Saturday, March 2, 2013

CHARMing Boutique

I love when good things happen to good people. I especially love when one of those good people just happen to be a friend of mine. Not just any friend but one of those friends that you know will always be there. A special kind of friend. Let me back up (a few) 16 or so years ago to high school. Yes, this is how long I've known this friend. I don't exactly recall how long it's been since we've known each other but it's been a long time. We were good friends in high school. After graduation, we both went our separate ways. She got married and had babies while I had a baby and got married. A little backwards, huh. Anyways, years later we connected with this pretty awesome website called Facebook. One of the many reasons I love it. There are so many people that I lost contact with during this thing we call life that I am able to keep in contact with now.

This friend of mine is Joy. Such an appropriate name for her. She is one of the sweetest, selfless, and good hearted people that I know. I'm lucky to call her my friend. She is a wife, mother and now a store owner! That sounds good but the best part is that she is a newlywed to the love of her life, a mother to a 15 year old and an 8 year old AND she is pregnant!! Now that sounds even better, right? Talk about Wonder Woman. So why would she want to take on owning a store? Because it was her dream. That's what life is all about. Living it to its fullest and doing everything you can to make the most of it. I admire her in so many ways. The year 2012 was a very tough year for her so I'm excited to see all that 2013 has to offer for her and her family.

CHARM Boutique started out as an online business which did very well. She decided to take it to the next level by having a storefront. After looking at many different locations she found the one that worked for her. It's in a historical part of Jacksonville, Florida. It's going to be perfect for her business.
The grand opening was yesterday and these are a couple of pictures of what it looks like.

So cute, isn't it! I can't wait to see it in person! My mom works right down the street from her new store and went by yesterday after work. She couldn't say enough good things about it.  She met Joy and her husband, Corey for the first time and had just as good things to say about each of them. If I couldn't be there in person the next best person to send would be my mom. She raved about the necklace and bracelet that she purchased. I see a new dress or accessory in my future when I visit in April.

Since I couldn't be there in person I wanted to make her something for the store and this is what I came up with

I thought it turned out so good. I found the picture frame at Hobby Lobby and had the idea in my head the moment I found it. Usually it takes me a little while to come up with an idea but these die cuts of cute dresses was screaming Charm Boutique! Her color palette is yellow, blue and grey. She should be receiving her package some time this afternoon and I can't wait for her to get it.

I've said it a couple of times and I'll say it again... I am so proud of my friend. She is truly an inspiration and an example of a woman who sets her mind on something and gets it done. I am so thankful that she has a supportive husband who is just as excited about this journey as she is.

Please visit her website or Facebook page to see all of her beautiful stuff. You won't be disappointed.

Enjoy your dream, Joy! I love you.

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