Wanna hear a secret?

I’m going to tell you a secret.

Ready?

I make paper flowers. (That’s not a secret.)

For now. (THAT is a secret! Or was!)

I launched Greenberry Street almost on a whim (like I talked about here). Truth is, this has been percolating in my brain for years. Literally, years. I can see some of the first pins I ever made over on Pinterest and they go to ancient links.

If you could see those boards, you would also see tons of wedding ideas. I made the boards private because my real-life friends would be like, “Why are you pinning all this wedding stuff?”  I wasn’t ready to tell anyone back then, so I didn’t.  But while I am getting started with arrangements in the hospital gift shops, and am thankful for the opportunity….

….I really want to be in the bridal industry.

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Photo courtesy of Nina Matthews via Flickr

If you’ve ever met me, then you would know that I am a hopeless romantic. I adore the epic love stories, like Gone With the Wind and Titanic.

You’d also know that I make things. All kinds of things. And all those pins? They’re not just paper, or flowers. They are favors, photo backdrops, illuminated signs, decor–many ideas, many potential products, many crafts.

And I want to combine those two aspects of me.

So even though I am still waiting on that first “Accounts Receivable” from the hospital to be marked “Paid in Full,” I already have expansion plans. I know I must be a special kind of crazy, but I want to do weddings!

So, if you see wedding posts and shares on here, now you know why.  Greenberry Street has a Bridal Line! (or will, once I create it! 🙂 )

So what do you think–am I crazy?

 

An intro to Greenberry Street

I realized after I published my first post the other day that I never really said here what Greenberry Street is exactly. So today will simply be a “Product Introduction” of sorts.

Basically, I have been a crafting “jack of all trades” since I was a kid. I enjoy it, and seem to have a knack for much of it. Finally, after many years of tossing it around (and with a little push from my #RiskRejection friends), I hatched a plan to move ahead with it.

I had just discovered a “niche” if you will for some paper flowers I made, so I whipped up a few different bouquets, and then made my pitch to the local hospital gift shop I wanted to sell them in. No business plan, no prices–pretty much just a few handfuls of paper flowers and the butterflies in my stomach. That’s all I had.

And the shop owner said “Give me thirty.”

Bam. Now I’m a small business!

So, if you hop over to the Greenberry Street Facebook page and find my Photos, you can see a few shots of the items I recently delivered as part of my first order. (Because I have been a Blogspot blogger forever but am a WordPress rookie and haven’t learned all the features yet, it is just easier to go to the Facebook page–and “Like” the shop while you’re there!)

I did, however, decide to try it out here, so below is a slideshow of the Spool Flowers I made.

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I’ll share more product lines as time goes on, but these little cuties are some of my favorites. What do you think?? Would you buy these as a gift for someone in the hospital?

Introducing My Brand New Shop—No Foolin’!

No April Fool’s joke here—Greenberry Street is open for business!

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This shop has been a long time in the making, from a vague idea years ago, to a dream in recent months and now, a reality!

 

If you actually know me, then you would know that I like to have all the information before I act. I wanted to have my online shop open, my graphics beautifully designed, a perfect blog post written, and on, and on….but, I think starting a business is kind of like having kids. If you wait until everything is “perfect” before you start, you will never start!

 

My online shop isn’t open, but will be soon. My graphics are still a work in progress. And obviously, that perfect blog post hasn’t been written. But, my first order has been delivered with an introductory shop flyer and soon, my little arrangements will be for sale in a local gift shop! So, as far as I’m concerned, Greenberry Street is open!

 

I really hope you’ll come back and visit me here, where I hope to keep you in the loop about what’s happening in the shop and what’s in the works for the future. I have lots of big ideas for Greenberry Street—I can’t wait to share them you! And that’s no foolin’!