Have you always known you wanted to do something but, didnt really foster it because for some reason or another you have always told yourself it was just a dream, or a big wish?
Well, I, with the help of my long time friend Echo, got in one of those who cares, you only live once, throw caution to the wind moods, and did just that. Made a wish, with Echo's help come true for myself.
So, here's the story:
First, Echo has been in my crazy life for a long long time. She was my bridesmaid and read at Jason and I's wedding, she was there when I got engaged, and I when her son Grant was born, life then took us in 2 different directions and we kept up with each other but, on a more Christmas card, occasional running into basis. You know how that goes. Well, this summer, out of the blue and not knowing Echo and her family moved around the corner from us. Wow, talk about fate and instant back on track with our friendship and now even our kids friendships. We pretty much see each other or talk everyday now and share in so much friend/family time together. So it was one of those days this winter when Echo and I were in the car coming home from one of our cherished "junquing road trips" that we stopped in real quick to our local fave boutique and noticed they had a space open for a vendor. I looked at Echo and said should we ask about it and knowing full well my longtime dream of owning a little boutique, she said sure and she would love to do it with me. Long story short the owner was in, we agreed on a rent, and
was born. Echo and I are over the top excited! Our physical location is an adorable little booth at Country Junction in Clinton, IL. We have had so much fun designing and pulling our boutique booth and brand all together. If you are ever anywhere close stop in to Country Junction you will love all they have to offer for your Creative life and home.
So, let me share some pictures of our initial set-up, I love it so much, I could live in our booth and excitingly, after this week she will don a whole new look I will be sure to share with you because spring is in the air over there:
First off let me say that Lady Claire-Renee (named after both our daughter's middle name's) has taken up permanent residence over there and will greet you at our door.
Wishes is a French Market Vintage theme boutique.
We have a mix of new, vintage, handcrafted, creative supplies, jewelry, and soon paper crafting and boutique clothing items to share. (and knowing us probably much much more) HAH!
Wishing Wands, little girls (and big) are loving these I can barely keep them in stock. Look for new spring themed ones this week!
lots of handmade mini albums from my paperlife are in there.
as well as, my paperlife art.
my trash to treasure redo on an old lunch box, this was so cute I wanted to keep it! Sadly, it was gone in a day though. Don't worry I am on the lookout for more.
Lots of old books were given new life to bring this place together.
we have piles and piles of custom designed jewelry from our vintage trinket finds.
and oh so yummy fabric flower broaches and hair pieces.
So, this is Wishes. We just love her and it has filled a need in both our lives that we cannot begin to express how thankful we are for.
She is constantly changing, growing, and very well loved. We do have future plans for her as well. You will first begin seeing some of our excess items available in the paperlife shop and beginning small but strong this summer, we will have a booth every 3rd Sunday in Bloomington, Il. starting May - Oct. Some of you may have been wondering why I have the call outs for a vintage travel trailer here in the mid-west considering you couldn't pay me to camp. Well, Wishes is why, that trailer will be transformed into our gypsy wagon "wishes on wheels" as soon as we find her or she finds us.
So come meet WISHES. Right off route 51 between Decatur and Bloomington, IL in historic Clinton, Il. Its inside the fabulous Country Junction. A wonderful gift and home store in the big red building right off the road.
We do have a web address:
as for now it will link you right back to The Paperlife Shop but, we will soon have a sight of its own with lots of information about what WISHES is up too!
Thanks for letting me share a Wish come true with you, I hope you can find time to visit her and maybe even bring a piece of her home to live in your life!
Best WISHES and Paperlife Dreams,