Sunday, December 12, 2010
Christmas has always been a MAGICAL time to me! Maybe because I grew up in pretty humble circumstances and although I certainly didn't know I was poor...I was.
Of course NOT in the things that are important in our life...certainly I had NO lack of love from my parents! And I was made to think I was BRILLIANT and able to achieve anything! Those are treasures with NO limits on value...so all in all I was very wealthy in developing a good sense of self and a BIG imagination for what is possible in the world.
I've been reflecting on lessons quite abit lately. You know my dearest and most darling friend is suffering from colon cancer. I've felt guilty and neglectful for not being able to visit her daily. Of course I've had the gallery front and center, and my markets keep me scrambling, but all in all...those things are really just excuses for not wanting to face the inevitable.
My friend is going to die, and I just don't want to accept it. Today I went over to visit her and was feeling a little sulky about it. I told DH...geeze...on my ONE day off...I really need to go and visit Donna and try to cheer her up a little. How selfish of me! When the day comes that she isn't here anymore I will rue saying those words...and today she dropped a harsh reality on me.
"Bobbi, she said...you've just got to let me go." She looked up into my eyes and I could tell she was making an effort to keep her eyes focused on me. I cried like a spoiled brat of a child who has just had their favorite toy taken away. But then I understood. She's just tired of the struggle, and the pain, and the sadness she feels for taking other people away from their lives in caring for her. Her sweet daughter has stayed with her for over three months now. Leaving her job, and her boyfriend over in Miami. Her other daughter and her sister travel from many miles to come and see her when they can.
She has made the decision and she wanted me to understand, selfish guilty friend that I am.
I told her it's okay to go. She will be at peace and happy. I asked just one promise that when she gets there she will let me know somehow that she is okay. She promised me she would and I know that is a promise she will keep if there is any earthly way she can.
So I'm sad and happy today. I'm sad that I'm losing my dear friend and that I get to meet another Sparkie friend. The universe always seems to cheer us up with something positive to counter balance the negative. I'm looking for the silver lining in friendship..yes, I am!
Thursday, December 09, 2010
One of my biggest obstacles to opening the new consignment gallery wasn't what you thought it would be! It wasn't the lack of opening funds, or the willpower to let go of LOTS of my own very beautiful furniture. It wasn't the hard work in restoring a pretty shabby looking place into something that I could be proud of welcoming my customers into! Nope...it wasn't any of those things which probably should have been pretty high on my 'dread list'...nope it was that I would be committed to a brick and mortar establishment for seven (7) hours a day...which is like a LIFE TIME to me...I'm not a sit and wait for customers type of gal! I MUCH prefer to pound the pavements...or the farmer's markets...in my case here in sunny Florida and snare them where they prowl. Yep...there's ALWAYS a GREAT potential customer shopping for FRESH wholesome produce!
But my biggest obstacle of opening the new gallery is that GASP...I would be without the internet! GASP, GASP, and DOUBLE GASP...I would not be within Spark range!
But...today all of that has changed. We decided on a Mi-Fi wireless internet receiver...and YAY...I now have internet access...lucky, happy, and finally within Spark range. Although I surely didn't tell DH that was the reason we REALLY needed it.
I told him that it was necessary for research in checking prices and competition...this will be OUR little secret..okay..okay?
Hugs and thanks for your wonderful comments and united support...you are SO appreciated...if I could...I'd travel to each and every one of you and give you a super BIG SPARK hug!
Today was a good day for traffic, although only one sale, but it wasn't horrible and lots of people measuring and commenting on how they liked the gallery set up.
Horror of all horrors..there is YET another consignment shop that opened up about 2 miles from where we are. It's big and has really pretty things...but holey moley...the prices were NUTS...that means WAYYYYY high!
I figure if people are going to pay $1,500 for a chair they may as well buy it BRAND new...and it better have feet covered in 24 k gold foil!
Never the less...I did see a few 'sold' signs...so I've got to get more COOL and unusual things in my place...can you smell the smoke from my brain working overtime?
I'm putting my faith in the good of the universe, and maybe a few of Josh's angels and he himself can come up with a good plan...all it takes is a special connection to the right person...I'm blessed and grateful that I've already met some really INTERESTING people!
I did go to a condo today and looked at some furniture that a fellow wanted to consign...I had to politely decline the stuff...I NEED stuff...for sure...but not just ANY stuff..it has to be original and interesting...this stuff was WAY dated, and sorry but just plain ugly! Poor little guy...that's the hardest part for me is declining things without hurting people's feelings...I mean how the heck do you politely say I know you think this stuff is great...but it's too taste specific for me to place...I'm learning...but being the 'say it like it is' person that I am...I have to be careful. DH is SO much better about those kinds of things...but I can't send him...because hee..hee...he has NO taste either!
Hugs darling sparklers! I'm down to 168...that's a RECORD for me, it's been since we lost our darling son..that I've weighed that. Now another 30-35 pounds and I'll be a sylph..hee..hee!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
It's been a fairly long time coming but tomorrow the BIG day arrives!
Grand Opening for Found Objekt A Consign & Design Gallery!!
I bought some balloons and a helium canister so that I can blow up my own! You know me...I always prefer to do as much as I can on my own...detect a little 'control freak' tendencies there? Yep..perceptive you are!
But seriously how can you go wrong with a $20.00 kit from Target that gives you a helium canister, balloons and string to hang them from...no way! I did this for a friends daughter's baby shower, and it worked splendidly...so happy me...I remembered to do it again...AND capital point...REMEMBERED what store I bought the kit from too...my new healthy diet keeps those brain plugs a sparking...yes it does!
