So where were we?
Oh yes, back in the fall of 2012.
Baby off to college 16 hours away.
Must keep busy.
My plan A…Interior Design degree…fail
My plan B…Pottery Barn career…fail
The funny thing about “plans” is…sometimes your plans aren’t the best plans and a fail isn’t truly a fail.
I need that tattooed on my forehead.
Sometimes a fail is just a roadblock to keep you from going down the wrong path.
I took my cue from the roadblocks, took a breather and let go of the reins.
So very hard for a control freak.
I was at the “breather” stage when my friend Mary (Urban Farmgirl) decided to open a brick and mortar shop. Mary has been a regular vendor at Kane County Flea Market and other vintage markets in the area for several years. She has a huge following and a great reputation. If there is anyone on the planet that needs to have their own shop, it’s Mary. She has got an amazing eye for vintage style, a knack for finding incredible pieces and her painted furniture is perfection.
Before the grand opening, I helped her style the shop.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I’d found my calling.
My density (heehee remember that from Back to the Future?).
Styling Urban Farmgirl is my dream job.
You know my Pottery Barn “pro’s” list?
Well I tested it again…
>>>I love the Urban Farmgirl merchandise.
>>>If I had to sum up my personal decorating style, “urban farmgirl”, would be in there.
>>>I not only get to “play” with all the pillows…I sew them.
Why are you laughing?
That’s right, the chick that used to hot glue her kids’ school uniform pants is now sewing pillows.
and buntings, too!
>>>I get to create fun displays throughout the shop that come from inside my brain instead of a diagram from corporate.
>>>I get to create tablescapes that make people weep.
Okay, maybe that’s a slight overstatement. But they really are pretty.
The merchandise is never the same, so I never get bored.
With two openings a month, I’m plenty busy but not too busy.
I love the collaborative process of pulling everything together before each opening.
Mary and I work together fabulously. Which makes it so much fun.
This is the perfect outlet for me to spread my creative wings.
And it is leading to decorating jobs…bonus!
So there you have it.
My plan c.
Biscuits and gravy.
I just want to say how much all of your comments and emails me to me.
You all are the best!
Have a fabulous weekend.