Friday, September 6, 2013

why I haven't been sewing

Because I've been watching a dream unfold!

I have always dreamed of a life that involved allowing my creativity to go wild.
To sew and decorate and knit and paint and create to my heart’s content.
To offer the fruit of my labor and creativity to others who "get it."
To inspire others to do the same.

This little dream of mine became a reality in July. With an equally excited business person, we drafted a collaboration of our aesthetic and passion for re-style and re-purpose. She believed in the same things, as is evident by her vintage clothing store and her salon.  Everything began to fall into place when I let go and took the risk. JR has been self-employed his whole life, so to him, believing in a business is not as much a dream as it is an expectation. For me, that risk involves putting my heart and soul and thoughts and dreams out there and hoping people with like it….and then not taking it personally when they don’t.

                                         
A phone-call came from our partner Yvonne that she was offered a store front space on main street in a small town where we raised our families…a small town that is on the cusp of revival…breaking out of the “mall” lifestyle and embracing local businesses. We had to prepare the store and make it work in six weeks.


We started with this:

      

With the encouragement and support of our kids, Yvonne, her husband Jason, JR and I set about to make the space fit for our dream. Somehow, in six weeks’ time, even though we all worked other jobs, we were ready for business. I don’t know how it happened, but that’s the way a dream goes sometimes. You just wake up and realize that an entire scenario unfolded while you were asleep. Sort of like Christmas morning…you know you've worked your butt off, but somehow, it still seems like it really was Santa Claus that prepared and placed all those gifts under the tree!

                





I’m excited. I can’t turn it off. Every moment brings new inspiration and ideas. It’s not a bad place to be!


I heart ellen j goods! 
Find us on Facebook, and watch for an Etsy store coming soon!

27 comments:

  1. So awesome Lynne! Everything looks fabulous. Oh, how I want to browse!

    I've always wanted to ask, how did you choose the name for your business?

    Good, good luck to you!

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  2. Congratulations and best wishes for tons of success! I wish I could browse in person, but for now Etsy will have to do. TinaLou

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  3. Congratulations! Your shop looks fabulous!

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  4. Congratulations on a dream realized Lynne B. I hope it's every thing you dreamed it would be and then some!

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  5. That is so exciting and I am so happy for you and JR.

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  6. Congratulations and all the best!

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  7. How exciting Lynne! Congratulations and I wish you all the best!

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  8. Congrats Lynne!!! The store looks fabulous! Best wishes!!!

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  9. Gah, I love the dresses in the photo with the croquet mallets. (thrifted or sewn?) They look like a simple silhouette to wear and style. Congratulations.

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  10. Congratulations, Lynne on this exciting venture!

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  11. What an adventure! I wish I could come shop.

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  12. It looks beautiful, but I am looking for the yarn?

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  13. OH! So much to love. Have fun with it my friend.

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  14. congratulations!!! That sounded like A LOT of work but well worth it!!

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  15. It's wonderful! I am so excited for you...what an adventure.

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  16. Congrats, I can't wait to stop by and see your new location. I wish you well on your new adventure. Alaina

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  17. Congratulations Lynne and good luck!

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  18. Wow! I was wondering why I had not seen much from you lately. No wonder. Congratulations on making your dreams come true!

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  19. Congratulations and good luck! This is so exciting!

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  20. Cannot wait for the ETSY STORE! Im so happy for you and JR> What a venture what excitement

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  21. Congratulations! This is wonderful and I'm so glad that I'm here to encourage you at the birth of your dream! I'm SURE you will find success with this new venture.

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  22. I think I want all the dresses. How wonderful!

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  23. Congratulations Lynne - the shop looks wonderful and I wish you every success :)

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  24. I know about Ellen J. Goods, but somehow missed this actual post! I am so thrilled for you, Lynne!!

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