Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fairys and Cupcakes

Happy Easter:) Its been such a pretty weekend. I am making the most of this weekend with family, spring weather and creating new things. I have been working a mon-frid schedule starting at 9:30 am. I have been in training for a new position since January and now tomorrow I start on my new team and new schedule. I will be a 6:00am shift. I am happy about that, but not thrilled with my days off. Thur and Sat. But I am hoping to be much more productive getting off at 2:30 everyday. Plus having one day off during the week can be a good thing too.

I have been able to do some creating this weekend and got a few new jewelry pieces done.  I love fairys and cupcakes and have had these two necklaces in mind for a while. Just for fun I did another rose ring.  I have been working on sewing some new pillows. I will share them later;)

I am still working on my business plan and I am so intrigued with the whole process. I love the research.  This is the book I chose to read first. Lots of great advice.  The very first thing you need is your great idea. You have to envision it in all its detail and glory.  I have been searching wholesale companies for the banquet tables and 50 chairs. Also flower cases and bakery cases.  In a professional and detailed plan one thing you need to include is what and where your compitition is. I have been researching this. Its fun visiting lots of fun places to see whats out there. But the great thing is, so far I have found nothing like what I have in mind. There may be pieces of what I plan in a current shop, but not the whole package. Also so many event spaces are geared for a very large amount of people.  I am trying to get the group of ladies who need a beautiful space that is more intiment. 

And I have to share a Grandma moment. My daughter and Grandson Mikey spent the night. Apparently the Easter Bunny was coming here to my place.  I hope you had a pretty holiday too.          

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Its Just The Beginning

I think summer is making its way to AZ fast this year. I was at the Grandkids softball games today and it was so hot. The kind where you really dont feel so well and you know you got over heated.  So I just moved indoors to A/C! My friend Pat and I had appointments at Sephora for make overs. It was alot of fun, but I look a little too fancy! lol.  I did find this cute bug ring for 50 percent off and thought that she was pretty fancy too.

I have been working very hard researching all kinds of information on my new business venture.  So far I am still liking the name Bella Events. For the cafe area I am going with a little bit of an Italian flavor. I love happy colors and like muted tangerines, butter yellows and raspberry pinks. I have been collecting a few things I think will be perfect. I love dishes, serving trays and display plates. Here are a few that I have found.  I need to start fabric shopping and sewing chair cover and table cloths and runners.  Its just the beginning.  I am really enjoying this.

Have a pretty week and do something you love! I came to the realization this week that I have been working in Call Centers for the past 20 years, and I HATE it.  I am thankful to have a job, but what an Aha moment. 20 years is a very long time and a huge chunk of my adult life doing something I disliked so much.  Its paid the bills, helped me to raise my daughters and I have met some wonderful friends that mean the world to me. So there is always good, but at 52, its my time. Time to do what I love and go for it. So stay tuned, I will be sharing along the way. Pass on things I am learning and hopeful will be of some help to someone else.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Arizona Bloggers Luncheon

Yesterday I went to a fun event. It was hosted by Meri from Imagimeris. She creates the sweetest paper clay sculptures. They are so amazing and the ones she does for Halloween are my favorites! She had a few of us AZ Bloggers over for an afternoon of learning to make shadow boxes. We had so much fun. She had tables of supplies for to choose from. Lunch was unbelievable! She had prepared a Honey Baked ham and rostisseries chickens. There were amazing salads, fruits, cookies, brownies.  Soooo yummo! It was so nice to meet so many bloggers in person. There was about 10 bloggers there. It was a chilly, rainy day for Arizona. So it was nice to be inside, creating and making new friends.  Meris husband was so sweet. It was raining and he came out with an umbrella to walk us in when we arrived. Now that is a perfect hostess. Thank you so much Meri.  I thought I would share some of our finished shawdow boxes. Everyones was so different, but case you cant figure it out, mine is the pink one with the pink poodle inside. LOL

(it was a cloudy day, and photos are pretty dark, but you can get the idea:) )
Have a pretty day.  I have some very exciting news. I will be changing my blog in the very near future. As I have said here a few times I will be having hip surgery in May. Its from a birth defect and a little more detailed than normal. It appears it will be a longer recovery time. BUT... I plan to make the most of this time. I am working on a business plan to open a new shop. Its going to be a cupcake/bakery/cafe space for hanging out with your friends, but the main thing will be an event room for special parties like bridal or baby showers. I have lots of ideas and plans and think it will be so much fun to document the experience along the way.  I have researched quite abit, but the hardest thing so far is a NAME! But right now what I am thinking about is Bella Events.  What do you think of that for a name.  Cant wait to share more. Let the adventure begin...... :)