I’ve moved! “12 terrific low or no-cost tools for small shop owners” and all sorts of other creative content is at: http://alanawpiper.com/2014/09/05/12-terrific-low-or-no-cost-tools-for-small-shop-owners/ 12 terrific low or no-cost tools for small shop owners
Our youngest, Will, has been a diehard Ghostbusters fan for half his life. (An easy claim when you’re 5!) So we had to have a Ghostbusters birthday party this year.
Another round of “I can’t make up my mind about what to do with the entry table” is in the works. I think this will be an improvement. We’re big fans of pieces that do double duty. There’s currently a desk in our living room and a 1930’s side table in the entry. This would […]
Today was a first for me. We had our furniture painting class in Claudia’s lovely backyard garden. I don’t know about you, but I feel like we really earn our beautiful Chicago summers. Who wants to be inside when you can be outside on a gorgeous day like this? If you’re interested in hosting a […]
Some days are just jam-packed with experiences.
I was out just killing some time this afternoon, and happened to spark up a little chat with these two ladies inside of World Market. The daughter mentioned that she was looking for a cute cart to use as a bar and was frustrated at what she was finding. I mentioned, “I’m an antiques dealer […]
I saw this table and area resale shop a couple days ago. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it, picturing exactly where it’s going to go, how pretty it would be. And I just knew that if I didn’t go back and get it that I was going to have years of regret. And who […]
I love lemons. I love lemon anything. Lemon drop candy, lemonade, even on pasta with a little mint mixed in, served cold. I also like cocktails. So lemon flavored cocktails? Totally IN!!! Have you ever tried limoncello? It’s the drink of been obsessing over all summer. It’s delicious sipped slowly out of an aperitif glass […]
Growing up on the Gulf Coast I have a huge respect and love for stained-glass windows. That’s why I am quite torn as what to do with my own set of them. They’re awfully pretty and I hate to cover them up, but if you can see when you sit and watch TV you have […]
Here are 25 tips for small shop owners I’ve learned from opening (and subsequently closing) my first boutique. Some are things I knew and worked well, some are lessons learned the hard way. Owning a shop has been a lifelong dream. I went into it wholeheartedly and intent on succeeding. But as with any new venture, you […]