Thursday, February 7, 2008

Making Progress!!

The weatherman said it was going to rain today. I'm so glad he was wrong!! Perhaps it will later, but for now at least, the sun is streaming through the windows "in the most delightful way!" And there's more! "In every job that must be done there is an element of fun....." Julie Andrews. Mary Poppins. A Spoon Full of Sugar. You will now have that song stuck in your head. Spit, spot. Ha!!

Thought I'd share a few more pictures to show you how Flourishes is coming along. The first one is of the strings of lights that I forgot to upload the other day! The string that is lit up in the picture is so pretty. The glass is frosted so it gives a lovely soft glow. Perfectly romantic!!

I think we're about halfway there as far as furniture/display placement goes. We even eeked out a space for a holding area. One of our concerns is making space for a check out line. Floor space is valuable but even more so is ease of movement while shopping!

Once the floor plan is set I can begin working on getting all the furniture in tip top shape. Some pieces just need a thorough cleaning after being stored in our garage for a few months. Some just need a cushion. Some, however, will need a bit more than that! I see some very late nights in my future. Sawing, sanding, a little french applique and voila! A masterpiece!!

Did I ever mention I wanted to be a furniture designer? In this case it will be furniture re-designer! How many hats can one girlie wear? This is where I insert: Don't worry mom. I'm not doing too much. And yes, I'm getting plenty of rest. She's such a worrier!! :o) (Isn't it too cool that my mom reads my blog?!!)

There is much to be done before my fabulous group of artists and vendors bring me their lovelies. Rolling up my sleeves now and getting to work!! Oh my goodness, you are in for such a treat!!

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta


Theresa said...

Dear Aleta, I wish I lived near you so I could visit Flourishes. If only I didn't live so far away. Oh will just have to do. :)

Big Bear Hugs,


Brittany said...

Lookin' good mom!

Love, B

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I came across your site via Christine Lefever's site.Where is Flourish's located? Next time we're going to Portland, after March, I'd like to stop by:)
Bend, Oregon

Aleta said...

Hi Christine from Bend, Oregon! My mom lives in Bend!! Flourishes is located in Washougal, Washington along the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. I'll post the address soon!

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

Aleta said...

I wish you lived closer too!!

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

Anonymous said...

Oh Miss Aleta....You're the one with all the white paper lanterns! No wonder I couldn't find any here!
"Flourishes" is going to be could it not be?!
The cabinet piece in the picture with the baskets on top is to die for! Is it too big to fit in my purse, if I come visit?
Karen from A`Musements

All Bear said...

Aleta, this is starting to look very special indeed! Can't wait to read about your first Grand Opening!

Adrienne said...

Oh, it's just going to be wonderful. And in my 'back yard'! So close. I can't wait. ~Adrienne~

Christine LeFever said...

It is coming along beautifully, Aleta. I am SO glad you are there and I look forward with great eagerness to March 15th!


Lisa Kaus said...

Hi Aleta,
Please send me a postcard or e-mail on your opening as I would love to come- Are you going to have vintage ephemera stuff as well?

Doreen said...

Hello Aleta. Dear Christine told me of your endevours...How wonderful everything looks. Wish I was closer so that I may visit your fine store.

Take care

Brenda said...

Hi Aleta,
It's starting to get VERY exciting! No wonder we don't see you posting much anymore. MY goodness you have a lot on your plate, but my money is on you, sweetie!



Anonymous said...

Hi Aleta,

It all looks like a slice of heaven. I too wish I could be there...hmmm, vacation, vacation, vacation. ;~)


B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Hallo! Always nice to find a blog by sumwun hoo appryshyates BEARS!

I waz tellin my mum abowt the element of fun in evry job rool, an she sed "wat abowt the washin?" an I sed "PANTS! Pants ar fun!"

Wa-heyy! I'm not rong!


q.D.paToOtieS said...

Totally fabulous Aleta! I don't know how you do it. Everything you touch simply comes out GORGEOUS!