Monday, October 1, 2018

Springfield Recap and Shop Pictures

Wow you guys time has been flying by...more so than ever!!! I guess because we have been spending every minute working to get the shop ready. I wanted to share some of what we have been working on at the shop but first I thought I would share some of our booth from the Springfield Extravaganza this year.

As always we had such a wonderful time and it was great to see so many of you and catch up with our Springfield friends. This was the first show we have ever done there that it didn't rain one time!!! It was so weird to walk back into our booth every morning and have everything be dry! I am sure it will never happen again so we really tried to enjoy it! It was unbearably hot though, so hot that I could hardly summon the energy to walk around and shop. I did walk around a bit on Saturday though and found some wonderful goodies. It is even more fun to go out look for goodies at flea markets and antique shows now that I have shop to bring everything back to!

This gorgeous white cupboard filled with farmhouse goods made for one my favorite displays yet.

As soon as we got back from Ohio it was straight back to work getting the shop ready for the big grand opening October 13th!!! Here is a peek at some of what we have been working on!

The front is coming together just like I envisioned. This historic building sat vacant for so long that I think a lot of locals had forgotten the beauty it held so I wanted to add bright vibrant colors to the porch to catch people's eye again as they quickly drove past. I also want the community to know that it is a store once more and feel a warm welcome as they come in.

Inside you will find the calm creamy whites that I never tire of as I find they make the perfect backdrop for all of the seasons while making things cozy and cohesive at the same time.

I chose to leave the floors as is...100 plus years of scratches and all. I love thinking of the things that people would have bought that made those scratches or the store owner that moved heavy barrels here or there.

I am thoroughly enjoying the fact that the shop is large enough for me to create fun set ups like this kids bedroom I made in the one corner. I have to admit it has been hard for me to sleep lately with all of the ideas I have swirling in my head...and trying to remember where I put this or that that I know would be just perfect here or there in the shop doesn't help!

The railroad use to run through this tiny town (which is just houses now as everything else has been demolished) and this was the place to stop and get any of the essentials/general goods needed. This week we are working on recreating the shelving that would have originally lined the walls and held those goods. Luckily enough we found the original drawers upstairs in the building and were able to bring them back downstairs.

Recreating the store shelving is probably the project that I am most excited about here at the shop. I have dreamed of having a shop in a general store for so long but I honestly thought we would just have to find a generic looking shop and then make it look like a general store. Never would I have imagined that we would actually find a general store and I feel beyond blessed and fortunate to have this amazing opportunity to restore it. So walking in now seeing these grand shelves that I get to fill with all of the goods I search high and low for is a really big moment in my life. I am still waiting for someone to come knock on the window and say we aren't aloud to operate or something!

A little peek at the counter...more pictures of it soon.....I absolutely love the way it turned out. Pretty soon it is going to be lined with big glass jars filled with candy...Millie can't wait to help me with that part!

My drive to the shop seems to just get prettier and prettier as the leaves have started to change color. The road I take there is lined with one Amish farm after another and I am continuously inspired by the gentle and utilitarian beauty of their homes and farms. I am so excited that we are having our grand opening in the just seems like the perfect timing.

Also on the to do list this week is getting our shop name and our hours on the window, putting many pieces of big furniture in place and getting the goods on the shelves!!!  There is a lot more that I would love to have done before we open but there is just no way we will be able to get to it all! That's okay...I am just beyond grateful to call this little peace of heaven ours! I know many of you are planning on coming for the big day and I absolutely can't wait to hear what you guys think about this amazing building and all that we have done to it!!!

Saturday October 13th 11 AM to 5 PM
5750 West Center Road
Linesville, PA