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Checking In

I’m like, “hey, whatsup, hello!” That break was longer than I planned. I just haven’t felt very inspired to blog lately; mostly because I’m tired. ;) In the last seven months, I: moved our business, arranged — then rearranged — the new space; sourced new retail lines for an in-store gift boutique; survived three major floral holidays; designed and delivered a couple dozen weddings and corporate events; brought in new team members; hosted a handful of after-hours events in the shop; processed over 2000 “everyday” orders and deliveries; and managed all the day-to-day stuff of small business ownership (taxes, inventory, customer service, taxes, business plans, marketing, more taxes). It’s an amazing time of transition and growth for our small business. When I melt into the couch at the end of each day with a big glass of wine, my heart is so full of gratitude it could burst. But pouring all my creative energy into my day job doesn’t leave much in the tank for nurturing hobbies. Unless Netflix binging is a hobby, in which case, I’m killing it. I …

I’m Still Alive!

Hi, Internet! It’s been a minute. C recently mentioned that I should update the blog, and I was all, “what’s it been, two, three weeks?” Oh, a month and a half? Mmmkay. I didn’t intend to go dark for so long. I thought I’d take a little breather from posting while we prepared for the start of a busy retail holiday season and the relocation of our flower shop, but then one week turned to two, and then six, and… well, November 2015 may go down in history as the fastest month of all time. Let’s catch up! While I was out, I: Turned 31. Admittedly, I wasn’t as easy-breezy about this birthday as my 30th — I’m officially ‘in my 30s’ now? — but my family and friends made it extra sweet and special. Renewed my library card and read some good books. Watched all seven seasons of 30 Rock on Netflix. Impulsively decided all our furniture and fixtures would be cuter in the new space with some fresh color, and spent the two weekends …

Today is mine.

Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now. – Elisabeth Elliot I saw this quote in a post by @dearmushka  while I scrolled through Instagram Sunday night. I scribbled it down on some scrap paper and thought, ‘whew, I need this right now.’ Back in June, C and I signed a lease on a new location for our flower shop. It’s my dream-come-true space with all the fixin’s: exposed brick interiors; open ceilings; polished concrete floors; wall-to-wall windows; Main Street frontage; direct adjacency to a cheese shop (wink). Six months ago, it seemed like a far-off fantasy, but now we’re about four weeks out from the big move (!!) and under all my anticipation and excitement — and disbelief that this is, like, actually happening — there’s a deep humming layer of anxiety. With maybe a tiny sprinkle of terror? Relocation is a risk. We moved the shop three and a half …

Sunday Morning At The Plant Sale

Yesterday morning, C and I headed to Bok Tower Gardens for their annual Boktoberfest plant sale. We were on a mission to scope out nurseries for the flower shop, and find new varieties of orchids and air plants to add to our retail inventory. It was a beautiful day at one of my very favorite places. I found a lovely french market basket after months of searching — sidebar: The Little Market has some great ones if you’re on the hunt, too — and tried (unsuccessfully) to convince C to let me take home a little black pot-bellied pig from the petting zoo. Here’s a fun fact: Did you know plumeria can root from a cutting that basically looks like a stick? (They’re the y-shaped sticks in the photo above.) The guy told us you basically stick it in a pot with some soil and leave it alone, so we were like, ‘we’re in!’ We brought one home, and as of right now it’s sitting on the kitchen counter, so we’re off to a great start. I’ll let you know …

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Helpful Habits For Non-Morning People

Every night when I go to bed, I tell myself tomorrow’s the day I’ll become a morning person and wake up two hours early. But every morning, my feet hit the floor about thirty minutes before I have to leave the house. Here are some of my best habits for making the most of limited time in the AM.

What’s In a Name?

Can you believe this blog is five years old? Me neither. You may notice the URL is different. If you didn’t, no worries; that means I did something right with the domain switch and the old links are transferring without a hitch. In which case, hurrah!! After many moons of writing under A Pretty Penny, it feels like the right time for a change. When I started the blog in 2010, the name made perfect sense; I wrote about thrifting, making my own accessories, and creating cute outfits on very limited resources. Now that I’m older and in a different place in my life, it feels a little inauthentic to tell you about my favorite $60 t-shirt or Charlotte Tilbury bronzer using that same blog identity. In some ways I’ve outgrown A Pretty Penny, and that’s okay! Rather than throw in the towel or start a new blog — there’s so much good stuff in the archives — I changed the URL. It’s a minor adjustment in the grand scheme of things, but it feels like the start …