy back in the early 80's. Long enough to make some fabulous friends and spend time with family

I've been slowly venturing out.
I managed to find  a few garage sales in the area, and have discovered a Goodwill store that I will be stopping at frequently!

This past weekend, I stopped in the local antique mall. To my delight, they had an immediate opening for a small booth.
I didn't want a large booth, as I'm not sure how I will do here. The prices are different and I'm not sure what kind of finds I will be able to acquire....so I'm baby-stepping it.

The booth is  4' x 8'.
3 walls.


As you can see, the booth needed some paint and something pretty on the floor.

My friend ,Mike, was with me that day.  He had some ideas, right out of the gate. So away we went to Menards. ( Menards is comparable toHome Depot  / Lowes ).
Before I knew it, we had come up with this:
Red walls, faux laminate wood floor. 

We brought home the flooring, a can of paint and paint brushes. 
Monday morning, I was on my way to start my new life. Paint brush in hand.

I'm sorry to say that my photo of the walls being painted didn't turn out, but you can get an idea of the transformation with these photos of the flooring being installed
...and I say "installed" , loosely! 
 I've never done this myself, ever. Mike assured me that I could do it. So I did. 
We will see if it all stays in place ! hahhahahaaa!


Mike laid out the flooring in the garage. We purchased a rug pad to hold the boards in place on the floor, so they don't slide around. We cut the pad  to the size of the 4x8 booth.



As you know, the color "red" requires several coats.
It took 3 coats , almost a gallon of paint. 


I have a thing with canopies and booths.
In our last 2 booths, we created canopies over the booths.
One was a tent that we placed inside the booth ( see post here ).
The other was a canopy over the booth ( see post here ).
I knew I wanted some sort of canopy over this booth as well. 

I happened to stop at  the Goodwill store on Monday, on my way home from painting the first coat.  
I ran across a set of 2 window treatments. 
They were vintage and they were a steal at $4. for the set. 
Why I didn't buy them that day, I don't know. 
Monday night I pondered the thought of using them for a canopy, and came up with a plan. I then prayed they would still be there on Tuesday. 
Thankfully, they were still there on Tuesday.

I picked up some fabric glue, and used some straight pins to keep them in place while they dried. 
It was painless task and took about 15 minutes to complete.


I took them in on Thursday, and hung them up across the booth. 
I think it adds  a nice touch to the booth.


( Photo above, just getting started )







Yep, there is a seam where both the pieces were glued. 
I don't think it will stand out as much once I get the booth filled. 

Oh by the way, here is a link to the Mega Mall... my new booth home. Please click here. 

I will be inventorying  my finds for the next few days, preparing to move in on Monday, July 1. 
Here's to hoping for the best. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check in.
I appreciate . 
Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs, Julie

























Thursday, June 27, 2013

One Year Later....

Today is the one year anniversary of Moms passing. (AKA : promotion to heaven )


Mom and Cinny ( Cinnamon ) at the park. 

During this past year, I had hoped that I would be able to share all the many miracles and marvelous things that have happened ….but I couldn't take the time. There were so many deadlines and so much to do.
You’ll just have to take my word for it….there were lots of miracles.

I’m so grateful for friends and family. I don’t know where I’d be without them. They carried me through and helped me to move forward.

There were some bumps and some difficulties, but it could have been worse. (Thank the Lord it wasn't)

I can’t explain it, but somehow I know that God has allowed Mom to see certain moments in my life this past year. I can sense it. It’s usually the victorious moments that I sense the window opening and envision her looking in with great joy.
I know she is having a spectacular time in heaven…. and that brings me peace that she is not only okay… but that she is over the top happy and joyful.

I sold the house, packed up the remaining belongings and headed north…back to my home state.
Two of my amazing friends escorted me, the dogs, and Mr. Higgens to Michigan… on Memorial weekend.


I’m living in the country now… no longer a city girl.
There is a herd of sheep a few doors down from me. I love listening to them in the morning and in the evening. They sound so peaceful.



I’ve managed to find my way to a few garage sales and just recently signed a contract for a booth at a local antique mall.
Mom would be so happy that I am moving forward with Entirely Apropos and trying one more time.

I’m in a season of growth. I know it’s a part of the journey and I'm embracing  it to see how this all turns out.

Thanks for your encouragement, support, prayers and love this past year. I don’t know where I’d be without all of you!

Now, onward ho…..
Hugs,
Julie