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Monday, 19 November 2012

Church Street Boutique

Well, the last few days sure have been very busy for me.  We, that is myself and my two partners in crime, decided to split up the room we have rented and named "Church Street Boutique", into three equal spaces so that it would be fair for all of us.

To do this, I had to go out and purchase three unassembled shelf units and with the help of my eldest son, lugged them over to the boutique and there I spent hours assembling and arranging them, creating a nice warm area where, we hope, our clients and friends can come and shop, especially now that it is getting closer to Christmas.  Here are a few photos I took today.  I think I will probably leave it like this for a while, unless I find that I need another unit.  Trouble is, I have so much stuff and can't stop creating and/or shopping, LOL

So, this is my side of the room ........... looking good, I think ......










Today, before I went to the Boutique, I had an appointment with an eye specialist to check to see if the medication I was on for Lupus has damaged my sight.  I am very pleased to report that apart from some evidence of beginning cataracts, my sight has not been damaged permanently and as of last week, I have ceased taking it.  My blood work is holding it's own but the arthritis is no better, it's getting worse as I get older, and I really felt my age when I was kneeling on the hard floor following the confusing diagram - sometimes you just have to rely on common sense, LOL

Here are a few paintings I have acquired the last week or so, spruced them up a little and am now selling them in the Boutique for a few dollars (hopefully).




I picked up this gorgeous window style mirror at a local thrift store recently.  My son Dave has a few larger ones in his home and I have often admired them.  I wasn't very taken with the colour of the wood, so, me being me, I painted it, but wait for it, not cream but black - wow, the sky will surely fall now, LOL  Here is the before picture and then the after.  It wasn't very easy getting photos of it without getting myself in it too, so they really aren't the best, but you will get the idea.......



This is a Christmas wreath I made for my apartment entrance.  Cute little fellow on the top.


And to finish off, I leave you with photos of my sweet grandchildren.................

Super Rhys getting his boots on
and the beautiful Katherine
I can't believe that a week has gone by since I last blogged - where on earth does the time go?  It won't be long before the snow is here to stay and when that happens, believe me, I won't be trotting the the mall two or three times a day.  Being a non-driver makes a big difference to my mobility during the winter months.  Just have to grin and bear it and keep myself busy in other ways.  Talk again soon.  Hugs,



54 comments:

NanaDiana said...

You have a good deal of things to sell there, Chris. Lots of display area now, too. I hope you can sell a lot of things and then buy more!

I am glad that your eyes are okay and that you are off the meds now. Arthritis is never easy to deal with, is it? I hope you have a blessed week- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

Your space looks great, Chris! The black mirror also!
Dawn

Laurie said...

it looks wonderful Chris, everything looks great.You worked so hard for this, I know how much it means to you.
Those grand babies are so cute!

Kim said...

Your little boutique looks just amazing, wish I lived closet to do some shopping!

Buttons said...

Oh I love that windmill picture I wished I lived closer.
Your Grandchildren are so adorable.
Take care of yourself OK. B

Skye said...

You have been busy. You side of the room is fabulous. I the black frame for the mirror. Glad to hear you received a good report from the Doctor

tilly said...

What a lot of things you have for sale, I hope a coach party turns up soon lol....it all looks great
Tilly

Feral Turtle said...

Best of luck to you. Your place looks great. Cheers.

DearHelenHartman said...

As someone looking forward to retirement, I HAD To visit your blog. Good decision on my part! Been going over posts and enjoying getting to know you. Fun blog!

Christina said...

What a fantastic Boutique and I could browse around there for hours .... now if you still where here in th UK I could do that but Canada is a bit far to go shopping. Good luck with your adventure it sure looks wonderful xx

Grandma Bonnie said...

Your side of the Boutique is awesome. I lke what you did to the mirror. As always your grandchildren are so cute. I do believe Katherine is growing so fast! Hope you have a great week!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

You certainly have collected some lovely things ready to sell, I wish you well in your venture.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

nice display area. Great job!

Junibears said...

Your things all look beautiful! Wish I could come and shop there! Those earrings look scrumptious! By the way, I also have Lupus.xx

Elaine said...

Oh I could spend hours in your Boutique soo lovely ! I am now following your wonderful blog . Looking forward to the goings on in your neck of the woods ! Have a good day !

Christine said...

hope you get lots of sales...cute kiddies!

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

Congrats on the good news from the doc!!! Your space looks great and how fun is it that you get to do something you enjoy!! (slightly, ok, a lot jealous!!) I hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving!!

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

And as soon as I hit enter on my comment, I remembered you are in Canada. You have already had your Thanksgiving. Have a great week, none the less!!! hugs!

Garden Lily said...

Chris - Thanks for visiting my blog. I had fun visiting yours, and seeing your many projects. You may be retired, but it sure looks like you keep busy. I love that you end your posts with photos of the sweet grandkids. Treasure every moment with them! Hope to visit again soon.
Garden Lily

Sian said...

Hi Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I was quite excited to see you are from Wales I grew up in the forest of Dean which is not far from the Welsh border. More exciting that that is its always been my dream to move to Canada one day and you did that too! Your Grandchildren look adorable too sian xxx

guild-rez said...

