Sunday, June 22, 2014

Another Road Trip...

In my last post I talked about turing 32 and it has made me see things in a very different light lately.  Today is June 22nd... it has been a little less than a month since my last post and as usual I feel like it was only yesterday.  My latest adventure took me to Rhinebeck, New York for Country Living Fair. I have been doing these shows since I opened the shop in 2009!  They are very gratifying and pull out evey inch of inspiration and creativeness out of my body. I come home bruised but my heart is full but I come home well pooped.  Dad was in the drivers seat and mom as co-piolet.  Me in the back seat stitching or I think more just relaxing really.  The trip started out a little rough... well my laptop got ran over by the pig trailer.   Yes, not sure how that happened.  Long story short dad felt bad and it is fixed and we are all safe!  The only bummer is that I had all my pattern designs that I have been working on and I am a bit behind.  Although thank goodness the hardrive was fine and I have all my files!  So this coming week my nose will be to the grind stone finishing up pattern writing!  It was nice seeing mom and dad relax and realize that they did not have to rush back, worry about writing a schedule and wow they were free.  Anyway you want to see how the booth came out?  I don't know what it is about that space in Rhinebeck but the booth always comes out spectacular!  

I did get out of the booth a few times!  I found some great little gifts for some sweet friends too.  Mom and dad found a treasure for them selves as well!  Each of the Country Living Fairs have their own feel.  Rhinebeck makes me think of my 4-H days!  

I want to give my friend Kelly McCants of Modern June a shout out!  She made ALL the cool pendants that are hanging out of oil cloth!  She has a new book out and check out her website she has some great stuff!

Rhinebeck is great but my true love is the Ohio Country Living Fair!  To all my Ohio peeps you should come check it out it is September 12, 13, and 14 at the Ohio Historical Village!  Email or pick up Country Living Magazine for more information!

My love bought tickets to the Indians game today so he and I will be leaving shortly for that!  The Ohio skies are cloudy but at least it will not be so HOT!  I hope you have a great Sunday as I know I will!  I will have a cold one and a hot dog for you!  

Monday, May 26, 2014


I turned 32 today.
Do I feel different?  I do.
Do I feel older? Yes

I have been doing a lot of self reflection lately.  Probably to much worrying, to much thinking, to many "should I have done something else".  The other things twirling in my mind is the future if only I knew what it would hold.  I guess that is normal right?  The other biggie for me is the older we get we see the people who we look up to get older. I am sure you know where I am going with that one...
Forgive me for jumping around.
This is for sure a bitter sweet birthday.  I am a great-granddaughter, a granddaughter and a daughter of three generations of entrepreneurs.  I guess being one my self was in my blood.  I could not escape it.  I played "grocery store" more than I played school growing up.  I stood on a milk crate and Grandma Sharon let me ring customers out at the Super Duper.  Grandpa Tom so tall looking over the deli case at you while I would order my favorite hard salami. I see my little brother whizzing down the aisles with the little buggies and him and I wanting to play super market sweep.   Then it was their turn... my two heroes. I have watched them for a decade take the grocery store and put their own spin on it.  A spin that was all their own.  Mom's secret family recipes to Dad taking on the sausage making tradition.
They were independent grocery store owners.  A dying small business.  They all lived the American dream.  I am proud of who my family is and who we have become.  They have taught me with hard work anything can be achieved.
My Facebook post....
Cathy & Kevin
Williams IGA

I am who I am today because of three generations of entrepreneurs. This has been one of the hardest things to see my family go through. Bitter sweet that is for sure.... I am so proud of you Mom (Cathy Williams Turner) & Dad (Kevin Turner) as you have told me to follow my heart and hold my head high with everything I do it is now your turn... with all my love...
Written with Home Town Pride by my MOM:

We are writing this letter to inform our LOYAL customers that after decades of service to Vienna, it is with mixed emotions, that Sunday June 1st, 2014, will be Williams IGA's last day of business. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that our sentiments are heartfelt. We have shared many chapters of life with all of you over the years. From births to deaths. This chapter is now closing but a new one is beginning...Retirement. Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for your support over the years. We will miss you!

