Friday, June 27, 2008


LOTS OF PICTURES.....WOW WEE!!! Post #200 and the FIRST SURPRISE is that it was ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, I started my first chemo treatment. WOW, am I glad that is over and even more HAPPY I AM CANCER FREE!!!
With that said, My attitude towards life has changed dramatically and I am no longer going to wait for that "someday". I AM going to OPEN MY DREAM SHOP, I AM GOING TO USE MY "Special Occasion Linens", I AM GOING to ENJOY EVERY SINGLE DAY from here on out & FIND THE GOOD in EVERY SITUATION!!!

Three weeks ago, I talked it over with Bob and I told him I am no longer waiting to OPEN A SHOP........and guess what, IT'S HAPPENING!!! MY DREAM, MY BIG HUGE DREAM is coming true.

Bob and Nick went right to work and started knocking down walls.....You will see, in the pictures, what we did in the last 2 weeks. We were derailed a bit by the Flood, as Bob had to work at the Fire Station during the terrible flood of 2008.

Nick, Alex, Kristi, Alli and Maddi ALL HELPED and they continue to help make my dream come true. I HAVE 450 SQUARE FEET OF STORE/SHOP SPACE!!! All NEW PAINT, DRYWALL, ELECTRICAL,INSULATION,CARPET AND A FRONT DOOR TO THE SHOP. Also, BOB BRICKED IN A PARKING AREA and TURN AROUND for my customers. HOW COOL IS THAT???
Everything is now ready for me to start setting up (THE FUN PART and the PART I LOVE THE MOST) and I will be open April 1st through Oct 1st (maybe Nov 1st, dependant on the weather) And my hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am to 7pm (open late for those working girls who never get a chance to shop because they get off work the same time the shops close, I missed that working at the radio station, so that is why I am going to be open late)
ENJOY THE PICTURES....Many more to come as I work on the shop this weekend, It's MADDI'S 7th Birthday Tomorrow and we are having her party starting at Noon Today)

There's BOB and NICK......And the Walls Came Tumbling Down.....(I was singing that line from John Meloncamp all day)

JUST AS BOB FINISHED PUTTING IN THE FRONT DOOR (He knocked down the wall, ripped out the drywall, added the new door, and cleaned it all up ALL IN ONE DAY) the HUGE THUNDERSTORM Rolled in....that's what added to our already flooded areas)

There's Our Sweet Alex....She is such an awesome kid and a hard worker too, just like her Daddy!!!

YES, ALL NEW ELECTRICAL & MY FAVORITE, WAINSCOTING soon to be painted white by Kristi and Scott (they are on my blog for Kristi's Prom)
Do you see that old window paned door above??? I painted that white and Bob took out the old crappy 1955 hollow door that leads from the shop to our kitchen, and put that one in. I do have the option (when my house is messy) to add a curtain to it to hide the inside mess of the house.....LOL We found that door at Habitat For Humanity for $15.00
I TOTALLY forgot to get pictures of Kristi and Scott, painting the "new side of the shop" they did an AWESOME JOB!!!

I have always called these the "Servant Stairs" as they lead from my shop to the basement. Alli and her friend Kayla, painted it BEACH COTTAGE BLUE.....It was paint that I had left over from painting my bedroom. Anna, from California, bought me the paint for my BIRTHDAY......THANK YOU ANNA....I think of you every time I see them. (which is everyday) and the kids all want to take a dive as they say it "LOOKS LIKE A POOL". Alli and Kayla DID A FABULOUS JOB painting.

There's that $15.00 leads to my kitchen or down to the "servant stairs"

I Painted this DARLING Vanity (it has a HUGE ORNATE MIRROR with it) in one day, along with the mirror and one other vintage round mirror. The pink just made it I think and it still has it's ORIGINAL Label in the drawer from SMULEKOFF'S in Cedar Rapids. (they were hit HARD by the FLOOD, and I bought this piece in Springville, Iowa BEFORE the flood hit)


All my Love, Amy (who is THRILLED BEYOND WORDS that I am NOT going thru chemotherapy, like I was one year ago today)


Jan said...

I hope we can all learn from you...and not wait until the timing is perfect...NOW is the perfect time...

I'm going right upstairs and put on my SUNDAY underwear even though it's only Friday night.

And while we're at it...I'm going to wear my Tuesday ones on top of them.

Jan who is thrilled that you are here to tell us you are thrilled.

Connie said...

Congratulations, my surviving sweetpea!!!
Smooooooochies and hugs,

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

WOW, Amy ~ looks and sounds like a lot of excitement going on there! :)
GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I'll stay tuned for your progress of your shoppe!!
Best Wishes to You!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the new shop. How exciting. You are going to have so much fun. How cool that it is in your home! Your husband is a jewel.