Hello Chris
Thank you for visiting my blog in Guildwood and becoming my Google friend. Love to read and meet Canadian bloggers. If you are interested you can browse my other blogs as well. I am a nature lover that includes gardening and hiking in our parks. We have in Toronto fantastic libraries with incredible selection of books and I visit our Guildwood branch very often. Our librarians in Guildwood know me quite well:)
Since I have travelled extensively in Ontario I wonder where your boutique is located. Perhaps I can find some presents for Christmas?

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog Chris! I just love your site, and your grandbabies are the sweetest!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I hope you do a bang-up business in Christmas sales this year!

Cindy van der Meer said...

Here I am again. Just have more chance to read your lovely blog.
Your boutique are wonderfull and those paintings are so arty. Hope you will have them sold within this blessing season.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and to your entire loving family.
Warmest smile ~ Cin

Buck said...

You might technically be retired but you sure do keep busy! Love the room. I am happy about your eye results - I know the feeling. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Fan R. said...

Love your photos, they are awesome!

Julie said...

Hi Chris - thanks for visiting my blog. I love yours and hope you have great sales - your store looks lovely. J

me ann my camera said...

Chris, Your shop looks lovely!!!! and it must be such rewarding fun! My daughter and I used to have an antique shop together. Oh, what fun the buying was! attending yard sales together, flea MARKETS AND AUCTIONS! A i LOVE SUPER RHYS SUPERMAN OUTFIT. I Made a similar one for my oldest son when he was seven. He loved it! your picture brought back a beautiful memory to me.

Thanks for stopping by mt blog. Its nice to meet you.
Ann

Lorac said...

Delightful blog! Your boutique looks like so much fun.

A Scattering said...

Hello Chris! I just noticed the comment you left on my blog, thanks for following - and now I'm following you (we're just a bunch of stalkers!). I'd love to visit the Church Street Boutique - are you anywhere near Woodstock?

Powell River Books said...

Hi Chris - I too want to thank you for stopping by to comment on my blog and the follow. Like you, I have retired and I am loving it. My time is split between my float cabin (where I love to be) and a city life while I care for my mother. Both have their pluses, for sure. If you ever have a question, just leave a comment or use the email link in my profile. - Margy

Gill - That British Woman said...

Hi Chris, thanks also from me for popping by and commenting on my blog also. I am now a follower of your blog and very impressed by your blog. I too was wondering where your lovely store is? As Northern Ontario is a big place!!

Gill

PEA said...

Hi Chris, thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog:-) It's always a pleasure to meet a fellow Canadian through this wonderful blogging world of ours! My grandmother was born and raised on St. Joseph Island and the little house still stands today...I've gone to visit there a few times and made my way to the Soo at the same time!!

I love the way you set up your part of the shop, everything looks wonderful and I was oohing and aahing over your items for sale. Next time I'm in the Soo, I will definitely have to drop in:-)

Your grandbabies are so darling:-) I have two little granddaughters and they are a true joy to me!! Hope you visit again soon. xox

Netty said...

Hi Chris and thanks for your comment on Netty's Country Life! I am now following your blog and look forward to reading all your posts! Your grand-babies are just precious :)

Daniel LaFrance said...

Thank you for your visit and comment.

All the best with the launch of your boutique. Here's wishing your till never be bored and always be true. :)

RoryBore said...

the boutique looks wonderful! exactly the sort of place I like to wander through on mommy's day off. thanks for the visit and returning the follow! Look forward to seeing some more of your art and jewellery.

zaza said...

Thanks for visiting and following.
I look forward to visiting your blog often as I hope you do mine!
Have a great weekend.

Crafty Gardener said...

I'd love to browse through your little store. Hoping you have lots of sales in the upcoming weeks.

Transformations By Jacqueline said...

Congrats for your boutique! I'm so happy you're my follower! Wishing you the best on your business and specially your health! Take care! The grand little ones are adorables.....

Jennifer said...

I hope that the Christmas season brings your boutique lots of sales. You certainly are keeping really busy.

Katherines Corner said...

looking good in deed, wishing you many sales!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop xo

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Hi Chris, Your wreath is beautiful and your grandchildren are adorable, thanks for visiting me and I'm following you :)

snowwhite said...

Hi Chris,
Time flies so fast. Already the beautiful autumn comes to end. Wonderful boutique. I especially love your earrings.
Say hello to handsome Rhys and beautiful Katherine!
Have a great week.
keiko

Connie said...

Hello, stopping by to tell you thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! I would love to have you link up with us on Saturdays if you would like and add yourself to the grandparent blogger directory page. I think your boutique looks fabulous and a lot of fun :)

Connie said...

following you on GFC btw :)

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Olá;
Os meus votos de sucesso para a sua Botique....
Cumprimentos

Becki Lewis said...

Your boutique looks great! Thanks for stopping over at Organic Aspirations, and I am following now!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Your boutique looks awesome--I'd love it if you were in Houston!! Your grandkids are adorable too--I love their pictures!!

Katherines Corner said...

Happy news about your eyesight, oh that beautiful Katherine what a dolly she is. Your boutique is awesome. thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo P.S> my daughter has lupus too

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Chris everything looks fabulous. Take turmeric for the arthritis.

hugs n blessings!

Gypsy Lala said...

Hi Chris, your crafts are very cute, they are beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Chris, your boutique is wonderful. I wish you all the best with your business. Your grandchildren are adorable, cute photos.
I hope you are having a great weekend!

Angie Brewer said...

Your grandkids are precious and it looks like you have lots of goodies in your shop.
Thanks for stopping by and following Snack Cups and Smiles!

Carla said...

Cute grandkids!