Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall Flowers and Shop Update Pending

I love sunflowers. Our kids plant them every Spring and they look great every Fall.
I think this was our best specimen this year : )

It was back to work for me today taking pictures of lace hankies and pretty dresses. I think my camera skills for close-ups need some practise after the summer, lol. Maybe it is the rainy weather and grey lighting . . . or I really am out of practise! I will have to try again tomorrow.

This dress is just amazing and really should be shown in better light.
It is too small for my size 8 dress form . . . so my daughter may have to model it for me later today.

They certainly knew how to make a pretty party dress in the 1950s.

I have some silk hanky holders and wedding hankies ready to update the Bridal Section of my Etsy shop.

I like the net-lace hankies the best.

The Cosmos is enjoying the nice warm Fall weather. Ther isn't much colour across the fields yet. Maybe next week.

I am still looking into the idea of a brick and mortar shop but will likely set my sights on the Spring. It takes a while to save some money, build some partnerships and finish a Business Plan. I'll keep working on it though : )

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Terry Fox Run ~ A single Dream, A world of Hope

I am sure you know of Terry Fox . . . even if you are not Canadian. Terry became famous for his Marathon of Hope ~ a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, which Fox ran with one prosthetic leg.

He is considered one of Canada's greatest heroes and is celebrated internationally every September as people participate in the Terry Fox Run, the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research. Terry's goal in 1980 was to raise $1 from every Canadian as he ran across the country. To date, more than $400 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.

Each year Canadian children participate in school hosted Terry Fox runs. This year the run is on Friday, September 25th, 2009. The same day as my son's 13th Birthday.

I will make my donation this year in honour of Deb's mom (Land of Nod Studio's) and Carolyn's Dad (Draffin Bears) . A cure for Cancer is within our reach.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Heartfelt Wishes for Deb

Many of you may also follow my good friend Deborah at Land of Nod Studio's. I am sad to tell you that Deborah's mom has lost her battle with cancer. You may wish to leave a message on Deb's blog here . Please send your love and hugs Deb's way. Karen xoxoxo


Judith Marie Kemp
Nov 1, 1945 - Sept 20, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Doing some Homework

So what's a girl to do when her hubby is away for a week on business? . . . go shopping for shops! I guess we'll find out if he reads my blog or not, LOL. Are you out there Steve????

Anyways . . . today I stopped by 68 Mill Street in Almonte to take a peek. It is the store with the cream front and bay window about half way up this block (to the left of the red one).

A closer view up the Street . . .
A lovely old post office with a clock tower is across the street . . . quite charming.

Here's the front door . . . . I am told the new owner gets to choose any colour(s) they want for repainting the front.

The Bay window would certainly make a nice store front . . . and the neighbour to the right is nicely done. Bright and cheery.

Here is a view from the inside looking out. Needless to say fresh paint, new flooring and shelving would be required. I spent the day wondering around main street chatting with other store keepers. They were very friendly and encouraging ~ Thank you! I do know some of them already . . . as I have been a shopper in this town for a while.

There is new development in the works too. Just down the street they are re-doing one of the larger store fronts. Looks like it will be quite impressive. The town also has funding from the goverment to develop a walking path/picnic area beside the Mississippi River, from one end of Mill Street to the other.

A fun day full of inquiries . . . and perhaps more questions than answers : )

Monday, September 14, 2009

Almonte, Ontario

There is a cute little town near by called Almonte. It has a sweet little shop for rent that I just may check out this week. It is located on Mill street and is already surrounded by Vintage, Antique and Gift stores. A very pretty little town.

I keep looking at this lovely, but empty, litte store. So . . . I put a call in to the agent. I have often thought about having my own shop and just may look into that a bit more this week. It's only 20 minutes from my home . . . so quite workable. Stay tuned . . .

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Poof I'm there !

Photoshop is a wonderful thing : ) My hubby put me in the driver's seat of the sporty Mini Cooper I found on eBay. More my style than a muscle car. Still liken' the red though!

Thank you for the dozen red roses Mom ~ They are gorgeous!!!

Enjoy the long Labour Day Weekend Canada !

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Flying Time and Vintage Mustangs

I must be thinking mid-life or something! My 44th B-day is today. That sounds very mid life to me. Not so thrilled about that. My "little girl" just started High School this week and my baby turns 13 in two weeks. Where did the time go? I think people buy fast cars to try and race against time. I guess this is more of a boy/muscle car . . . but I like the candy apple red : )

I guess I'll go get a hair cut and buy a candy apple instead. That's more within my budget, LOL.