Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is It REALLY Just Me??????

Brady and I have always loved walking together......or riding our bikes!! We routinely walk into grandmas and go to Scio bike trail. We've always said we'd love to trek a great distance....."some day"!! Well......we decided a few weeks back that we would indeed trek to Minerva from our home.....a journey across the back country roads to avoid traffic....nearly 12 miles!!

Together for that big of an adventure......it provided a great block of time to chat.....something I will cherish forever and ever......once my memory comes back from nearly croaking by walking 12 miles!!

Brady is a brain!! VERY highly intelligent!! Clinical and precise in his thinking!! I am NOT!!! I am creative and big on common sense and so it has always been a challenge for me to teach him anything because I had to first figure out how he was approaching whatever the task at hand be!! As he grew....his "brain" amazed me.....and I often quiz him to try and see exactly what it must be like up there!! Surprisingly......he's not even a little curious what it's like to live in my brain!! :O)

On our long walk......I asked him if he too had a continual conversation going in his brain about nothing.....about everything.....creating and dreaming? He looked at me as though I had 4 heads sprout from my shoulders!! Sooooo......I pried in complete disbelief.......no really......what do the voices in your head say?????? At this point......I think his plan to institutionalize me was confirmed......and moved up on the calendar a few years!! :O) This got me thinking though........seriously......y'all don't have a continual conversation going on?????? It can't really be just me.......right?????!!?!?! :o0

Alrighty........the voices are telling me it's time to get to work!!
Have a great party with all "your friends"!!

Toodles!!
Stacey

btw......what a great sense of accomplishment to complete such a journey!! We plan to go again soon!! Try it!! You might like it!!

Thank Yous and Stuff

Let me start out by saying......Rick and Brady and I are sooooooo very blessed!! Sometimes....when I ponder.....it is overwhelming just how many great things happen to and around us!! You all are a blessing.....and I want to say mostly and loudly....THANK YOU!!

This past few months have been a little off kilter around here!! Rick and I have always tried very hard to put our family first.....so we had planned to take a little bit of time off this year for Brady's graduating year....college planning.....and now college preparing!! In the world of handmades......and being my only source of supplemental income....this was a little scary......but we truly wanted to enjoy this special time in Brady's life!! This post is to catch up.......explain our reasoning's.....and to hand out some much deserved thank yous!!

So here's our life at home.....

Dern!! Dern!! Dern-it if Brady didn't go and grow up when I wasn't looking!! He graduated with sooooo many honors!! We are soooooo very proud of him.....his accomplishments......and most importantly.....the man he is becoming!! He has decided to attend THE Ohio State University to study Honors Engineering Physics and hopes to be a future employee for a firm similar to Space-X in CA!! He has been working 2 jobs......and will be moving to Columbus mid-August.....a little early as he also got a job at school!! See!!! I got a great kid!! :O)

My mom has been having some health issues resulting in a few ER runs and doctors visits galore!! It's really scary as our parents age!! My dad has been gone for 7 years now......and mom has been amazing.....sometimes dragging me behind her when a good sale at Macy's is happening!! :O) She's doing great......and actually really healthy!! But sometimes aging stinks....not that I'd know cause......y'know.....I'm only 25!! :O) My time with her is precious and I cherish each and every moment!!

And here's what's up with the biz.....

During a time of stress......when one steps back a smidgen from a home business in such a competitive field.....a lot of things happen....and in your stress these things affect you more I think!! It seems.....that different folks handle a fellow dealer's "break" in different manners!! Sadly.....some have decided that they smell blood in the water and have chosen this time to attack!! We have had more ideas ripped-off this past year than ever!! It's sad really.....cause the copy-cats really aren't fooling anyone (by the comments shoppers are making to us) except maybe themselves!! Even more sad......many are very talented artists who produce really nice work.....they should just simply use their own ideas or stick with patterns which they purchase honestly!!

Happily though....I must say....this time has confirmed my belief in folks!! Most are truly amazing!! We have received sooooo many acts of kindness!! At one of our shows last fall.....we sold completely out.....in a very short amount of time!! Understandably.....some shoppers were upset feeling that perhaps we were picked over through wholesaling prior to the show starting!! So this spring.....we opened for sales only once the doors were open to the public!! We worked very hard to have a very full booth with extras in the van to replace quick sales....but our booth was very full of buyers at opening too!! LOL!! Everyone was soooooooo great....waiting in line to get in the booth.....waiting in line to pay......and everyone was soooooo gracious!! That's amazing!! You guys are amazing and awesome!!

I haven't taken time to get online due to running here and there so much.....but I can't tell you how many nice comments and emails and messages we've received checking in for an update....asking where we'll be next.....checking for new wares!! Thank you all soooooo very much!! We will proudly be at In the Spirit of Friends in September, A Simple Country Gathering in October, and Gathered Treasures in November along with a special event at Dad's Primitive Workbench in November!! Watch for updates coming soon!!

We have turned down quite a few show opportunities this year too!! Rick and I want to honestly and graciously extend our thanks to each and every one of you for your understanding and your faith in us through your offers!! We truly take each of our showings very seriously and work very hard to prepare a nice booth-full of offerings....to represent ourselves.....but to also represent your show well!! If we feel we cannot do so to the best of our ability....we simply feel like it is better to pass then to show up ill-prepared!! So.....THANK YOU!!!! sooooo very much.....and again....keep us on your lists cause next year we are back BIG!! :O)

We have heard a few rumblings suggesting that perhaps we are only wholesaling....please know that this is just simply NOT the case!! A mere one year ago.....an amazing thing happened.....a grand opportunity.....but an even greater friendship began!! A dynamic duo happened upon our booth at a show.....and......this new adventure began!! Charlie Clay from Dad's Primitive Workbench in Marietta has provided us a destination for pure and simple joy and release!! When we take a load south......it is a day away from all else!! For anyone who has visited Dad's.....you understand this escape!! Firstly.....Dad's is chuck full of amazing wares that will have you salivating from the moment you enter!! Secondly.....Charlie and his friends are the most amazing folks!! I am sure they have NEVER known a stranger but they have opened their arms and hearts to our family fully!! Rick and I gladly offer Charlie our wares which allows all of you the opportunity to have a day of escape for yourself....in between the grand shows we attend!! Many of our loyal followers have taken our advise......and know exactly how awesome of a day-trip it is!! Charlie and his sister Ashley are a part of our family......and we are proud to offer and thankful for our bond of both friendship and business!!

So I hope this explains our choices over the last short while and updates y'all on where we've been!! Trust me when I say our work benches are full....the machines are whirling....and the offerings are coming together!! We will have a few things available here and there over the next few weeks......and we will have a fully loaded booth of yummies ready for In the Spirit of Friends in September!! Mark your calendars....and watch for updates coming very soon!!

Thanks again to each and every one of you!! You are a true blessing!! Keep checkin' in...and keep truckin' on!! :O)

Toodles for today!!
Stacey