Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Last Walk For Awhile, and New Friends

Well, the day is almost here. My surgery is tuesday. I have to be at the hospital at 5:00 am. Surgery is scheduled for 6:30 am. I am getting nervous, but its more about the "after". Its going to be very hard to be dependent on so many for so long. Everyone has been great about offering to help, but it will be about 3 months I think? Not being able to get in the car and run to the store or even go to the mailbox for so long seems like it will become frustrating. Even being slowed down by my bad hip, I still tend to be on the go all of the time. But I will be a good patient, do as I am told. I am highly motivated to get my life back and hurrying it along isnt the right way to do it. So, this is going to be a lesson in patience for me. To make matters worse, on thursday I woke up with the flu.  Today is Sunday and I am feeling much better, but not quite 100 percent. I have so much to do around the house, but have to take it easy. I can not bear to have this re-schedueled after all of this time and planning.

This morning I woke up very early. I have been sleeping alot and just fell wide awake. It gorgeous out and I decided to take a walk to one of my favorite places. Its going to be awhile before I can walk here.  I live in a community called The Lakes. This is the lake right behind my apartment complex. We almost moved into one of the houses on the water when I was in high school, but my parents decided on another home. I really wanted them to get that house! I have always wanted to live here, but I am about as close as I can be:) I live in the community at least and the lake is in my view.  I always notice in the early morning the water is so calm you can see the reflections perfectly. By the afternoon its always choppy. I always think some day I will do some water colors from these photos. Who knows, maybe thats something I can work on while I am recovering. I did meet these three feathery friends this morning. Cute little guys.  Well, I hope you all have a beautiful holiday weekend. I will be back when I get home from the hospital. Thank you all for the positive thoughts, warm wishes and prayers! :)            

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Its a Thank You Sale at Tillies Attic


I just wanted to share this sale with all of my local friends. Tillies Attic is having a great Thank You sale:) I stopped by this morning and took some new pictures. Lots of great new items are in and ready for summer decor or entertaining! 

The owners of Tillie's would like to thank you for shopping with us for the last seven years. One of the partners is leaving & our product will be reduced to 50% off lowest price marked. The rest of the Store will be 10% off (some vendors may offer more...signs will be posted in their booths.)


May 20-22

Tillies Attic
1941 W. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa Az. 480 775-4342 Hours:Tuesday- Saturday 9-530 Sunday 10-4 Closed Mondays

Monday, May 16, 2011

How Cute Is This? :)

I have been busy working and getting ready for my surgery on May 31st. Getting my house ready and groceries and kitty supplies stocked up on.  I am not sure how long I will be out of commission, but it sounds like it could be 6 to 8 weeks. I am looking forward to having a new hip and getting my life back. I am relatively young to be having my hip replaced, but my situation goes back to birth. So, its very exciting to think of how great it will be to walk normal and pain free once again. Its been a very long time. I dont have much to share at the moment, but I wanted to post my new computer. A friend of mine helps me with my computer stuff and he does a great job building my systems from scratch. He is quite smart about such things.  He found this pink and white "Kitty" tower case and new it was perfect for me. I love it:)

Well, I hope you all have a pretty day. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Designher Brands and Shabby Apple !!

I am over the top excited! As ya all know I belong to Make Mine Pink. Its an amazing group of Women who have their own online business' or brick and mortar shops. There are many advantages to membership with Make Mine Pink. Networking with like minded women has been amazing and I am always learning something new.  We have a new member, Melissa Bolton of Designher Brands. She offers special services for online business. Be sure to visit her website to see all she offers. We had the pleasure of learning all about SEO during our last marketing chat at Make Mine Pink.

Melissa held a blog contest with the prize being a choice of one of the gorgeous dresses from the website Shabby Apple.  This site is so pretty and they carry some of the prettiest dresses I have ever seen. So unique and different from anything you find in the stores. You have to check them out!  BUT, the fantastic news is I was the winner!!  I had a choice of several dresses, but I chose this adorable black dress. A girl cant have too many black dresses. :)  So, when you get a chance be sure to visit these great sites! Thank you so much Melissa, I will enjoy this dress so much. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pretty New Things

Boy, I need to be better at blogging more often.  I spend ALOT of time visiting blogs. I will be making some changes to mine in the near future, hopefully for the better and prettier!

Last Saturday I did a small show in a home. Dorothy is a successful real estate agent and held this get together for her clients she has met over the last year or so.  Her son is a caterer and gave a demonstration. The food was excellent, her home was beautiful and I met some very nice women.  This is just a few shots of my space and also my friend Phyllis. She has the most beautiful work and sews with vintage chenille. This is just a small selection of what she has.  Phyllis is one of the artist that will have her cute things in my new shop, Bella Events.
I am still doing alot of research and have an outline of my business plan. I found a site that is ran by the State of Arizona and it has fabulous resources and work sheets to use for starting up a small business.  I have also found a few grants that you can apply for designed specifically for women.  I havent slowed down or lost one ounce of excitement for this shop. I will be so excited to get my surgery over with and on the road to recovery and getting my life back.  I know I will never allow myself to take walking for granted again. I am so excited that I have found a surgeon who is able to do this type of operation and I cant describe the energy and excitement I feel for being able to start this business and actually love what I will be doing. 

Marketing is still very important and brings up so many questions about social media. I have twitter, but cant remember the last time I posted there. I also go on Facebook, but not too often. I feel like all of my "friends" are people just like myself, trying to get their online business or Etsy shop some exposure. But I question... is this the target market for that? We are all doing the same thing, marketing to each other.  We may see a few customers, but I just dont get it. Maybe its working wonderful for your business:) I sure hope so. I love facebook for keeping up with my friends though. And the social aspect of it.  But I do love blogging. I love visiting blogs and always amazed at the creativity and inspiration. I think its a place to be positive and show the pretty side of our lifes.  I work in customer service, on the phones all day, and I can tell you... alot of times people are not so nice! But I come home and get so lost in blogland.  I think people need a place to express what they know and what they are good at in a positive and safe environment.  There is so much we can learn from each other.  So, enjoy a pretty week and check out of few blogs:)