Friday, March 11, 2011

One Stop Shop

Remember This Door?

I told you in an earlier post that I was working on a couple
of projects. Well, I finished one of them and it involves
this door.
My friend Susan Fisher designs beautiful jewelry and needed a "shop".
As they say, location, location, location is priority when deciding to
open a business. Also displaying your treasures is very
important. When she asked if I could help, I had
an idea. (I know, scary). I originally
had plans for this old door for myself.
But then, quickly realized that it would
be perfect for Susan.
You see, this sweet little door came off of
the original farmhouse (pictured behind the door) that is still
standing behind the current farmhouse
I live in. This little farm I call
home is actually Susan's family farm.
So, it was perfect to use the door for
her new shop.
My idea for the door was to make it into a little
shop in itself. She will be consigning in a local
shop and space is limited. I wanted to incorporate
enough display options to allow her to
showcase many of her designs.
Transforming the door was simple.
I wanted to maintain as much of the vintage,
shabby, chippy wonderfulness of it as I could.
After deciding against painting it, all that was required
was a good cleaning, adding a few additions and a blackboard
where the original glass once was.
Here she is....

Ginger, Susan's kitty is giving her approval.

Here you can see I took eyelet screws and some picture wire,
creating a place for Susan to display her earrings. Susan came
up with the wonderful idea to use small clothes pins to hold the earrings.

She can display
a total of 21 pairs of earrings.

She makes beautiful necklaces also and I added two white,
shabby finials to display her necklaces on.

A better view of the finials and of the stencil I added.
I wanted to keep the "rustic" of the door but also I wanted
it to have a little feminine touch, so I added the

Last but not least, I added this cute, shabby, cast iron soap dish
so she would have a place to put her business cards.

The blackboard allows her to write the shop name above her displays

and announce when she is having a sale.

And the fun part...We came up with the name .....

"White Door Designs"
for the name of her business.

"one stop shop" project completed :)

Susan doesn't have a blog or an Etsy shop......yet, but I'm working on her to get one or both. I will let you know if she opens an Etsy shop.

Linking up with Funky Junk Interiors

Linking up with Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday

Linking up with Elements Interiors Whassup Wednesdays ???

Until Later,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy 20th Birthday Chris & Cody!!

Happy Birthday to my twins, Christopher & Cody.
Today they celebrate their 20th birthday!!
I am so proud of my sons.
Not only were they a joy to raise, but they have grown into
wonderful young men.
I made a decision when my twins were 12 months old
and I was at the end of my pregnancy
with my youngest to leave their father
and raise my sons as a single mom.
It wasn't an easy decision and at times
it was difficult financially.
Finances being as they were, I was not able to pay for college for my children.
But that hasn't stopped the twins from securing their
Christopher has enrolled himself into college, securing loans and
grants to pay for his tuition. All of this he is doing on his own.
I'm sure other kids have done this, but I am so proud of him
for wanting a college degree and for showing such determination & responsibility.
Cody has been on his own, since he was 18, fully supporting himself.
He too, wants to secure his future and has looked towards the military for his education
while defending our great country. I am so proud of him, he has wanted to join
the military since he was about 16-17. The time is right for him and
he will begin basic training in August.
I want to thank my sons for being the wonderful boys that they are, raising them was truly a pleasure, making it so easy to be their mother.
I Love you both with All my Heart.
Happy Birthday!!
Love Mom

My 3 Sons
Cody, Christopher & Tyler