The shelves are emptier and our hearts are sad but I know that it for the best.  I look forward to see what the next year will bring.  I will say this I will be getting the best business manger... 

Monday, May 19, 2014

A New Adventure...

I am writing this blog with a full heart this morning.  Life is an amazing adventure and the last few months have been just that.  I have been working really hard to make one of my dreams and a huge goal come true.  That was designing patterns and hand embroidery projects under the Olive Grace Studio name. Well, I proved to myself just that.  I DID IT! I took the leap of faith and vended in Pittsburgh, PA at International Quilt Market.  I still cannot believe it!  I kept this to myself not many people knew that I was taking this huge step.  Believe me it is huge.  I had to prove to myself that I could do it before I announced it I guess. My family and close friends have been cheering my on along the way and without them I could have never done it.  Below you will see some of the pictures that I captured.  Like, mom having to sit in the back seat while we set off to go to the convention center because we had so much stuff as you can see by the luggage cart.   Josh was a patient trooper from being the heavy lifting guy to being in charge of the booth while I did some buying for the quilt shop.  I met new friends, I made industry contacts and I plan on working harder for Fall Quilt Market in Houston!  Now to ship out the patterns that I sold and start working hard again  on design and sewing more projects... until next time... I know sooner that later right! I guess I need to change the header on this blog too!  Im not just a quilt shop owner I am a designer... always have been just never thought I would say that again...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Zoe my BFF

My best friend lives in Austin, Texas!  She was my matron of honor I was her maid of honor.  As she says we are truly the odd couple I the country mouse and her the city mouse.  We met in college in studio 3 and spent many late nights trying not to cut our selves with Exacto knives!  We have a bond that I can honestly say if I had a sister she would be it!  Last February around her birthday she let me know that she was expecting her first little bambino!  Well of course that means a baby shower right?  Well that is right Zoe's friend Sabrina and I put on our thinking hats and used out design skills to come up with the perfect modern baby shower.  Zoe and her husband Kris nicknamed their little guy "chicken" so that is what we ran with... a baby shower with a chicken logo!  LOL this may sound cheesy but it turned out rather cool! The grey and curry theme with sage accents was just perfect and I think my friend was quite happy... here are some of the details! Enjoy!

Sabrina made the beautiful table runners and I made all the napkins and Zoe got to keep everything as a memento!  Sabrina and I were quite the team what one of us didn't think if the other did.  Everything was pretty much homemade!  Only the best for our Zoe.  As I type this Zoe is in labor so very soon I will get to know what Chicken's actual name will be.  I encourage you when you read this to think about a great friend and do something sweet for them.  I am sending so much love and thoughts to Texas for a safe and happy delivery for my best friend! 
Fondly, Kori

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Best Booth to Date

Well I am only four days late better than usual that's for sure so that means I will be talking to you sooner than later!  I have to pat myself on the back that is really impressive to me.  I  have been so busy as usual but I have really wanted to share the pictures of my booth from Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, New York!  The show was a success and what an amazing fair grounds and venue.  I have to say it is my second favorite County Living Fair venue... of course Columbus is my favorite. Although, the really cool oil cloth flags made by Modern June were amazing that connected all the 4-H barns together was AWESOME! As alway Mom and Dad came with me; Dad drove the trailer and Mom as always by my side as the number one sales girl and we can't forget her title here at the shop as Official Fat Quarter Folder.  On a side note each year when we go to Spring Quilt Market I always make up a fun little gift for mom.  This year was her very own Olive Grace business cards!  Has her name and everything on them and her official position!  So next time you see her or meet her ask her for her business card!  So back to the CLF show... the trip was about a seven hour drive from home.  We packed the pig trailer up and were off!  The booth was truly awesome and I was so so proud of I think it was honestly the best booth I (we) have put together! We set up all day Thursday and while I was finishing up Mom and Dad bought all the beautiful flowers and greenery for the booth. The foxglove and Hibiscus Tree were a hit!  Here are some pictures and let me know what you think.  I have been trying to think what I am going to do for CLF in Columbus this September! Gotta out do myself...Check out my website for when the other great County Living Shows are! Hope you enjoy the pictures... I am glad that I finally took before and after pictures!