Thursday, July 24, 2014

f a l l 

I am dreaming of the fall. I know, I am crazy.

I am craving September and schedules. 

Crisp cold mornings and sunny, but not too sunny afternoons. 

Cozy nights in when I don't have to feel guilty about cuddling up in front of the tv at 7pm. 

I prefer fall clothes to summer clothes. 

I just can hardly wait until I can put pumpkins out on the front porch of the new store. And have wine and cider parties here with customers and girlfriends.

I want to sit in the back of the store on a rainy day with my tea in hand and look out at the Sound. 

I want to paint with metallics again instead of summer whites.  

I want to wear rain boots and fleece shirts.

I am a NW girl.

I am still in the moment and enjoying all that summer has to offer. But that doesn't mean I can't do a little fall dreaming. 

{all photos where sourced from Pinterest}.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

the new shop

I sort of don't know where to begin with this one. I also didn't plan this blog post so I am just going to kind of wing it. Yesterday I finally got internet service here so I figured I would make use of it!

Also, I am not normally here on Tuesdays but my kids are spending the afternoon with their aunts and I felt like I needed to be here and work.

This is my first day working here by myself. In my very own shop. And it feels right, not weird at all. 

And I actually know what I am doing! 

The first thing that surprised me about this shop is the amount of shoppers that came in and said they have followed MCC from the beginning and were so excited to follow me here to the new shop. That means so much to me. 

The second thing that surprised me is how busy the walkin traffic is at this new shop. Being the only retail shop in Old Town with a ton of offices is going to be a great thing. So far I haven't had a sleepy day here at the shop. It is consistently busy. I am happy about this and a bit relieved.
 Ah, I do need to get the pilates studio sign down still but it is high and I am scared to get on the ladder, so I think I will tackle that with my husband tomorrow night.

It is going to be a bit of a juggle working the next month while my kids are still home for the summer. But they are my priority and they can be here with me on Thursdays and Fridays. Starting in September I will add in more open days to the shop. 

The very last thing about the new shop is the happy spirit here. 
You can just feel it before you walk in the door and I just love that about this shop. It comes from the customers and it comes from the love that us shop painters put into it. 

So thank you to all that came to visit me! I got three bouquets of flowers from other shop owners last week and that just brought me to tears. And the shoutouts on Facebook blew me away too!

And huge amount of gratitude to Bride on a Bike, Blue Roof Cabin and Ferpie and Fray {and their husbands!} for painting, moving, bringing joy to the shop last week. I don't know how I got so lucky to have them in my life. 

Here's to the new journey. I am officially open.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

c o m f o r t 

I love comfort. I am one of those people who as soon as they walk into the door of my house, I put pj's on, hair up in a bun, makeup off and comfy. I have also been that way with my life. I do take some risks but never ones that could be financially risky or cause me to under go unforeseen stress.

In fact, if you would have asked me six months ago what my dream life would be, it would be just to be comfortable everyday. Wake up each morning stress free. Not having to worry about money, not worry about my kids fighting constantly, a comfortable and clean house, a husband without a long commute home each day, customers that are always happy, and friends that support me regardless of my shortcomings.

But I read something last month and it changed my mind.
It was an article describing women who own their own businesses. And one line stuck out at me. It was- "Successful people in business often become comfortable in uncomfortableness". 

Dah! Lightbulb! This is where I grow! And let me tell you I have a lot of uncomfortableness in my life right now. I am smack in the middle of opening up a new store with my kids home with me for the summer, family in town, and funds that are being stretched to accomplish this {this part I am being careful with, I really would like to stay debt free in my business}. And a new shop with rent that is double what I used to pay with my name not only on the lease but on the front door.
Scary, but I actually know I can do it! I am doing it! It means in this "uncomfort" I set boundaries, set goals, acknowledge my mistakes, and celebrate my successes. And to try to do this every single day.

With this "uncomfort" I get to do it my way! I get to grow in stressful times and I always get through the other side. 
Even when I am going through something that is stretching me, I always need to look at what good I am getting out of it.

So here is to being comfortable in "uncomfort".

I will still put my pj's on as soon as I walk in the door to my house though, but I promise not to wear them to the shop.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

f e e l i n g   h a p p y

I read this article on "The Nine Things Happy People Do Every Day". You know, the kind you see on FB that one of your friends posts a link to. Here is the link.
So, I clicked on it. And you know what?! For the first time in a long time I felt like on some degree I checked every box yes. And I would have to say at least half of them were things that I had just stared to do in the last 3 months.  
And it took effort, and it made some people upset with me. But I am truly happy and I feel lighter and a whole lot of freedom which in turn will make me a better mom, wife, and friend. 

It could be full of baloney but, never the less, I had to say I felt proud of myself for taking steps to control the happiness in my life.