Now I DO feel a little guilty that I'm feeding my customers cookies and two bite brownies, and 1 bite cinnamon rolls...I won't touch that yucky processed sugar myself...so I shouldn't be passing it to lovely customers...but who has the TIME to bake up a healthy batch of eats...not me...not now...well if I were a better planner of my time...I might have been able to pull that off...but with two markets, the gallery 10-5 Monday-Saturday...not likely...even if I were a better planner.
That brings me to a very important point...we as an American society have NO time...no wonder we eat crap! Crap is readily available and we are trading in our health for the rat race time schedule we all seem to be so addicted to. I know, I know...you HAVE to work...and you HAVE to attend to the kids and their crazy schedules..so I'm not saying I have a perfect solution...I'm just saying that we trade our time for our health...and I am guilty of that too so no judgement...just observation.
I wonder if someday we might all decide that we want to live a simpler life and jump off the insane fast track that many of of live on. I've often thought of shedding our high stress, high maintenance lifestyle for a much simpler existence. Really, the more hours I put in...the more I think about what it REALLY takes to be happy.
Not much, at least not much for me! A good book, my sweet kitty cat nestled on my lap, my DH to snuggle with and a modest shelter, with enough room for my books and my jewelry...that's actually about it. Of course a garden would be a plus, but as long as I have a farmer's market nearby I'm set.
This new gallery is exciting, it's fun to arrange all of the cool furniture and accessories as they come in and go out of the place...but the hours are a BIG commitment and I'm one that tends to chafe at being installed in a building for a set schedule daily...so we'll see how this unravels...so far..so good...but I DO have a short attention span...so stay tuned..and remember I only committed to a six month lease..hee...hee!
Here's a shot of the front of the gallery
Here's a pretty Christmas arrangement I worked up today to greet the customers on our 'Grand Opening' day tomorrow
Here's sweet MsEleni on her gallery visit Sunday...what a sweetie pie she is! We had a GREAT time together!
Here's the handsome hubs...did we do good or what? DH is on the left and Bill is on the right, they got along as great as Eleni and I do! How awesome!
A few gallery shots...this French Armoire is to die for!
Love these handsome standing wicker planters...but they looked pretty plain until I worked some greenery magic in them...remember...presentation is EVERYTHING!
I'm losing almost a pound a day...now this is a little weird...but I'm feeling okay so I'm not questioning it. I have gone from a pretty sedendary lifestyle sitting and jewelry designing most of the day to an ACTIVE on my feet and MOVING, pushing, pulling, climbing up ladders to hang pictures, helping customers load and unload merchandise daily...what a difference a little movement makes in your life...so rock it, rock it rock it, and move it, move it, move it...and don't forget to have fun and be proud of yourself in the process! Hugs darling friends of mine!
Saturday, December 04, 2010
I feel like I've just ran 5 marathons...in fact...I'm SURE I have. I've lost about 7 pounds in 7 weeks...AND I got to tighten my belt a whole notch!
Yep...LITTLE things make me happy. A belt notch, is a belt notch, is maybe 7 pounds...but a victory all the same!
I'm still in my size 14's....longing to get back to my size 8/10's...but I'll take it a belt notch at a time and that's okay by me.
The important thing is that I've learned that we can do some pretty fabulous things if we dare to stick our toes into the great white water's of the unknown...or maybe that's the deep DARK water's of the unknown.
The important thing to remember is that tomorrow there's always the chance of a miracle happening. Believe me I told myself that A LOT over the past few months.
Those months were FULL of land mines, and obstacles! There were nights that I had conversations with my darling departed son Josh...and told him that I hoped he wouldn't fault me if I failed. Because fear of failing was heavy on my mind...I mean toss and turn at night not able to sleep failing!
Even after we got the rental space secured, the amount of work that needed to be done to bring it up to snuff...seemed insurmountable...I mean REALLY...insurmountable...but how do you eat an elephant...one bite at a time...and that's how the daunting elephant became my logo. To remind me...that YES...we humans can do some pretty darn amazing things if we can shut up our inner critic and just focus on the end result...it can be done...it HAS been done...to date..so far...and we've actually sold enough to cover my expenses for the month so anything from this point on is gravy.
And...did I fail to mention that we have not yet 'officially' opened? That's not until this coming Wednesday. We've had four sales...two fairly good ones...with two deliveries of a sofa bed, a sofa sleeper, and a dining room delivery.
And here's even BETTER news...people like my concept. They tell me that a lot! They like the idea of mixing art and furniture and accessory consignment together..so that makes me supremely happy!
I've always found that many of our customers in our construction business turned into really great friends...and I'm hoping this tradition continues.
I get to see my darling sparkling friend MsEleni tomorrow...you know I love you girl.
I get to meet my sweet sparkling friend Judy (EnglishTeach10) and her hubby this month...and YES...three's a charm...my wonderful Oregon friend (Oh2beskinny) too! How's that for yet another miracle...three wonderful friends from our spark family...and we will get to hug each other in person...nothing could be finer...NOTHING!
I'm dog eared tired right now...but I just had to share my little unwinding saga with you...and I'm here to encourage EACH and EVERY one of you to follow that little tug in your heart that yearns for a challenge...even if it's a scary one...because you know what...you most likely WILL achieve it...if you just tie a gag around that inner critic that keeps discouraging you. Faith, and love, and belief and grace will carry you through...oh yes...and remember me too...I'm only a spark page away and I'm a GREAT cheerleader...yes I am!
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