All moved in and ready to make stuff!

I try to keep my promises, so here we go–FINALLY! I’ll just say that cleaning out a large closet/tiny space is harder than it looks, and takes three times longer than you planned! But, I am thrilled with the results! (My husband was very happy to help me, until he realized that his beloved baseball card collection had been evicted and must find a new home. Now he isn’t quite so happy. Sorry hon!)

So without further adieu, let me take you on a tiny tour of my tiny space.

For starters, I said, “These bookcases need some HELP!” So they got a fresh coat of white paint on the outside, and some nice bright colors on the inside backs. I almost used paper or fabric, but went with paint in the end from the Lowe’s Color Studio 2014 Spring palette.  (I used Rushing Stream, Berry Twist and Tomato Bisque).  I can always use fabric or paper later if I want a change.

The rest of the photos speak for themselves (click them for a bigger view).  I have been a multi-craft maker for many years, and I have 12 storage cubes of tools to prove it! But I am ready for just about any project you can throw at me–so bring it on!

I will explain the last two photos. The printable you see says “Find Your Passion.” That’s what I’m trying to do by finally opening  Greenberry Street. The Angel of Learning represents both my faith, and the fact that I always have more to learn, and need to be receptive to those teachings. The little vase belonged to my grandmother, and the money plant in it came from my mom’s yard years ago. I believe the money plant came from her mother’s yard before that.

And finally, that very colorful apron hanging from the bookcase was made by my sister, from fabric that also belonged to our grandmother. (You have to understand that Granny Paxton would have been like 120 years old now, so anything from her life is pretty special in my opinion.)

Next to that apron you see a nice blank wall. I have plans for that too, that involve some nice cork squares and more artwork for the walls.

I feel pretty happy that not only did I successfully get everything to fit, but I was able to put a few pretty, fun, personal touches in it, too.  I think this will be a favorite room of mine. 🙂

How about you–do you have a favorite space??

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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’!