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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Trying to be patient....really!!

"Patience is a Virtue"....I know....just not one of  mine!!

Actually, that is not entirely true. I have all of the patience in the world when it comes to baking and cooking. I teach cooking classes...patience is required!! I absolutely LOVE to make gingerbread houses...and THAT takes patience!! I am an avid gardener....and gardening IS patience!! Waiting for seeds to come up....flowers to bloom....pumpkins to get big and tomatoes to turn red enough to grab before the chipmunks do!!!

But....once I get an idea in my head...I want it done YESTERDAY!!!

I have been kicking around the whole re-decorating of the shop for quite some time. Should I or shouldn't I...etc. etc.! But...once I made up my mind that it was going to happen...once I had the finished picture in my head...I wanted to do it immediately!! No patience!!

So...we go and buy the paint. Order the glass tops for the tables in the "red" dining room. Discuss our plans for the chandelier in the "yellow" dining room...and go to the fabric store for the material I need to create all new window treatments....exciting!!! Until we get there...and walk around and around and around....nothing!! Well....that's not true....I found the fabric, and already finished the curtains, for the "red" dining room. It's the 4 HUGE windows in the front room that I was having a problem with. I had a vision....knew exactly what I wanted...but, alas, it was not to be found!! Now that was, almost, 2 weeks ago. I spent a good chunk of my one and only day off, this week, driving all over the place looking for fabric!! All for naught....it was a very annoying experience...made significantly worse because....I have no patience!!

Now....because I am a small "brick and mortar" store...I would have preferred to purchase the fabric at a local establishment....however....I had to go where everyone has to go when all else fails....to the internet!! I found....and ordered....the fabric that I need to create my new (and much anticipated) window treatments. That was on Monday....now I am waiting...the 2-3 business days...for my order to arrive. I am trying to be patient....really I am....but the excitement of how wonderful the windows are going to look...is killing me!! The irony here is that I am going to receive the fabric order in the middle of the busiest part of the week...so I won't be able to make the curtains until Monday, anyway!! Again....with the patience!!

Will it all be worth it in the end....yes, yes, yes!!! Does that make any of this any better??? Nope!! Hahahaha!!! Oh well....I am trying to be patient. Really.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Do I dare???

The Holidays are just a memory...the decorations are all packed up, safe and sound, until next year. No more cookies to bake, gifts to buy and wrap, errands to run....and it's not quite time to start all of those outside projects you want to get done. So....it should be time to curl up with a hot cup of tea and a great book....right????

NOT in my world!!!!

Every January.....without fail....I get the itch. You know....the re-decorating itch!! Sometimes it bites me at home...sometimes it bites at the shop....sometimes it's a tiny little itch, just a small project (or two or three)....sometimes it's a HUGE, somewhat uncontrolled, sweep the whole place (or...and this one is my family's worse nightmare...BOTH home AND the shop :) !!!!) and change lots and lots of things right....this....second!!!!!!

The way I choose to decorate my home is strictly personal. The way I choose to decorate the shop will be seen...and shared...by an awful lot of people!!! I have had a few ideas rolling around in my head ever since I bought all of the new fiesta plates for the restaurant. It probably seems like THAT should not have been a big deal...but everyone has opinions. Although...on occasion..they do NOT need to be shared, people think they should!! For the most part....the dishes have been equally loved by everyone. There are a few who have (and even continue to...) commented on the fact that the cups are smaller...but, all in all, it has been a popular choice. Not all of them are.

We are still referred to as a "tea house".....which we are not. We still have men who are uncomfortable....and I am not really sure why....we still, occasionally, have someone who wants a "diner menu" for Sunday Brunch....which isn't going to happen. The decision to NOT be a "tea house" was mine....the decision to paint the walls yellow and handpaint the whimsical flowers on them was mine too (luckily...we have lots and lots of men who can get past the fact that we do not have television sets and beer....and I think they are all rewarded for their "bravery" when their food comes....;)!!) and, as far as the Sunday Brunch menu goes, the decision NOT to serve the kind of food you can get EVERYWHERE was mine, too...let's just leave that there.

But, the ideas I have....rolling around in my head...are pretty bold. Do I dare?? I want all of you to be comfortable...to feel at home....when you come to see us. I think one of my favorite compliments is when you tell me that "just walking in the front door makes me happy"....all of the colors and whimsy that we have incorporated into the decor was for that reason and that reason alone....so knowing that you "get it" means SO much to me!! I think that all of my ideas for re-decorating will just turn it up a notch....make it even more whimsical...and make all of you even happier!! But, the question remains, do I dare??

You know what??? YES!!

The bottom line...while I want to make everyone that walks through the front door...happy...NO one can please EVERYONE. And I am OK with that!! I have a vision for MY shop. I have a vision for the atmosphere, the color scheme, the food we serve and the merchandise we carry. And, right now, I have a vision for a few re-decorating projects. I am excited....and I hope you will be too!! I am about 99% sure I am going to order THOSE patterns, the "other" order is in and will be ready soon enough, the paint is on the roller....and here we go!!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Looking forward....

It is hard to believe that two weeks ago....just two short weeks....we were getting ready to enjoy Christmas day!! All of the preparation and hard work, the excitement and anticipation....and it was over in a blink of the eye!! I really wasn't looking forward to taking our Christmas decorations and collectibles down and packing them away....they are loved and become part of the house...but, now that the job is done, I am happy!!
        The house is clean (and feels bigger...hahaha...) and now my snowmen, snowflakes and Valentine's Day decorations and collectibles have center stage!!
         Everything has it's time to shine....and by the time the next season rolls around I will be MORE than happy to pack all of the Winter away....because we will be making room for the Spring and Easter!! It's impossible to feel sad about that!!
          As important as it is, especially with all of us multitasking and trying to do too much, to live in the moment and enjoy "right now"....it is equally important to look forward to things. Big things....like birthdays and anniversaries...and the little things...like going out to lunch and shopping with a friend (to Sweet Memories of course!!!) Holidays...all of them...are a great thing to look forward to...too!! They make us happy. There is something very uplifting about planning little surprises for the people we love...chocolate cookies for Valentine's Day, "Green" food for St. Patrick's Day, Easter egg hunts....just thinking about them puts a smile on your face!!
         Yes, I was...and always am...sad to see Christmas go. But I am looking forward to the next round of Holidays....and I am planning...not only the surprises for my own family....but the surprises for all of our Sweet Memories family, too!! Great new menu ideas, fun and delicious goodies for the bakery case, wonderful new candy and gourmet food items and Holiday merchandise!!
          I know it's January...and it's cold and gets dark early...but there is SO much to enjoy...and look forward to!!!