So that is where my heart is at today. 
Feeling pretty darn happy. 
{all images in post from Pinterest}

Monday, June 2, 2014

n e w   s h o p

Ok, what a strange week I had last week.
First off I have to say I was super sick. Bad sinus infection.
It was weeks of me feeling really, really run down and sick but I had no time to take care of myself.
I kept thinking it was going to go away. I have so much going on in my life right now being sick had to go on the back burner.
I sort of didn't have anyone able to work Poppy and Co during my sick days so if you came and saw me there I am so sorry if I looked worn out.
Yesterday was the first day I could get to the doctor. I got there and almost fell asleep on the paper bed thingy in the room.
I got my antibiotics and I am feeling much-much-much better.
But the doctor told me I looked way too stressed out. I have a lot going on right now.
Ugh. Growth means saying goodbye to people and experiences. I am going through that right now. It is really tough and I am trying really hard to focus on all the good going on. I hate disappointing people.
I am also trying hard to focus on myself and my family.
If there is one thing I have learned in the last year it is that the only people I should have depend on me for their well being and happiness are my husband and kids. The rest are going to be somehow disappointed in me at some point. I try so hard to do my best.

 I will never ever put myself in a situation where someone's hopes and dreams depend on me. Ever again. It is so much pressure I will never live up to. No one can.I don't have the capacity to. Except my family. I have two little kids that depend on me to help them grow to realize their dreams and that is enough for me.
The new shop is a chance to really make my dreams come true and it came out of the blue.
Let me back track.
My family and I go to a restaurant down the hill from my house often. Two months ago I looked right at the shop by the restaurant and told my daughter. That is my dream shop.
Fast forward two months.
The dream shop is for rent. I call and call on it. Just to hear all the details on it! I get a call back, see it that day, talk to my husband and he says go for it!
It was also the talk of do it for you this time. Do it for us this time. Make it The Modern Cottage Company again.
So the shop will be The Modern Cottage Company again.  It was two years of me balancing the painting under MCC but working-promoting Poppy.
The new shop will be a lot more Modern Cottage Company looking that Poppy and Co was.
It is also a bit smaller so I will have a really small team.
I wish I could take the whole store of people but there is just not room.
This is the really hard part for me and the part that I think has made me feel even sicker the last few days. A shadow over all this.
Absolutely the reason my doctor told me I looked like a stress case.
I know and love the ladies coming with me so well and I think you know and love them too.
Amanda of Ferpie and Fray will be painting furniture with me. Her style is so signature to her yet marries so well with my MCC painting. I love her passion and positivity. This lady is up for anything and I have never heard her complain about anyone or anything. Her approach to her work is so very similar to mine, really almost exactly like mine. We sort of "get each other". If that makes any sense. It does to her and me. Plus she is so flipping fun to be with. Her husband is just as crazy talented as she is. I think she might just be as excited about the new shop as I am!

Mimi of Blue Roof Cabin will be our upholstery master and she just builds and paints the coolest things. I adore this lady. Such a talent, brilliant she is! She is my dear friend and I just love it when she comes and hangs out at the shop with me. I would have her with me there everyday but she might think that is you Michelle. She is smart as a whip and so fun to be with. She is such an amazing everything. Love that lady.

And my dear, dear friend Devon of Bride on a Bike. She was the very first person with me at the first Modern Cottage store. I rely on her for support probably more that she wants. But I SO respect her. Plus she is an amazing talent. This lady can craft up anything, paint like a pro, and pretty much the best picker of anything cool I know. Devon if you are reading this I love you so much! Thank you for continuing this crazy ride with me after all these years.

Going from big to small is so hard. I actually love and hate it at the same time.
It kind of twists my tummy up.
But I have to simply my life and business right now.
 Growth is hard. I do know that Poppy and the other girls there will be a smashing success. I know so and hope so.
A new shop is super exciting so I am focusing on that.
So from here on out only happy happy happy posts from me.
Yay for new chapters.
 I move into the new shop mid July and hope to have the grand opening the third weekend of July. All the details will be documented on this blog.  It is so good to be back to The Modern Cottage Company.

Friday, May 30, 2014

m c c   s t a l k s   t h e  m l s 

I haven't done one of these in a long time! 
The listing is here.

I love this house! 
{and I had fun finding it, so maybe I will post more mls posts soon!}

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

b l o g g i t y b l o g
I should blog more, I am trying to blog more.
Time and resources are the reason it is hard for me to blog.
For the longest time I had my computer at the store thinking I could do things like upload pictures, edit pictures, write posts all while working at the store.
Um, well that didn't happen. Even on a slowish day at the store I have a million things to do.
So I brought my computer back home thinking I would blog more but when I am here I am mom.
Not a blogger.
Right now it is a bit quiet at home. Saint will be home a bit late tonight-he is working on a last minute edit for Evening Magazine and the kids are almost out of school so there isn't much homework going on here these days {um, thank goodness!}
So I thought I would bloggityblog!
The store is pretty stocked, I actually have back stock painted to bring in {this NEVER happens, yay me!-has never happened in 3 years :)}. So I kind of puttered around at home the last two days. I painted, hung things, rearranged rooms, got my hair done today {oh honey, it was bad}.
If you follow me on Instagram you saw this picture of me last week trying to deal with my bad hair.
So I decorated my house. It will for sure change next month but that is why I have the job I do!
I got a new rest post box!

I added touches of red.

And I hung a salvaged window as a divider today {I know it still needs cleaning-I will get to that, um sometime today?}.
I am in a dream state of mind right now. I want to grow {except for my butt, that needs to shrink I think}, be happy {I am happy but be more in the moment?}, and dig deep right now.
The summer can be magical. I am excited for it.
Let's dream.
Maybe I will bloggityblog about it.