I love this painting my sweetie, Marshall Leggett did for the show he is in on Friday here in Portland. It is called "the Development Committee" - painted on a collage of old architectural plans. It should be a great show - 31 artists had 31 days to paint 31 paintings each and they each sell for $31...whew that was a mouthful. If you are in Portland - go...it was a blast last year. Find out more about it here.
That was the longest time I have been away from the blog since I started it so thanks for giving me time to open the store! I am glad to be back. We are doing a photo shoot at the shop tomorrow and I will share very soon. I want to thank everyone for coming out this week to see it and let you know how much I appreciate you stopping by! It was fun to meet old friends and new! And thanks for all the comments - I almost felt like you were all here!
Unfortunately, I have hit the wall so to speak - all that build up and getting ready is exhausting. So I think I will take a few moments for todays post to dream about these restful places - Soneva Fushi Resort and Soneva Gili Resort in the Maldives. I love the crisp white bedding, wood, and clean lines all with the backdrop of that crystal aqua water....dreamy.
The day has finally arrived. We are opening the shop today. ink & peat has been over 2 years in coming and I can't believe it is finally here. Here are a few things I have learned about opening your own shop:
1. it really is as hard as everyone says it is
2. it really is as expensive as everyone says it is
3. so far, it really is as exciting and challenging as well
4. drywall is very, very messy
5. shop-vacs really will suck up anything...watch for small children nearby
6. it is more fun to do floral design when you are not worried about ruining your dining room table
7. it is wonderful when random people walk in and say - "it smells great in here!" scent is so important
8. it is so much easier when everyone is rooting for you...thanks to all of you for your kind words and support and to all my peeps on the ground behind the scenes - you are my rock and I couldn't have done it without you...you know who you are.
Here are a few pics to show you where we are headed - just a taste - I will show you more when all the boxes are cleared....gotta go to bed - 11am opening will come very soon.
Yesterday was novel day. For the first time in my history as a floral designer, someone else delivered the flowers. OK, so I practically hugged the driver, and then my delivery rep...
Kind of embarrassing but it really was fun having that part taken care of. I do love seeing people's reactions and chatting in person and that I will miss. But having 2 more hours in the day to design and greet customers will be fab! So here are this weeks orders - warm berry tones (with the shop as backdrop).
An eclectic mix of Naranja and Spanish Dancer roses, plum asclepias, peach stock, allium, and love-in-a-mist - feels like Summer!
Still setting up shop - who knew that cardboard boxes would be the rough spot of my day? So grateful for our recycling being setup last week!
Inside 2 of these cardboard boxes rests these little birdies - wonderful paintings by artist Matt Adrian - aka The Mincing Mockingbird. They are for our first show at the shop. I am afraid to open them as I know I will get distracted looking at them all...deciding which is my favorite and then changing my mind 12 times before I realize an hour has passed. No, I will wait to open the boxes when I can greet each one personally...soon, very soon my friends.