WhooHoo, a whole YEAR past chemo! This will be a great summer.


Alison Gibbs said...

Oh wow How exciting for you.
Congratulations - dreams do come true

Dolly said...

Oh Amy I am so happy for you!
You have come along way and deserve all the goodness in your life!
You are going to have so much fun in your new playroom!
{shop sounds like work...playroom sounds like FUN}

Wishing you much success!

Hugz, Dolly

Judy said...

Congratulations Amy, your new shop is going to be fantastic. I must say you keep secrets well, you didn't give a clue as to what was going on!! Congratulations!! Just think how wonderful this year is going to be.

Becky said...

Wow. I am so happy for you. Wished I lived close enough to come by and help you out. Or even come to shop. This is such great news. I am so glad that things are going your way. Have fun and enjoy it all.
Hugs and Love

Anonymous said...

Amy: I am SOOO excited for you!! Congratulations! Can't wait to see the finished product. I hope you will ship items from your shop because I know I'm going to want something!! HA!!! In fact, I noticed a barn star already ... will that be for sale??? Because I'm interested!!!
Mary Jane

A Thing for Roses said...

So excited for you. Everything looks awesome and you have the best helpers ever! Congratulations for not waiting a minute longer to make your dreams come true! You rock girlfriend!



Lil' Cottage Boutique said...

WOW! Amy, Bob & the kids ROCK! What fabulous work! Your shop is bigger than my first HOUSE! Honest..We had a meager 400 sq. ft and it wasn't an apartment...a house. You are going to have soooo much fun in that shop in the months to come!
Can't believe little Maddi is 7 today! Happy Birthday!! I remember her turning goes by so fast and praise the Good Lord that she has her mama here to celebrate!
Love & Hugs,

Denise said...

That is so exciting...i am soooo happy for you. Your attitude and spunk are so wonderful and alot we can all learn from. Can't wait to see it all thrilled for you.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Amy ~
That is so exciting !! I am thrilled for you and can't wait to see more ~

Cindy said...

Good for you! You go girl! We can all learn a lesson from reading this post! We need to follow our dreams! You are such an inspiration!

The Urban Chic said...

Amy, how exciting for you. And I love seeing a family worked together. Looking forward to the finished shop, which is surely to be beautiful. I have old pictures of mine---remember when country was cool and I had a door to enter from the front of my house. You are a totally inspiration to all of us and I hope to learn something from you. Big Hugs and Love, Pat

Mary said...

Yippy skippy Amy - way to go girl - I'm so thrilled for you! Knowing you are well and have your life back and will now start anew doing what you truly love, makes me so happy. Bless your Bob and helpers - they are making it all possible because of their love for terrific YOU!

Hope so much I can visit your shop one of these days - I know I'd want to buy it all (guess I'd have to rent a truck).

Good luck dear friend - and wish Miss Maddi a very happy B'day.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes on your new shop. Wish I could come see in person as I know it will be wonderful with all of your treasures. Glad you decided to go for it & make your dreams happen! Everyone did a great job helping out to make this happen for you. Can't wait to see more pics & posts about your new shop. Tell Maddi Happy Birthday!

Miss Jean said...

Oh, Amy! I am so happy for you. One of these days I'll come walking in your door and be one of your customers! Can't wait!

Miss Jean said...

Oh, Amy! I am so happy for you. One of these days I'll come walking in your door and be one of your customers! Can't wait!

quiltdoggie said...

Amy ~ you are such an inspiration, more than you'll ever know. . . . . . . xoxoxo P

Anita said...

Yeah- a new shop! I know I will find fun stuff- and how perfect for you! THAT BOB IS A KEEPER! Talk about a "get'r done" attitude. And child labor is always a nice famiy event. Congrats on all of it- specially the one year done with cancer- that was the biggest hurdle. Anita

Connie said...

this is first visit for me. First, seeing the floods were an eye opener, and then your big battle with illness. You must be a real trooper--you are a survivor.
Even though I do not know you, I am so very proud of you -- what an inspiration you are to all of us.
Thank you for that.

Miss Rhea said...

Yay, yay, yay For You !!! How exciting to start this great new chapter of your life !!! You Rock !! :) The store looks great, what great helpers you have !! :)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!! Your hardwork has all paid off, Amy. Way to go. Love the dresser and the chandy on top. Too cute. Great job!!

Congrats on being cancer free for a year. I knew you could beat the ugly monster.

love you,

Joy Zaczyk said...

Oh my goodness Amy I am SO EXCITED for you! Wish I lived closer so I could drop in!
So thankful your chemo nightmare is over!!


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