Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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It is hard to believe it's been nearly 6 months since my last post.  I'd love to say I've been off on a dream vacation enjoying white sand beaches, crystal blue water, warm sunny weather, and listening to my family create new memories...but I haven't.  I am SO blessed though that these last few months haven't been filled with sorrow nor loss. What these last few months have been filled with is a busy , flourishing shop with wonderful customers & friends, and lots of amazing treasures!  Life is great at Carter's Cottage, and busy!

June 2011

On June 15th, 2013 my little shop will celebrate it's 2nd Birthday!  Yep! It's been 2 years!  So much has changed since that first day and I'm so PROUD of where I've come and where I'm going.
Many have asked how am I so successful.  Well, success can be measured in many ways and not to gloat, I am success in many ways....and I'm not so successful in many other ways!  What I have the most difficulty with is delegating & asking for help.  It's gotten easier, but it's still hard to ask at times. 
I now only do what I'm good at...so I hired someone to help with the books. Now that makes me happy, happy, happy!  I also hire a crew to help me move things around the shop and for shows.  I also have limited how many shows I do.  Yes, I just did NaDa...but forgot my camera! UGH!
Speaking of cameras, I had to assess 3 things. 1. Must do  2. Want to do. 3. Simply Can't do.
Now I evaluate everything... time with my family, junkin, fixin, socializin, shoppin, & bloggin.  Where do each of these things I love fit into the three categories? Family, obviously in category #1!  Socializin, #2 but often falls over into #3.  Junkin & shoppin, #1 & #2.  Fixin...usually #1 and sometimes #3.  Blogin...well, over the past few months, bloggin fell into the third category...I just simply haven't had the time.  This makes me really sad as I've always secretly wanted to be a writer.  Blogin was my way to live vicariously in a writers world.  I'd love to say I'll be postin 3 times a week!  Or, I'll be postin 2 times....1 time...ok I know how realistic this is....I'll be postin as often as I can.  Sometimes it maybe a few times a week...or it may be once a month.  Regardless, part of my success is taking time to fit all that I am into these above 3 categories...though some make me more sad then others when they fall into the 3rd category....cleaning the toilet...when that falls into the 3rd category...no love lost there!
Now back to cameras...bloggin is all about the pretty pictures.  Editing pictures for a blog is a HUGE time sucker!  Which is why blogin falls into the 3rd category so often.  I can take a good picture, not a great picture...editing is both my friend and my enemy.  And more often than I care to confess, is the reason why I've not posted in so long.
So I'll post as often as I can.  Please forgive me for poorly edited pictures, misspelled words, and my ramblings.  These are all just a part of who I am, and why I'm successful. :)
Until next time~
Enjoy today, it's a present!


  1. Congratulations on your shop anniversary! Wow time does go by fast! So happy to hear you are doing so well.I unfortunately am leaving the mall I am at.I am barely making the rent.I am not giving up my dream.I am taking a break refocusing and I will see where the road takes me next.I am not up for doing shows.I know how much work that is.Maybe something on line we will see :-)

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