What a year.
My Mom and Dad. I lost my Mom this year in March. I lost my Dad six years ago. My pain and emotions drowned me this year. I've made it through, but not without the support of my husband and friends. I miss them both so much, it hurts all the time. So far it hasn't gotten any easier, but I take comfort in knowing their painful fights are over and they are flying in His grace.
I kept on keeping on. I kept busy with my projects and decorating and my vintage journey. The booth at the antique mall was my therapy.
I did some crafting and decorating. Kept busy, kept those creative juices flowing. Made a wreath or two.
Redecorated a little. My laundry room/ mud room makeover really kept me busy..............
I painted and reupholstered this old bench.
I scouted out all the perfect pieces for the space including this old sink that I LOVE!
And eventually got the space finished up!
Furniture makeovers are always a good diversion for me.
And then towards the end of summer, my clouds lifted a litte bit when my husband and I called the number on a little sign in the corner of a window on a petite storefront in the historic district of our little town. My dream of being a shop owner was dangling in front of me like a big old carrot in front of Mr. Ed. We were told we were fifth in line to see the space. It was unlikely we would get it.
But. We did! And we haven't looked back or stopped moving ever since!
The store looked like this for the fall opening......
And then I finally got my sign!
Our first Christmas season at the store......
I also reached what my eye doctor called "visual maturity" this year. Umm. Yep that was the offical medical terminology. Glasses with bifocals that I still can't get used to. They make me dizzy when I walk while wearing them.
So here we are at the close of a crazy year.
A year that challenged me in ways I could never have imagined.
A year in which I saw and experienced highs and lows that I never could have imagined.
A year in which I was outside my comfort zone more than I was in it.
And a year in which I might have discovered more about myself than I ever thought possible.
I'm still here, that old ticker's still ticking and this journey of mine is still trekking along.
Cheers to 2012.........
And Cheers to 2013!
Happy New Year!
~ vintage love ~
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