I said a very sad goodbye last week to a wonderful little gift shop in the heart of La Mesa Village…Handful of Wildflowers. The sweet owner, Sherri, took a chance on a fledgling jewelry maker four years ago. Together we sold a boatload of jewelry. Due to a combination of doubled rent and eighteen months of disrupting street work, Sherri made the difficult choice to close up shop. But, she went out with a festive “celebration of life”, complete with food, wine, and mariachi band.
She and her delightful shop will be greatly missed.
And then…hello to a new opportunity…
One of the vendors at the holiday market last weekend approached me about looking into a new store in a very busy area of our city. Couldn’t be a busier location with tons of foot traffic…at the corner of Fifth Avenue and University. Creative Crossroads is the name…rents out spaces to local artists and artisans. I thought, ” What do I have to lose? It could be a very nice opportunity to sell in a new part of town.” Sent an email with photos to the owner and received a positive response with an appointment to see her. She was very enthusiastic about my stuff, especially the etched copper pieces…so I plunged. Starting off with some wall space. And enlisting my sweetie’s help to make me a large rustic looking frame, about 2×3 feet. I envision adding a piece of cork board covered with linen. Some nice pins will hold the earring cards and a few necklaces. Maybe I’ll try to fancy up the frame with some distressed paint treatment and a bit of embellishment at the corners. Not sure yet…but excited to see what this open door might hold.
And another friend emailed me with info about a pop-up market opportunity in December in yet another new area…so, I’m in!
It’s Saturday, December 12th, 11:00-5:00, at Mona Lizzy’s Art Studio, 2610 Adams Ave. in Kensington. Web site here.
Looks like such a fun space…art studio, yoga classes, hair salon, wine and craft nights, sewing classes…my kind of place!
Once again, I am gobsmacked by my life right now…never, ever, envisioned my retirement years would play out this way. I had so many satisfying years as a parent educator, preschool teacher, then in elementary school. In some ways, teaching in the classroom seems a life time ago and not just seven years.
Life is full of surprises!