So Very Thankful


Tomorrow marks the 1st Month Anniversary of the opening of P.A.W.S. at “the Shops at Suite Pieces”. & It has been such a whirlwind since my last post back on Sept 23rd! Wow! Really, has it been that long ago? I apologize for not posting sooner & I promise to update you all more frequently from this Day forward! I thank you for your patience. 

This whole business started out like every other business, as a dream…  I had a whole bunch of ideas running every which way in my head, so I began by writing down these moments of inspirations & concepts into a little notebook,

Very ‘Old School” Just my Style

    By taking pen to paper it transformed my dream into something tangible. Being a homeowner & DIY “Handygal” I had been following a few blogs & learning so much from their tutorials, being inspired by their journeys & having similar passions, I considered them All my “virtual mentors.”  One day I saw a photo of Marian known as “Miss Mustard Seed” in the “blog world” I immediately printed it out, pinned it on my bulletin board! (before there was Pinterest ) and declared to myself,

“That’s what I want to be when I grow up!”

 (Yes, I was in my 40’s at this time.)  😉

Miss Mustard Seed

     I started to talk about it with my friends, family, co-workers, (anyone who would listen, really) While most of the feedback was encouraging and enthusiastic for my ever evolving plan, which helped me to work harder & continue towards my goal. Sometimes though I would see in some people’s eyes a “state of utter confusion” while I was unloading my truck of yet another load of recent “finds” and “rusty goodies” onto my driveway,

A good day of "Picking"

A good day of “Picking”

       explaining my vision of gathering antiques, vintage & sometimes discarded items “junk”  and transforming them into something useful again… It’s called “Repurposing” I’d explain… they would reply looks like “hoarding?”,,,, “umm?  NO!!!” with a confounded look upon my face! 🙁  Often, I would think to myself, maybe I’m just not explaining it properly? I’ll just have to show them!!  They say, “Action Speaks Louder than words!” Right?  Which fueled my desire to persevere, stay Positive, Stay True, and press on!

“You can do it!” has always been one of my mantras!

In my humble opinion, everyone should have this Mantra!  Don’t you think?

you can do it

And don’t let Anyone make you think Otherwise!

    In early fall of 2013 I received a message from a blogger Vidya at What’s Ur Home Story a fellow DIY enthusiast. She saw my repurposed globe project I shared on a Facebook group called  “Your Funky Junk!”  This group was set up by another Fabulous blogger Donna of Funky Junk Interiors, it was geared to showcase your upcycled creativity and best of all, you didn’t need a blog to participate!!!!  You could share your junk, ask questions, get advice, offer feedback, and just have some fun!! 😀

My Vintage Globe Light

   Vidya asked if she could share my Vintage globe light project on her blog! Hmmm? Let me think about it… Yes! Yes! Yes!!  😀  I was so completely thrilled & honored to have my project featured in the “Blog World.” She has all sorts wonderful projects of her own.  I felt totally blessed she came into my life, giving me such a boost of Confidence to continue on the path towards this very exciting new chapter in my life. Thanks Again Vidya! 😀

So Next, I set out to see if I could actually rent a booth & sell things, just as I pictured myself doing in Miss Mustard Seed’s photo, I signed up for  the Stormville Airport Ultimate Family Yard Sale, 

 I can do this!!  It's fun!!

Setting Up! I can do this!!

I Did It!!

It was just like I imagined! What a Blast!! 

    I am so very blessed to be surrounded by so many Giving & Talented people, here on Long Island and across the World Wide Web!


   I think I just rolled 3 posts into 1 trying to make up for lost time. There is so much more to tell you about, cool projects, setting up the shop & It’s Grand Opening, but I need some sleep & I’m still working on that “time management issue” but it seems to be a good problem to have. 🙂  I’ll share more through the week.

Take Care, ♥♥


9 thoughts on “So Very Thankful

  1. It is truly amazing how you are following your dream 🙂 I love reading about how much you love what you are doing in retirement…you have really started the next great chapter in your life – CONGRATULATIONS. I think you are even an inspiration to others – even those that are not involved in re-purposing, but trying to follow their own dreams. Keep on blogging and following that dream …who knows where this path may lead you 🙂 P.S. Pixie really is such an adorable model – I bet she works for barely nothing but an occassional treat or hug. I was going to say “barely bones” but thought people may not get it…although “barely bones” could be used for your doggie line of re-purposed treasures. Lots of love, one of your golf buddies.

    • Thanks Patty, I’ll keep you posted! ( by the way I didn’t mention it was Stormville 2013 I tested the waters 🙂 this year, I was too busy setting up the shop to go 😉 but I Love Stormville too !!!

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