Just a quick update. I had really hoped to be open for Valentine's Day but it is looking more like a mid Feb/Spring opening. I will keep you all updated as info is available. Thank you again for your support! Here is a little pic of some fresh spinach and lettuce I picked from my garden yesterday! Yum!
I just wanted to give a little update on what I have been up to lately. It has been so relaxing taking time to just unwind and play around with the kiddos. We have spent time doing some Fall decorating and reorganizing everything from closets to bedrooms. I also have been working on our Winter garden, planting lots of veggies with the help of my little ones.
We also have just gotten a wonderful new computer and a very cool desk with a bit of a steampunk/industrial style that I just love! With the speed of this computer and finally a large monitor I can see, I am starting to daydream about reopening this business I miss so much!
I am slowly working on a new plan and am getting my creative bug back which I was so worried was lost forever.
This picture of our Leo sums up how I was feeling before shutting down a few months back.
Now I feel recharged and ready to start anew!
So for now the idea I am playing with is possibly a 2016 re-opening with lots of new Valentine's Day items. So if all goes as planned, sometime in January my site will be back up and filled with lots of wonderful new goodies!
But for now, I will be enjoying the busy holiday season and spending time with those that matter most.
I saw this and it struck a chord, but not in the obvious way. I'm not unhappy really, just not the kind of happy I want to be. Not the happy my kids and husband deserve. I have been grappling with this for quite some time now. It really is a lot of juggling, the business, house, 4 kids, 4 cats (okay, maybe not the cats- lol). I think it is just time for a change and to have more free time for my family and myself. I have a list of fun projects I want to do with my little ones and just never seem to find the time. I also want to continue to work on restoring our old home. I need to strike a better balance and enjoy my kiddos while I can. They are just growing up so fast and I want and need more time just for them!
This was one of the toughest decisions for me to make. My mother and I worked so hard to create Noelle Garrett Designs and I don't intend to give it up completely, I just think it needs to change forms for the time being. When Jean, my mom had to step down due to health reasons it was difficult for her to leave, but we managed to keep things going. The plan is to close down the website for now and move some operations over here to the blog. When things settle down and I feel inspired to create again I will be listing and selling one of kind items from the blog here. I also will continue to take custom order work and made to order art kits as well (please email me for more info). I will be sending out newsletters (you can sign up in the right hand column) informing you of new creations, as well as use Facebook to spread the word.
I also will set up the blog to showcase items that will be available to order anytime using our current methods of payment.
Lastly, I want to thank you all so much for your emails, phone calls and kind words. I can't tell you how much it means to us. All of our wonderful customers have made Noelle Garrett Designs what it is today and we wouldn't be here without you!
Time has gotten away from me once again! Here we are, the end of April already and I am envisioning Summer days on the horizon. While the break away from the business has been nice, I am happy to be reopening and with so many special treats! I hope you will stop by and see what's new. Most items are one of a kind and ready to ship immediately.
I have some great new mini art kits coming very soon as well. Be on the lookout for those!
Here is a little shot of my two youngest hamming it up! They are growing so fast. . .
As this year winds down I am looking forward to the many changes I plan on making in the coming year. I chose this card image, perhaps our most popular note card for a reason. I am looking forward to a little "Afternoon Tea" myself. A small break is needed and a fresh start for the shop as well. With 4 kinds, a house to run and a business, sometimes I'm not sure whether I am coming or going! I am excited to make the changes to Noelle Garrett Designs in the coming weeks that will make it easier for me to manage and also provide an excellent variety of special items for my customers. There will be more details to come soon about the changes and new items which will be available!
Here are some recent photos of my family from the holidays. We are enjoying the time off with the kiddos and also will be doing some painting to my favorite room, our dinning room in next week! I will try and share some shots as we go. I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and in case you missed it we are still having our BIG SALE through the 1st of January. ALL items are reduced and then they will be gone!