Monday, August 17, 2009

Summertiiiiime....and the Livin' is Eeeeaaaaasy

It's tough being a blogger at this time of year! I've been a busy girl, and haven't felt much like being on my computer. I'm trying to take advantage of all the NON-rainy days, which, here in NY, have been few and far between! It feels like summer just started last week.

The photo above is of my aunt and uncle's house on the Hudson River. They had a lovely dinner party there a few weeks ago, because all of their kids were home from their various homes up and down the east coast. It was great to see everyone, and of course, great to hang out at the river house. Below is the path out to "the point." I headed down there with my camera to get a pic of the moon rising that night.
Pretty, right? :) ...speaking of lovely daughter and her cousins were together at my house for the first time in almost two years. When Kathleen and I went down to Florida in February, the girls were in school, and we didn't get to see them.
My father and his granddaughters. I love this shot:
These were taken as the sun was setting, and skimming the tops of the hay field during the party I had at my house. It was great to see my sister and her family from Florida. We had a fun time. My aunts and uncles came too. I think there were 16 of us all together.

In other big news, I quit my day job at the fabric store I was working at for the last 2.5 yrs. Things were just NOT working out there. It's too bad--such potential, and no follow-through. C'est la vie. I'm moving on. I've printed new business cards (the round ones below--I've laminated them and cut them out with a scalloped hole punch. FUN!),
...and I've put this ad in the local newspaper for the next four weeks (to see how it goes). I've got a few nice sized jobs going, and I'm feeling good about my decision to forge ahead on my own again. I feel like I was spending WAY too much mental energy on the fabric store, and not nearly enough energy thinking about my future. So here it is--my future--just waiting for me! I'm feeling psyched and my head is in a really good place.
I know I promised some pics of my completed home projects--you know--the ones I completed just hours before my sister's arrival?! I'll get right on that, so you'll have a reason to come back, right? I've got a mini bathroom-redo, and some kitchen shelving to show you! Kathleen and I have decided that the next room we're going to tackle is the dining room/music room/library. That room needs some serious attention, and I'd love to get it looking lovely for the coming holidays. Thanksgiving and Xmas are going to be here before we know it!!


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous photos, Sharon!!

Good luck with your work! I am excited for you!

dec0r8or said...

Thanks, Pat! It's always good to have cheerleaders! :)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ahhh. High summer in NY. Your pictures bring it all back to me! Gorgeous! I love the pic of your dad and his girls too!

Good for moving your card! I see good things in your future...yes I do!

paintergal said...

Looks like a wonderful family time.
Good for you on your business endeavor.
I've kicked around the idea of doing WT's, slipcovers, pillows, etc. as a business, but have no idea how to actually start such a thing.
Any pointers?

Donna @ dh designs said...

I know how you feel - it's been hard to get any posting accomplished now that the warm (read HOT) weather has arrived! The outdoors is calling - loudly!

What a beautiful river home - and some great pictures! Family times are always so special!

Good luck with your new venture - I'm sure you will be very successful!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Sharon! Been reading your blog for a while now and enjoy your updates and enthusiasm.

Good luck with your own venture - you're so talented, you should do extremely well. (I'm nearby and am just delighted to know you're available for custom work. I'll be in touch as soon as I've got a plan together.)

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

Summer is such a great time for getting family together. Those cousins look very happy! And I love the pic of your dad with them, too.

I'm super-excited about you doing your own business FT again. The card and ad look fab. Wishing you every success, Sharon!

dec0r8or said...

Thank you ALL for your encouragement and enthusiasm. It is much appreciated.

Carol, I've been doing this so long, that I'm not sure how to tell you to begin. If you're serious, though, email me, and I'll see if I can help you out. know, I could HELP you formulate a plan. It's what I do! :) Thanks for visiting. Give me a call whenever you're ready!

Anonymous said...

I'll certainly give that some thought, Sharon, but in the meantime, if you hadn't seen this piece in the NYTimes, thought you might find it interesting/encouraging. You're on the right track with your blog and your new venture!

dec0r8or said...

Thank you, Anonymous, for the link. I've printed the article out so I can add it to my growing notes on Guerrilla Marketing. (I just bought the book last night, in fact!)

The Decorated House said...

Hey Sharon~
I am wishing the very best with your full time business! You have the talent and certainly the ability to work hard.
I was going to ask if you are doing slipcovers, but just read your card again and see that you are. Biggest PITA I can think of ..... outside of lined curtains! Ugh, you know how I love sewing.
But, I have known so many people looking for slipcovers, and it's tough to find someone who is really good to do them.
The economy has made the demand even higher! So flaunt your talent and the BEST OF LUCK!

Greg said...

The River House gathering looks like great fun and such a terrific spot, too - love the shot of your Dad and the kids.

Woo hoo, and best wishes with the new direction for you. The new cards are quite spiffy, remind me of those "round tuits" they used to pass out in the 70s, to answer all the folks who listed all the things they'd do when they got one. Do you remember those? Sorry for the tangent. : )

I love the way you play with the bird in different places in your advertising.

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