Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday. Moving Day!!!

After a hiccup on Thursday we were finally able to get a big 26 ft. moving van to haul some of our treasures to Flourishes. Oh, but the day was cold. It wasn't raining though. That was a blessing! It took three hours to load everything out of the garage and a few *wink, wink* items from the attic. Either a 26 ft. van isn't very big or I've collected a lot of stuff. I think my crew would all agree on the latter. ha!

I took my car and followed Bill in the moving van. I don't know why. It's not like anything was going to fall out!!

A most amazing thing happened as we approached our new home. Just three miles from the house the fog started to lift and when we drove up the road the sun was shining brightly. So what do you think I did? Well, silly me started to cry. It was, to me, yet another sign that all of this was meant to be.

The first picture is the side courtyard. It has a tremendous view across the Columbia River Gorge into Oregon. I don't know how long ago the rocks were placed in the courtyard. It looks like forever ago though, doesn't it?

The second picture is the doorway into the gymnasium. No standing still in the doorway today! It was move or get run over. Amazingly enough, it took just an hour to unload everything. What looked like an abundance of treasures seemed to shrink considerably in size when placed in the gym. Look at those wood floors and that beamed ceiling!! Here's the thing though, there is absolutely no insulation. None. Nada. 43 degrees. Brrrrrzzzzy was it cold!

The last picture shows perhaps a bit of direction in a floorplan. I have a lot of work ahead of me don't I?!! Lists. I'm working from multiple lists!!

Tomorrow we're off to the Clark County Antique Faire. Not to buy really, at least that's what I'm telling Bill, but to scope out fabulous vendors that have a great eye for beautiful things. Really!! I have summer flea market spaces to fill afterall.

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta


Anonymous said...

Aleta, You have such a wonderful place! I too was enchanted when I first saw it last fall. Would you contact me re: vendor space for future shows? Brenda Hopkins,

Shantell said...

Sweetie you have every reason to shed tears of joy!!! I would be too. I wish I lived just a wee bit closer so I could come help you out with the "behind the scenes" stuff.

Celebrate every moment!!!

Brenda said...

Oh Aleta,
I'm excited FOR you! What a beautiful spot!!!! Once you are done, you will have to post lots and lots of pics. I have but out my two bunnies but Neil is on holidays this week. They are definitely a go for when he starts back to work, next Tuesday! I'm sure even the bunnies will be excited when they see the beautiful setting they will be displayed in! I'm soooo happy for you.


Adrienne said...

I am SO excited for you! I would have cried, too - whether there was sunshine or not. What a treat that you are going to be there. I can't wait to meet you in person and to see what you have done with a place many people already love. ~Adrienne~

Brittany said...

You? Crying?? Really??? No way! :) Too bad I couldn't be there to help you get everything set up. I can't wait to see it.

Love, Britt

Christine LeFever said...

Fabulous! Tears are so symbolic of a journey intended.


Anonymous said...

Imagine a grown woman jumping and doing the tiny little hand clap, with a big smile on her face! You've just seen ME! SO happy for you Aleta! Hugs & Kisses!

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh I see great things to come!! I'm liking the look already! I do have a question. When you get a chance may I get your I love the name "Flourishes"!

A Thing for Roses said...

Dear Aleta,

Congratulations on your new home/place of business. I am so jealous. I know from personal experience what a wonderful place you now have. Truly lovely! I wish you all the luck in the world on your new venture.



Theresa said...


What a fabulous home you have!!! I love the idea that you have your very own selling space.... and that you've asked other people to share your adventure with you. What fun your going to have!!! :) I know your going to do well and it's going to be a hit. You have a wonderful sense of style and a great eye for detail. All I can say is... YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!

Big Bear Hugs,


PS... Post lots and lots of pictures. :)

Diane Duda said...

Oh how exciting! I'd have cried, too!
It's going to be such a magical place!!!


Sandra Evertson said...

Oh it looks so beautiful already!
Sandra Evertson

Folksie Linda said...

Oh Aleta, Congratulations on your new must be much work but yet so much fun!
Good Luck Sweetie with your new home! Many many years of happiness there! Hugs, Linda

Pauline said...

I loved the look of your other home Aleta, but this one seems as though it is gonna be even better and your new venture sounds so exciting. I wish you every success and happiness with everything.


Zada Creations said...

Congratulations on following your dreams. What an absolutely beautiful place and with your superb taste I'm sure it will be a huge success! Wishing you the best,