Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dream . . .

Hello everyone!!  

As you may have noticed I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately, but I'm back now and will catch up with all your posts as soon as I can.  The last few weeks have been crazy busy!!!  But now I can tell you my little piece of news! I am opening a SHOP!!!!!!!  I just got the keys and I am beside myself with excitement!!!!  I've been bursting to tell you, but couldn't till I had the keys in my hand and all legalities were out of the way.  

As I mentioned in a previous post, opening my own shop has been a dream of mine for many years.   I bought this sign for my office to remind myself that it's ok to be a dreamer, that it's actually a good thing, the world needs both realists and dreamers to achieve the impossible.  They balance each other.  I've always tried to follow my dreams . . .

I've been dreaming and thinking about it a lot the last few months but it wasn't until I received a comment on one of my posts that sparked me into action.  My good friend, the lovely Paula from The Hill House Diaries Blog  left a comment on one of my posts a few weeks ago saying that I "should open a shop NOW!!"  It was like a sign!!  I remember reading that comment and saying to myself 'yes, I should! what I am waiting for?'.  So I started looking for a retail unit, finalised my business plan and now I'm about to open.  I just want to say thank you dear, dear Paula for your comment, so innocently written has prompted me into action.  I am so happy that I started blogging and never realised the impact it would have on my life and the friendships I would make.  So thank you Paula and thank you to all my lovely, dear blog friends, and all my readers, your comments and support mean so much to me, I am very grateful for all of you.   

So unfortunately for all my hard work and late nights over the last few weeks I don't have any nice end of project photos to show you, but will be showing you photos of the shop when the fit out is completed.  I have to admit I'm a little nervous too!  I must be getting old!  But it's been a dream of mine for so long to have my own little shop that it's a little surreal  now that it's actually happening.   I am HAPPY!!   

As my shop is being done up at the moment I thought I would show you a picture of a groovy French one . . .


So, a little more detail.   The shop will sell furniture and accessories for the home and garden and will be a mix of vintage and new items.  I am going to stock all the things I LOVE!  The shop isn't huge but it's a decent space and I think it will be manageable for our family.   I don't expect to be a millionaire from it but that's not why I'm opening a retail shop, I'm opening because I'm passionate about everything to do with homes and gardens and like a lot of you I'm driven to share that with others.  I'm afraid I'm going to be all shop talk for the next few weeks as I get everything ready, but I will update you as I go, I can't wait to show you everything!!

So my friends, that's it for the moment but I will catch up with all of you very soon!




Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

Sharon, What huge news! Congratulations. I'm sooo terribly happy for you! (I hope you can add stuff about the shop in your guest post ;)) Once again, congratulations Sharon. I can't wait to hear all about it! xoxox

Mrs. Sutton said...

HOORAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!! {{Punching the air MANY times!!!}} That is THE most fabulous news I've heard in AGES! I am SO happy for you Sharon - it's complete and utter destiny, and you were absolutely born to do it! Your style is impeccable, and I CANNOT WAIT to see (as in buy - lol) the lovely goodies that you will have on sale. Talk 'shop' as much as you like, because we will all adore hearing all about it and following you on your big adventure! Well done to you for daring to take 'The Dream' further than just the imagination. I am so proud, delighted and in awe at your strength of spirit - and I will most certainly be having a drink (or six) to you tonight!!!
Well done my darling Sharon and barrel fulls of luck to you!!!
Much, much love,
Paula xxxx

PURA VIDA said...

So excited for your DREAM! Most men dream in the dark of the night, but it takes a brave soul to dream with eyes wide open!

Kifus said...

Sharon that's so fantastic! I'm so happy for you and I'm sure your shop will have the most beautiful things! Kudos to you and I can't wait to see what it looks like!


-Lisa said...

Sharon!!!! Good for you.
I am both envious and oh so excited for you. I can not wait to see what your shop will look like! Please take us with you through all the steps of opening your lovely shop! Such an adventure.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Dear Sharon,

Many Congratulations!! I am beyond thrilled for you :-)

Opening my shop 9 years ago was a dream come true for me. I pinch myself everyday to do what I love. I still can't believe it.

I know you will love retail very much. Just from following your blog, I sense you have the perfect personality for running a shop. Plus, you have immense talents, too!!

Congrats, Sharon!!

The Snowdrop Project said...

Congratulations on your exciting new venture Sharon.
I'm sure all of your hard work will pay off, and look forward to your updates on your progress.
Hope you have a lovely week.

French Grey said...

Congratulations!! I am so excited for you! I completely understand wanting to open a shop. It is a grand dream to have and I'm glad you get to follow that dream! I love retail too and can't wait to follow your journey with you! Been wondering where you've been!



Leslie said...

Sharon!! This is wonderful news and I can't wait to see more! Congratulations!!


-Lisa said...

Hi Sharon,
I left a comment for you yesterday and it didn't 'seem to take'. That happens sometimes when I use my work computer! So frustrating.
I am super excited for you and hope you take us along as you prepare and set up shop. No doubt your shop will be a hit!

Virginia said...

What exciting news! We will all be here waiting (impatiently) for all the photos and news of your new shop. How fuN!

The Silver Bunny said...

What exciting times ! I think nobody will mind hearing you talk shop for a while ; congratulations and lots of good luck in your new venture !xx

for the love of a house said...

Congratulations Sharon!! How exciting! I once heard the quote "there is a shopkeeper in all of us" and I have always thought that to be true! I wish you the best of luck and much success in your new business! Look forward to seeing photos of your space!

The Secret Gardener said...

Wishing you well in your new venture. Excited for you and without a doubt will be a shop full of treasures.

Brian & Sarah

Dee Sewell said...

Sharon how exciting!! Looking forward to the updates on how it's all going! :)

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

oh Sharon! big congratulations & kudos to you....I wish u all the best & I can't wait to see pics of the shop, I'm sure it's going to be beautiful!

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