I'm off to Toronto tomorrow morning for 4 days to attend the Canadian Gift and Tableware Show. This is the largest event of it's kind in Canada. I'll be looking for new and exciting items for the store for 2010. I'll also be ordering for Christmas which seems a little crazy I know, but you have to order early or the manufacturers sell out. When I return I'll post some pictures of the show as well as provide a preview of new color trends for 2010 and any new products for spring/summer. Stay tuned.....
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
- January can be a tough month...cold/rainy weather, grey skies, dark/shorter days, fading Christmas memories and failed New Year's resolutions can all conspire to get us down. When we should be feeling excited at the prospect of the year ahead, many of us are finding January a struggle. But whether you're suffering from SAD (take lots of Vitamin D) or just fed up now that Christmas is over, here are a few suggestions to help banish those January blues: * get some exercise-join a gym or just go for a daily walk * book yourself a Holiday-plan a get away for sometime between Jan and March * take singing lessons or join a choir * read a good book * get out and socialize with friends * do some charity work - can be very rewarding * buy yourself some flowers-having something cheery and pretty around can perk you up * and take advantage of the 20% Off Store Wide January Sale currently on at French Vanilla, to make way for new Spring items which start arriving at the end of this month! Soon you'll have something to look forward to each and every week!
Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!