There are a lot of things the Little Sweetie and I are good at... Reading books, dancing to the rhythm of the spin cycle on the washing machine, checking for eggs and playing with the chickens. There is, however, at least one thing the two of us are NOT so good at, and that's being at the shop in town.
If you've ever been in my shop, you probably already know why, and you probably thought to yourself "yeah, right" when I told you that she was going to come to work with me every day. The big, open spiral staircase and 50+ yards of spindles overlooking the basement, the breakables, the hot beverages... Everywhere you look there's something she shouldn't touch, somewhere she shouldn't be. I was forced with a decision, and while there was never a doubt in my mind that I would choose my baby over my town job, I had a really, really hard time letting it go. The shop was a kind of heartbeat for a few of us in the community. Folks came in to get coffee, talk about illnesses or ailments and find resources for natural relief, sit with friends and knit a blanket, or socks if they're really brave. Friendly D's was a way for people to connect, and I didn't want to see that go. Now, I'm stepping away from it hoping and believing that something will somehow replace it.
I am, however, continuing with the business in a different format. Many of you have been introduced to and are now loving the Frontier teas, bulk spices and salts. I will continue to order monthly and will offer a free delivery service to Chase, Lyon and Marion counties. I'll be working on a catalog and will get that to you as soon as possible. Go to the Contact Me page and leave me a note with your address if you'd like one.
Another big branch of my work is now in the pregnancy and birth arena. I absolutely love being a doula. This field snagged my interest when I was researching birth options during my last pregnancy and hasn't let me go. I find it to be fulfilling, rewarding and such a great honor to be allowed to walk with women and couples in such a monumental season of their lives.
Also, Mindy Graham is closing her office inside the building in order to focus her attention on getting her instructorship for Healing Touch. This is truly exciting for me, and I can't wait to be one of her first students.
I don't have a date yet for the official closing, because there are many consigners who need time to gather their wares. I will be there on Wednesday afternoons until that's all taken care of.
So, that's my story. There are so many of you that I am eternally grateful to for your support. I hope we can continue to support each other as the pages turn and we get to share the next chapter of our lives in this beautiful life! God bless us, every one.